Welcome to the New Times network.

The network brings together a group of international scholars from across social science disciplines (Sociology, Cultural Studies, Economics, Law, and Geography) who are engaged in this project of rethinking via:

  • inventive mappings of the unfolding and uneven process of the socialization of production.
  • thinking through the implications of this process at conceptual and theoretical levels for the thoroughly entangled concepts of gender and labour.

Public Lecture: What do wages do? Feminist theory in austere times

2014 ANU Gender Institute Public Lecture Series Feminist Theory Now

Tuesday 3 June 5 – 6.30 pm

Professor Lisa Adkins, BHP Billiton Chair of Sociology, University of Newcastle

The Theatrette Room 2.02, Sir Roland Wilson Bulding, McCoy Circuit, ANU, Canberra.

In this lecture, Professor Adkins investigates the role of resources, including money, in analyses of contemporary economic crisis, especially in feminist analyses. She calls for feminist theory to rethink redistributive justice in the light of material transformations to the capacities of money and asks the questions: What can money do? Can it be put to work to address deepening forms of social and economic inequality?



Journal Special Issue: Gender and Labour in New Times

Out now:  journal special issue edited by Lisa Adkins and Maryanne Dever.

Special Issue: ‘Gender and Labour in New Times’ in Australian Feminist Studies Volume 29, Issue 79 (2014)



  • Fiona Allon, ‘The Feminisation of Finance: Gender, Labour and the Limits of Inclusion
  • Linda McDowell, ‘The Sexual Contract, Youth, Masculinity and the Uncertain Promise of Waged Work in Austerity Britain
  • Emily Grabham, ‘Legal Form and Temporal Rationalities in UK Work–Life Balance Law
  • Anna Yeatman, ‘Feminism and the Technological Age

 View now on Taylor and Francis Online

New journal issue: The Fictions of Finance


The Fictions of Finance, Volume 2014, Number 118, Winter 2014

Issue Editors Aaron Carico and Dara Orenstein


Poem: Michael Robbins: Günter Glieben Glauchen Glöben

Aaron Carico and Dara Orenstein: Editors’ Introduction: The Fictions of Finance


  • Courtney Fullilove: The Price of Bread: The New York City Flour Riot and the Paradox of Capitalist Food Systems
  • Alyosha Goldstein: Finance and Foreclosure in the Colonial Present
  • Jordana Rosenberg and Britt Rusert: Framing Finance: Rebellion, Dispossession, and the Geopolitics of Enclosure in Samuel Delany’s Nevèrÿon Series


  •  Leigh Claire La Berge: The Rules of Abstraction: Methods and Discourses of Finance
  •  Max Haiven: The Creative and the Derivative: Historicizing Creativity under Post – Bretton Woods Financialization

Curated Spaces

  •  Colin Matthes: Getting by in the Foreverscape
  • Áine Phillips: “Redress State” in a Boom/Bust Country


  • Hannah Chadeayne Appel: Finance Is Just Another Word for Other People’s Debts: An Interview with David Graeber


  •  Derek Nystrom: At Home in Crisis: The Alienated Emotional Labor of Up in the Air
  •  Robert Wosnitzer: The Voice Spoken but Not Heard: Allegories of Labor and Finance in The Artist
  •  Matthew Garrett: History with a Capital H: Jonathan Levy, Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012; Michael O’Malley, Face Value: The Entwined Histories of Money and Race in America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.




CFP: Futures in Question

11-12 September 2014 
Goldsmiths, University of London

Extended deadline for proposals: 28 April 2014

Keynote Speakers

Professor Lisa Adkins (University of Newcastle, Australia), Professor Patricia Clough (City University of New York) and Professor Mike Michael (University of Sydney).

 How is the future imagined, planned for and manifested as the site of social and political struggle?

Is the idea of progress towards a better future challenged as a result of financial, environmental, political and health crises?

How do the social sciences, arts and humanities study the future – theoretically and methodologically – and how might they develop modes of analysis to invent different futures?

This conference will explore the contours of ‘the future’ in our current context of multiple financial, ecological and political crises. We are interested in drawing out intersections between the variety of ways that the future is imagined, planned for and performed across the arts, humanities and social sciences.

For more details, find the full call for papers here: Futures In Question CFP.

Giving notice to employability

Giving notice to employability
ephemera Volume 13 Number 4 (November 2013) http://www.ephemerajournal.org/issue/giving-notice-employability

The neoliberal notion of employability has risen to prominence over the past 20 years, having been positioned as the crux of national, organizational and individual prosperity. To be employable, individuals are increasingly called upon to be self-reliant; aligning themselves to the conditions of an ostensibly fast-moving and precarious global economy. This special issue of ephemera calls attention to the way this current preoccupation with employability tethers questions of equality and human development to the instrumental capitalist obsession with growth and renewal. The 13 contributions to this issue ‘give notice’ to employability as a colonizing attribute of human resourcefulness that promotes marginalization, exploitation and stigmatization. By exploring the type of ‘self’ employability demands, and analysing the consequences of its required engagement, we hope employability will be both noticed and acted upon.

What is a contract?


Following discussions of contracts at the Gender and Labour in New Times 2.0 workshop comes this from the Times HIgher Education Supplement:

‘Newcastle University [UK] emailed employees before a national strike on 31 October to warn them that working to contract constituted a “breach of contract” and this entitled them to withhold “100% of salary”.’

Plenty to think about: when is a contract not a contract?

Read the article here.