Labour in East and Southeast Europe: Institutions and Practices Between Formality and Informality

Call for papers, deadline 13 January 2014

Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung 26.06.2014-28.06.2014, Regensburg

Deadline: 13.01.2014

Work is one of the most essential aspects of life - both from the viewpoint of individuals and the society as a whole. It is a social practice where life-courses intersect with power hierarchies, ideologies, institutional regulations, and economic forces. The impact of formal and informal institutions on the functioning of labour markets is well documented and varies considerably across time and space.

East and Southeast Europe is characterized by frequent political and economic transformations that resulted, among other things, in the fragility of institutions and a high degree of informality. These phenomena are also relevant for the build-up of trust and social capital that in turn are among the key factors for the understanding of labour relations and labour market outcomes. Hence, labour is a central realm in which the shifting boundaries between the formal and the informal, between the official and unofficial take effect.

The conference welcomes scholars both from humanities and social sciences. Contributions should concentrate on the time span from the 19th century to the present. Specific topics include, but are not confined to the following:

- Labour market effects of political transformation
- Institutions and labour market outcomes
- Production of trust and distrust
- Representations of work
- Practices of non-work and under-employment
- Informal employment and migration
- Formality and informality in labour: concepts, definitions and measurement

Keynote speakers: Donald Filtzer (University of East London), Hartmut Lehmann (University of Bologna, IZA Bonn and DIW Berlin)

Submissions to should include:
- an abstract (max. 300 words)
- a CV including your institutional affiliation and contact details either in MS-Word format (.doc or .docx) or as a pdf

Conference language: English. The IOS will cover the travel and accommodation costs of presenters.
Accepted participants will be notified by the end of January 2014.

Conveners: Ksenia Gatskova, Stefano Petrungaro


[Cross-posted, with thanks, from H-Soz-u-Kult]