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Joanna Figiel

PhD Student

Department of Culture & Creative Industriesnull

E: Joanna.figiel.1@city.ac.uk

PhD title: Unpaid work, precarity, and policy within the creative and cultural sectors

Professor Rosalind Gill and Dr Jo Littler

Research interests

Labour in the creative and cultural industries, sociology of work, cultural studies, critical management studies, affect studies, precarity and precariousness, unpaid work and internships, social reproduction, gender studies, autonomist marxism, social movements and activism.

Public Presentations and Conference Papers

  • Estonian Academy of Arts & Centre for Contemporary Arts, Tallin. Public lecture & one-day workshop, Tallin, Estonia (January 2016).
  • Middlesex University, Collaborative Production and the Creative Industries Conference. Presentation ‘Strike while the Iron is Hot’, (November 2015).
  • Former West Art and Labor after the End of Work, Warsaw (October 2015).
  • Moderating Public Workshop: Techniques Of Labor Struggles In The Field Of Art; Panel Speaker - Division Of Labor And Class (Re)Composition In The Arts.
  • SIDE Gallery & Pearl Academy, Jaipur – teaching and research residency ‘Precarious Body and Work’, India, (February – April 2015).
  • Art Field As Social Factory: division of labour, forms of capital and systems of exploitation in contemporary cultural production (November 2014).
  • Laborious Actions conference, St Petersburg (October 2014).
  • The Art Of Being Many – assembly of assemblies, Hamburg, (September 2014).
  • Momentous Times conference/seminar, Centre for Contemporary Arts Derry, Derry (November 2013).
  • Artleaks Parasites and Prophets Conference, Bucharest, Romania (October 2013).
  • Immaterial Labour Isn't Working - Digital culture, digital work, digital insurrection, Auto Italia, London (April 2013).
  • The Artist as Interlocutor and the Labour of Memory. MeLa The Postcolonial Museum" Conference – University of Naples L’Orientale, Napoli (September 2013).
  • Post-digital Publishing Workshops at Transmediale  - organization and facilitation as part of the Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana Team: programme (February 2013).
  • Co-research and worker’s inquiry – making a living in a creative city. Researching Back when Pluto was a Planet: Transmediale International Research Conference and PhD Workshop, Lüneburg. (November 2012).
  • Working within the UK's arts and cultural sector: employment, conditions and survival strategies, at Are artists rich? Conference and Workshop; Portikus der Badischen Stahlwerke, Kehl. (November 2012).
  • Neither working nor unworking: Contemporary Politics of Art and Labour. With Stevphen Shukaitis. Truth is Concrete festival, Graz (September 2012)
  • Working conditions of artists and young creatives. Panel discussion. UKK / Young Danish Art Workers Union, Copenhagen (July 2012)
  • ‘Precarity: A Participatory People’s Tribunal. With PWB International conference - The labour of multitudes? Political economy of social creativity. Free/Slow University of Warsaw, Warsaw (October 2011).
  • 'Tools for Collective Action — Precarity: The People’s Tribunal'. With PWB. Informality: A new collectivity - Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (August 2011).
  • Work experience without qualities? Ephemera Free Work Conference, Berlin (May 2011).

Teaching (2010-2015)

Visiting Lecturer at:

  • Goldsmiths, Media and Comms Departments;
  • Queen Mary University, Business and Management Department;
  • Winchester School of Arts, Global Media Management;
  • City, University of London, CCI Department;
  • Art Academy in Poznan, Poland;
  • Pearl Academy in Jaipur, India.


Free/Slow University of Warsaw; Citizens Forum for Contemporary Arts, Poland; Precarious Workers Brigade; Minor Compositions; ArtLeaks; ephemera journal

Publications available at Joanna's City.Academia page.