CEU Hosts “Work in Times of Pandemic (and After)” as Part of City of Vienna’s Digital Humanism Focus

March 23, 2021

Central European University (CEU) together with the WWTF (Vienna Science and Technology Fund) and Chamber of Labor (AK Wien) will host its first cooperation event on the subject of Work in Times of Pandemic (and After) this Thursday, March 25 at 4 p.m. The in-depth expert discussion, held in German at CEU’s Vienna campus auditorium and broadcast online, will analyze current labor trends and offer speculation for a post-Covid work environment. 

Initial remarks opening the event will be from Austrian Federal Minister of Labor Martin Kocher and CEU Rector and President Michael Ignatieff. Panelists addressing the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labor market, as well as legal, social, and policy-related aspects of how we work, include Christine Mayrhuber (WIFO), Silvia Hrsuka-Frank (AK Wien), Andrea Weber (CEU) and Monika Köppl-Turyna (ECOAustria), with moderation by Michael Stampfer (WWTF). 

The event is the first in a series illuminating the theme of labor relations in a digital age. The discussion contributes to the City of Vienna’s Digital Humanism framework initiative, which acknowledges digitization as a fundamental change process while bringing humanistic values and human beings into the center. As technological developments open many new opportunities and possibilities, they have also brought about problematic effects. In order to counter the latter, the initiative aims to put people back at the center of technological developments, shifting the paradigm away from computer-literate people, and rather towards people-literate technology. A central building block for this is the cooperation between the humanities, social and cultural sciences and computer sciences.

A detailed program and registration for Work in Times of Pandemic (and After) can be found here