Working Futures Network

Introducing #DossierCorona #workingfutures

Members of the Working Futures network, former and current Fellows of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin share their thoughts on the effects of the pandemic.

The Corona crisis challenges our societies, and within them the field of work, in various ways. In their contributions to the #workingfutures thread of the #DossierCorona on the TRAFO Blog, members of the Working Futures network, as well as former and current Fellows of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin share their reflections on the effects of the pandemic on our social life, the future of work, and related public and academic debates. Read on our TRAFO Blog:

Lisa Herzog: How Can We Strengthen the Contributory Logic of Work?

Martin Krzywdzinski: The COVID 19 crisis accelerates structural change in the world of work

Elena Esposito: The Need for De-Integration in Pandemic Times


Laure de Verdalle: “Useful”, “Indispensable”, “Essential”: Is the Health Crisis Changing the Categories With Which We Consider Professional Activities?

Jürgen Kocka: How Does the Corona Crisis Affect the Future of Work and Our View of It?

Bénédicte Zimmermann: Caring About What We Hold Dear and the Final Purposes of Work

Michel Lallement: The Crisis as Beginning of a New Relationship to the Professional World?

David Stark: Who or What is Being Tested in Pandemic Times?

Bruce Kogut: Covid and Looking for the Exit

Sasha Disko: The End of the Pandemic of Productivism?

Felix Sieker & Anke Hassel: The Future of Shopping: Corona as a Catalyst for the Transformation of Work

Constance Perrin-Joly: Rearticulating Globalization, Solidarities and Work in Ethiopia

Marianne Braig, Léa Renard, Nicola Schalkowski and Theresa Wobbe: Thinking the Global Rise of Forced Labor: Old, New, and Changing Forms of Labor Exploitation in Times of Crisis

Lena Hipp: The Digital Transformation of Work: COVID-19 as a Taste of Things to Come?

Founded in 2018, the network “Working Futures” aims to create a space for the mutual understanding and analysis of the future of work among scholars from different countries and disciplines, including history, sociology, political science, philosophy, economics and law. The future of work is driven by transformations that affect society as a whole, and have become all the more salient in times of crisis like the Corona pandemic. These mutations require empirical analysis, while also calling for a renewal of the academic approaches and methods used to make sense of them.

“Working Futures” is a project of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, which has been a place of lively intellectual exchange since 1981. Every year, an international group of Fellows from a wide variety of disciplines come together to pursue and discuss their academic work in an intellectually heterogeneous and inspiring atmosphere. The network is jointly coordinated by Bénédicte Zimmermann (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and EHESS, Paris), Andreas Eckert (re:work, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Forum Transregionale Studien) and Lisa Herzog (University of Groningen).

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