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15 Oct

Training School, Vienna, July 6-10, 2015

October 15, 2014 | By |

The global digital Workplace – New Ways of Working, New Forms of Labour, a training school for PhD students and Early Stage Researchers was hosted by the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna, July 6-10, 2015

Some pictures from the event:  Pictures from the Dynamics of Virtual Work Summer

This COST Training School also constituted the 5th Marie Jahoda Summer School of Sociology to be held at the University of Vienna.The event was therefore a close co-operation between the University and the COST Action.

Two interrelated processes have transformed work and labour on a global scale: The wider reach of multinational corporations and global value chains and the digitisation of information and the advances of telecommunications and the Internet. They have contributed to new dynamics of job relocation and shifting international divisions of labour, new forms of cooperation over distance and new opportunities to integrate geographically distributed work processes. These changes have also brought forth entirely new types of ‘digital’ or ‘virtual’ labour, both paid and unpaid. The summer school will explore recent developments of digital work and labour within corporations, along global value chains and over the Internet. It will devote special attention to the ways in which people experience new forms of work and labour and to their individual and collective reactions.

Focusing on the global digital workplace, the Marie Jahoda Summer School of Sociology will provide an academic frame for a deeper and interdisciplinary approach to these complex processes. An understanding will be developed of how changes in work take place as new forms of virtual labour emerge and what their implications are for work organization, workers identities and workers’ agency. Account will be taken of the ways in which work and labour are being transformed in the context of global economic and technical dynamics and in relation to their local embeddedness. This may include the shifting boundaries between paid and unpaid work and between ‘work’ and ‘play’.

During the Summer-School the participants have to present a research paper (about 20 pages) and subsequently have the chance to discuss it with the audience. Each day of the summer school is devoted to a core topic and is led by an experienced and distinguished scientist. Additionally, two keynote speeches by renowned researchers and social events in the historic city of Vienna are planned.

Programme Accommodation and how to get there Flyer


Photo courtesy of the University of Vienna.