Conference language: English
- Keynote 1st day: Prof. Lena Hipp, Ph.D., WZB (Berlin Social Science Center)
- Keynote 2nd day: Prof. Dr. Karin Schwiter, UZH (University of Zurich)
The conference aims to discuss the transformation of work and its consequences for gender norms, the resulting division of labor and the (new) balance of paid and unpaid care work.
We invite theoretical and empirical - qualitative and quantitative - papers that engage with the conference theme. Papers that contribute towards practical or policy recommendations are welcome. Papers can for example address the following questions:
- New work – new problems? What are the opportunities and risks of changing working conditions for gender relations (in interaction with other social inequities, as class and “race”)? How can we better understand the ambivalent potential of the digitalization and workplace innovations for gender justice? And how this potential is shaped in different sectors and occupations?
- In the aftermath of the pandemic: What is the (gendered) impact of Covid-19 and related public health measures on precarity and work-life balance? How can new inequalities between essential and non-essential workers or between social groups be shaped? What can we learn from best practice examples in companies? How do gender and other inequalities affect the way how new flexibilised working conditions and working time regimes are negotiated – in everyday practices at the workplace and between social partners?
- Global dependencies and power: To what extent and how are gender and other inequalities embedded in the way digitalization affects the international division of labor? To what extent does "remote work" give women in the Global South access to highly qualified and better paid jobs? How do global care chains characterized by precarious female employment develop?
- Towards greater gender justice: Which legal and political regulations, e.g. on platform work, can modernize social security in a gender-just way? How will an intersectional perspective on education help to shape policies that reduce inequalities? How can we rethink and reshape the meaning of work? What are the alternatives to the hegemony of paid employment and how can we revalue care work? How should innovative social security models (e.g. basic income) look like to contribute to an equivalent relationship between employment and unpaid care work?
The conference will be held in the city of Lucerne, Switzerland. On Thursday evening (7th September) participants will discover Lucerne by joining a feminist city walk. The conference will wrap up with an input on practical implications of the scientific discussions.