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Future of Work and Care

The intersections and regimes of work and care have been significantly disrupted by COVID-19. With recent technological development and artificial intelligence, the world of work and personal life are more complex to manage and blend, and individuals face many challenges. As we recover and imagine how to rebuild our economies, industries and communities, it seems timely to consider the practices, tensions and ways forward in the future of work and care.

This symposium aims to explore research and policy debate around the conceptual and lived experience of work and care in Australia. It is energised by questions: Who will we be in years to come? What approaches to ‘care’ should we consider? How can we create an equitable future of work and care?

The symposium will include, but not be limited to, the following issues and themes:

● AI and the future of work
● Industries, paid work and care
● The Care Economy: aged, disability, childcare and early learning sectors
● Approaches to, and resistances to, human care in the workplace
● Emotional landscapes of work and care
● Intersectional approaches to work and care
● Parental leave policy and return to work practices during COVID-19
● Theoretical issues in studying the future of work and care − particularly for intersectional, feminist and queer theory

The symposium will be held on 3rd May 2024 at accessible venues on the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus. It will be a hybrid event.

Date: Friday 3 May 2024
Location: The Linkway, Level 4, John Medley Building, University of Melbourne
Time: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Format: Hybrid

Cost: *Includes lunch & Morning Tea
In person - TASA Waged Members: $50
In person - Non-Members: $70
In person - Post Graduates: $20
In person - Casual Workers: $20

Online Participants - Free

* Details of TASA membership costs and options are available on the
TASA website.

•  FREE registrations will be provided for select key participants and bursary recipients, to ensure accessibility


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For questions or inquiries please contact


TASA Sociology of Work, Labour and Economy Thematic Group co-convenors: Sheree Gregory, Lutfun Nahar Lata and Yinghua Yu

Friday, May 3, 2024, 9:45 AM until 12:30 PM E. Australia Time (UTC+10:00)
The Linkway, John Medley Building, University of Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC  3010

Videoconference information will be provided in an email once payment is received.
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Lutfun Nahar Lata
Penny Toth
Thematic Group Events
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
No Fee