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PLG Edmonton's Third Annual Symposium - Organize and Assemble III
2013 Theme: Precarious Labour

While the new economy is often celebrated for possessing increasing flexibility ('work at home,' 'be your own boss,' 'set your own hours') the reality is that 'flexibility' has been stressed to obscure the increasing precariousness of labourers.  The flexible economy is best characterized by the decline of stable full time employment forcing workers to respond to a new reality where unemployment, underemployment, temporary work, outsourcing and downsizing are the prospects for a larger number of workers - ranging from students and recent graduates to veteran employees who have been deemed dispensable in the competitive, global economy.   Precarity has been a particular mark of the information professions, where labour is less reliant on huge investments of fixed capital (such as factories) and can be done largely with low cost information and communications technologies anywhere, anytime.The Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) - Edmonton Chapter invites practitioners, scholars, activists, students, and other members of the general public interested in library, archival and allied information services to submit proposals for its third annual symposium, Organize and Assemble III, taking place in Edmonton on Saturday, October 26, 2013. This one-day refereed event will provide an interactive forum for the identification and exploration of contemporary issues of access, equity and social justice as they connect with and disconnect from the rhetoric and reality of library and archival studies and services locally and globally.

For this year's symposium, we are especially seeking submissions related to the theme of “precarious labour.” Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Services to communities resulting from precarious labour conditions

• temporary foreign workers

• programming

• resources

Precarious labour within the information professions

• unemployment

• temporary/contract work

• unpaid internships

• unionization

• austerity measures

• freedom of speech in the workplace

• occupational health and safety issues

Intersections of race, gender, precarious labour and information

Labour history of the information professions

Precarious labour and higher education (library school, academic librarianship etc...)

Where to find information about precarious labour

Please submit proposals (not to exceed 500 words) for individual and group contributions (e.g., papers, debates, round-tables, critiques, panels, posters, exhibits, manifestos, performances, mini-workshops, socially responsible merchandising) via email to plg.edmonton at by midnight August 30, 2013.

The PLG supports progressive and democratic activities in the area of information services and the Edmonton Chapter's Program Committee will review all submissions that recognize (or challenge!) this stance and the PLG statement of purpose more broadly: 

Deadline for proposal submissions: August 30, 2013

Notification of acceptance will be sent out no later than September 6, 2013.

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