Welcome to the New Times network.

The network brings together a group of international scholars from across social science disciplines (Sociology, Cultural Studies, Economics, Law, and Geography) who are engaged in this project of rethinking via:

  • inventive mappings of the unfolding and uneven process of the socialization of production.
  • thinking through the implications of this process at conceptual and theoretical levels for the thoroughly entangled concepts of gender and labour.

CFP: Futures in Question

11-12 September 2014 
Goldsmiths, University of London

Extended deadline for proposals: 28 April 2014

Keynote Speakers

Professor Lisa Adkins (University of Newcastle, Australia), Professor Patricia Clough (City University of New York) and Professor Mike Michael (University of Sydney).

 How is the future imagined, planned for and manifested as the site of social and political struggle?

Is the idea of progress towards a better future challenged as a result of financial, environmental, political and health crises?

How do the social sciences, arts and humanities study the future – theoretically and methodologically – and how might they develop modes of analysis to invent different futures?

This conference will explore the contours of ‘the future’ in our current context of multiple financial, ecological and political crises. We are interested in drawing out intersections between the variety of ways that the future is imagined, planned for and performed across the arts, humanities and social sciences.

For more details, find the full call for papers here: Futures In Question CFP.

Giving notice to employability

Giving notice to employability
ephemera Volume 13 Number 4 (November 2013) http://www.ephemerajournal.org/issue/giving-notice-employability

The neoliberal notion of employability has risen to prominence over the past 20 years, having been positioned as the crux of national, organizational and individual prosperity. To be employable, individuals are increasingly called upon to be self-reliant; aligning themselves to the conditions of an ostensibly fast-moving and precarious global economy. This special issue of ephemera calls attention to the way this current preoccupation with employability tethers questions of equality and human development to the instrumental capitalist obsession with growth and renewal. The 13 contributions to this issue ‘give notice’ to employability as a colonizing attribute of human resourcefulness that promotes marginalization, exploitation and stigmatization. By exploring the type of ‘self’ employability demands, and analysing the consequences of its required engagement, we hope employability will be both noticed and acted upon.

What is a contract?


Following discussions of contracts at the Gender and Labour in New Times 2.0 workshop comes this from the Times HIgher Education Supplement:

‘Newcastle University [UK] emailed employees before a national strike on 31 October to warn them that working to contract constituted a “breach of contract” and this entitled them to withhold “100% of salary”.’

Plenty to think about: when is a contract not a contract?

Read the article here.