CEE workshop


Central and Eastern European employment relations in perspective
– history, geography and variegation

The workshop was taking place on the 30th January 2015 at University of Greenwich and was organised by WERU and IERA. The workshop has provided transdisciplinary and critical perspectives on political and socio-economic restructuring that has characterised post-socialist central and eastern European (CEE) countries in order to discuss changed and transnationalised employment relations, re-valuation and (self)disciplining of subjectivities, workers’ voice and variegated forms of capitalisms that characterise contemporary CEE region and its relations with the West.

Session 1: Variegated capitalisms within the central and eastern European region

Discussant: Magdalena Bernaciak, European Trade Union Institute

Chair: Graham Symon, University of Greenwich

  • Combined and Uneven Development in CEE: Wild Capitalism, corruption and oligarchy (Abstract, Paper)

Martin Upchurch, Middlesex University

  • Do Slovenian industrial relations develop as a corporatist system? (Abstract)

Hans Moerel & Erik Poutsma, Radboud University Nijmegen

  • Lives out of ‘balance’: Inequalities, exclusion and displacement in urban Romania (Abstract)

Aniko Horvath, King’s College London

Session 2: Re-valuation of subjectivities in relation to the market and across spatial and temporal dimensions

Discussant: Martyna Sliwa, University of Essex

Chair: Olga Cretu, Middlesex University

  • The moral economy of the Latvian post-socialist welfare state: ethnography of an unemployment office (Abstract, Presentation)

Liene Ozolina-Fitzgerald, London School of Economics

  • Migrant workers and transnational staffing agencies in Europe: symbolic order guiding transnational exchange (Abstract)

Barbara Samaluk, University of Greenwich

  • Postcolonial perspective on labour migration of care workers from post-socialist Europe to Austria (Abstract, Presentation)

Bernhard Weicht, University of Utrecht & Barbara Samaluk, University of Greenwich

 

Session 3: Workers’ voice: memories, strategies and resistance

Discussant: Gregory Schwartz, University of Bristol

Chair: Lisa Schulte, University of Greenwich

  • Beyond Nostalgia? Class identity, memory and the Soviet past in Russia and the ‘near abroad’ (Abstract, Presentation)

Claudio Morrison, Middlesex University

  • Living with precariousness: Workers’ life strategies and the future of collective interest representation in Poland (Abstract, Presentation)

Adam Mrozowicki, University of Wrocław

  • Transnational Economic Competition and Labour’s Multiple Social Fragmentation in (Eastern) Europe – where to find Common Ground? (Presentation)

Stefanie Hürtgen, Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt am Main

 

Plenary Session – The way forward: societal impacts, gaps and challenges for future research

The overall debates were clear that we should continue the discussions on changing markets and subjectivities within the post-socialist world and the ways we approach these issues theoretically and methodologically. Anyone interested to engage in future discussions on these issues is welcome to subscribe to the mailing list (MARKETIZATION-IN-EUROPE@JISCMAIL.AC.UK) by following this link or join a Marketization in Europe Facebook page.

 

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