Complicating the Countryside: Reflections on Land, Labor and the Law

Lecture | September 9 | 4:30-6 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Martha Lampland, University of California, San Diego

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

Keynote lecture of the Graduate Student Conference:
Understanding the Countryside. Rural Europe in a Post-Global World

Martha Lampland is a Professor of Sociology and a core member of the Science Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego. Her work touches on political economy, social history, and feminist science studies, and her research focuses on Hungary, and Central Europe more generally. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1987.

Professor Lampland has published two books on the commodification of labor: The Object of Labor. Commodification in Socialist Hungary (University of Chicago Press, 1995) and The Value of Labor. The Science of Commodification in Hungary, 1920-1956 (Chicago, 2016). She has also co-edited Altering States. Ethnographies of the Transition in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union (with Daphne Berdahl and Matti Bunzl—University of Michigan Press, 2000); and Standards and their Stories. How Quantifying, Classifying and Formalizing Practices Shape Everyday Life (co-edited with Leigh Star—Cornell University Press, 2009).