5 June, 2017
Organised by the Centre for Digital Culture, Department of Digital Humanities (King's College, London) in collaboration with ENDL - European Network on Digital Labour research.
Where: King's College, Waterloo Campus, Franklin Wilkins Building - Room 1.71
This workshop aims to discuss the rise of the mode of nonstandard employment described as a ‘gig economy’ and its significance in the current post-crisis, post-class and ‘populist’ scenario. Digital platforms today intermediate work processes to a significant extent, fostering an ‘on-demand’ rationale and regulating workers’ revenue stream through undisclosed algorithmic elaboration. This poses new challenges to workers and unions in relation to forms of mobilisation and solidarity and class relations. This workshop aims to bring together a group of relevant academics and activists to question the emergence of the ‘gig economy’ and discuss the contours, and the potential long-term consequences, of its growth.
10.00 Welcome and introductory remarks (Wing-Fai Leung, Alessandro Gandini)
10.15 Keynote session: From Virtual Labour to the Gig Economy
Ursula Huws (U. Of Hertfordshire)
Juliet Webster (Gender and ICT)
12.00 Lunch break
13.00 Panel 1: Research Perspectives
with Ivana Pais (U. Cattolica, Milan), James Stewart (Edinburgh)
Discussant: Wing-Fai Leung (KCL)
14.30 Coffee break
15.00 Roundtable. From the front line: Job quality and Resistance.
with Marisol Sandoval (City), Arianna Tassinari (Warwick), Alex Wood (Oxford Internet Institute)
16.30 Keynote session: The Gig Economy, Digital Labour and Job Automation
Antonio Casilli (ParisTech) in conversation with Alessandro Gandini (King’s College)
17.45 Closing remarks
18.00 Drinks reception