GIDEST Seminar with Laura Y. Liu Friday, April 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm University Center, 411 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

This seminar is a discussion of a pre-circulated paper. It can be found on the GIDEST site for attendees to read in advance.

Laura Y. Liu presents “Sweatshop City.”

Laura Y. Liu is Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts. Her research focuses on community organizing, urban social movements, and race, gender, and labor politics in immigrant communities. She has written on the connection between geography and industry in art, the influence of digital technologies on urban space, and the impact of September 11 on New York City’s Chinatown.

Liu’s forthcoming book, Sweatshop City, looks at the continuing relevance of the sweatshop in NYC’s Chinatown and other post­industrial, globalized contexts. She regularly presents her work at national and international conferences and in invited lectures, most recently at the Austrian Association for American Studies, the Center for the History of the New America, the Architectural League of New York, the Knoxville Museum of Art, and the London School of Economics. In 2011­2012, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, City University of New York Graduate Center. Prior to The New School, she held a joint appointment at Dartmouth College in Geography and Women’s and Gender Studies. She holds a doctorate and master’s degree in Geography from Rutgers University, and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.

This event is part of the bi-weekly GIDEST Seminars presented by the Graduate Institute of Design, Ethnography, & Social Thought at The New School.


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