Delivery Exception

Delivery Exception is a series bringing together scholars and organizers to talk about supply chain justice.

Delivery Exception

The logistics revolution has demanded the extraction of value at any cost. The government it assembled has left the world fragmented and fragile—an endless ocean of cargo containers stretching from factory to fulfillment center. How many have been exploited, displaced, and enslaved—with not just countries, but entire cultures bought, sold, and thrown away? Supply chains stand amid the greatest period of environmental degradation in the history of the world, with landscapes torn asunder, skies and seas polluted. What does justice mean in an age of supply chain capitalism? What reconciliation can we hope for, and when will it arrive?

DELIVERY EXCEPTION: SUPPLY CHAIN JUSTICE & RECONCILIATION is a speaker series bringing together scholars and organizers to discuss logistical justice and examine the possibilities of reconciliation in an era of supply chain capitalism.

Video Playlist

Spring 2024 Schedule

Friday, January 26th at 6PM ET

TAMARA KNEESE (Data & Society) - “AI Supply Chains: Infrastructures, Workflows, Power”

Tamara Kneese is Project Director of Data & Society’s Algorithmic Impact Methods Lab. Before joining D&S, she was Lead Researcher at Green Software Foundation, Director of Developer Engagement on the Green Software team at Intel, and Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Director of Gender and Sexualities Studies at the University of San Francisco. Tamara holds a PhD in Media, Culture and Communication from NYU and is the author of Death Glitch: How Techno-Solutionism Fails Us in This Life and Beyond (Yale University Press, 2023).

Thursday, February 8th at 12PM ET

JESS BIER (Erasmus University Rotterdam) - “Scheduling Ship Pilots: Labor and Logistical Algorithms under Racial Capitalism”

JESSICA STEINMAN (Erasmus University Rotterdam) - “Out of Sync: Pay, Work, and Temporal Inequalities among Vietnamese Seafarers”

Jess Bier is an associate professor of urban sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Jess’s research analyzes the unjust social and political geographies of digital infrastructures. Her first book, Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine: How Occupied Landscapes Shape Scientific Knowledge was published in 2017 by MIT Press. Jess is currently the PI of the ERC-funded project DIGIPORTS, a study of how the digitalization of ports is reshaping the racialization of logistical workers and vice versa.

Jessica Steinman is a postdoctoral researcher at Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. She earned her D.Phil in Social Anthropology from Leipzig University, where she taught courses on migration and diaspora studies. She has conducted extensive fieldwork on Vietnamese migrants and their experiences negotiating identity, belonging, and mobility in translocal communities in several countries, including Germany, Taiwan, the United States, and Russia. Her current research focuses on labor, mobility, and power inequalities in container shipping and logistics in The Netherlands, Vietnam, and Singapore. Her research analyses the effect of digital transformations on the (im)mobility of labor and the mobility of goods through the temporal experiences of logistics workers and seafarers. The question of how people’s (im)mobility intersects with the unequal valuation of labor through the movement of goods has been central to this work. Her work draws on a range of theoretical frameworks, including postcolonial theory, feminist theory, and critical race theory, to explore how labor, mobility, and power intersect in the context of racial capitalism.

Wednesday, February 21st at 12PM ET

ARMIN BEVERUNGEN, ULF TREGER, & MAJA-LEE VOIGT (Leuphana University Lüneburg) - “Justice at the End of the Supply Chain: Interrogating Amazon’s Logistical Urbanism from the Cloud to the Curb”

Armin Beverungen is junior professor for organization in digital cultures at Leuphana University Lüneburg, where he is also a member of the Centre for Digital Cultures. He is an associate editor of Organization. His research currently focuses on two projects: on how Amazon reshapes our cities (, with Maja-Lee Voigt and Ilia Antenucci), with a particular focus on automation, logistics and speculation in the city; and on the promises of wealth associated with smart urbanism (with Orit Halpern, Marc Steinberg, Liza Cirolia and Anindita Nag).

Ulf Treger (he/him) is fellow with the Center for Digital Cultures and associated with the project “Automating the Logistical City”. He has studied Visual Communication at HFBK Hamburg. As a designer, coder, and researcher he works on projects on the interdependence of digital and physical spheres and researches their impacts on social practices and public space. One focus are maps as visual representations of space and also as instruments of creating spaces.

Maja-Lee Voigt (she/her) is an urban researcher, Ph.D. student at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, and co-founder of the interdisciplinary city research collective Akteurinnen für urbanen Ungehorsam in Hamburg, Germany. Assisted by a methodological toolbox of ethnographic and critical feminist thinking, she is currently researching Amazon’s monopoly on bits, bytes, and boxes. Overall, Maja-Lee’s work focuses on the automation of logistical cities, tackling questions about (resisting) algorithmic architectures of oppression, and hacking patriarchy towards more just urban futures.

Wednesday, March 6th at 7PM ET

CHRISTINA DUNBAR-HESTER (University of Southern California) & ATHENA TAN (Plug in IE) - “A Conversation on Oil Beach and Southern California Environment, Labor, and Logistics”

Christina Dunbar-Hester is a researcher and writer whose work focuses on democratic control of technologies. She is the author of Oil Beach: How Toxic Infrastructure Threatens Life in the Ports of Los Angeles and Beyond (University of Chicago Press, 2023), Hacking Diversity: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures (Princeton University Press, 2020), and Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism (MIT Press, 2014). She holds a Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University, and she is a faculty member in the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Athena Tan (she/her, they/them) is the research and policy coordinator for Plug In IE, a labor and environmental justice project of the Inland Empire Labor Institute in Southern California. She received a PhD in film and media studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Monday, March 18th at 6PM ET

MIRIAM POSNER (University of California, Los Angeles) - “Seeing Like a Supply Chain”

Miriam Posner is assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles Department of Information Studies. She is also a digital humanities scholar with interests in labor, race, feminism, and the history and philosophy of data. Her PhD, in film studies and American studies, is from Yale University. She has published widely on technology, data, and the humanities, including pieces in Logic, The Guardian, and The New Yorker. She is currently a fellow at the National Humanities Center, where she’s at work on a book about the technology of global supply chains, under contract with Yale University Press.

Wednesday, March 27th at 6PM ET

BENJAMIN MCKEAN (Ohio State University), JESSICA CHAMPAGNE (Worker Rights Consortium ), MORGAN CURRIER (CIR SEIU), & EVANGELINA ARGUETA (Central General de Trabajadores) - “Evaluating 25 Years of Supply Chain Solidarity”

Benjamin McKean is a political theorist whose research concerns global justice, populism, and the relationship between theory and practice. His research has been published in American Political Science Review, Political Theory, Journal of Politics, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, and elsewhere. His book Disorienting Neoliberalism: Global Justice and the Outer Limit of Freedom (Oxford University Press, 2020) argues that people subject to unjust institutions and practices like transnational supply chains should be disposed to solidarity with the others who are also subject to them. Before coming to Ohio State, he received his PhD from the Princeton University Department of Politics and was a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago.

Jessica Champagne is the Deputy Director for Strategy and Field Operations for the Worker Rights Consortium, an independent labor rights monitoring organization. She coordinates investigations in apparel factories around the world and works to press international apparel brands and retailers to address violations of workers’ rights. In addition to remedying health and safety violations, winning reinstatement of illegally fired workers, and pressing for the creation of binding programs like the International Accord for Health and Safety and the Lesotho Anti-GBVH Agreements, the WRC has assisted workers in recovering more than $110 million in back pay for garment workers.

Prior to joining the WRC in 2010, Jessica worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Indonesian Society for Social Transformation (INSIST), the Urban Poor Consortium, and other organizations in the U.S. and Indonesia. She is the recipient of a Heschel Vision Award from Jews United for Justice and of a Fulbright fellowship for research in Indonesia, and a former member of the Board of Instigators of the Diverse City Fund.

Morgan Currier is a Regional Director with the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR SEIU), which represents over 30,000 resident-physicians nationwide. She is passionate about supporting healthcare workers in their efforts to challenge our broken healthcare system. Prior to CIR, she organized retail and grocery workers with UFCW 21 (now 3000) in Seattle, Washington. She began her work in the labor movement as a student at the University of Washington where she was a member of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS). As a member and eventually staff for the organization, she led successful campaigns against corporations like Nike, Adidas, and Sodexo. At the UW she received the Martin and Anne Jugum Scholarship in Labor Studies.

Evangelina Argueta is the Coordinator of the Maquila Worker Organizing Project of the General Center for Workers (Central General de Trabajadores, or CGT) in Choloma, Honduras, a major center for apparel export production. Evangelina has negotiated historic agreements with three major North American apparel brands which have led to 50,000 workers forming or joining unions, being covered by collective bargaining agreements, and as a result enjoying dignity on the job and improved wages and benefits. In the garment sector, she assists workers in establishing factory-level unions, addressing worker grievances through dialogue with employers, and negotiating collective bargaining agreements. More broadly, she plays a crucial role in the national labor movement on Honduras, including serving on national tripartite commissions and engaging with the Honduran government about key topics for low-wage workers.

Argueta began working in the apparel industry at age 15 and was a founding member of the SITRAVINCASA union at her factory at age 16. She is a graduate of the Instituto Deber y Haber, a technical school in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where she studied commerce and public accounting. Argueta’s leadership has inspired other women workers and she is committed to encouraging more women to lead.


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These events, which are free and open to the public, are organized as part of the Supply Studies Research Network, a group of scholars, students, activists, and organizers who have identified their active interest in the critical study of logistics. The research network is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities. Funding and support for Delivery Exception is provided by the The Conference of Arts and Science Deans and the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.

While as a virtual event the geographies enrolled here are many, Delivery Exception would like to acknowledge that Fordham itself occupies the ancestral lands of the Lenni Lenape and Wappinger peoples.