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Made in Sweatshops

Women workers in the garment industry in Paris- and Shanghai in the late 19th to the late 20th centuries.

Women working in a sweatshop.

Photo: dpa/picture alliance/Xie Zhengyi

About the project

"Made in Sweatshops, Paris-Shanghai (late 19th-late 20th centuries)" will offer a new way of thinking about female work and the gender of technologies by re-evaluating:

  • the relationships between bosses, middlemen and female workers, and
  • the links between techniques, qualification, workers losing skills because of one-sided work and gender, 

Goal

The overall aim for the project is to show how technologies are fuelling the misery of female labour and the depletion of industrial products. This is a development fostered by the rise of neoliberalism.

The project will analyse workshop techniques and compare two major manufacturing centres.

There are four specific objects the project will look closer at:

  1. The technological: tools, machines and documentation related to creation and manufacturing workshops.
  2. The origin of the workers: the different positions they occupy in the workshops, the specific tools for each position, the division of labour.
  3. The means of reproducibility: the material culture underlying standardisation.
  4. Industrial and artistic property: including designs, patents, inventions and innovations, inventors and innovators.

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This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement nr. 101024003.

Published Oct. 26, 2021 12:34 PM - Last modified Oct. 26, 2021 12:38 PM