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Day 1. 16 October 2024  (Wednesday)


University of Wroclaw Library, Fryderyka Joliot-Curie 12 St.

SESSIONS HELD IN POLISH (PL-EN, EN-PL interpretation provided)


9:15-9:45: Opening of the conference:  Patrycja Matusz (Vice-Rector for Internationalisation of the University of Wrocław), Magdalena Ratajczak (Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, UWr), Katarzyna Kajdanek (Vice-director, Institute of Sociology, UWr), Adam Mrozowicki (Department of the Sociology of Work and Economic Sociology, IS UWr, Sociology of Work Section, Polish Sociological Association)

10:00-12:00: Workshop I: Working conditions of platform workers in Europe and the forthcoming Platform Work Directive (ERC ResPecTMe Awareness Workshop)   

Chair: Bartosz Mika (University of Gdansk)

Introductory lecture: Valeria Pulignano (KU Leuven), Karol Muszynski (University of Warsaw/KU Leuven)

Panelists:   Barbara Surdykowska (NSZZ Solidarność / Solidarity ), Stanisław Kierwiak (OPZZ Konfederacja Pracy / Confederation of Labour) , Arkadiusz Krupicz ( / JustEat Takeaway), Tbc – Chief Labour Inspectorate


12:00-12:30: Coffee break


12:30-14:30: Workshop II: (Un)usual crisis of public services: the COV-WORK project

Chair: Julia Kubisa  (University of Warsaw)

Introductory lecture:  Jacek Burski (University of Wroclaw, UWr), Jan Czarzasty (SGH Warsaw School of Economics), Aleksandra Drabina-Różewicz (UWr), Alicja Palęcka (UW, SGH), Szymon Pilch (UWr), Adam Mrozowicki (UWr)

Panelists: Edyta Odyjas (NSZZ Solidarność / Solidarity), Zbigniew Żurek (Business Centre Club), Maria Magdalena Malinowska (OZZ IP / Workers’ Initiative), Jacek Pluta (UM Wrocław / Wroclaw City Council)


14:30-15:30: Lunch


15:30-17:30: Workshop III: The ENDURE Community Resilience Lab

Chair: Olga Gitkiewicz (University of Wroclaw, UWr)

Introductory lecture: Mateusz Karolak (UWr), Könül Jafarova (UWr)

Panelists:  Michał Syska (Ministerstwo Rodziny, Pracy i Polityki Społecznej/ Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy), Ignacy Jóźwiak (OZZ IP / Workers’ Initiative)


17:30-18:00: Open Day Final Discussion

*The Open Day is supported by the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grant), grant agreement n° 833577 – Project ResPecTMe, NCN OPUS project COV-WORK funded by the National Science Centre in Poland (UMO-2020/37/B/HS6/00479) and the ENDURE project funded by the Trans-Atlantic Platform and the National Science Centre in Poland  (UMO-2021/03/Y/HS6/00167)


Day 2. 17 October 2024  (Thursday)

Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wroclaw, Koszarowa 3 St.



9:00-11:00 Plenary Session: Critical Labour Studies in the Times of Polycrisis (Auditorium A, the Institute of Political Science)

Chair: Agata Krasowska (University of Wroclaw)

Michele Ford (University of Sydney): Collective Action in the Face of Democratic Regression: Lessons from Southeast Asia [on-line]

Callum Cant (University of Essex): Things can only get… worse: Workers’ experiences of ‘polycrisis’ in Britain

Valeria Pulignano (Catholic University of Leuven): Unpaid Labour and Inequality in Precarious Work


11:00-11:30 Coffee break  (the Institute of Political Science)  


11:30-13:30 Parallel thematic groups 


G1. Continuity in crisis? Polycrisis and the world of work in Poland in 2020-2024  (Room: 203, the Institute of Sociology)

Chair: Mihai Varga (Free University of Berlin)

Discussant: Valeria Pulignano (Catholic University of Leuven)

Adam Mrozowicki (University of Wroclaw): The (poly)crisis – game changer or continuation? Interlinked crises in the world of work

