International Forum
ON COLLECTIVE ACTIONS
IN IT SPHERE, THEIR
TYPES AND CHALLENGES

OCTOBER 4–5 2014

Saint-Petersburg,
Konnushennaya ploshad, 2
KLUTCH space

SСHEDULE

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DAY I

DAY II

Lectures

Alessandro Marca

IT worker, participant and organizer in European movement «San Precario» - first attempt to organize precarious workers along the whole Europe. Lives and works in Milano (Italy)

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«San Precario» movement gained its popularity in 2004 in Italy. Renewed Mayday Parade has been passing in Milano during almost 10 years. It has united together hundred thousands of young demonstrators. These are mostly those who lost their job or people who work with a short-term contract. Very quickly this particular event in Milano took European fame and turned into «Euro May Day Parade», having places in different European cities. Nowadays «San Precario» and «EuroMayDay» exist in the form of social network connecting several groups of people across the Europe and united by common manifesto and platform for event’s organizing.

Seddaiu Piera

IT worker, participant and organizer in European movement «San Precario» - first attempt to organize precarious workers along the whole Europe. Lives and works in Milano (Italy)

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«San Precario» movement gained its popularity in 2004 in Italy. Renewed Mayday Parade has been passing in Milano during almost 10 years. It has united together hundred thousands of young demonstrators. These are mostly those who lost their job or people who work with a short-term contract. Very quickly this particular event in Milano took European fame and turned into «Euro May Day Parade», having places in different European cities. Nowadays «San Precario» and «EuroMayDay» exist in the form of social network connecting several groups of people across the Europe and united by common manifesto and platform for event’s organizing.

Jamie Woodcock

Jamie Woodcock – sociologist, postgraduate student at Goldsmiths. He works under worker's inquiry projects and student organizing. The main focus of his scientific interests lies in the area of labour studies, theory and methodology of «militant research».

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Selected publications:

The Worker's Inquiry from Trotskyism to Operaismo: a political methodology for investigating the workplace, Ephemera, volume 14(3): 493-513

Examining the labour process in a call centre: from bad jokes to the possibilities for resistance, International Labour Process Conference, April 2014, London

Towards a Method For Activist-Scholar Research Collaborations: Taking Inspiration From The Tradition Of The Workers' Inquiry, XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, July 2014, Japan

The Working Class in Britain Today, Oxford left review, 2013, London

Smile Down the Phone: An Attempt at a Workers’ Inquiry in a Call Center, View Point Magazine, 2013

Joel Dullroy

Joel Dullroy is the volunteer campaign manager of the European Freelancers' Movement, as well as a researcher into freelance activism worldwide.

Joel about Freelancer’s movement:

«The number of non-traditional workers is growing rapidly across Europe. Many of these freelancers and independent workers who must operate outside of traditional employment laws, and policy makers have been slow recognize this major shift. Now freelancers are joining together to create organizations and campaigns to improve their conditions and gain a greater voice in the political process. There are associations or organizations in seven European countries representing freelancers. This year, all the European organizations joined together to launch a unified campaign, called the European Freelancers' Movement. Through an online campaign website, freelancers across Europe are being encouraged to support a five-point manifesto, which will be delivered to This is the first step toward an effective broad-scale lobby or even a union for freelancers».

Stevphen Shukaitis

Shukaitis (PhD, Queen Mary, University of London) – American scholar, philosopher, sociologist, graduated from New School (MA) and living in GB at the moment. Shukaitis is lecturer at ESSEX business school.

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Stevphen Shukaitis is a lecturer at the University of Essex, Centre for Work and Organization, and a member of the Autonomedia editorial collective. Since 2009 he has coordinated and edited Minor Compositions (http://www.minorcompositions.info). He is the author of Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Day (2009, Autonomedia) and editor (with Erika Biddle and David Graeber) of Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations // Collective Theorization (AK Press, 2007). His research focuses on the emergence of collective imagination in social movements and the changing compositions of cultural and artistic labor.

Maria Kochkina

Maria Kochkina, a young researcher and theoretician, a student at EUsPb , who is interested in modern forms of collectivity taking place in changing production relations.

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Former student of the Faculty of philosophy at SPbSU, at the moment she is working on a project on labour relations change and the appeal of the extreme right ideas and attitudes as it can become apparent in contemporary Russia. Her major interests lie in the sphere of group dynamics and new forms of collectivity as well alternating production processes. She believes in the need to shift dominating research paradigm towards a more value-oriented and involving inquiry.

Alexandra Simonova

MA student in Political Studies and Sociology at European University at St.Peterburg (EUSP), research fellow at STS Center (EUSP), the member of platform Openleft.ru.

