Call for Proposals: DFG Priority Programme “The Digitalisation of Working Worlds”

The Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) established the Priority Programme “The Digitalisation of Working Worlds. Conceptualising and Capturing a Systemic Transformation” (SPP 2267). The programme is designed to run for six years. The present call invites proposals for the first three-year funding period.

The Priority Programme assumes that the digitalisation of the worlds of work represents a systemic transformation that will change all the institutional systems of the society of work in a fundamental and lasting way. This programme’s intention is to research the digital transformation as an interaction of three process dimensions in which this socio-technical change is: a) socially prepared, b) technically enabled and c) discursively negotiated and socially mastered. At present, the research on digitalisation is fragmented and focuses strongly on isolated technical phenomena. The Priority Programme, in contrast, seeks to investigate the societal conditions and ways of shaping the current digitalisation of the society of work as a whole as well as the dynamics and impact of this systemic transformation, which is at once nonsynchronous, interdependent and contradictory. The programme plans to achieve an interdisciplinary combination of perspectives from the social sciences, economics and history on new configurations of work and technology, on multi-layered dynamics of change and on changing forms and places of value creation.

The full call can be found here.

Proposals must be written in English and submitted to the DFG by 15 October 2019. An information event on the content and formal aspects of the application will be offered on 8 July 2019 (11 am–4 pm) at the Nuremberg Campus of Technology of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen Nuremberg. Interested parties are requested to register by 14 June 2019 under: