The Sociology of Work Section of the Polish Sociological Association and the Institute of Sociology, University of Wrocław in cooperation with the Students’ Circle for Social Initiatives, University of Wroclaw, the Academy of Young Scholars and Artists of the Wroclaw Academic Hub and the Wrocław Branch of the Polish Sociological Association invite paper proposals for the international conference „Social boundaries of work. Changes in the sphere of work in the 21st century capitalism”. The conference will take place at the Institute of Sociology, University of Wrocław, on 14-15 November 2014.
The goal of the conference is to discuss the changing meaning of human work in the context of economic, institutional and cultural transformations in the sphere of employment in the late capitalist societies. The contemporary debates on flexible labour market and inclusion and exclusion in the sphere of employment in Europe relatively rarely address in a critical manner the social, economic and political mechanisms of the marketisation and commodification of work. The latter mechanisms translate into the social constructions of the differences between work and employment, between standard and non-standard employment, between employment and unemployment and between formality and informality. The ways of investing work with particular meanings by various social actors (employees, employers, political elites, trade unions, labour administration, incl. career counsellors etc.) influence, in turn, the range of social and civic rights enjoyed by the various categories of employees. On the one hand, the new forms of employment and increasingly flexible labour market require new theoretical approaches to understand better the long-term outcomes of ongoing transformations. On the other hand, in order to grasp these transformations and formulate more accurate policy recommendations, it is necessary to move beyond the reductionist identification of work with employment and labour market
The special guest of the conference will be Professor Guy Standing, the author of several books on the changing nature of work and employment in contemporary societies, among others "The Precariat. The new dangerous class" (Bloomsbury Academic 2011). Professor Standing’s visit at the University of Wrocław and key note lecture will be a part of the Visting Professors programme sponsored by the City of Wrocław, the Scientiae Wratislavienses fund. The keynote lecture by Professor Standing (similarly to all conference sessions) is open (free of charge) for all interested.
The most of the panels during the conference will be held in English.
· Associate Professor, Zbigniew Galor, Szczecin University
· M.A. Slaviana Holc, Graduate School for Social Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
· Dr. Elżbieta Kolasińska University of Gdańsk
· Dr. Adam Mrozowicki University of Wrocław (president)
· Dr. Joanna Róg-Ilnicka University of Zielona Góra