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I hope you can circulate this to graduate students, and faculty with
grad students, who are working on these topics.


Chris Tilly

Professor of Urban Planning and Sociology and Director, Institute for
Research on Labor and Employment


Call for papers

Labor in the Global South: A Search for Solutions

A global, interdisciplinary graduate student research conference

May 27-28, 2011

University of California Los Angeles

It is critical to reexamine the position of labor in the global South,
in the context of momentous changes underway in the global economic and
political order.  Our goal in this conference is to take stock of the
state of work and workers in the global South, and to share best
practices and critiques of strategies to upgrade jobs and empower
workers.  This conference will bring together graduate students from the
United States and around the world to bring their own research to bear
on these issues.  The goal is not just to exchange information, but to
advance discussions about strategies and solutions.  To this end,
graduate student presentations, which will make up the bulk of
conference content, will be supplemented by innovative labor-related
practitioners from the South, in addition to senior academics from the
United States.  Also, to this end, we ask that paper submissions look
toward solutions as well as analyzing current and historical conditions.
We welcome submissions that look at a full range of issues involving
labor, work, and employment, including formal employment, informal
employment, and household and other uncompensated work.  Submissions are
welcome from graduate students in a variety of disciplines, including
but not limited to: sociology, political science, history, geography,
anthropology, economics, area studies, ethnic and gender studies, public
policy, social welfare, and urban planning.

A limited number of travel scholarships (airplane fare only) are
available to graduate students outside the United States.  Participants
from outside Los Angeles will be housed with UCLA graduate students and
faculty at no cost.

Proposals (1 page) are due April 8, 2011.  Include your name,
institutional affiliation (including graduate program name), and
country.  Please indicate whether you wish to be considered for a travel
scholarship.  Send to [log in to unmask]

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