University of London, Paris (France), 20 November 2020
What constitutes work and how is it valued ? Who relocates for work – under what conditions and with what results? What are the physical and psychic effects of certain kinds of labor? Reflecting deep concerns with the reach of capital, in both its colonial and neo-colonial/global guises, the aim of this study day is to pose questions about how bodies are identified, exploited, and displaced across different regimes of labour. From sex work to construction, from agricultural day labour to domestic dervices, such regimes often depend on a mass of unseen workers. They also increasingly rely on the transfer of labour power from poorer (and often formerly colonized) countries to wealthier ones. We seek to make visible the invisible work sustaining the new global economy and to interrogate the relationship between the free flow of capital and the limited mobility of the working poor.
The committee welcomes proposal addressing intersections between gender, labour, and migration in France/Europe and the francophone global south, form a range of disciplinary perspective, including cultural studies, history, literature and visual culture. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
- Remuneration and the value of work
- Reproductive labour
- The feminization of poverty
- Gendered experiences of migration
- Sex, work and sex work
- Trafficking and the rescue industry
- Mobility and the global economy
- Dignity and resistance within exploitative labour conditions
Keynote Speaker: Manuela Martini, Universitè Lumière Lyon 2
Please send a brief bio-bibliography and proposals of 250 words for 20-minutes papers in English or French to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4 May 2020.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.