Lamia Karim, Professor of Anthropology, University of Oregon
This talk centers around the corpse of a garment worker in the early 2000s to reveal the human dimensions of work in the lives of garment workers. Through the singular case of what happens to a woman after death, Karim exposes the aspirations and trauma that shape the lives of young women working in this industry. These women are recent rural to urban migrants. They are workers, but they are also lovers, mothers, friends and political subjects. In each of these areas, their lives are profoundly complex, meaningful, and instructive in understanding the desire to be human in the shadows of capital.
Lamia Karim is a professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon and the author of Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh (2011). Her research interests are in women, globalization, development, the neoliberal state, religious nationalism, human rights and social movements.
This lecture is the first in a series on Alternative Perspectives on the Global Economy Now during the 2018-19 academic year. The series is made possible with generous support from Pitzer College’s Campus Life Committee, the Institute for Global/Local Action & Study, the Anthropology Department of Pomona College and the History Departments of CMC, Pomona, and Scripps Colleges.