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THE POLITICS OF WORKER’S INQUIRY

New issue of ephemera on ‘The politics of worker’s inquiry’ released…

The Politics of Worker’s Inquiry
ephemera: theory & politics in organization
Volume 14, Number 3 (August 2014)
Edited by Joanna Figiel, Stevphen Shukaitis, and Abe Walker
http://www.ephemerajournal.org/issue/politics-workers-inquiry

This issue brings together a series of commentaries, interventions and projects centred on the theme of workers’ inquiry. Workers’ inquiry is a practice of knowledge production that seeks to understand the changing composition of labour and its potential for revolutionary social transformation. It is a practice of turning the tools of the social sciences into weapons of class struggle. It also seeks to map the continuing imposition of the class relation, not as a disinterested investigation, but rather to deepen and intensify social and political antagonisms.

Workers’ inquiry developed in a context marked by rapid industrialization, mass migration and the use of industrial sociology to discipline the working class. It was formulated within autonomist movements as a sort of parallel sociology based on a radical re-reading of Marx and Weber against the politics of the communist party and the unions. The process of inquiry took the contradictions of the labour process as a starting point and sought to draw out such political antagonisms into the formation of new radical subjectivities. With this issue we seek to rethink workers’ inquiry as a practice and perspective, in order to understand and catalyse emergent moments of political composition.

Including essays from Fabrizio Fasulo, Frederick H. Pitts, Christopher Wellbrook, Anna Curcio, Colectivo Situaciones, Evangelinidis Angelos, Lazaris Dimitris, Jennifer M. Murray, Michał Kozłowski, Bianca Elzenbaumer, Caterina Giuliani, Alan W. Moore, T.L. Cowan, Jasmine Rault, Jamie Woodcock, and Gigi Roggero; an interview with Jon McKenzie; and book reviews by Craig Willse, Stephen Parliament, Christian De Cock, Mathias Skrutkowski, and Orla McGarry.

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An Industrial Sewing Machine

An Industrial Sewing Machine

MATERIALITY AT WORK

BSA Work, Employment and Economic Life Study Group

‘It’s not immaterial’ – Materiality at work

The BSA WEEL group is holding a half day seminar/workshop on materiality at work on Friday 24th January 1pm – 5pm.

How does the material environment of work matter? How are working lives and the organisation of the workplace impacted by the spaces, size, weight, smells, sounds and other material characteristics of particular jobs? In what ways do workers physically interact with the material world in order to perform work? How do instruments or tools mediate this interaction? Are interactions with organic materials different from interactions with non-organic materials? To what extent can we understand interactions with technology as material, rather than immaterial?

Generally, what can an understanding of work as material contribute to the sociology of work and employment?

The event will be held in the BSA meeting room, Imperial Wharf, London. Costs to participants £20 BSA Members, £25 Non-members, free unwaged/student.

We are especially keen for attendees who wish to do so to contribute five minute micro-presentations in which they explore the role of materiality in their research. These are *not* expected to be fully developed papers but instead should raise ideas that have come out of research and suggest issues that may be of interest to others.

If you are interested in contributing to the seminar in this way please submit a two sentence (max 50 word) proposal for a five minute overview of how your research relates to the materiality of work to Ben at b.m.fincham@sussex.ac.uk

See: http://www.britsoc.co.uk/media/61490/WEEL_240114.pdf

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Knowledge

Knowledge

THE DYNAMICS OF VIRTUAL WORK: THE TRANSFORMATION OF LABOUR IN A DIGITAL GLOBAL ECONOMY

Sponsored by COST (European Co-operation in Science and Technology), Work Organisation Labour and Globalisation, Competition and Change and Triple C

To be held at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, September 3-5, 2014

