CfP: Workshop: Work – Employment – Vocation. The Production of Differences and Hierarchies of Livelihood in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Event: Vienna, 02/2011); DL: 01.09.2011

ERC-starting grant project “The Production of Work: Welfare, Labour-Market, and the Disputed Boundaries of Labour (1880-1938)”, directed by Sigrid Wadauer (Web)

Venue: University of Vienna
Time: February 10th to 11th, 2012
Deadline: September 1st, 2011; PDF

There is a multiplicity of ways to earn a livelihood. The variation among terms used for their description indicates the existence of differences and hierarchies between them. In different languages, this spectrum ranges from words for activities which merely organise sustenance, to those for jobs, employment (emploi, Beschäftigung), and gainful work (activité lucrative, Erwerbsarbeit) all the way to words for vocations and professions (métier, état, profession). The latter ones designate careers, requiring aptitude, affinity, education and training as well as steadfastness and dedication. In the German-speaking context, they are called Berufe. Nonetheless, as indicated by the research literature, it is difficult to translate the term Beruf owing to its specific connotations. Read more …/PDF

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