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Gatty Lecture Series Highlights: Allan Isaac - "Offshore Identities & Ruptures in the Handling Time"

Allan Isaac Lecture

On Thursday, March 3, Dr. Allan Isaac gave an exciting talk on the phenomenon of call centers in the Philippines in "Offshore Identities and Ruptures in the Handling Time." Through an examination of the "offshore worker-subject," Isaac described the cultural and theoretical implications of the Filipino call center worker who lives in the Philippines but works on global time. This is significant, as Isaac notes, that while there may be some benefits in "working abroad while living in the Philippines," working at night (and thus sleeping during the day) produces ruptures in everyday life, more particularly with regard to new divisions in the family, for instance.