Working Futures

Launched in 2018 by the Wissenschaftskolleg and the International Research Center Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History (re:work), the transnational network Working Futures aims to create a space for mutual exchange and understanding on the futures of work among scholars from different disciplines and countries while centered around a Franco-German nucleus. Thinking about the futures of work requires an in-depth knowledge and analysis of its contemporary mutations.

To this end, the network develops a process-driven approach and questions the transformation of work at the intersection of four processes: siliconization, financialization, ecologization and democratization. The network further deals with the epistemological challenges that arise from these processes for the historical and social sciences; insofar it involves the work of the social sciences on themselves, i.e. on their analytical tools and categories.

During the kick-off workshop in November 2018 the members identified four core issues for the futures of work to be addressed by the network in international workshops and collective publications:

  1. The nature, purpose and governance of the firm
  2. The role of work in identity-building, self-projections and expectations
  3. Work, power relations and solidarity
  4. Skills and learning


Andreas Eckert
Humbolt-Universität zu Berlin

Lisa Herzog
Fellow 2017/2018
University of Groningen

photo: © Sylvia Germes

Bénédicte Zimmermann
Permanent Fellow
Professor of Sociology, EHESS Paris