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Is interested in science and technologies studies, cities of science, neo-marxism, democratic political theories, soviet utopianism and alternative working spaces.

As a research fellow of the STS Center (EUSP) Alexandra explores spaces for technological creativity, co-working places and hackerspaces in Russia and different models of their functioning and development.Her latest completed research is called «Imagination in Orbit» explores the idea of Outer space in Soviet Union that was formed on the basics of cosmism philosophy, art and Sci-Fi. This fiction idea was brought to Soviet space program and influenced political imaginary, architecture and urban planning.

Margarita Kuleva

Margarita Kuleva (MA, soc.) is a researcher at the Centre for Youth Studies and lecturer at the Department of Sociology, National Research University – Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg.

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Author of several papers in the field of cultural production/consumption and sociology of fashion. Current projects: «Creative city: reformatting the public space» (NRU HSE, 2013-2014), «Youth Solidarities and Generations of XXI Century: Meaning of Labor and Consumption» (CYS NRU HSE, 2014). She is also the coordinator of Manifesta10 public survey. Special interests: issues of cultural production and art as labor, youth cultures and fashion, creative city.

Joanna Figiel

Joanna Figiel - sociologyst, scholar. Her research focuses on labour issues, precarity and policy within the creative and cultural sectors. She also involved in organizing around precarious labor.

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Joanna completed her MA at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths and is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Culture Policy Management, City University London. She is a member of the editorial collective of ephemera: theory & politics in organization and volunteer in “Precarious workers brigade”.

Selected works:

Editor of Ephemera special issue «The politics of worker’s inquiry», volume 14, number 3, 2014 “Work experience without qualities? A documentary and critical account of an internship”, Ephemera: theory and politics in Organization, volume 13(1): 33-52, 2013 Politics, arts and markets, book chapter co-written with Stevphen Shukaitis, Guest Editorial, co-written with Stevphen Shukaitis, Subjectivity, Volume 5, 1-14, 2012.

Alexandr Nazarov

Sofrware engineer, member of IT union ­ russian attempt to organize it workers.

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IT union was founded in May of 2013 as a reaction on labour conflict. Since that time IT Union has been throwing light on numerous problems being faced by programmers, designers, system administrators, freelancers etc. The main union's aim is to show that we all have similar problems and can solve them together.

Bharani Kumar

Bharani Kumar – member of AIITEA: All Indian IT and ITES employees association – the biggest independent Indian unity of workers in that industry.

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Today almost every IT employee feels stressed and threatened of the future. AIITEA helps any individual member who is facing work place issues, represents IT-community in governmental structures, creates and promotes eGovernance and Open Source Software across the nation. In the absence of strong and huge association to protect the rights and interests of individual employees and workers’ collectives, there is a significant and crucial barrier to unity’s expansion. The covered difficulties and some achievements will be described in details in Bahrani’s talk.

Liliia Zemnukhova

Liliia Zemnukhova – sociologist (PhD candidate); research fellow at the Center for Science and Technology Studies (STS), European University at St. Petersburg; research fellow at the Sector of social structure research, Sociological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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Her scientific interests cover different aspects of information technology as professional sphere, e.g. how does professional community form, how does it transforms with IT development, what happens inside of the community (networks, ties, collaborations). Currently, her research focus lies on the community of Russian IT professionals and Computer Scientists in London within the project “Russian computer scientists at home and abroad” conducted by STS Center.

Kalk Anastasiia

Kalk Anastasiia – researcher, sociologist, a student at EUSpB. Member of group initiatives dedicated to Russian workers’ political participation’s studying and analyzing. Volunteer in “IT workers union”. In her studies she focuses on contemporary workers’ collectivity and identity.

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Anastasiia participated in research group aimed to study Russian protest movement of 2011-2012 group -“NII meetingov”. The main focus of her current interest lies in such areas as labour studies, political sociology and political theory. In her research project Anastasiia tries to understand how transformed labour conditions could be re-tied with collective identity of workers and their political feelings.

Contacts

Место проведения:

KLUTCH space
Nevskiy prospect,
Konnushennaya ploshad, 2
+7(812) 600-20-13
kl10tch@gmail.com
kl10tch.ru

Organizers

Anastasiia Kalk ans.kalk@gmail.com, +7(953)158-46-35
Alexandr Nazarov a.u.nazarov@gmail.com, +7(952)248-31-75
Irina Shirobokova i.v.shirobokova@yandex.ru, +7(981)746-53-43
Maria Kochkina m.kochkina@eu.spb.ru, +7(911)227-58-94

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