Superexploitation, in the academy and ancient Rome

The November-December issue of Academe looks at faculty service. It is perhaps the most ambiguous of the traditional triad along with teaching and research, and the articles in this issue seek to describe the different ways that faculty conceive of service, and the different ways that service is (or is not) recognized. Read the issue here.

Marc Bousqet wants to talk about Spartacus. Not the 1960 film—the current HBO series. Surprisingly, he sees in it a strong parallel to the current state of academic labor: both modern faculty and ancient gladiators experienced what Bousqet calls “superexploitation.” What lessons can we learn from Rome? Read Bousqet’s article in the new issue of Academe and find out.

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