Mateusz Karolak (University of Wroclaw): Do we need a crisis of work? (Post)pandemic crises in Polish press discourse in 2020-2023

Juliusz Gardawski (SGH Warsaw School of Economics): The socio-economic consciousness of working Poles in the post-pandemic situation

Jan Czarzasty (SGH Warsaw School of Economics), Adam Mrozowicki (University of Wroclaw): The revival of social dialogue or the trigger of social conflicts? Polycrisis in the Polish industrial relations

Jacek Burski, Agata Krasowska (University of Wroclaw): Biographical Experiences and Coping Strategies of Essential Workers in Healthcare, Social Care, Education and Logistics


G2. Migration, work and polycrisis (Room: 25, the Institute of Political Science)

Chair: Olga Czeranowska (SWPS University in Warsaw)

Tibor Meszmann, Olena Fedyuk (CELSI): Trapping workers’ consent? Temporary work agencies’ role in reproducing labour power of non-local workers for Hungarian manufacturing companies

Valeria Piro (University of Padova): Spaces of everyday solidarities. Collective forms of agency of unorganised migrant workers

Sara Bojarczuk, Dominika Pszczółkowska, Marek Okólski, Anita Brzozowska, Agnieszka Fihel, Kamil Matuszczyk (University of Warsaw): Employers’ interests in labour migration research – a conceptual framework within New Institutional Economics

Imran Sarihasan (Polish Academy of Sciences): How crises work as a barrier activator for immigrant entrepreneurship: case from Hungary during the COVID-19 pandemic

Aniela Partyga (University of Wroclaw): Social psychoanalysis of a biography. The case of migrant workers in Poland

Snježana Gregurović, Margareta Gregurović, Simona Kuti, Sanja Klempić Bogadi, Sonja Podgorelec (Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies/IMIN)                  Employment of migrant workers in Croatia: Between precarity and lack of policies


G3. Digital transformation at work (Room: 26, the Institute of Political Science)

Chair: Bartosz Mika (University of Gdansk)

Gabriela Julio-Medel, Devi Sacchetto (University of Padova): Italian and Polish workers’ positioning at the crossroads of the automotive technological transition

Dominika Polkowska (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University): The end of the taxi as we know it? The role of fleet partners in professionalising the app-based driver profession.

Karol Muszyński (University of Warsaw), Valeria Pulignano (Catholic University of Leuven): Why labour platforms use different employment arrangements?

Mirosław Skorek (Scomi-tech): Transformation of operational activities of fire protection services in the field of IT technology

Deepa Kylasam Iyer (Cornell University), Francis Kuriakose (Impact and Policy Research Institute): Utopias and Crises at work: Exploring Creativity through End-game Scenarios of Artificial Intelligence [on-line]

Olga Gitkiewicz, Szymon Pilch (University of Wroclaw): Giants on digital legs: How big tech platforms (GAFAM) are changing the world of work and labour struggles


G4. Capital, class and critical labour studies in contemporary academia (Room: 27, the Institute of Political Science)

Chair: Paul Stewart  (Grenoble School of Management):

Miguel Martinez Lucio (University of Manchester): Social movements, communities and the renewal of worker representation: Myths, realities and possibilities in the building of connections

Sara Lafuente Hernández (European Trade Union Institute and ULB), Pedro Chaves Giraldo (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid): From ‘guinea pigs’ to actors: Participatory action research and its potential for trade union revitalization

Justyna Kajta (SWPS University in Warsaw): Bringing class into work. On the upwardly mobiles’ experiences in professional fields

Adam Ochwat (University of Warsaw): University, work, unions: the birth of a student-led union movement

Helena Antunes (University of Porto): (Re)configurations of the academic profession in times of polycrisis


13:30-14:30 Lunch  (the Institute of Political Science)


14:30-16:30 Plenary session: Sociology and Trade Unions: Collaboration across Boundaries  (Auditorium A, the Institute of Political Science)

Chair: Julia Kubisa (University of Warsaw)

Paul Stewart (Grenoble School of Management): Critical labour Studies: origins and prospects in the age of neoliberal polycrisis

Jane Holgate (Leeds University Business School): Agents of curiosity. Why the union movement needs political education and critical thinking

