Panel Discussion: New Directions in the Study of Work

A worker in a factory

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 and future trends in the world of work.

Date and Time: -
Location: Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Room 208, North House


  • Görkem Akgoz, 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 Scarborough (Moderator)
Partners and Sponsors:

  • The Office of the Vice President, International, University of Toronto
  • The International Office, Humboldt University, Berlin
  • The Office of the Vice Principle Research and Innovation, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Department of Sociology, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • The Graduate Department of Sociology, University of Toronto