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Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is OPEN.

WES 2020 invites discussion about the dignity of people at work; and how work and employment affects people’s lives, health, relationships and sense of citizenship.   

Alongside paper presentations, reflecting the venue, we call for short films, art-work, photographic displays, music and theatrical performances that ignite the senses and (maybe) show work in a different light. The stages, screens and walls of the venue are open to imagination, and the trying out of something new.

Also, new for WES 2020, we invite ‘On the Front Line’ presentations. The aim is to hear the ‘voice of the worker’ and their experiences of work and employment. This might involve workers as co-authors or co-presenters, or workers might be embodied within the presentation; through audio, photograph, art, film or other creative means.

We also welcome suggestions for Special Events on any topic that matters for work and the lives of workers. The topic should relate to the Aims and Scope of the journal Work, Employment and Society and the conference’s theme: this might involve staging a debate on a controversial topic, challenging orthodoxy or highlighting a misunderstood concept or practice.

Abstract Submissions

We welcome abstract submissions in three separate categories:

Conference papers: Abstracts should be up to 500 words. While we particularly encourage papers reporting research findings, we also welcome abstracts related to sociological theory, social policy, ‘work in progress’ or those testing out new and exciting ideas. Further guidance can be found HERE. For ‘On the Front Line’ papers, please indicate that this is the format of the paper, and if the worker would like to apply to receive BSA support to attend the presentation.[i]

Special Events: Abstracts of up to 500 words. These may offer theoretical, empirical, methodological or policy-related contributions. The sessions will last for 1.5 hours and, while we anticipate that most Special Events will involve three speakers, with or without a discussant, more creative formats are welcome. Find out more>

Initial expressions of interest or for further guidance please contact the Special Events Chair, Dr Clare Butler.

Alternative Presentation Mode: Alongside paper presentations, reflecting the venue, we call for short films, art-work, photographic displays, music and theatrical performances that ignite the senses and (maybe) show work in a different light. The stages, screens and walls of the venue are open to imagination, and the trying out of something new.  Please choose Alternative Presentation Mode when submitting and provide details within your abstract text - maximum 500 words.

Pre-conference doctoral workshop: This workshop aims to be inclusive. Doctoral students are very welcome to submit conference papers to the main conference, but there will also be a pre-conference doctoral workshop before the main conference starts, with a dedicated social event. Abstracts should be up to 250 words and there will be opportunities for feedback as well as opportunities to meet fellow students before the conference itself starts. Papers submitted to the pre-conference doctoral workshop may also be submitted to the main conference. 

Abstracts may nominate one of the dedicated conference streams (see below) or be written for the Open Stream.

The abstract submission deadline is Friday, 27 March 2020 *extended deadline*.

Conference Streams

  1. Global political economy and the regulatory role of the state
  2. Transnational labour migration
  3. Insecurity, precarity and peripheralisation
  4. Social movements, unions, voice and activism
  5. Technology, AI, Big Data, algorithms and new forms of work 
  6. Dignity at work, decent work and job quality 
  7. Professions, occupations, skills, careers and self-employment    
  8. Inequalities and their intersections  
  9. Gender, work and social reproduction   
  10. Bodies and work - emotions, aesthetics, health and bodily functions at work   
  11. Methodology and methods - especially welcome are approaches involving sound, music, images, film, performance
  12. Open Stream

Pre-conference doctoral workshop

Abstracts should be up to 250 words in length and may focus on any aspect of the PhD process. For those in the final stage of their studies who are writing up research findings these may be presented in the same format as main conference abstracts, with a clear contribution/message set out, brief references to relevant debates in the literature and research findings. For others, this workshop aims to be inclusive and abstracts are encouraged on any aspect of the PhD process including research design, fieldwork, negotiating access, research ethics, managing your supervisor or any other topic you would find it useful to have feedback on.

[i] Thanks to the BSA, a limited number of ‘On the Front Line’ worker co-presenters will be day guests of the BSA and therefore will not have to pay the day conference fee.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, 27 March 2020 *extended deadline*

  • Abstract Decision emails: no later than Friday, 8 May 2020

  • Presenter booking deadline: Friday, 12 June 2020

  • Early bird registration fee ends: Friday, 31 July 2020

Contact Information

BSA Events Team
Email: events@britsoc.org.uk
Tel: 0191 383 0839

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