The Amazon Symposium: Celebrating 25 Years of Cultural Studies at George Mason University

The Amazon Symposium: Celebrating 25 Years of Cultural Studies at George Mason University

In celebration of its 25th year, the Cultural Studies PhD Program at George Mason University will be presenting a symposium examining the cultural, political, and economic impact of Amazon. This event, which will be free and open to the public, will feature talks given by leading academic researchers, community organizers, and others concerned with and impacted by Amazon's decision to build HQ2 in Arlington, Virginia.


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When & Where

Friday, April 10th, 2020 from 10am to 7pm.

Van Metre Hall, GMU Arlington Campus


Keynote Speakers

Lina Khan (TBC), Columbia Law School, on Amazon and anti-trust law

Lilly Irani, UC San Diego, on Amazon, technology, labor


Along with...

David Arditi, University of Texas - Arlington, “Unending Consumption: Amazon Prime”

Lisa Daily, New York University, “Amazon Eats Whole Foods”

Alessandro Delfanti, University of Toronto, "Humans and Robots, or the Future of Amazon Work"

Laura Forlano, Illinois Institute of Technology, "Cyborgs at Work"

Lauren Goodlad, Rutgers University, "On Jeff Bezos and Getting Big Fast"

Toby Miller, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, "Empire of Paper"

Cecilia Rikap, Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, “Amazon: Leading without profiting?”

Jamie Woodcock, Open University, "Organising the 'unorganisable:' workers inquiry and tech worker struggles in the UK"


As well as...Community leaders and local activists: Roshan Abraham (Our Revolution Arlington), Danny Cendejas (La ColectiVA), Grant Chinn (DC Tech Workers Coalition), Shauna Gordon-McKeon (DC Tech Workers Coalition), Marley Pulido (Coworker)



Sponsored by

GMU Office of Research, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, University Life, Interdisciplinary Curriculum Committee, Global Programs, the Global Affairs Program, the Professional Writing & Rhetoric PhD Program, and the Departments of Communication, English, History & Art History, Modern & Classical Languages, Philosophy, Sociology, and Anthropology