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In my dissertation, Factories of Modernity: Labor, Aesthetics, and the Racial Politics of Historical Capitalism, I reimagine the factory as a physical and conceptual form of capitalist production whose influence on labor, aesthetics, and regimes of racialization predates and outlasts the rise and fall of industrial manufacturing in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By reconstructing the emergence of the factory system in the British Empire (1692-1807) as well as its reincarnation in present-day Silicon Valley, the project puts forth a new account of capitalist modernity through the factory’s pre-industrial dawn and postindustrial afterlife.

My dissertation is supervised by Patchen Markell, Jennifer Pitts, Sankar Muthu, and Paul Cheney (History).

If you would like to read a longer proposal, please email me: lucaspinheiro [at] uchicago [dot] edu

Joseph Wright of Derby, Arkwright’s Cotton Mills by Night (Oil on Canvas, 1782)