- 16 October 2013 | 'The body and clocking-off' with artist/researcher Broderick Chow in an artists' studio at Cubitt
- 6 November 2013 | 'The body and working environment' with artist/researcher Claudia Firth and psychologist Amy Harrison in the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre
- 27 November 2013 | 'The body and bad management' with researcher/philosopher Josefine Wikström and performing arts researcher Claire Warden at HSBC Canary Wharf.
Manual Labours is a practice-based research project exploring people’s physical relationships to work, initiated by Jenny Richards (independent curator/artist/writer) and Sophie Hope (Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck). This project reconsiders current time-based structures of work (when does work start and end?) and reasserts the significance of the physical (manual) aspect of immaterial, affective and emotional labour. Outputs so far have been : A 35 hour ‘working week’-long investigation in April 2013 in the Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, into the embodied, sensory, emotional affects of work which included meetings with our co-workers, a 9 mile walk to work, hosting a film screening and eating together during a Public Lunch Hour. Publication of a manual documenting our findings from this event (published by Cultural Democracy Editions, printed by AND, and launched on 30 October at X Marks the Bökship). Three public site-specific reading groups :