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TitelGSA-Panel: Femina oeconomica? On Women and Work in Neoliberalism

40th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association (GSA)
September 29 – October 2, 2016
San Diego, CA

Femina oeconomica? On Women and Work in Neoliberalism

Neolibereralism presumes to measure individuals by their economic value alone—by their competitiveness on the job market, their ability to ascend earnings ladders, and the potential for capitalizing on their ideas and drive—their value as human capital. But as Wendy Brown writes in her new book Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution, this ostensibly gender-blind measure of human value both intensifies old regimes of gender subordination and alters them. She writes: “When homo oeconomicus becomes normative across all spheres, and responsibilization and appreciation of human capital become the governing truth of public life, social life, work life, welfare, education, and the family, there are two possibilities for those positioned as women in the sexual division of labor . . . . Either women align their own conduct with this truth, becoming homo oeconomicus, in which case the world becomes uninhabitable [because, as per Brown, women would have to abandon the care responsibilities in the home and the community that they disproportionately bear], or women’s activities and bearing as femina domestica remain the unavowed glue for a world whose governing principle cannot hold it together” (104-105). This panel seeks to investigate women’s relationship to work, both remunerated and in the domestic sphere, in the new neoliberal economy, as represented in German literature, film, the arts, and the media since the early 1980s. What conventional strictures of gender become intensified under neoliberalism’s regime of individual competition and human capital? What becomes transformed?

Papers may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:
-women in the workforce
-non-heteronormative and queer constellations of gender and work
-women of color / intersections of race and gender in the workforce
-sex work
-work on the margins (i.e. Schwarzarbeit)
-domestic work
-migrant work
-the commodification of care
-gender and privatization in former East Germany

Please submit a 250-word abstract and a short biographical note by January 25, 2016 to Necia Chronister ( and Suzuko Knott ( Please include your name, institutional affiliation, and any audio-visual requirements for the presentation.

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