The Class Politics of Boredom in the Global Economy
Thursday, February 8, 2018
7 p.m. Dunseth Auditorium, Harmon Hall
Dr. Bruce O’Neill is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and in the Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis University. Dr. O’Neill received his doctorate in anthropology from Stanford University and his masters in urban geography from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. O’Neill’s ethnographic research explores the social and spatial dimensions of urban inequality, particularly in Bucharest, Romania, where he has conducted fieldwork since 2006. Most recently, Dr. O’Neill is the author of The Space of Boredom: Homelessness in the Slowing Global Order (Duke University Press, 2017). The book takes a widely shared sense of boredom among Bucharest’s homeless population as a window into the cultural politics of displacement from the global economy. His current major research project is an ethnography of subterranean Bucharest. With support from the Wenner Gren Foundation, Dr. O’Neill’s ongoing fieldwork examines the way post-socialist urban life unfolds underground in Metro stations, basements, and cemeteries, for example. Dr. O’Neill has also co-edited special issues exploring the themes of infrastructural violence and boredom and he has explored his research interests through articles that appear in Public Culture, Cultural Anthropology, and Environment and Planning D. Dr. O’Neill’s ethnographic research strongly informs the graduate and undergraduate classes that he teaches on social theory, urban inequality, and qualitative methods.