[PLing] [CfP Panel at SS23:] The Reflective Worker - Political Economies of Reflexivity

Jonas Hassemer jonas.hassemer at univie.ac.at
Wed Sep 18 15:46:58 CEST 2019

Dear all,


With apologies for cross-posting: 


Please find attached the Call for papers for a panel at the Sociolinguistic
Symposium 23 (https://www.ss23hk.com) organized by Jonas Hassemer (Vienna
University) and with Prof. Summerson Carr (University of Chicago) as


If you wish to contribute, please send an email to
jonas.hassemer at univie.ac.at <mailto:jonas.hassemer at univie.ac.at>  by
September 30, 2019 and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any


Panel description:


“The Reflective Worker – Political Economies of Reflexivity”


(Self-)Reflection is often seen as a critical element of achieving (desired)
social change as well as individual learning. As such, it figures in diverse
contexts such as, e.g., professional socialization and practice,
social/political movements, and research methodologies and agendas. In
different professions and workplaces, reflection on one’s own work practice
is given room to varying degrees and in a variety of forms. For a profession
such as social work, institutionalized reflective practices (e.g. in the
form of staff meetings) can be considered outright emblematic, while they
are barely institutionalized in other work contexts. From a metapragmatic
perspective, reflective practices are a specific form of reflexivity in
communicative practice (subjects communicatively referring “back” to
themselves), and as such not intrinsically conducive to emancipative change:
they may entail rejecting and changing ways of doing, but also accounting
for them, producing and fixating knowledge, and stabilizing hierarchies. 

Solicited are hence contributions featuring ethnographic research on diverse
forms of workers’ reflective practices in different professional contexts
and workplaces (e.g. chat during lunch or after work, meetings, trainings,
supervision and counselling at work, as well as projects outside of the
workplace, as activism and unionism). The aim is to contribute to
understanding (1) what ideologies (of communication/social change) are being
(re)produced in situated forms of reflective practice, and (2) how they are
embedded in larger processes and conditions of political economy and social
inequality. Specifically, the contributions to this panel will offer
ethnographic accounts relating to the following questions:

·         How do workers navigate situated forms of reflective practice?

·         How do they claim space for reflective practice?

·         Which forms of reflective practice are enabled, institutionalized
and/or demanded from workers? To which ends?

·         Who can engage in certain forms of reflective practice and who is

·         What forms of inequality are (re-)produced by and in situated
forms of reflective practice?

·         What does this mean for the relationship between reflective
practice in the field and the researcher’s agenda/practice?


Jonas Hassemer




Jonas Hassemer, BA MA


Universitätsassistent Prädoc für Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft

Universität Wien

Institut für Sprachwissenschaft

Sensengasse 3a

A-1090 Wien


Tel +43 (0)1 4277 417 30

http://linguistics.univie.ac.at <http://linguistics.univie.ac.at/> 


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