New Contribution: Anarchic Discourse – {}

Have a look at our new submission for #3 Unstable Infrastructures! In two contributions, Grayson Bailey presents their project {}, a non-authorial discourse platform. {} is an engagement with the dialetheic condition of the discursive field, an oscillation between incoherent overdetermination and coherent delimitation, without attempting to hierarchically simplify discourse into underlying parts or overriding assemblies. Bailey's contribution comprises a theoretical reflection as well as an accompanying video showing the technical details of the project.

New Contribution: Digital Labour and Social Reproduction – Crowdwork in Germany and Romania

Issue #6: Politics of Reproduction has received a new submission: In Digital Labour and Social Reproduction – Crowdwork in Germany and Romania, Mira Wallis demonstrates how crowdwork platforms such as Upwork, Appen or Microworkers intervene in the field of social reproduction. She does so on the basis of two questions: Firstly, she explores why people in Germany and Romania choose crowdwork and how these motivations are related to local conditions of reproduction. To what extent is their decision to engage in this form of digital home-based platform labour also a strategy for dealing with multiple crises of social reproduction? Secondly, she investigates how crowdworkers navigate the different spatialities and temporalities that emerge through working on a global digital labour platform from their private homes. Both questions are discussed on the basis of in-depth ethnographic research on crowdwork in Germany and Romania between 2018 and 2021.

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New Issue: #6 Politics of Reproduction

This special issue of spheres contributes to a critical engagement with the politics of reproduction, and as this relates to digital cultures in particular. Job losses, foreclosures, homelessness and dispossession, indebtedness, and rising precarity have shaped the realities of many in the wake of the Great Recession of the late-2000s. Although for many of course, an economic crisis – a crisis in the capacity to meet needs and desires in the context of scarce resources – long predates this point. It is these crises of social reproduction, and the emergence of social movements and struggles from within them, that provides the context in which much recent scholarship on the politics of reproduction has been produced and has circulated. It is also what has given it much of its urgency.

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