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Closing Event International Francqui Chair Steven Vallas 2018


Closing Event International Francqui Chair Steven Vallas 2018

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Flexible work and social inequality:  Renegotiating the future of the labour market

On February 8, 2018 Hasselt University is hosting the closing conference of the Francqui Chair Steven Vallas. The Francqui Chair is supported by eight Belgian universities.

Speakers from around Europe – from academia, business, government and unions – will reflect and debate on a wide range of issues: inclusive labour markets, social dumping in transport, social rights, protection… “It is our hope that this closing conference will be the first step in renegotiating the future of the labour market”, conference organizers Prof. Patrizia Zanoni and Prof. Valeria Pulignano say.

ABOUT STEVEN VALLAS

Steven P. Vallas received his PhD from Rutgers in 1983. He has taught at the Georgia Institute of Technology and at George Mason University. He is currently Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University in Boston. He is the author of numerous articles on  workplace technology, struggles over the organization of work, new forms of managerial authority, the knowledge economy, and the meaning of race in the contemporary workplace.

His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review and Theory and Society. He has written or edited several books, including Power in the Workplace (1993), The Nature of Work (edited, with Kai Erikson) and – most recently – Work: A Critique (2012). He is currently writing about the commercialization of employee subjectivity and the meaning of workplace diversity. 

WHEN AND WHERE

Thursday, February 8 2018 – Campus Hasselt – Oude Gevangenis (Louis Verhaegen Auditorium) – 42 Martelarenlaan, Hasselt

PROGRAM

1.30 - 2 p.m.
Welcome by Prof. Luc De Schepper, Rector Magnificus UHasselt  
Welcome by Prof. Piet Pauwels, Dean of the Faculty of Business Economics
Welcome by Prof. Steven Vallas, International Francqui Chair Holder  
Welcome by Prof. Patrizia Zanoni, Faculty of Business Economics, Director of SEIN – Identity, Diversity & Inequality Research

Presentation of speakers by Valeria Pulignano (KU Leuven)

2-2:25 p.m.
Precarious work and protective gaps: strategies for more inclusive labour markets
by Jill Rubery, Professor and Director of the Work and Equalities Institute, University of Manchester (UK)

2:25-2:50 p.m.
European Integration, Mobility Traps and the Pan-European Precariat
by Nathan Lillie, Professor of Social and Public Policy, University of Jyväskylä (Finland)

2:50-3:15 p.m 
New solidarities: organising and organised precarious workers from a UK perspective
by Jane Hardy, Professor, University of Hertfordshire (UK)

3:15-3:45 p.m.
Coffee break in the foyer

Presentation of speakers by Patrizia Zanoni (UHasselt)

3:45-4:05 p.m.
Social dumping in transport: the road to Slovakia
by John Reynaerts, Deputy federal secretary, BTB-ABVV

4:05-4:25 p.m.
Social rights and protection under pressure in the platform-economy
by Jeroen Vandamme, National Trade Union Officer LBC-NKV of ACV-CSC

4:25-4:45 p.m.
Bridging autonomy and protection of workers: the case of SMart
by Sarah de Heusch, Project Officer for Development and Strategy Unit of SMart

4:45-5:30 p.m.
Panel discussion
with Jill Rubery, Nathan Lillie, Jane Hardy, Jeroen Vandamme, John Reynaerts and Sarah de Heusch moderated by Patrizia Zanoni

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Reception

 

REGISTRATION

Attendance is free of charge. However, we kindly ask you to register at link (January 25 at the latest).

 

PARTNERS

Eight Belgian universities fully support Prof. Vallas’s International Francqui Professor Chair application:

KU LEUVEN
Prof. Valeria Pulignano
Promotor Institution – Centre of Sociological Research, Faculty of Social Sciences

UNIVERSITEIT HASSELT
Prof. Patrizia Zanoni

UNIVERSITÉ CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Prof. Laurent Taskin

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Prof. Christophe Vanroelen

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Prof. Lesley Hustinx

UNIVERSITÉ DE LIÈGE
Prof. François Pichault

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Prof. Ive Marx

UNIVERSITÉ LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Prof. Pierre Desmarez