Wilson Sherwin – Bread and Rose Perfume: Politics of Abundance and Pleasure Against Precarity

Nov 22, 2023

Remote participation is possible via the following link: https://leuphana.zoom.us/j/94544702729?pwd=ZnV1TjBkZDR3clE1L0NtYUh0YzM4QT09 (Meeting ID: 945 4470 2729; Passcode: 303114)

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, at the peak of the Vietnam war, poor Black welfare recipients across the United States organized to demand not only access to the welfare provisions to which they were already entitled, but the expansion of those benefits beyond simple needs. Examining unfinished project of the welfare rights movement and its remarkable antiwork politics, this lecture provides insights into how capaciously defined needs and desires may help usher us beyond capitalism and towards alternative social and economic arrangements.

Born and raised in New York City, Wilson Sherwin, PhD (she, her) has worked as an electrician, a nanny, a translator, and a documentary film producer. She is currently a sociologist who writes and teaches about social movements, political economy, and public policy. Wilson is a research fellow at Leuphana Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS) in Culture and Society.

ASL and DGS interpretation will be provided. [Corinna Brenner, Simone Scholl, Tolga Yetkin, Mark Zaurov]

A cooperation between Center for Critical Studies, Kunstraum and the Gender and Diversity Network.