Ignacy Jóźwiak (University of Warsaw): Work, workers’ rights and workplace organizing in the shadow of war: a transnational view on Ukraine

Ian Greer (Cornell University): Transgressing the boundaries of academic work in Ithaca, New York, USA [on-line]


16:30-17:00 Coffee break  (the Institute of Political Science) 


17:00-19:00 Parallel thematic groups

G5. Accessibility of the world of work for persons with disabilities (Room: 25, the Institute of Political Science)

Chair: Ewa Giermanowska (University of Warsaw)

Anna Drabarz (Polish Disability Forum), Wioleta Hryniewicka-Filipkowska (University of Białystok): The European Union as an inclusive employer of employees with disabilities – assessment of the compliance and effectiveness of the employment policies of selected EU institutions and bodies

Kamila Albin (University of Warsaw): Between social involvement and working for living: activism and the work in the narratives of women with disabilities

Magdalena Kocejko (SGH Warsaw School of Economics), Zbigniew Głąb (University of Lodz): Policy of professional activation of people with disabilities in Poland from the perspective of cruel optimism. A thing about unfulfilled promises

Jerzy Bielecki, Tomasz Płachecki (Educational Research Institute, IBE): Career guidance as a process to support the construction of educational and vocational pathways for learners with disabilities

Dorota Żuchowska-Skiba (AGH University of Krakow): The impact of technology on employment for people with disabilities


G6. ENDURE: Essentiality, inequality and livelihoods  (Room: 203, the Institute of Sociology)

Chairs: Mihai Varga (Free University of Berlin), Mateusz Karolak (University of Wroclaw)

Emina Bužinkić (Institute for Development and International Relations), Nina Čolović (Serb People’s Council): Female teachers in minoritized education in Croatia: precarity, nationhood, and the capitalist neoliberal grammar

Soner Barthoma (Uppsala University), Susan Beth Rottmann (Ozyegin University), The politics of waiting, contested belonging(s) and negotiated spaces: Precarious lives of migrant workers in Istanbul in times of Covid-19

Christian Fröhlich (Free University of Berlin): The role of biographical resources in how essential workers coped with the Covid-19 pandemic in Germany

Mateusz Karolak, Adam Mrozowicki, Könül Jafarova (University of Wroclaw): Navigating the Storm: The Lived Experiences and Coping Strategies of Migrant and Non-migrant Logistics Workers in Poland During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mihai Varga (Free University of Berlin): Boundary or underpinning? The social context of work in poor households

Aline Hasegawa (University of Campinas); Marina Fontolan (University of Texas); Leda Gitahy (University of Campinas): Vale do Ribeira, Serra da Bocaina, Complexo da Maré, and the Amazon: study cases on community resilience in Brazil during the Covid-19 pandemic  [on-line]

Sofía Vinasco, Yenny Ramírez (National University of Colombia):  Payment in advance: income, family and marks on the bodies of women returnees to Colombia [on-line]


G7. Emotions in organizations and professional work (Room: 26, the Institute of Political Science)

Chair: Justyna Kajta (SWPS University in Warsaw)

Sylwia Kwaśniewska (University of Silesia in Katowice): Who will give you a glass of water in your old age? Women’s work in nursing homes and demographic changes

Martina Kolářová Veverková (Charles University in Prague): The Czech employees’ stories of the pandemic – work stress and sense-making in a complex social crisis

Teresa Ferreira (Iscte – University Institute of Lisbon): Occupational burnout in public institutions – how new public management principles lead public servants to work-related suffering

Beata Pawłowska (University of Lodz): Emotions in the everyday medical staff work


G8. Care work in crises (Room: 27, the Institute of Political Science)

Chair: Dominika Polkowska (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University)

Patricia Ward (University of Bielefeld): Our bosses think we are ‘glorified warehouse workers’: logistics, labor and humanitarian aid

Franziska Baum (University of Hamburg): Care in crisis: platforms and self-employment in care: who’s dependent on whom?

