Panel Discussion - New Directions in the Study of Work

When and Where

Friday, April 08, 2022 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Trinity College


New Directions in the Study of Work


DATE: April 8th 2022 from 2PM to 4PM

LOCATION: Trinity College

1 Devonshire Place

Room 208, North House



  • Görkem Akgöz

Einstein Postdoctoral Research Fellow,

Humboldt University

  • Aaron Benanav

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Excellency Cluster SCRIPTS, Humboldt University

  • Andreas Eckert

Chair of African History, and Director, re:work, Interdisciplinary Centre on Global Labour Studies, Humboldt University

  • Mahua Sarkar

Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto & University of Toronto


Critical work by labour scholars from the global South has long highlighted the normalization of the precariousness and informality of work across much of the economically underprivileged world. More recently, the disintegration of stable employment relations and welfare regimes in the global North, as well as brisk developments in artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics have deepened a sense of foreboding about work and its futures in human life worlds. Across the global North-South divide there is now a growing concern that significant segments of working populations may become incrementally redundant.

Against the backdrop of these larger conversations, an interdisciplinary group of scholars from the University of Toronto and Humboldt University, Berlin is coming together to explore possibilities for a research collaboration. We begin with a panel discussion at the University of Toronto featuring faculty and researchers from Humboldt University, Berlin. The panel will address themes of mutual interest around the historical legacies, present predicaments