From the 12th to 14th of November the economist and social researcher Guy Standing will be a visiting professor at the University of Wrocław. Guy Standing is Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the author of The Precariat: A New Dangerous Class, and A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens.


We would like to invite all interested to participate in workshops, seminars and lectures offered by our guest. All events are open to public, free of charge and will be held in English.

The visit of professor Guy Standing was supported by the founds of the city of Wrocław, as a part of the Visiting Professors Programme, fund Scientiae Wratislavienses.




Wednesday, November 12, 2014


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, venue: Oratorium Marianum, pl. Uniwersytecki 1

Lecture and Q&A session: The Precariat: The new dangerous class.


Abstract: Globalisation and the neo-liberal economic policies underpinning it have spawned a global class structure, in which the precariat is the new mass class. It consists of millions living in insecurity, without occupational identities, without control of their lives, without secure income and losing rights.  Many are still unaware that they are in it or close to being in it. But millions do recognise themselves as in it. The precariat is a class-in-the-making, not yet a class-for-itself. Indeed, it is almost at war with itself. But that is changing as the anxiety, alienation, anomie and anger are growing everywhere. This presentation will explain why the precariat is growing, drawing on a book just translated into Polish, to consider what may happen as the precariat swells. Governments have yet to understand; a politics of inferno is building up, against which a new politics of paradise is urgently required. Unless a new progressive politics takes shape soon, the ugly neo-fascist tendencies will be threatening.


Thursday, November 13, 2014


10:30 am – 13:00 pm, venue: Faculty of Social Sciences, ul. Koszarowa 3

Workshop for students – Work after globalisation


3:30 am – 6:00 pm, venue: Faculty of Social Sciences, ul. Koszarowa 3

Research seminar: The Precariat: Why a basic income is vital


(Please note that in order to attend the workshop and seminar a prior e-mail registration is required. The participants will be given a short reading list and will be informed about the exact room number. Contact email: )


Friday, November 14, 2014


10:00 am – 11:00 am, venue: Auditorium of the Institute of Political Science, ul. Koszarowa 3

Tertiary Time and Work: The Precariat’s Dilemma – a keynote speech for the opening of the international conference „Social Boundaries of work” (


Abstract: Work and Labour are not the same, and neither are Recreation and Leisure. Yet analytically they can be said to describe how we use time. Past societies have operated with different time regimes or norms. Rural society has been dominated by the seasons and the climate, making regular hours of work and labour scarcely applicable. Industrial society has operated with industrial time, ruled by the calendar and the clock, with time uses being neatly organised in blocs. Today, we live in what should be called tertiary time, in which multiple demands are placed on any hour of the day and week.  We have yet to come to terms with this and what it implies. In particular, the precariat has no control over time, and as a result faces constant stress and a squeeze on time. Control over time is an asset that is a particular form of inequality. A politics of time is needed.