FiDiPro team members Mona Mannevuo and Lisa Adkins were invited speakers at ‘The Dynamics of Virtual Work’ held at the ISM University of Management and Economics, Vilnius, Lithuania 14-16 September 2016. The conference was organized as part of the activities of the COST action (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) on virtual work.
Drawing on research conducted as part of her PhD, Mannevuo discussed the conditions of contemporary academic labour and especially the complex attachments associated with such work. In her keynote, Adkins drew on her Australian Research Council funded research to discuss the significance of the state in the restructuring of work and labour, especially for understanding the demand that whole populations work across entire lifetimes.
In addressing these issues Mannevuo and Adkins contributed to a set of lively debates at the conference, including debates on the question of how and why the contemporary present demands reconceptualizations of work and working.