Globalisation and technological change have transformed where people work, when and how. Digitisation of information has altered labour processes out of all recognition whilst telecommunications have enabled jobs to be relocated globally. But ICTs have also enabled the creation of entirely new types of ‘digital’ or ‘virtual’ labour, both paid and unpaid,  shifting the borderline between ‘play’ and ‘work’ and creating new types of unpaid labour connected with the consumption and co-creation of goods and services.  The implications of this are far-reaching, both for policy and for scholarship. The dynamics of these changes cannot be captured adequately within the framework of any single academic discipline. On the contrary, they can only be understood in the light of a combination of insights from fields including political economy, the sociology of work, organisational theory, economic geography, development studies, industrial relations, comparative social policy, communications studies, technology policy and gender studies

COST Action IS1202 brings together an international network of leading experts from 29 European Countries with researchers from other parts of the world to develop a multi-faceted approach to understanding these phenomena. This international conference will open up an interactive dialogue between scholars both inside and outside the network.

Papers drawing on theoretical, methodological or empirical research are welcomed on the following topics:

The new international division of labour
Restructuring of value chains – theoretical perspectives
Relocation or Global sourcing? New patterns of spatial mobility
Does ‘place’ still matter, and why?
Interactions between the gender division of labour and the spatial division of labour.
Changes in skills and occupational identities in the digital economy
The creation of new occupational identities and the disintegration of old ones
Reskilling or deskilling? New forms of Taylorisation or new opportunities for creativity?
Changing patterns of working time, work-life balance and gender division of labour
New forms of organisation inside and outside the workplace
Value creation in the Internet Age
The monetisation of the Internet – theoretical and methodological challenges
Commodification and value creation in online activities
‘Prosumption’, ‘co-creation’ and ‘playbour’: conceptualising the shifts between labour, consumption and leisure activities
Virtual work and immaterial production (including crowdsourcing, goldfarming and other forms of online work)
Policy implications of virtual work
Implications of virtual work for employment in creative industries
User-generated content – threat or opportunity for employment?
Implications of virtual work for work-life balance and equality
Regulation of work and industrial relations in virtual work environments (the global context)
Implications of virtual work for work-life balance and equality
Effects of virtual work on occupational profiles, skills and HR practices

The conference will be organised in four streams, with plenary sessions on each day.

All submissions will be subject to peer review.
Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: January 31st, 2014
Confirmation of acceptance: April 30th, 2014
Some scholarships may be available for attendees from Developing Countries.

The Dynamics of Virtual Work: http://dynamicsofvirtualwork.com/

The Conference website and Call for Papers: http://dynamicsofvirtualwork.com/call-for-papers/

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/virtual-work-conference-registrati200bon-now-open

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Work

Work

NETWORKED LABOUR

Networked Labour: Rethinking labour in an age of networks and movements

See: http://www.networkedlabour.net

The upcoming international seminar, titled Networked Labour is initially supported by Networked Politics, Transform! Europe, Transnational Institute and IGOPNET (Institut de Govern the Polítiques Públiques) and it will be held in Amsterdam between 7-9 May 2013.

Networked Politics have been an open project promoted by Transform! Italia, Transnational Institute – New Politics and IGOP, and developed in co-operation with Euromovements.  To provide a space for exchange between activists, researchers and activist-researchers there were several seminars and debates held between 2006 and 2009.  Most of the encounters organised in parallel to the important movement-network gatherings like European and World Social Forums and preparatory meetings that were linked to the Forum processes. Several printed and on-line books, an on-line library, and an on-line  ’New Politics Dictionary’ were among the concrete outcomes of the Network Politics debate; along side the founding of initiatives like the annually held Free Culture Forums.

Our current work will be focusing on the changing worlds of labour and production, and emerging new movements, political actors and their politics. We will mainly be discussing these topics in relation to the accelerating developments in the ICTs. Our hope is to create new synergies by bringing together many contributors and observers of the recent changes, movements, protests, and mobilisations. We hope this will enable us to increase our collective understanding of the new possibilities emerging in front of us for a radical social change.

If you are interested in joining or following this open discussion and exchange simply register to the networked labour weblog. We are looking forward to explore the change together!