Aniela Partyga (University of Wroclaw): Class conditions for organising a trade union. Attitudes of caregivers in nursing homes in Wroclaw

Jiahui HOU (Kobe University): The Actual Conditions of Job Seeking in the Domestic Service Industry: From the Perspective of Domestic Workers

Luca Villaggi (University of Padova), Samuel Maruszewski (University of Wroclaw): Labouring citizenship. Welfare state transformations between Italy and Poland


20:00 Gala Dinner 


Day 3. 18 October 2024 (Friday)

Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wroclaw, Koszarowa 3 St.



9:00-11:00 Parallel thematic groups


G9. (Re)Defining Work in the Internet Age: Unveiling Dynamics of Online Labor Markets (Room: 25, the Institute of Political Science)

Chair: Karol Muszynski (University of Warsaw)

Kamil Łuczaj, Aleksandra Drążczyk (University of Lodz): When does work happen for Internet content creators? Exploring work-for-labor, the intelligentsia habitus, and social legitimization

Kaja Kaźmierska (University of Lodz): Conflict of roles or conflict of discourses – the meaning of work in the narratives of large family mothers

Paweł Zalewski (University of Warsaw): Exploring the life trajectories and digital capital accumulation of micro-influencers

Lisa Yuk-ming LEUNG (Lingnan University, Hong Kong): Perceived ‘micro-aggression’ among racial minority workers across on and offline job sectors in Hong Kong

Athina Avagianou, Stelios Gialis (University of the Aegean): Precarity and agency in youthspaces of work: the case of food delivery platform workers in Athens


G10. The chronic crisis of precarious work (Room: 26, the Institute of Political Science)

Chair: Dominika Polkowska (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University)

Anna Kiersztyn (University of Warsaw), Katarzyna Kopycka (University of Lodz): Precarious careers among young professionals in Germany, Poland and the UK: a comparison across countries and occupations

Beata Boór (University of Vienna): The value(s) of work for young people: analysing claims of age-based differences

Stefan Bieńkowski (University of Warsaw): “I’m better out of the system – on my own”: The Experience and Meaning of Non-standard Employment in Poland

Hanna Szalecka (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan): Gastro-problems. Precarity of Polish cater workers

Ksawery Olczyk (Univerisity of Lodz): “Icarus Flight for Life”. – An analysis of the experience of precarious work in the stories of young food service workers

Klara Babińska (Lille University): What kind of autonomy for the “unemployable” in an experimental French Return-to-Work Program?


G11. Climate crisis and green transition  (Room: 203, the Institute of Sociology)

Chair Szymon Pilch  (University of Wroclaw)

Vasiliki Krommyda (National Technical University of Athens), Stelios Gialis (University of the Aegean): Transforming labour regimes in the context of a socio-ecological fix: The case of lignite phase-out in Western Macedonia, Greece

Vassil Kirov, Rumiana Jeleva (Bulgarian Academy of Science): Not yet Green and Digital? The challenges faced by the construction sector in Bulgaria

Mauricio Torres (University of Pará – UFPA), Thais Borges de Farias (University of Pará, Brazil), Brian Garvey (University of Strathclyde): Mining the future: the porous boundaries of land and law

Natasa Szabó (Central European University): Labour and the climate crisis: the effects of green transition and Chinese investments in the Hungarian automotive industry

Stephanie Daher (Grenoble School of Management):  When Sustainability initiatives and Indigenous Realities meet: Ontological Violence in the case of the ‘Paiter Suruí Carbon Credit REDD+ Project’

Lucas Cifuentes (University of Manchester): Clean Energy Transition on Whose Shoulders: The Experience of the Strike by Workers in the Atacama Salt Flat


G12. Professional groups in times of polycrisis – part I (Room: 27, the Institute of Political Science)

Chair: Justyna Zielińska (The Maria Grzegorzewska University)

Marta Gospodarczyk (University of Warsaw): Drought, war, and the European Union – narratives of interloping crises in the narratives of Polish farmers

Olga Czeranowska (SWPS University in Warsaw): Gender of career success? Definitions and experiences of career success in gender occupational minorities

Małgorzata Suchacka (University of Silesia in Katowice): The role of universities in shaping market attitudes of entrepreneurship

