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Archive: Economy & Society Digital Summer School 2021

The Economy and Society Virtual Summer School 2021 has now concluded. This school is a collaboration between University College Cork and South East Technological University (formerly Waterford Institute of Technology) and was funded by the the European Union’s H2020 RIA Grant Number 8707072, and hosted through HECAT EU Project & the Sociological Association of Ireland “Work Markets and Welfare” Study Group.

We would like to express our gratitude to the European Union for funding this event.
The logo of the school is Dagda’s Cauldron. A drinking vessel from which all could have a fair share and which was never emptied.

Welcome! If you are not familiar with the School then you can find a blog post about it here. The short and sweet version is that this is a PhD summer school put on by a group of academics based in Ireland every May. Typically E&S takes place in Blackwater Castle, which is in Cork in Southwestern Ireland and lasts for 5 days (Monday – Friday inclusive). This event brings together (approximately) 15 faculty from various universities and institutes of learning and about 50 PhD students from across the world. The magic of the school is its ethos and sense of conviviality which you can get a sense of here.

Of course with COVID-19 this year was a bit different, and like many events (academic and otherwise) we made the decision early on to move the School a digital seminar format. Each seminar was run to the same format, our speakers circulated one or two documents which the audience was invited to read in advance (you can find these documents in our dropbox folder here). The seminars began at either 10:00 or 16:00 GMT and the speakers would go through a presentation or give reflections on their topic of choice for approximately 30 minutes. We then made room for Q&A for approximately 30 minutes. While the seminars were only meant to last an hour, it is a testament to the brilliance of our speakers and the engagement of the audience that we often ran over time – though we did not put any pressure on people to stay beyond the hour.

Each seminar was recorded and is available here, you can also find the links in the table below if you are interested in a specific speaker or topic. We would like to thank all those who contributed to the school, our organising committee, our speakers who generously gave their time to speak to us and our engaged and astute audience. We are grateful that our event was able to attract such interest, with some talks being attended by as many as 60 people.

Please use the table below to navigate through the archive. The event / topic link will take you to a page that outlines the abstract of the talk in question, followed by a quick recap which was written on the HECAT blog immediately after each talk. Each talk was also live tweeted from our official twitter account, you can follow us here.

The Economy and Society Digital Summer School 2021

DateTime (GMT)Event / TopicSpeakersRecording Link
--Main Archive Page--Full Playlist
February 23rd16:00Ideas Lying AroundNidesh Lawtoo & Lynne LaytonLink
March 4th16:00The Great ReversalElizabeth AndersonLink
March 9th10:00Economy Theology and MarketisationStefan SchwarzkopfLink
March 11th10:00Economic Theology and GovernanceMitchell DeanLink
March 16th16:00Jobseeking & the Labour MarketIlana GershonLink
March 23rd 10:00The Reformation of WelfareRay Griffin & Tom Boland Link
March 25th10:00Justifying WelfareMagnus P. Hansen., Fiona Dukelow, Michael McgannLink
April 13th10:00Precarity and Precarious WorkTheresa O'Keefe, Aline Courtois & Teresa CrewLink
April 15th16:00The Datafication of WelfareLina Dencik & Ray Griffin & HecatLink
April 20th16:00Street-Level WelfareEvelyn Brodkin, Mary Murphy, Joe Whelan
April 22nd10:00Fairground CapitalismArpad SzakolczaiLink
April 27th10:00Work & The Gig EconomyAlex WoodLink
April 29th10:00Rationalities and Moral Economies in Illicit Drug MarketsAngus BancroftLink
May 6th10:00Good Models and Positive MimesisKieran KeohaneLink
May 10th/11th 20:00/10:00The Leviathan of RationalityDamian O'DohertyLink

The HECAT Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research & innovation programme under grant agreement No 870702