Call for Participants

PhD Summer School 2024: Gender, AI and Inclusive Work


New technologies and new forms of work are transforming the way people work today representing numerous opportunities in relation to economic growth, productivity and employment. However, digitalisation is more likely to affect men and women differently in the near future, inadvertently perpetuating already existing gender biases and inequalities.

Despite policy commitments to advancing gender equality in the workplace, labour markets remain gender segregated. Women, on average, perform more routine tasks than men and more than half of the working population in the EU still work in occupations dominated by their own gender. Furthermore, women are paid less and hold fewer senior positions. These contextual factors not only shape experiences of women and men differently, when it comes to the integration of new technologies at the workplace and the emergence of new forms of work, but also can create additional risks of exclusion, discrimination and job displacement for female workers.

Many experts foresee that women are more likely to be threatened by the introduction of new technologies in the workplace in the next decade. Since, women, on average, perform more routine tasks than men, a higher number of female workers can be at risk of AI-driven job displacement/technological unemployment. Meanwhile, feminised sectors such as healthcare, education and social care assistance are at lower risk of automation.   These sectors are expected to grow with increasing presence of digital labour platforms that offer atypical work arrangements and contribute to the emergence of new forms of risks, such as the isolation of workers, fragmentation of work and institutionalised undervaluation of work performed by female workers.

In this summer school, we aim to explore the everyday experiences of female workers within the changing nature of work environments due to new technologies and new forms of work from by looking at the interaction between technological change, labour market institutions and gender from an intersectional/critical perspective (including a feminist economics perspective).

We invite submissions related to the topics of everyday experiences of female workers, including

  • AI/automation and gender inequality,
  • women in the platform economy,
  • algorithmic bias in hiring and discrimination in the workplace,
  • women in the AI/data/tech driven fields,
  • the ways of debiasing data and
  • the role of trade unions/social partners in workers’ organising.

The school is supported by four academic mentors

Professor Gabriele Griffin  is Professor of Gender Research and Director of Graduate Studies at the Centre for Gender Research. She is coordinator of the VR-funded PhD School 'Gender, Humanities, and Digital Cultures' (2023-2028). Her research focuses on women in research and innovation, gender and technology, female entrepreneurs, women's cultural production, feminist research methodologies, non-normative identities, and higher education and disciplinization.

Professor Payal Arora  is a Professor of Inclusive AI Cultures at Utrecht University, and Co-Founder of FemLab, a feminist future of work initiative. She is a digital anthropologist, a TEDx speaker, and an author of award-winning books, including ‘The Next Billion Users’ with Harvard Press. Her expertise lies in user experience in the Global South, cross-cultural AI ethics, and inclusive design.

Dr. Justyna Stypinska  is a sociologist with research interests in different forms of algorithmic discrimination and bias in AI technologies and how those create new dimensions of social and economic inequalities in late capitalism. At the WZB, Justyna leads the interdisciplinary project that investigates the impact of the use of AI technologies on the ageing populations in Europe from a socio-technical perspective.

Dr. Lucia Amorosi  is a postdoc fellow in Labour Sociology at Scuola Normale Superiore. Her research interests revolve around labour sociology, industrial relations, gender and intersectionality, and postcolonial studies. She particularly deals with topics such as domestic and care work, social reproduction and gendered division of labour, domestic workers’ unionization, severe labour exploitation and human trafficking in domestic work.

 

Number of places: 16 PhD students working on the topics related to digitalisation transformation from the social science perspective. Interdisciplinary approaches are highly encouraged.

Eligibility: currently registered PhD students in Social Science/Related Disciplines.

Selection: Participants will be selected following a peer-review process and on the basis of scientific excellence of their proposed abstract. A fair balance between different regions within and Europe and topics will be maintained. A limited number of places reserved for students outside the EU.

Format of the event: On-site

Funding: All selected participants will be provided with 3 nights’ accommodation and meals during the stay.

Fee: a fee of 50 EUR to be paid to the organisers once the list of participants is announced.

Guidelines for applications:

Please send a short CV (max. 3 pages) and an abstract of your paper (400 words max) by May 1, 2024.

Your abstract should contain the following subheadings:

  • Title of paper
  • Keywords (up to 4)
  • Research question
  • Theoretical framework
  • Methodology (if empirical paper)
  • Preliminary findings or conclusions

Applications (in a single PDF file) must be submitted to Dr. Inga SabanovaInga.Sabanova(at)fes.de  by May 1, 2024.

The list of selected participants will be announced by June 15, 2024.

If you are selected you will be required to submit a manuscript of a full paper (4000 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography) by July 15, 2024 to Dr.Inga Sabanova- Inga.Sabanova(at)fes.de

This is essential to ensure that participants get the most of this programme. Papers will be circulated in advance and allocated to peer discussants.

We kindly ask you to apply only if you accept these terms of conditions and are prepared to follow the guidelines and deadlines.

The best papers will be published after the summer school.

Contact Person

Dr. Inga Sabanova
Policy Officer

Email

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Future of Work

Cours Saint Michel 30a
1040 Brussels
Belgium

@FES_FoW

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