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Elizabeth Patton: “Public Discourse and Representations of Work in the Home”

December 3, 2020 at 4:00 pm5:30 pm

Elizabeth Patton

The Humanities Forum presents Elizabeth Patton, Assistant Professor of Media and Communication Studies at UMBC, who will speak on Public Discourse and Representations of Work in the Home.

How did public discourse and representations of home offices convince us that working at home is feasible and productive and could help individuals, especially women, achieve work-life balance? This talk will examine some of the technological, political-economic, and social forces that shaped public discourse on working at home in the twentieth century. Dr. Elizabeth Patton examines the home office as a politicized workspace, which reveals the reciprocal relationship between the growth of consumerism in the U.S. and the expansion of market labor in the home.

Elizabeth Patton is an assistant professor of Media and Communication Studies at UMBC. Patton’s research focuses on discourses of gender, race, and class in the history of television and film, representations of urbanism and suburbanism in popular culture, and the impact of communication technologies on space and place. Her book, Easy Living: The Rise of the Home Office (Rutgers University Press, 2020), examines how the idea of working at home was constructed and disseminated in popular culture and by the communication and real estate industries through mass media during the 20th century.

This event will be streamed live via Webex — join the event.

This event will be recorded and made available on the Dresher Center’s YouTube channel.

UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Closed captioning will be provided.

Sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities and the Department of Media and Communication Studies.

Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.



December 3, 2020
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
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