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SASE Network K
"Experimentation in the Regulation of Work and Employment"

Call for Papers – Extended Deadline (28 January 2019) for SASE proposals

The deadline for our network (K) within the annual conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics is imminent –
Monday 28 January 2019.
This follows on activities we have organized within the SASE conference in Lyon (2017 Mini-conference)
and in Kyoto (2018 inaugural full-fledged Network K).

Network K provides an opportunity for an annual open-architecture activity within the larger umbrella of the SASE conference. In that way, Partnership Project researchers can dialogue with other interested researchers on project and related themes.

The 2019 SASE conference will take place from Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 June at the New School for Social Research in New York City. We are also exploring with Project Partner Centres the possibility of a CRIMT Partnership Project activity on Wednesday June 26th 2019, i.e. the day prior to the SASE conference. We particularly want to encourage CRIMT Partnership Project researchers interested in participating in Network K at this year’s SASE to think about cases of experimentation and to imagine sessions that might explore comparable cases as a way of leading up to our Magog meeting in October 2019. Of course, this does not exclude the presentation of other research on disruption of forms of regulation, on particular regulatory arenas and so on. Initiatives such as Author(s) Meet(s) Critics are also welcome.

Institutional Experimentation in the Regulation of Work and Employment. This network focuses on making work better through actor experimentation with institutions to regulate work. Major fault lines of change are affecting how people experience work, participate in their communities and live their lives. Digital transformations, changes in the role of the state, the unbundling of firms, the growth of global production networks, transitions to sustainable development, and shifts in identity, solidarity and values are all transforming work. Institutions for the regulation of work seem out of synch with people’s experience. 

Whereas there is an aspiration for productive, innovative, healthy and inclusive work, in which individuals live free from excessive insecurity, exercise control over their working lives, and contribute to their workplace and society – what can be labelled better work in the broadest sense – a different picture of fragmented work and disjointed communities emerges from current changes. Yet, these changes also open up space for experimentation. At many levels, in different national, institutional and organizational contexts, and in conditions of uncertainty, collective actors (firms, governments, trade unions, NGOs, community organizations) seek to engage in institutional experimentation to shape their work, economies and communities. This network welcomes research that contributes to our understanding of these processes.

Network K Organizers:

Phil Almond (Leicester University)
Peter Fairbrother (RMIT)
Isabelle Ferreras (Université catholique de Louvain)
María González (University of Oviedo)
Christian Lévesque (HEC Montréal)
Gregor Murray (Université de Montréal)
Nicolas Roby (Université de Montréal)