Under the heading "(Re)Working Conditions" this international workshop aims to discuss the meaning of precarisation in different social and geo-political contexts, to develop the queer/feminist critique and to seek possible forms of resistance as well as visions of a good queer life.
Various aspects should be considered:
- the deregulation of working conditions
- low incomes that do not cover the cost of living
- privatization of health care and pensions
- tax relief for profit-making companies
- utilitarian ideas (and programs) of education
- the promotion of charity work and low or unpaid reproductive labor
- a renewal of ideologies of individual choice and freedom, of flexibility and mobility
How closely do these transformations relate to various social differences and inequalities, particularly, how do they enforce or challenge heteronormative and rigidly binary gender relations?
How do people at the workplace enact their sexualities and genders? How can we understand the complex intersections with other factors of social difference?
Are measures like diversity management, or the governmental encouragement of self-employment, or ideological demands for flexibility, mobility, and individuality simply modernized versions of exploitation? Or do they also hold opportunities for underprivileged constituencies who are used to working under precarious conditions anyway?
How do emancipatory or left-wing political projects (unwillingly) support precarious work?
What are our political perspectives, and
which conditions allow us to live and
afford - a life according to our ideas and wishes?