Call for abstracts is now closed.

The first conference on research on WORK2013 in Turku brought together over 200 researchers all over the world with five excellent keynote sessions and abstract streams with 160 presentations, all of which opened out fruitful discussions and debate.
The second International Interdisciplinary Conference on Research on Work, “WORK2015 – New Meanings of Work” is organized in Turku, Finland by TCLS, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku.

The theme for the Conference, New Meanings of Work seeks its justification not only from the changes in the work itself but from the global economic crisis and ongoing turbulence at the global, regional and national levels that call for rigorous explorations and new analyses. The on-going economic and societal changes are connected to forms of work and to modes of working and ways of living that are yet to be thoroughly mapped and explored.

The WORK2015 Conference welcomes abstracts and presentations exploring, contouring, describing and analyzing the world of work and new meanings of work. In addition to the ongoing global economic crisis and its effects, longer term processes have shifted the contours and boundaries of work and working in ways which demand new understandings, both theoretically and empirically. These changes include, but are by no means limited to:

  • new forms of work; self-employment, entrepreneurship; precarious employment
  • shifts in work and working life patterns; unemployment; education and work
  • expansion of wagelessness; changing labour markets and policies; organizing work
  • global economy and work; transformations in the regulation of labour and employment
  • reconfiguring of working time; temporality of work; health and wellbeing at work
  • place of theory in working life research;
  • work and welfare society; legal aspects of work and employment

The several questions outlined above concern the changing role and place of work and labour in contemporary socio-economic formations. These questions include those relating to the very definition of work as well as its changing meanings.

It is against this background that this conference seeks to explore New Meanings of Work. It does so from a variety of perspectives and solid disciplinary approaches, including approaches associated with critical labour studies, new economic sociology, feminist theory, post-colonial studies, social and cultural theory, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, philosophy, critical health studies and gender studies.

The abstracts were subject to blind review. Accepted abstracts will be presented as either oral presentations or posters. Notification of acceptance: information has been sent to submitters 16 March 2015. In case you have not received any information, please contact immediately the Congress Office

More information on the presentation details and times will be sent to presenters by the end of May.

If your abstract was accepted as a poster, please note that the size of the poster boards is 88 cm (width) x 118 cm (height).

All accepted abstracts will be published in the WORK 2015 Conference proceedings as well as published on the congress website (if the permission is granted by the authors). The conference will also explore possibilities with publishers to publish selected full papers in journals and/or edited publications.

Important: In order to maintain the abstract in the programme, the author, marked in the submission system as the presenting author, has to register as a congress participant and pay the congress participation fee by 15 July 2015.

If you have any questions or problems concerning the abstract handling, please contact the Congress Office for further information: