Hosted by: Association for the Anthropology of Policy
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Students, Those Involved in Mentoring Activities
In the post-recession environment, the casualization of academic labor has become the norm. In the United States, for example, by some estimates, over 75% of faculty at tertiary institutions are non-secure, adjunct instructors who receive no benefits, guarantees of future positions, recompense for preparation time, or research support. Similar conditions prevail in the United Kingdom where despite having the world’s largest higher education union, over 50% of faculty provide contingent labor. The Association for the Anthropology of Policy and the Council for Anthropology and Education seek to address this growing precarity by offering a mentoring session that moves beyond theorization to engage with the material conditions of the practice and help part-time faculty and graduate students navigate an increasingly disempowering state of affairs. This mentoring session, jointly organized by ASAP and CAE, will speak to a variety of strategies for confronting precarity and include roundtable breakout strategy sessions. The speaker and roundtable topics may include, but are not limited to negotiating with hiring institutions; organizing labor; advocacy; moving beyond precarity; and thinking beyond the academy. This mentoring session is designed to provide a hands-on approach to scholars who find themselves in positions of academic precarity and to graduate students who face a restricted job market marked by the growth of contingent labor.