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Precarization Processes in an International Comparison

Public Workshop on October 8 and 9, 2015, at Freie Universität Berlin

№ 269/2015 from Sep 14, 2015

Precarization processes in labor and labor markets in Latin America and southern Europe are the focus of an international workshop to be held on October 8 and 9, 2015, at the Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität. Researchers from various countries will meet to address the causes, forms, and dynamics of precarization in different countries as well as the question of how new peripheries arise in southern Europe and Latin America. The workshop was organized by the research network of Freie Universität, the "Postwachstumsgesellschaften" (Post-Growth Societies) research group of Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, and the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut in Freiburg. Entitled "The Production of Peripheries - Precarization Processes in States and Labor Markets," the workshop is public and free of charge. The workshop language is English. The number of participants is limited to 50. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to by October 1, 2015.

"The dramatic precarization in countries of southern Europe, such as Greece and Portugal, offers a powerful example of the formation of new peripheries," says Martina Sproll, a researcher at Freie Universität Berlin's Institute for Latin American Studies and one of the organizers of the workshop. These processes can no longer be explained by concepts such as structural heterogeneity, formality vs. informality, or overly simple conceptions of center/(semi-)periphery. Current modes of transnationalization of capitalist accumulation and regulation seem to have developed complex forms of in- and exclusion on different levels which still need to be further investigated.

The workshop participants will primarily address basic issues, such as

  • What is new in the current precarization processes?
  • What forms of precarization can be detected and classified?
  • Is precarization an overarching tendency in different regions of the world?
  • What are the common features, and what are possible explanations for differences and commonalities?
  • What is the role of the state?
  • What kind of changes in social structures and social inequalities can be identified?

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Dr. Martina Sproll, Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-65211, Email:

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