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CfA: 2nd EAJS Publication Workshop 2018



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Call for Papers for the International Workshop

Labour Market Liberalisation after the Lehman Crisis: France, Germany and Japan in Comparative Perspective

Tokyo, December 14-15, 2018

In the 10 years after the collapse of the investment firm Lehman Brothers, there has been a noticeable shift in discourses on structural labour market reforms. Whereas before the crash international organisations, liberal economists and many policymakers had been arguing that market-oriented reforms were necessary if painful to improve the performance of labour markets, the social costs of liberalisation seem to attract much more attention since 2008. The social and political costs of labour market inequalities are now widely acknowledged especially in countries with dual labour market structures like France, Germany and Japan.
Yet the jury is still out whether this discursive shift has prompted a similar change in policy. While policies emphasising social goals rather than economic efficiency have clearly gained in popularity (e.g. minimum wage reform in Germany and reinforced equal treatment rules for non-standard work in Japan), structural reforms echoing previous attempts at liberalisation are also still on the agenda (e.g. French reforms of labour contract law, Japanese “work-style” reforms or German temporary agency work reform).
The workshop aims to shed light on this mixed picture of continuity and change by bringing together scholarship on France, Germany and Japan from all disciplines of the social sciences. The countries share many structural problems (e.g. dual labour market structure, limited mobility between standard and non-standard jobs) but differ with regard to their regulatory approaches and political and economic institutions. The comparison therefore allows exploring the changing politics of structural reform in economically advanced democracies as well as to readdress key questions in comparative political economy research, e.g. to what extent governments, employers and trade unions are willing and able to influence processes of liberalisation and mitigate resulting labour market dualisation.

We seek in particular papers that engage with one of the following four thematic themes:

- Discourses on labour market inequalities
  E.g., how have political discourses on labour market liberalisation changed since the Lehman shock?

- Contents and direction of structural reform
  E.g., how has the substance of labour policies changed since 2008? What explains the recent popularity of minimum wage reforms and reinforced equal
  pay rules?

- Policymaking processes and power   
  E.g., how has the influence and role of business and organised interests changed since 2008? Which political actors profit/suffer due to controversies on
  non-standard work and labour market inequalities? How has the Lehman shock affected industrial relations?

- Changing employment practices
  E.g., are reforms driven by changing employment practices or do reforms shape practices? How important are demographic change and labour shortages for changing practices?

Single country studies as well as comparative papers from all disciplines of the social sciences are welcome.

We invite interested scholars (junior and senior levels, at least PhD candidate status) to submit their paper proposal (max. 500 words) to
labour-market-workshop(at)dijtokyo.org by July 9, 2018

Accepted paper givers will be eligible for an allowance to help pay for travel and accommodation costs (one speaker per paper; app. 950 EUR for speakers from Europe/North America; 550 EUR for speakers from Japan and Asia). We plan to publish selected papers of the workshop with a leading English-language publisher. For inquiries, please contact the organisers at the email address provided above.
Notifications of acceptance will be send out by July 16.

For the full call please download the PDF file.



Call for Proposals: The Oxford International History of East Asia Research Seminar

Hilary (Spring) Term 2019

The convenors, Mark Baker, Helena F. S. Lopes, Chinami Oka, Frances O’Morchoe, and Woody Wu invite proposals for the Hilary (Spring) Term 2019 session of the Oxford International History of East Asia Research Seminar.

We invite fellow PhD students and early career researchers to submit proposals for seminar presentations on any aspect of the international and transnational history of East and Southeast Asia,particularly papers on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We look forward to proposals for papers on a broad range of international and transnational history topics, including not only traditional state-to-state relations, but also the flow of people, goods and ideas between states and/or non-state actors, the role of transnational organisations, and the importance of culture, identity, race and gender in international and transnational history, to name just a few. Interdisciplinary approaches with a strong historical focus are also welcome.

The seminar is open to Oxford and non-Oxford speakers alike. All convenors are current graduate students or early career researchers, and the seminar provides a welcoming environment for invited speakers to present research at any stage of completion to an audience of students and Oxford faculty members. This session of seminars will be held during Oxford’s Hilary Term, which is between 13th January and 9th March 2019. Presentations are expected to last between 20 and 30 minutes and are followed by Q&A. We have modest funds to cover speakers’ travel to the seminar, but not from further afield than Western Europe.

Those interested in speaking are invited to send a provisional title, an abstract no longer than 300 words, and a short biographical note to IHEAOxSeminar@gmail.com by 25th November 2018. Any queries are also welcome, to the same address.

Further information about the seminar, including details of our programme of recent events, is available on our Facebook page and our Twitter feed.

The seminar is kindly hosted and supported by the University of Oxford China Centre.


Calls for Papers/ Articles/ Applications


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