Skip to content

Seminar: Rethinking Class and Gender in the Time of Money


A talk by visiting sociologist Lisa Adkins

Start Date

14 Aug 2017 5:30 pm

End Date

14 Aug 2017 7:00 pm


Room 333, Physics Building, Sandy Bay Campus

RSVP / Contact

No RSVP required. Enquiries to

PLEASE NOTE: The time and venue for this event has changed. The seminar will be held at the Centenary Lecture Theatre at 5:30pm on August 14.

In this talk Lisa Adkins, editor of the Australian Feminist Studies journal and Professor of Sociology at the University of Newcastle, describes how speculation – normally associated with finance -- is at the heart of capitalism, guiding and directing social dynamics.

Households whose debts outstrip the probabilities of repayment, wages that do not cover the costs of life and work that does not pay are all at issue here. Professor Adkins explores how the logic of speculation is impacting on modes of social order, class and gender. This raises a number of critical analytical challenges for the discipline of sociology.

Lisa Adkins is an Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor and concurrently Professor of Sociology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She has previously held posts at the University of London; the University of Manchester; and the Australian National University. Her publications include The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract: Working and Living in Contingency (edited with Maryanne Dever, 2016); Measure and Value (with Celia Lury, 2012); Revisions: Gender and Sexuality in Late Modernity (2002) and Gendered Work (1995).

This is a free seminar presented by the Institute for the Study of Social Change. All welcome.


Institute for Social Change
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 44


Follow the Institute for Social Change on Facebook  Follow the Institute for Social Change on Twitter