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VI Social Boundaries of Work. Lublin 2022

Date: May 19-20, 2022

Miejsce: Lublin, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University

In the sixth edition of our conference, we continued the debate initiated at the Warsaw conference by asking about social inequalities and the new meanings of work in the digital age.

Concept 2022

The Sociology of Work Section of the Polish Sociological Association in cooperation with the Institute of Sociology Maria Curie-Sklodowska University invite abstracts for the international conference „Social Boundaries of Work. Social Inequalities and New Meanings of Work in the Digital Age”. The conference will take place in Lublin, on 19-20.05.2022.

This time, the conference will be focused on digitalisation, which affects all spheres of the (post) pandemic social life. How are digital technologies affecting the world of work today? How does digitalisation affect the existing and new institutions of our social life? How do social actors use digital tools and platforms to create their own adaptation and resistance strategies? How do digital platforms and digital tools legitimize social, political and economic inequalities and ideologies in the sphere of work and mobility? How does digitalisation influence the emergence of social institutions?

The obvious context for answering these questions in 2022 is the COVID-19 pandemic and the (post) pandemic socio-economic crisis. There are many indications that the pandemic has accelerated the digitalisation trend in the sphere of work, leading to further expansion of remote work, the platform economy and other forms of organizational and technical innovation.

The pandemic has also exposed new areas of social inequality. We are particularly interested in digital inequalities, which are, on the one hand, a derivative of access to digital technologies, computers and the Internet, and on the other hand, may result from differences in motivation, competence or the level of use.

We are interested in papers addressing the topics of social inequalities and the new meanings of work in the digital age in an international and comparative context, combining it with dimensions of social differentiation such as origin, gender, class position, disability and others. We want to capture the multiplicity of transnational dependencies and similarities in the processes related to (post-) pandemic changes in the world of work in the context of digitalisation.

We are pleased to announce that the conference will host following distinguished keynote speakers:

  • Alex J. Wood – University of Bristol, UK
  • Renata Włoch – University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Marta Kahancová – Central European Labour Studies Institute, Slovakia
  • Virginia Doellgast – Cornell University, USA
  • Vassil Kirov – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
  • Dominika Polkowska – Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland,
  • Bartosz Mika – University of Gdansk, Poland

VI SBW Program and book of abstracts May 2022

Scientific Board

  • prof. Vassil Kirov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • prof. David Ost, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, USA
  • prof. Paul Stewart, Grenoble Ecole de Management
  • dr Violetta Zentai, Central European University
  • prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Jasiecki, Centrum Europejskie Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
  • prof. dr hab. Danuta Walczak-Duraj, Uniwersytet Łódzki
  • dr hab. Krystyna Janicka, prof. nadzw. IFiS PAN, Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
  • dr hab. Adam Mrozowicki, prof. nadzw. UWr, Uniwersytet Wrocławski
  • dr hab. Julia Kubisa prof. UW, Uniwersytet Warszawski
  • dr hab. Ewa Giermanowska, Uniwersytet Warszawski
  • dr hab. Sławomira Kamińska-Berezowska, Uniwersytet Śląski
  • dr Dominika Polkowska, Uniwersytet Marii Curie Skłodowskiej
  • dr Olga Czeranowska Uniwersytet Warszawski
  • dr Bartosz Mika Uniwersytet Gdański

PTSSociology of Work Section
of the Polish Sociological Association

in cooperation with:

– Institute of Sociology University of Marie Curie-Skłodowska, Lublin 

Organizing committee

  • dr Dominika Polkowska – chairperson (UMCS)
  • dr hab. Julia Kubisa, prof. UW (UW)
  • dr hab. Adam Mrozowicki prof. UWr (UWr)
  • dr hab. Ewa Giermanowska (UW)
  • dr hab. Sławomira Kamińska-Berezowska (UŚ)
  • dr Olga Czeranowska (UW)
  • dr Bartosz Mika (UG)
  • dr Karolina Podgórska (UMCS)
  • mgr inż. Emil Bartkiewicz (UMCS)

The conference is under patronage of the Research Committee 44 of the International Sociological Association, as one of a series of regional initiatives in response to disruption caused by COVID-19. The objective of RC44 is to encourage international research on labour movements, with a focus on their role both in industrial relations and in the political arena. The information about the RC44 activity and information how to join RC44 can be found at:


The conference is co-sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation



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