Welcome to INDL-5: Features and Futures of Digital Labor

The department of Sociology of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) welcomes you to the 5th INDL conference “Features and Futures of Digital Labor”. The conference is co-organized by the Department of Economic and Social Sciences, Telecom Paris, Polytechnic Institute of Paris, the DiPLab (Digital Platform Labor), Telecom Paris, Polytechnic Institute of Paris, the International Labor Organization and the Labor Institute of the General Confederation of Greek Workers. It will take place at the central building of NKUA, 30 Panepistimiou str., 106 79 Athens between 3 and 5 November 2022.

The INDL (International Network on Digital Labor) project started as ENDL (the “E” standing for “European”) 5 years ago with an inaugural meeting in Paris. Since then, it has expanded internationally, and its members have organized larger conferences in Paris (2019), Toronto (2019), Milan (2020, online), and Edinburgh (2021, online). INDL’s conference in Athens is the first in-person meeting since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. The network is delighted to welcome participants from all academic stages and a really wide range of countries.

Digital labor is central to the digital transformation of society. Despite its pervasiveness, though, the ways it is inscribed in the current organization of production and the state remain elusive. Different fields of the social and economic sciences, political theory, law, and philosophy have attempted to capture its distinctive attributes. The current conference aims at contributing to this discussion by mapping the new working environments and fostering dialogue around the nature of digital work and the possible futures that academic research may help bring about.