Savoir Vivre! New Challenges for Work and Family Life in Germany and France

Savoir Vivre! New Challenges for Work and Family Life in Germany and France

WZB Berlin Social Science Center; Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme (FMSH)
Vom - Bis
21.03.2017 - 22.03.2017
Friederike Molitor

The WZB Berlin Social Science Center and the Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme (FMSH) would like to invite interested researchers and guests to participate in the conference “Savoir Vivre! New Challenges for Work and Family Life in Germany and France.”

The (de-)regulation of employment, the challenges of reconciling work and family life, and the processes of inclusion and exclusion on the labor market have been key topics in the social sciences in France and Germany for many years. However, little attention has been paid to direct comparisons and transfer analyses across national boundaries. The conference will therefore open a binational dialogue to find answers to the following questions: What are the central changes, transformations, and conflicts within the fields of work and family life in Germany and France? What are examples of best practices in both countries? And how can they help us to respond to the new issues of our times? The conference will explore these questions in three interdisciplinary panels on the politics of work & (un)employment, transformations of care work and family life and migration and the labor market.

The conference is being organized within the Franco-German program “New Frameworks for Societal Policies and Decision Making,” and in collaboration with the WZB graduate school “Good work”. Please note that some contributions may be in German. Please register with Selda Grauman ( by March 8, 2017.


Tuesday, March 21

3 pm

4 pm
Welcome (Jutta Allmendinger, WZB)

4.15 pm
Panel I “Politics of Work & (Un)Employment”

René Lehwess-Litzmann (SOFI): Politics of Social Investment and Labour-market Challenges in France and Germany

Axel Pohn-Weidinger (SOFI und EHESS) and Marliese Weißmann (SOFI): Professional Development and Annual Employee Review – a French-German Comparison

Tracy Corley (IAQ und WZB): Informal and Illegal Work in Germany’s Skillcrafts Sector

Melchior Simioni (Paris-Sorbonne University): Steps Towards Normalization of Penitentiary Labor: Historical Perspective and Franco-German Comparison

Moderation: Myriam Gaitsch (University of Vienna)

6.40 pm


Wednesday, March 22

9.15 am
Introduction, Organizational Issues

9.30 am
Panel II “Transformations of Care Work and Family Life”

Janina Glaeser (Goethe University Frankfurt): Care Policies in Germany and France: a Biographical Policy Evaluation with Migrant Child Minders as an Example

Annie Dussuet (University of Nantes): Which Frameworks for Elderly Care Work?

Emmanuelle Puissant (Grenoble Alpes University) and François-Xavier Devetter (Lille 1 University): Home Help Personnel in France: Public Policies against Quality of Jobs?

Markus Klingel (BIGSSS): Separated, but Emotionally Linked? The Fragile Balance of Intimacy and Distance

Moderation: Lydia-Maria Ouart (WZB)

Group Picture

12.15 pm
Lunch Break

1.15 pm
Panel III “The Integration of Migrants into the Labor Market in France and Germany”

Ulrike Schuerkens (University Rennes): The "Ethnicization" of Labor Among Foreign Workers and Immigrants from Africa South of the Sahara in France

Janina Söhn (SOFI): When Biographies Cross National Borders: Socio-economic Dis/continuities in Life Course Trajectories of Immigrants Compared to Native Germans

Susanne Veit (WZB): Ethnic Discrimination on the German Labor Market? Empirical Evidence from a Large-scale Field Experiment
Moderation: Anja Röcke (Humboldt University of Berlin)

3.15 pm
Concluding Discussion
Moderation: Lena Hipp, WZB / Discussant: Alexander Stingl, Leuphana University of Lüneburg

4 pm
Coffee Break

5 pm
Opening Graduate School „Gute Arbeit”

5.30 pm
Keynote Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Zimmermann (EHESS und WIKO): “Good Work: Why Valuation and Capability Matter”

6.20 pm
Panel Discussion “Was ist gute Arbeit?”

7.20 pm
Presentation of Doctoral Projects

8 pm

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