Veranstaltung: Conference „Flexibility“ and „Agility“, 17.-19.11.2022, Darmstadt

„Flexibility has emerged as a key concept to explain social change since the 1970s and 1980s. Flexibilization shaped industrial and service relations as well as social relations. Examples of this process include flextime succeeding rigid workday time regulations in offices or “flexible automation” becoming the catchphrase in industrial production as the fixed automation that had shaped industrialization up to the 1970s and 1980s gradually vanished. Private life started to shift as well: new modes of life such as singles and cohabitation appeared to coexist with the traditional nuclear family. The latter represented a strict social institution while the former allowed for constant adjustments based on individual needs – a differentiation that needs to be critically analyzed from a historical perspective. This conference explores the concept of flexibility along with the strategies, processes, practices, and ambivalences of flexibilization. Even though the focus of the conference will be on work environments, we will also consider broader social contexts.“

Die von Martina Heßler (TU Darmstadt), Martin Krzywdzinski (HSU), Christopher Neumaier (ZZF) organisierte Tagung widmet sich einer Historisierung und Einordnung von „Flexibilisierung” und der „Agilität” seit den 1970er-Jahren. Ein Highlight ist bestimmt Richard Sennett, den wir als Keynotespeaker gewinnen konnten. Weitere Informationen, das Programm und die Möglichkeit zur Anmeldung finden Sie hier.