Call for Papers: Work2015 – New Meanings of Work

Work2105: Second International Interdisciplinary Conference on Research on Work, 19-21 August 2015, Turku, FINLAND.

The first conference on research on work –  WORK2013 –  in Turku brought together over 200 researchers with four excellent keynote sessions and paper streams with 160 presentations, all of which opened out fruitful discussions and debate.

The Second International Interdisciplinary Conference on Research on Work — Work2015 – New Meanings of Work – will be organized by TCLS, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku.

The global economic crisis and ongoing turbulence are connected to changing forms of work and to modes of working and ways of living that are yet to be fully mapped and explored. In addition to the ongoing global economic crisis and its effects, longer term processes have shifted the contours and boundaries of work and working in ways which demand new understandings, both theoretically and empirically. These changes include, but are by no means limited to:

* new forms of attachment to work;

* changing forms and sites of work;

* shifts to working life patterns, including extensions to working lives;

* the expansion of wagelessness;

* the emergence of indebted labour as a generalized condition;

* the reconfiguring of working time;

* transformations to working capacities and competencies and shifts in their value and valuation;

* changing forms of working contracts and working agreements;

* new forms of social suffering attached to work and working;

* demands for perpetual employability and work availability;

* the enrolment of whole of the employee’s life in work in the name of enhanced productivity

* transformations to the regulation of labour

In turn, these changes demand analyses of broad shifts in patterns of capital accumulation, shifts which include processes of financialization, economization and ongoing transformations and reforms to welfare states. But they also require that fundamental questions are asked regarding the contours of work and labour in the contemporary present, including questions concerning the changing role and place of work and labour in contemporary socio-economic formations. These questions include those relating to the very definition of work as well as its changing meanings.

It is against this background that this conference seeks to explore new meanings of work. It does so from a variety of perspectives and disciplinary approaches, including approaches associated with critical labour studies, the new economic sociology, feminist theory, post-colonial studies, social and cultural theory, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, philosophy, critical health studies and gender studies.


The list of streams and the call for papers is available here



Abstract submission deadline:                                                     31 December 2014
Notification of acceptance by:                                                        15 March 2015
Early bird registration deadline:                                                     15 June 2015
Author late registration deadline:                                                   15 July 2015
Conference dates:                                                                             19 – 21 August 2015