IAG2023: Worlds of Work: Session co-sponsored by the IAG Cultural Geography Study Group and
the IAG Urban Geography Study Group
Now that the call for abstracts has opened for this year’s Institute of Australian Geographers Conference in Perth 4-7 July 2023, we’d love to hear from geographers who are keen to contribute a paper to our session below:
Worlds of Work
Session co-sponsored by the IAG Cultural Geography Study Group and the IAG Urban Geography Study Group
David Bissell, University of Melbourne
Andrew Gorman-Murray, Western Sydney University
Elizabeth Straughan, University of Melbourne
Many kinds of work-related geographical transformations are currently taking place. In the long comet tail of Covid-19, the intensification of working from home and other kinds of remote work are changing mobility patterns and the kinds of social, cultural, and economic activities currently going on in neighbourhoods and CBDs. Technological transformations related to the intensification of digital automation, AI and robotics are changing the place of work, altering where work happens, and the kinds of skills required for this work. The intensified platformisation of work is giving rise to new kinds of precarity and insecurity for some. Broader processes of deindustrialisation are creating new dilemmas for industries and communities alike, creating new power geometries in the process. This session asks: what are these transformations doing to the worlds that we inhabit? How are these transformations changing subjectivities, relationships, households, and communities in different ways? How are they changing capacities, skills, dispositions and habits? In this session, we’re keen to showcase papers that explore the worlds that open up and are closed down by different kinds of paid and unpaid work. We invite contributions from all areas of human geography, including cultural geography, social geography, urban geography, economic geography, and labour geography that address changing worlds of work from different conceptual and empirical perspectives. We’re keen to explore the ontological questions associated with the kinds of changes that are occurring, as well as epistemological questions about how we come to sense and know such transformations.
Please get in touch with us (email@example.com; A.Gorman-Murray@westernsydney.edu.au; firstname.lastname@example.org) with a ~150 word abstract if you are keen on contributing. We can then give you the green light to formally submit your abstract to the conference system here: https://iag23perth.com.au/call-for-abstracts.php. If you have any questions or queries, please do reach out to us.
The call for abstracts closes on 31 March, so we look forward to hearing from you over the coming 6 weeks!
David (Andrew and Libby)