Renyi Hong is a Ph.D. Candidate in Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California. This talk addresses how passionate work sustains a contradiction under neoliberal capitalism: where people are led to feel optimistic about work amid worsening structural conditions. Using the telecommuting movement of coworking as a case, it presents how urban infrastructures are purposed to cultivate passion and resist the anxieties of economic dislocation for a burgeoning group of freelance workers. Reading the aims of the trend in relation to ideologies of digital utopianism, I highlight the ambivalent politics of work in the contemporary, which blurs conditions of human flourishing with that of survival.
Date: 7 Oct 2016
Venue: CNM Meeting Room #03-33