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Behind the Headlines: The Culture of Work
‘Work is a necessary evil’, wrote the American author Mark Twain. But as we emerge from the pandemic, during which working life for many changed dramatically, do we need to reconsider our attitude to the culture of work? As we transition to remote and flexible working arrangements, is there a nostalgia for the collective rotas and routines of industrial capitalism? How do we value ideas of employment and labour within contemporary society, and how are conventional historical definitions, such as ‘the working class’ or ‘white collar occupations’, changing with the times? In this Behind the Headlines, our panel of experts will consider the function and representation of work from a variety of perspectives, to address the shifting landscape of modern employment and the prospects for our working culture in the future.


Speakers:
Caitríona Lally, Rooney Writer Fellow at the Trinity Long Room Hub
Caitríona Lally’s first novel Eggshells, was published in the US by Melville House (2017) and in the UK by Borough Press (2018).

Ryan Shanks, Managing Director, Accenture, The Dock
Ryan has been working for over 20 years at the coal face of industry around the globe, implementing new technologies, restructuring organisations, and developing talent with global organisations.

Ilse White, Corporate Learning Researcher at Learnovate, TCD
Ilse consults and collaborates with clients to improve practices in learning design and employee development.

Dr Carole Holohan, Assistant Professor in Modern Irish History, TCD
Carole is a social historian whose research examines the social history of the sixties, with publications on the history of youth and the history of poverty in modern Ireland.

The Trinity Long Room Hub Behind the Headlines series is supported by the John Pollard Foundation.

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interpreting, so that we can facilitate you in attending this event. Contact: foraffer@tcd.ie.

Nov 22, 2021 07:00 PM in Dublin

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