Oct 25, 2021 04:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time
Two generative town hall gatherings in 2020 dedicated to the job market crisis in German studies have yielded a number of important frameworks in DDGC. We were inspired by the critical energies and the collective drive that followed these gatherings and are hosting their next installment. We are anticipating two town halls for 2021, the second one being conceived as a follow-up and to be scheduled at a later date.
The 2021 town halls will have a focus on labor justice, broadly conceived. They will bring together graduate students, contingent faculty, under- or unemployed scholars, TT/T faculty, higher ed administrators, and staff in North American German studies (and related fields). Each event will feature presentations by select action groups that emerged from the 2020 town halls, as well as statements developed by scholars in precarious working contexts about the pressing issues they face throughout the field.
Following the presentations, all attendees will be placed in breakout rooms to share their concerns. Here, the focus will be to foreground the perspectives of graduate students, contingent faculty, as well as under- or unemployed scholars. The ultimate aim is to develop action items grounded in their experience. Some questions we hope to explore: What would a German studies labor justice movement look like? What insights about how existing structures of oppression operate throughout our field (and academia broadly) are vital for such a movement?
The town halls, as is the case with all other DDGC programming, will follow the DDGC Guiding Principles: https://diversityingermancurriculum.weebly.com/guiding-principles.html.
Poll in Anticipation of the Town Hall
In order to refine our programming for the town hall but also to shape ongoing conversations about labor justice in German studies, we would like each registrant as well as people interested in the event but unable to attend to fill out a short survey.
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