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Agency in an Era of Multiplication of Labour Regimes

An International Workshop organized by the Centre for Social Innovation Studies at CUHK and the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China

Monday, 24 June 2019, 10.00-18.00, Room 505, Wong Foo Yuan Building, 
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Overall, current processes of flexibilisation and casualisation of labour produce at once possibilities for a politics of solidarity and agency, but these processes also create the conditions for fragmentation and depolitization (Atzeni and Ness 2018).

In the present era, what forms of agency (individual and collective) and of transformative politics (Lazar and Sanchez 2019) are being crafted and struggled for, from reducing the everyday effects of systems of exploitation and domination to their minimum to more visible and organized forms of labour politics? How do processes of precarisation and informalisation transform workers’ politics and labour relations ? 

We would like to delve into forms of workers’ creativity and agency that go beyond traditional forms of collective labour activism. 
From odd-job, domestic workers, frontline production and dispatch-workers, to delivery workers and high-tech programming workers, 
how do various categories of workers organize and in which measure are these politics of resistance reinventing patterns of agency and mobilisation? 
How are class, gender, ethnicity and place differences articulated in these politics of labour? 

If you're interested in such inquiries, you're welcome to join us next Monday 24th June!

Organized by:
French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (Hong Kong)
The Centre for Social Innovation Studies
The Chinese University of Hong Kong


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