This plenary aims to present and discuss precarity through the lens of different experiences and choices of staying, moving and settling in different academic settings and contexts. The plenary welcomes theoretically grounded ethnographic case studies and experienced "episodes" of precarious lives.
In recent years, precarity has become a new standard on the labour market and an urgent topic for discussion and research. Precarity in academia, a symptom of larger political and economic transformations, is also gaining increasing attention as a structural problem that has negative effects on occupational health (causing stress and anxiety). At the same time as precarity is directly linked to risk and uncertain choices for future careers, it also needs to be understood from an intersectional perspective that takes for instance gender, nationality, race, ethnicity, class and age into account. By discussing and unfolding different types of precarious lives through the lens of different experiences and choices of staying, moving – including mobility in the search for employment and immobility in the context of hardening migration regimes - and settling in different academic and national contexts, this plenary invites proposals from precarious scholars in order to explore the following questions: How is im/mobile precarity produced at different institutional levels and in different national and political contexts? How is it experienced by the scholars’ community whether tenured-track or non-tenure track research staff? What are the implications at a personal and professional level of long years of academic precarity? What are the possibilities of solidarity and collective mobilisation? How can we engage with the casualization of labour outside of academia? The plenary is intended to be an opportunity for EASA members to discuss and share reflexions on these timely problems. Proposals will be evaluated based on their scholarly quality and contribution to the theme of the panel. Considering that precarity is a phenomenon that is relevant to different stages of the career, we encourage submissions to this Plenary from not only scholars that are at the early stage of their career (about to complete and have recently completed their PhD) but also scholars dealing with the different forms and levels of precarity. After a selection process, which may involve an interview, we will select three or four candidates who will make 20-25 minute presentations during the plenary, which will be followed by a discussion. Please note that participation in the Early Career Scholars Forum does not exclude you from submitting your work to other panels.