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Agency, Well-Being and Justice

Monthly Archives: November 2020

HDCA Graduate Workshop on Writing for Dissertations and Theses

Wednesday 9 December 1-2.30 pm (UTC)

This workshop is open to graduate members of the HDCA and will be held in English. We will be exploring the nature of doctoral thesis writing in terms of purpose, audience and structure, acknowledging the diversity across different national and institutional contexts. There will be the opportunity to share experiences and reflections with peers as well as to take part in activities designed to support your thinking and thesis writing practice. If you have already started to write your thesis you may find it useful to have your work to hand but the workshop will also be of value if you are still at the early stages of crafting your doctoral work. To ensure we can work closely with you we are limiting this workshop to 30 places so please sign up via Eventbrite as soon as possible if you would like to participate. This event is free for Graduate HDCA members and we expect it to be popular. Therefore, if you do secure a place please ensure that if for any reason you are no longer able to take part you let us know as soon as possible ( so we can reallocate the place. We will be hosting further graduate and undergraduate events in 2021 and these will be advertised via the newsletter and website in advance.

Register for the December 9 workshop here

19th Annual Labor and Employment Law Roundtable (USA)

Each year, the Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER), with support from Cornell Law School, hosts a Labor and Employment Law Roundtable. This roundtable offers a forum for industry and academia to address current issues regarding labor and employment law.

This year’s event will be broken into four virtual sessions, culminating with a public roundtable on December 2. This discussion will look ahead to the expected labor policies of the incoming Biden administration and how the change of occupancy in the White House is likely to affect issues such as workplace safety, labor law reform, and workplace discrimination.

- What changes to expect with regard to workplace safety, hourly wages, contractors, and labor litigation
- The likely Biden agenda and how the new administration will seek to affect organizing
- Whether true legislative labor law reform will be possible or whether the Biden administration will need to rely on executive orders
- What the Biden administration can do regarding equal employment opportunity (EEO) issues

Click here for more information

Webinar: El Bienestar Sustentable

Una forma de hacer vida, una forma de hacer política.

Se transmitirá a través de la plataforma ZOOM, a las 11:00 am hora de Caracas, el próximo lunes 30 de noviembre 2020. La idea será presentar brevemente el enfoque y dejar un espacio abierto para el debate entre todos los interesados del tema.

El ID de reunión es: 823 1967 6600 y el Código de acceso es: 411918. Sin embargo, pueden unirse directamente a la reunión Zoom por:

Call for Papers: “Linking social innovation and empowerment: A public policy role?”

Please consider submitting a proposal for the panel "T12P03 - Linking social innovation and empowerment: A public policy role?", scheduled at the next IPPA Conference ICPP5 Barcelona, to be held 6th-8th July 2021. The panel wants to investigate the role of social innovation in fostering women's empowerment, with a specific focus on public policies able to enhance citizens’ collective and individual capabilities.

The panel is coordinated by Raquel Gallego-Calderón (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona) and Lara Maestripieri (Politecnico di Milano/Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona) and welcomes proposals assessing the capacity of social innovation to empower women and promote diversity, using an intersectional analytical framework.

The call for papers is open until 29 January 2021


Work and Employment Thematic Group kick-off meeting

A Zoom kick-off meeting is scheduled for November 26th at 6 pm Berlin time (UTC/GMT +1 = 5pm GMT) and everybody interested in joining the group is welcome to attend.The overall objective of this group is to further research and academic exchange on work and employment issues so that it will no longer be considered as a “Missing Dimension” of the capability approach (Alkire, 2007). Over time, we hope to build up a body of research on work and employment that will be accessible through the HDCA website, organise further webinars or seminars (Covid permitting), as well as organising thematic panels on employment during the HDCA conferences. The main aim of the meeting is to get to know each other and each other's research interests.
1. presentation of members and their work interests
2. discussion of submission of panels to next HDCA meeting
3. possibility of establishing future webinars
4. establishing a work and employment related bibliography that is relevant to the capability approach

Please contact Otrud Lessmann to register and receive the link:

Symposium on Constanze Binder’s ‘Agency, Freedom and Choice’

Thursday, 26 Nov 2020, 13:00 (Netherlands)
Presented via Zoom: Click here for more information

OZSW study group in Philosophy of Economics: Symposium on Constanze Binder’s ‘Agency, Freedom and Choice’


13:00 – 13:10 Introduction to ‘Agency, Freedom and Choice’ by Constanze Binder (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

13:10 – 13:50 ‘Freedom’s Agency Value: What It Is and Why It Matters’

Commentator: Annalisa Costella (Erasmus University Rotterdam)


 14:00 – 14:50 ‘Choice-Relevant Diversity Revealed’

Commentator:  Hendrik Rommeswinkel (National Taiwan University)


 15:20 – 16:10 ‘Plural Identities and Preference Formation’

Commentator: Akshath Jitendranath (VU Amsterdam)


 16:20 – 17:10 ‘Cultural Diversity and the Capability Approach’

Commentator: Morten Byskov (University of Warwick)

17:10 – 17:30 Concluding remarks on ‘Agency, Freedom and Choice’ by Nestor Lovera Nieto (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Laboratoire REGARDs)


Attendance is free, all are welcome.

An extended abstract of the book can be found hereOpens external. For further questions about the event and information on how to access the book, please contact

Please visit external for additional information about the activities of the study group and on how to become a member.

Organised by:

Annalisa Costella (EUR) and Måns Abrahamson (EUR), as part of the OZSW study group in Philosophy of Economics together with Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE)

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