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1st Global Conference: The Value of Work (November 2010: Prague, Czech Republic)
full name / name of organization:
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net
1st Global Conference
Friday 5th November – Sunday 7th November 2010
Call for Papers
Work has pervasive influence on human life. Where we live, how we live, how we learn and see the world is strongly shaped by the work we do. Since the industrial revolution some of the expected benefits of the implementation of technology, and contemporary management have not been realised.
While working hours are generally not what they were in the Industrial revolution, actual working hours for many people have not decreased in the last 10-15 years. This is because many people work more than their formally specified hours in order to meet their job requirements. A common feature of contemporary management is an ongoing expectation of ‘doing more with less’. This means many people are working at an increased pace of work, and or are working longer.
The shift from more coercive and authoritarian to management to ‘self policing’ where workers individually and collectively internalise responsibility for their work can lead workers to be overly preoccupied with work. Work concerns may play on peoples minds 24/7. Work may also have detrimental effects on family, our social and national culture, and global cultures.
This conference seeks to gain understanding of the nature work and the specific nature of its impacts. It is also seeks perspectives and understanding that break from the logic of how work is often done. In particular what are the possibilities of work that contributes to human flourishing?
Papers, workshops and presentations are invited on any of the following themes:
1. Understanding Work
2. The Evolution of Work
3. Harmful Work
4. Flourishing Work
5. Regaining Fair and Valuable Work
6. Portrayals of Work
7. Exemplary Workers
The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 28th May 2010. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 24th September 2010.
300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
The conference is part of the Critical Issues programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s).
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