Registration is now open for the 2013 PLG Symposium: Organize and Assemble III! This year’s theme is Precarious Labour and we have a very exciting line up of speakers. On this site you will find the registration form, program, Symposium schedule and information on how to get there. See below for a more detailed description of our theme.
If you have any questions please contact plg.edmonton AT gmail.com.
Registration will be open until October 18, 2013.
This Year’s Theme: Precarious Labour
While the new economy is often celebrated for possessing increasing flexibility (‘work at home,’ ‘be your own boss,’ ‘set your own hours’) the reality is that ‘flexibility’ has been stressed to obscure the increasing precariousness of labourers. The flexible economy is best characterized by the decline of stable full time employment forcing workers to respond to a new reality where unemployment, underemployment, temporary work, outsourcing and downsizing are the prospects for a larger number of workers – ranging from students and recent graduates to veteran employees who have been deemed dispensable in the competitive, global economy. Precarity has been a particular mark of the information professions, where labour is less reliant on huge investments of fixed capital (such as factories) and can be done largely with low cost information and communications technologies anywhere, anytime.