Örsan Şenalp, Marco Berlinguer, Mayo Fuster Morell, Hilary Wainwright

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/networked-labour-seminar-7-9-may-2013-amsterdam

 

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Digitisation Perspectives

EPHEMERA – VOLUME 10 NUMBERS 3 – 4

The Digital Labour Group in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario and /ephemera: theory and politics in organization/ are pleased to announce the arrival of Volume 10: 3-4:

*** Digital Labour: Workers, Authors, Citizens ***

Edited by Jonathan Burston, Nick Dyer-Witheford and Alison Hearn

ephemera: http://www.ephemeraweb.org/

Born out of the conference of the same name held in the fall of 2009 at the University of Western Ontario, this special double issue of / ephemera / addresses the implications of digital labour as they are emerging in practice, politics, policy, culture, and theoretical enquiry. As workers, as authors, and as citizens, we are increasingly summoned and disciplined by new digital technologies that define the workplace and produce ever more complex regimes of surveillance and control. At the same time, new possibilities for agency and new spaces for collectivity are borne from these multiplying digital innovations.

This volume explores this social dialectic, with a specific focus on new forms of labour. Papers examine the histories and theories of digital capitalism, foundational assumptions in debates about digital labour, issues of intellectual property and copyright, material changes in the digital workplace, transnational perspectives on digital labour, the issue of free labour and new definitions of work, and struggles and contests on the scene of digital production.

Contributors include Brian Holmes, Andrea Fumagalli and Cristina Morini, David Hesmondhalgh, Ursula Huws, Barry King, Jack Bratich, Enda Brophy and many others.

This issue also contains vital contributions from union and guild activists hailing from the Canadian Media Guild (CMG), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American  Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).

The Digital Labour Group: Jonathan Burston, Edward Comor, James Compton, Nick Dyer-Witheford, Alison Hearn, Ajit Pyati, Sandra Smeltzer, Matt Stahl, Samuel E. Trosow.

 

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Uncertainty

THE PRECARIAT: THE NEW DANGEROUS CLASS

Seminar and Book Launch

Date: Thursday 12th May, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Venue: CG41, College Building, Hendon Campus
(Ten Minutes from Hendon Central Tube on Northern Line)
http://www.mdx.ac.uk/aboutus/Location/hendon/index.aspx

“The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class”
By Professor Guy Standing
The Precariat is a new class, comprising the growing number of people facing lives of insecurity, doing work without a past or future. Their lack of belonging and identity means inadequate access to social and economic rights. Why is this new class growing, what political dangers does it represent and how might these be addressed?

Speaker:
Professor Guy Standing
Professor of Economic Security
University of Bath, UK
Website: http://www.guystanding.com/
Co-President, Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN)
Website: http://www.basicincome.org/

Biography: Guy Standing is Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath. He was formerly Director of the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the International Labour Organization. He is co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network. His recent books include ‘Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship’ (2009) and ‘Beyond the New Paternalism: Basic Security as Equality’ (2002).

To register your interest and attendance, please contact Yangna Li at Y.Li@mdx.ac.uk by 5pm 4th May 2011
Martin Upchurch
Professor of International Employment Relations
Middlesex University Business School
The Burroughs
Hendon
London NW4 4BT
07545 487952
m.upchurch@mdx.ac.uk
Global Work and Employment Project (GWEp): http://www.mdx.ac.uk/research/areas/HR/gwep/index.aspx

Globalisation and Work Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/#/group.php?gid=238371095227&ref=ts
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Beyond Labour Regulation Blog: http://www.globalworkonline.net/blog/beyondlabour/

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Miles Straum

LABOR CRISIS IN CHINA

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics and the Committee on Globalization and Social Change
Present:
LABOR CRISIS IN CHINA
A lecture by Ching Kwan Lee
Professor of Sociology, UCLA

TUESDAY MARCH 22, 2011 at 4 pm
Skylight Room

C.K. Lee’s research focuses on the politics of rights and the changing citizenship regime in China, examining how ordinary Chinese mobilize legal and extra-legal resources to battle for their rights as citizens, forging new notions of property, labor and land, and engaging the local and central governments. She is most recently the author of Against the Law: Labor Protests in China’s Rustbelt and Sunbelt (UC Press, 2007), which received the Sociology of Labor Book Award in 2008.

