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Inaugural address by Prof Debby Bonnin, Head of the Department of Sociology

Senate Hall, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria
18:00 to 20:30
The Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Professor Vasu Reddy, cordially invites you to the inaugural address of Professor Debby Bonnin, Head of the Department of Sociology, titled 'Transformations of work'.


Date: Wednesday, 21 September

Time: 18:00 for 18:30

Venue: Senate Hall, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria

RSVP: by Wednesday, 14 September 2016, to [email protected]

Parking: Senate Hall (follow markers)

GPS coordinates: S25° 45' 21” E28° 13' 51”



The word 'transformation' has many meanings, is embedded in social context and has much political currency. But what might be its importance to the world of work and labour scholarship?

Through an exploration of the meaning of this term (or concept?) for the world of work, this address will examine important themes in South African labour scholarship, discussing various ways in which both (the empirical world of) work and scholarship have responded to change.

Transformations happen in a number of spheres – spatial, economic, political and technological − and then reverberate through the world of work. The address opens a window onto these spheres, mapping the impacts of transformations onto the world of work and the scholarship of work.

The talk starts by presenting vignettes of work during the heyday of apartheid – a time when, it is said, labour scholarship dominated South African sociology and manufacturing dominated the economy. It then explores the different spaces of transformation since then, highlighting the ways in which it has become embodied. Among the narratives of transformation discussed are those of time, place, the labour market, the global economy, the supply chain, labour, and technology. The address ends with the question: 'What is the future of labour scholarship?'


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