Disrupting technology: Contextualising continuity and change in technology, work and employment. Two day conference.
Recent scholarship on the relationship between technology and work has often tended to accentuate new technologies supposed transformative effects.
Conferences on work and employment often feature streams dedicated solely to new technologies such as platforms or AI segregated from other streams where technology is mentioned very little.
This both narrows our understandings of what constitutes technology and contributes to the renewed growth of technological determinism, both in its utopian or dystopian variants- from Fully Automated Luxury Communism on one hand to a nightmare of total surveillance on the other.
Such debates are often speculative and can serve to obscure how actually existing employment relations are being shaped by new technologies.
The Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) at Leeds University Business School is pleased to announce a two day conference relating to these questions.