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As part of its Major Collaborative Research Initiatives Project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) will host an international conference on the new frontiers for citizenship at work. This conference will take place at HEC Montréal (Montreal, Canada), from Monday May 12th to Wednesday May 14th, 2014.

This conference builds upon and extends previous work on the theme of citizenship at work, notably the importance of migrant status, social reproduction, inequality, life cycle, and social location as part of a larger examination of citizenship as a platform for delivering entitlements and distributing risks relating to work. It will facilitate comparative analysis of existing public policies and implementation mechanisms in order to respond more effectively to contemporary normative concerns and risks associated with the new faces of work and employment and to promote organizational efficiency and worker well-being in the world of work.

These are some of themes the conference will explore:

1. The New Faces of Work and Employment: What are the implications of the changing forms of work and employment for citizenship at work?
2. Jobs and Job Quality: What makes jobs better or worse, how are these jobs created and distributed among different groups in the labour market (women, men, younger and older workers, national and migrant workers) and what are the implications for citizenship at work?
3. Work, Family, Community: What is the changing nature of working time and what are the policies and mechanisms that are able to ensure a better articulation between work, family, and community roles?
4. Risk Shift: What is the nature of social risk in the labour market and the community, how is it distributed, how is it shifting, and what are the mechanisms for alleviating it?
5. Working and Acting across Borders: What does the historic and changing division of labour between North and South mean for citizenship at work?
6. Labour Standards, Rights at Work and their Enforcement: What are effective standards for labour protection and development and how can they be promoted and enforced?
7. Equality at Work: How are equality and inequality at work evolving and what does this mean for achieving citizenship at work?
8. Democracy at Work: Is democracy in the workplace receding or expanding and what are the implications for achieving citizenship at work?
9. Rethinking Citizenship at Work: What are the concepts, models and policies to inform citizenship at work?

This activity relies on the support of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as part of its Connection and Major Collaborative Research Initiatives programs, the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Sociétés et culture, though its Strategic Clusters program and the Canada Research Chair on Globalization and Work.

It relies also on the support of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR) and the Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work, and features a special collaboration with the Mondi Migranti Journal, Comparative Labor and Employment Law & Policy Journal and International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, all of which will publish a selection of papers presented at the conference.

Coordinating Committee

Stéphanie Bernstein
(Université du Québec à Montréal), Jean Charest (Université de Montréal), Urwana Coiquaud (HEC Montréal), Karine Drolet (CRIMT), Martin Dumas (Université Laval), Judy Fudge (University of Kent), Marie-Josée Legault (TELUQ), Francine Jacques (CRIMT), Gregor Murray (Université de Montréal), Élise Panier (CRIMT), Nicolas Roby (CRIMT), Guylaine Vallée (Université de Montréal).

Scientific Committee

Maurizio Ambrosini (Università di Milano), Harry Arthurs (York University), Adelle Blackett (McGill University), Peter Berg (Michigan State University), Gerhard Bosch (Universitat Duisburg-Essen), Christian Brunelle (Université Laval), Amanda Coles (University of Melbourne), Michel Coutu (Université de Montréal), Isabelle Daugareilh (Université Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV), Renée-Claude Drouin (Université de Montréal), Peter Fairbrother (RMIT University), Janice Fine (Rutgers University), Laurence Léa Fontaine (Université du Québec à Montréal), Émilie Genin (Université de Montréal), Jeffrey Hilgert (Université de Montréal), France Houle (Université de Montréal), Karen Hughes (University of Alberta), Catherine Le Capitaine (Université Laval), Isabelle Martin (Université de Montréal), Ron McCallum (University of Sydney), Philippe Pochet (European Trade Union Institute), Barbara Pocock (University of South Australia), Ian Robinson (University of Michigan), Jill Rubery (University of Manchester), Kendra Strauss (University of Cambridge), Gilles Trudeau (Université de Montréal), Leah Vosko (York University).