An inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference on „Decent Work and Unemployment“ will be hosted by the Center for Ethics and Poverty Research (University of Salzburg), Salzburg, May 26-29 2009. It seeks to examine and explore the connections of „decent work“ and unemployment. In particular the project is interested in investigating the concept, context, and practice of „decent work“ in its relation to unemployment, and assessing issues surrounding its moral, social, political, economic, philosophical, psychological and religious significance.
We are particularly interested in creative and concrete ideas of how to operationalize the concept in various context.
We are particularly interested in young scholars who are interested in networking and international exchange.
Papers, work-in-progress and reports from all disciplines are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:
1. Questions of Definition
* roots and aims of „decent work“
* definitions of „decent work“ and unemployment
* measuring „decent work“ and unemployment
* benefits and disadvantages of „decent work“
* questions of applying the concept to concrete contexts
2. Social, Psychological, Moral and Religious Perspectives
* practices of „decent work“ and unemployment
* connections of „decent work“, unemployment and social exclusion
* emotional and social effects of „decent work“ and unemployment
* „decent work“ and unemployment and social recognition
* „decent work“ and „decent unemployment“
* „decent work“ and „personal development“
* spiritual traditions, religions and their contributions to the concept of „decent work“
3. Legal, Economic and Political Perspectives
* strategies of promoting „decent work“ and fighting unemployment
* „decent work“ and unemployment in a knowledge-based society
* „decent work“ and working standards
* legal and political contexts of „decent work“ and unemployment
* „decent work“ and flexicurity
* „decent work“ and unemployment and the role of unions
* „decent work“ and new forms of work
Papers on any other topic related to the theme will also be considered.
500 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 10th October 2008. They should be in Word, RTF, or OpenDocument formats. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 27th March 2009.
The conference will be organized as an exchange of creative ideas, rather than the reading of papers.
The conference organizers will take care of the accommodation of the conference participants in Salzburg during the conference.
The Proceedings of the conference will be published.
Please send your paper together with a short CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Organising Committee:
Prof. Clemens Sedmak
FD Maurice Professor of Moral and Social Theology
King's College London
Prof. Otto Neumaier
Department of Philosophy
University of Salzburg
Center for Ethics and Poverty Research
University of Salzburg
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