What is the Rethinking Work research group about?
Rethinking Work will consider the changing spaces, temporalities and legalities of employment and how these alter conceptions, expectation and practices of work and worker relations to the broader economy. If work (increasingly) includes activities at the margins of or beyond ‘formal’ economic practices, this opens up a range of empirical and theoretical possibilities concerning the nature of such labour, and how this plural but largely precarious kind of work is reconfiguring the economy.
The group was formed when two geographers researching informal spaces of work in the UK were interested in starting an interdisciplinary conversation about changes to work.
What big questions is the group looking at?
- How is work changing (spaces, times, legalities)?
- What similarities and differences are there in changes to work between different countries?
- How does our definition of work shape our understandings of economy?
- Who are the winners and losers in contemporary workplaces?
- What sort of politics are there and should there be through work?
Who will it be of interest to?
Anyone interested in the relationship between work, life and the politics articulated through the two!
Tell us about the seminars and events you have planned: who are the speakers and what will your events be like?
There are four themes and each theme will have two sessions. One of these will be a more formal panel session with invited speakers, the other will be a less formal session to discuss readings, led by graduates students.
How can people find out more about your group?
We are setting up a Rethinking Work mailing list currently but people can find our events listed on the CRASSH website and advertised through the CRASSH newsletter.