Call for the participant: ‘Digitalisation & the future of work & social relations’

February 7th, 2018 9:29 pm

What is the conference about?
The conference will bring together delegates from Churches and Church organisations across Europe who work on or are concerned with social questions relating to labour, employment policies and economy, and who expect new insights and reflections from a European discussion. Digitalisation has become one of the most discussed topics in Europe and beyond. The Digital Single Market is a key priority for the European Commission. The states in Europe have set up plans to strengthen their digital potential and the fear of governments is to be left behind concerning expected economic growth and the creation of new jobs if one is not part of this very dynamic development.One main question is how digitalisation will affect the labour market more and more and shape social relations. This question relates not only to the concern that many jobs might be lost and unemployment will rise again as a result of automation and the use of robots, but incorporates also the discussion about how the profile and conditions of labour will evolve – through more automation and new forms of work (online platforms, sharing economy etc.). There is no doubt that this technological process will have implications for social relations. That is why we would like to invite you to a European discussion for the churches in Europe. Quality of work, working conditions and the development of social relations are essential topics for churches, grounded in the wisdom of the dignity of every person created in the image of God and appointed to work for the protection but also flourishing of creation and for the common good. The conference will raise awareness, exchange theological and social-ethical perspectives, and develop tools to use at home but also in European discussions. Furthermore, the conference will contribute to the CEC-Assembly 2018 (31 May – 6 June 2018) in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Location: Germany, Berlin 23-25 April

Organizer: CEC CALL-network. CALL stands for “Church Action on Labour and Life”. The CALL-network has gone through a process of revision in the last years, supported and requested by the CEC Governing Board. The CALL-conference will bring together delegates from Churches and Church organisations across Europe who work on or are concerned with social questions relating to labour, employment policies and economy, and who expect new insights and reflections from a European discussion.

Finances:  travel costs & conference fee 280 euro (WSCF-E and the organizer CEC can subsidize your costs if necessary)

How to apply?
Please send the motivation letter to Zuzana Babicova at by 1st March 2018 outlining your interest in the conference. This is a call for nomination open to members of WSCF-Europe network.

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