Hubert Kotarski, Agata Ludera-Ruszel (University of Rzeszów): Work-life balance – an analysis of the challenges of work-life balance among higher education staff

Cagatay Edgucan Sahin (Ordu University): Dynamics of labor market and employment practices on substandard vessels: An ethnographic inquiry


11:00-11:30 Coffee break (the Institute of Political Science)


11:30-13:30 Parallel thematic groups


G13. The world of work and therapeutic culture (Room: 203, the Institute of Sociology)

Chair: Agata Krasowska (University of Wroclaw)

Katarzyna Waniek, Joanna Wygnańska (University of Lodz), Internet work as therapy

Andrzej Frączysty (University of Lodz): What is ‘worldwork’? The social in the perspective of therapeutic experts – the case of Process Oriented Psychology

Alicja Palęcka (University of Warsaw): Work refusal as self-care. Case studies of the practices of the Polish unemployed

Jerzy Stachowiak (University of Lodz): Practical interest in the subordinates’ psyche. On the problem of objectification

Jacek Gądecki, Katarzyna Hetmańczyk, Wojciech Kowalik (AGH University of Krakow): The harder the better. Makers practices as work and a hobby


G14. Popularization of remote work in critical perspective (Room: 25, the Institute of Political Science)

Chair: Olga Czeranowska (SWPS University in Warsaw)

Michelle Mielly (Grenoble School of Management), Lena Kurban Rouhana (American University of Dubai): Flexible work arrangements and liquid flexibility: dissolving boundaries at the work-life confluence

Zuzanna Kowalik (University of Warsaw): Working from home and job satisfaction: A mediating effect of organisational culture

Azad Heydarov (University of Wroclaw): Navigating new norms: the intersection of digital nomadism, tourism, migration, and the socio-economic implications of health and housing vulnerabilities

Piotr Binder (Polish Academy of Sciences): Transformations of remote work in a longitudinal perspective – towards remote work models


G15. Professional groups in times of polycrisis – Part II (Room: 26, the Institute of Political Science)

Chair: Jacek Burski  (University of Wroclaw)

Assaf Bondy (University of Bristol), Ronen Mandelkern (Tel-Aviv University): An odd couple? When mainstream economists join forces with trade unions

Bartosz Mika, Wiktor Sokół (University of Gdansk): Professionalization as a social process. Creation of the occupation on the example of physiotherapists in Poland

Ryszard Necel (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan): Professional helpers in times of man-made disasters – COVID-19 Pandemic and refugee crisis after the war in Ukraine in the experience of social workers in Poland

Michał Cebula (University of Wroclaw): Social class, working conditions and resilience to crisis: An analysis of the Polish class structure

Justyna Zielińska (The Maria Grzegorzewska University): Job quality in the professions of psychotherapists and psychiatrists in contemporary Poland


G16. How the labour market turned the University into a student factory (Room: 27, the Institute of Political Science)

Chair: Aniela Partyga (University of Wroclaw)

Małgorzata Damek (University of Wroclaw): Feminisation in higher education

Adrian Prokopczyk, Piotr Woźniak (University of Wroclaw): Changes in university infrastructure and its consequences for students

Pola Melonowska (University of Warsaw): Celebrations in a student factory: the loss of collective joy and rituals on Juwenalia festivities in Poland

Stefan Zaleski (Polish Academy of Sciences): Labor taxation as a source of social inequalities


13:30-14:30 Lunch  (the Institute of Political Science)


14:30-16:30 Plenary session: Challenges and Perspectives of the Critical Labour Studies  (Auditorium A, the Institute of Political Science)

Chair: Adam Mrozowicki  (University of Wroclaw)

David Ost (Hobart and William Smith Colleges): Why Workers Often Oppose Democracy?

Bridget Kenny (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg): Trade unions and logistics in South Africa: Racial capitalism returned or new routes to organising?

Julia Kubisa (University of Warsaw): Rules of engagement? Positioning the practice of public sociology in industrial relations research and cooperation with trade unions


16:30 – 17:00: Closing remarks (Auditorium A, the Institute of Political Science)


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