Carleton to Present Lecture on Transgender Community Labour Market Challenges

Carleton University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will present another CU in the City talk featuring Dan Irving of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies on the topic of Depressed Economies: Transgender Underemployment, affective labour and revitalizing labour activism in austere times. Irving will discuss challenges faced by the transgendered community in the current labour market.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Where:
Room 103, Bronson Community Centre, 211 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa.
Info: This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Drawing from his qualitative research project on both under-employment and unemployment among transgender individuals, Irving will present the major issues that many transgender people face when trying to obtain and maintain work. Irving will demonstrate the ways that transgender experiences should urge labour activists to reflect on the significance of affective labour in all sectors of post-industrial capitalism.

The personal experiences of transgender individuals reveal the ways that gender normativity, mediated by whiteness, influences who is recognized as employable within a service-based economy. The often unspoken feeling that particular bodies are worth less on the labour market results in excluding particular transgender people from employment. This exclusion has a debilitating emotional impact on transgender people and communities.

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