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Knowledge-based professions in transnational perspective: cultures of gender, learning and work

On this site you can find all information concerning the Conference "Knowledge-based professions in transnational perspective" which is held from June 18 to 20, 2015 at Technische Universität Berlin.

1. Conference Programme

The rise of the term “knowledge society“ as one of the most influential ways of interpreting our times has changed public and scientific views on work and professionalism. Concepts like “knowledge work” or “knowledge-based professions” are not only met with a positive response in the world of professional work and occupation, but are also the subject of growing interest from researchers. Those concepts are designed to describe transformations of labour and employment and to highlight major changes in the interplay between knowledge and work. However, those and similar concepts are controversially discussed: Do they capture societal realities or do they rather promote a certain political and economic agenda? What is implied, if we assume that knowledge has become the most important mode of occupationalisation? To what extent do knowledge-intensive professions change, e.g. their work profile, their normative orientation and their social status? Which shared features and differences between knowledge-based professions can we identify?

These questions provide starting points for the international and multidisciplinary conference to be held from Thursday, June 18, to Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the Department of Education at Technische Universität Berlin. The conference will focus on three different cultures or symbolic orders created through social practices: cultures of gender, cultures of learning and cultures of working. We aim to further examine transition and persistence of these cultures facing the current changes of work and profession and the increasing significance of knowledge. The conference is intended to bring together scholars interested in recent developments in several knowledge-based professions and to present findings from new research.

The conference focuses on professions where the connection between knowledge and technology is traditionally particularly relevant and that are likewise challenged by the rise of new forms of knowledge-based work. This includes the field of engineering where the technological application of scientific knowledge has played an important role for centuries, as well as professions in the field of education which presently try to resolve their “technology problem” (Niklas Luhmann) with the help of evidence-based knowledge.

By taking a broad understanding of "knowledge-based work" as a starting point, the conference focuses – although not exclusively – on the following different dimensions which may be addressed in the contributions:

First, attention will be drawn to the shifting significance of professional knowledge: Professions and professional knowledge seem to be challenged by broad economical and technological changes, for example computerisation and its impact on the labour market or the use of knowledge-based technologies and their impact on policies in different social fields.

Secondly, the conference will focus on cultures of gender that are challenged by societal changes: Role models and expectations concerning the reconciliation of family and working life are changing rapidly in traditional professions as well as in new knowledge-based fields of occupation.

Thirdly, papers may address learning and working cultures: Ubiquitous access to information (through the Internet etc.) and ubiquitous communication (through social networks and mobile devices) create a society that seems to necessitate a new understanding of how people and in particular professionals learn and work as communities.

The conference will be conducted in English and German. We are proud to announce four renowned scholars as keynote speakers for the conference, who will share their insights and suggest avenues for future research on the conference theme: Prof Tara Fenwick (University of Stirling), Prof. Dr. Susanne Ihsen (Technische Universität München), Prof David James (Cardiff University) and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bauer (TU Graz).

The final conference programme you can find here.

2. How to get there and where to stay

How to get there

The conference will take place at the Technische Universität (Technical University, TU) Berlin. To find your way on the Campus of the TU Berlin you might refer to the map Campusplan.

On Friday and Saturday, the conference will be located at the building in Marchstraße 23, 10587 Berlin (see on the Map: MAR) of the TU Berlin.

You might find information about how to get to the TU Berlin here.

Regarding information regarding Public Transport you might refer to:


Please book and pay the accomodation yourself. Berlin has a lot of hotels. However, we kindly suggest that you book early.

3. Conference Fee

Conference Fee
Early Bird Registration
(until May 15, 2015)
Late Registration
(from May 16, 2015)
Regular Fee
50 Euro
70 Euro
Reduced Fee (for representing authors, undergraduate and graduate students, up to 50% part-time-employees)
25 Euro
35 Euro

Please pay the conference fee via direct bank transfer to the following account:

Banc Account
Account holder
Technische Universität Berlin
Name of bank
Berliner Volksbank
DE69 1009 0000 8841 0150 03
Posting reference / Purpose of payment
31/11120/31341100 - Wissensberufe transnational - [Your Name]

Please help us in case of an international bank transfer by assuming the fees for the transfer yourself and do not charge the beneficiary. Thank you!

Please give the information exactly as requested and that your name appears in the posting reference. This will help us to assign your payment. Thank you!

4. Registration for the Conference

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