Roundtable discussion to follow with:

REBECCA KARL: Associate Professor of History at New York University. She is the author most recently of Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth Century World: A Concise History (Duke UP 2010).

PETER KWONG: Professor of Asian American Studies and Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College, as well as Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and author of numerous books including Forbidden Workers: Chinese Illegal Immigrants and American Labor.

DAVID HARVEY, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography

PETER HITCHCOCK, Associate Director of the Center for Place, Culture  and Politics and author of The Long Space: Transnationalism and Postcolonial Form (Stanford UP 2010)

CUNY Graduate Center *365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street* Free and open to the public

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Sociology

ONLINE FIRST FOR CRITICAL SOCIOLOGY

Critical Sociology now publishes accepted articles on-line, in advance of their appearance in the pages of the print journal.  Anyone at an institution getting the journal has access to the online version of Critical Sociology, which includes all back issues from Vol.1 Issue 1, as well as the online first articles (these are removed from the web site and appear online in the journal version).

You can sign up for table of content alerts and announcements of additions to the OnlineFirst page by going to the link below and registering.

See: http://crs.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts/etoc

(Potential authors–this counts as a publication date and the Document Object Identification [DOI] serves as a direct link to the article.)

The most recent additions to Critical Sociology OnlineFirst are:

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Articles
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Neoliberal Globalization and Trade Unionism: Toward Radical Political Unionism?
Martin Upchurch and Andy Mathers
Crit Sociol published 11 January 2011, 10.1177/0896920510396384
http://crs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0896920510396384v1?papetoc

The Four Horsemen of the Fair Housing Apocalypse: A Critique of Fair Housing Policy in the USA
Robert Silverman and Kelly L. Patterson
Crit Sociol published 11 January 2011, 10.1177/0896920510396385
http://crs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0896920510396385v1?papetoc

Independent Travel: Colonialism, Liberalism, and the Self 
Kristin Lozanski
Crit Socio l published 11 January 2011, 10.1177/0896920510379443
http://crs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0896920510379443v1?papetoc

Urban Workers’ Leisure Culture and the ‘Public Sphere’: A Study of the Transformation of the Workers’ Cultural Palace in Reform-era China
Guoxin Xing
Crit Sociol published 11 January 2011, 10.1177/0896920510392078
http://crs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0896920510392078v1?papetoc

— 
Professor David Fasenfest
Dept of Sociology
Wayne State University

Editor, Critical Sociology 
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No Future

WORK EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIETY CONFERENCE 2010

British Sociological Association

Work, Employment and Society Conference 2010

Tuesday 7th – Thursday 9th September 2010

Brighton Dome and the University of Brighton

The early booking deadline for the BSA Work, Employment and Society Conference is approaching. Bookings received after 1st August incurs a £50 late fee.

Conference Theme: Managing Uncertainty: A New Deal?

Plenary speakers:

– Eileen Appelbaum (Rutgers, USA)

– Claus Offe (Berlin)

– Jennifer Klein (Yale, USA)

– Chris Tilly (UCLA, USA)

– Michel Lallement (Paris)

– David Lane (Cambridge)

– Pun Ngai (Hong Kong)

– Jill Rubery (Manchester)

– Premilla D’Cruz and Ernesto Noronha (Ahmedabad)

– Enrique de la Garza Toledo (Mexico)

– Analias Torres (Lisbon)

– Endre Sik (Budapest)

– Colette Fagan (Manchester)

For more information and to book online  please visit www.britsoc.co.uk/events/WES or email any enquiries to conference@britsoc.org.uk

Book now! We hope to see you at the conference in Brighton in September!

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