INF2197H Special Topics in Information Studies: Digital Labour

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From mobile apps to social media platforms, digital technologies are crucial factors in
the evolution of contemporary work. In this course we will analyse their significance in
contexts such as creative labour, student and academic work, platform economy,
start-up culture, peer production, automation and work refusal, and prosumerism. The
course will have a specific focus on the Italian and continental school of autonomist
Marxism, including feminist political economy and grassroots approaches to
precarious labour. Among others, we will read Federici, Gramsci, Lazzarato, Negri,
Tronti, and Virno, as well as a number of empirical studies of digital labour. We will
also watch and read relevant fiction. The main goal is to sharpen critical tools to
analyse the material and ideological configurations of work in the social factory of
digital capitalism.