WORKING CULTURES/CULTURES OF WORK: Call for proposals for contributions to a thematic volume, Narodna umjetnost 50/1

The “breakdown” or “collapse” of state socialisms throughout eastern Europe has not brought about the outcome that the newly-emerging political elites in the successor societies envisioned. More importantly, the transition period has left the people of those societies, who gave credence to the new elites during the first newly-established parliamentary elections, disillusioned in a number of ways. Narodna umjetnost’s celebratory 50th anniversary volume seeks to advance the debate by focusing on Working Cultures/Cultures of Work within the comparative political/social/cultural history of the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century in Europe. We welcome manuscripts addressing one or more of the following issues:

1.)    What have been, and are, the direct experiences of production and how were/are they reflected in workplace culture(s)? What about the (multiple) meanings of work, wages, and fair compensation? What has been, and is, perceived as meaningful work? 

2.)   What are the gendered dimensions of the post-socialist economic crisis, and what were the state socialist roots of these dimensions? Have women as a “group” been among the losers in the process of “transition”, in terms of their social and economic status and/or in terms of their political representation? What about masculinities during and after state socialism?

3.)   What practices of adaptation to, negotiation of or resistance to the former working conditions can be discerned (e.g. cynicism, irony, dialogic farce etc.), and how do people experiencing post-socialism relate the previous working conditions to those of the present?

4.)   In which ways can the notion of “post-socialist nostalgia” be linked to issues such as job loss, the worsening of labor conditions, the disappearance of guaranteed welfare and other benefits, social security, etc.?

5.)   In which ways, and with what meanings, has “work” been represented in a range of media and cultural forms, from photography, news broadcasts and lifestyle magazines, to TV soaps, reality shows and popular music, both during and after state socialism? What work, and whose work, is made visible and valued (or otherwise) in these texts?

6.)  Around what issues has labor conflict taken place, both during state socialism and during the post-socialist period?

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Manuscripts should be submitted until 15th January 2013.

From 1st January 2013 we will introduce the Open Journal System.

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