CANCELED -- The Amazon Symposium: Celebrating 25 Years of Cultural Studies at George Mason University

UPDATE: In light of concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in the Washington DC Metropolitan area, George Mason University is taking a number of precautionary measures to limit exposure and minimize risk. In accordance with CDC and WHO recommendations to limit events and gatherings in order to reduce risk, we are cancelling all public events scheduled from March 12 through April 10.


We regret any inconvenience and disappointment this may cause. The health and safety of our community is, and will always be, our top priority.  


In celebration of its 25th year, the Cultural Studies PhD Program at George Mason University will be presenting a symposium examining the cultural, political, and economic impact of Amazon. This event, which will be free and open to the public, will feature talks given by leading academic researchers, community organizers, and others concerned with and impacted by Amazon's decision to build HQ2 in Arlington, Virginia.

When & Where

Friday, April 10th, 2020 from 10am to 7pm.

Van Metre Hall, GMU Arlington Campus


Keynote Speaker

Lilly Irani, UC San Diego, on Amazon, technology, labor


Along with...

David Arditi, University of Texas - Arlington, “Unending Consumption: Amazon Prime”

Lisa Daily, New York University, “Amazon Eats Whole Foods”

Alessandro Delfanti, University of Toronto, "Humans and Robots, or the Future of Amazon Work"

Laura Forlano, Illinois Institute of Technology, "Cyborgs at Work"

Lauren Goodlad, Rutgers University, "On Jeff Bezos and Getting Big Fast"

Toby Miller, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, "Empire of Paper"

Cecilia Rikap, Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, “Amazon: Leading without profiting?”

Jamie Woodcock, Open University, "Organising the 'unorganisable:' workers inquiry and tech worker struggles in the UK"


As well as...Community leaders and local activists: Roshan Abraham (Our Revolution Arlington), Danny Cendejas (La ColectiVA), Grant Chinn (DC Tech Workers Coalition), Shauna Gordon-McKeon (DC Tech Workers Coalition), Marley Pulido (Coworker)



Sponsored by

GMU Office of Research, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, University Life, Interdisciplinary Curriculum Committee, Global Programs, the Global Affairs Program, the Professional Writing & Rhetoric PhD Program, and the Departments of Communication, English, History & Art History, Modern & Classical Languages, Philosophy, Sociology, and Anthropology