Conversations in video or audio

Conversations in video or audio


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The shipping industry is one of the most globalized business sectors, as are seafarers’ unions and welfare organizations. In this MoLab instalment, Luisa Piart and Biao Xiang discuss the remarkably efficient transnational labour and welfare organisations serving the interest of seafarers in many port cities around the world.

Luisa Piart is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Conversation recorded on 27 July 2021
Ships move between and beyond different jurisdictions. This, however, does not mean the ships and work onboard is beyond regulation. On the contrary, seafaring vessels are highly regulated working environments. In this conversation, Luisa Piart and Biao Xiang highlight the legal complexity of the shipping industry. They discuss the main actors who adopt and enforce strict regulations on board, the bureaucratic principles that govern the shipping industry, and their impacts on seafarers’ work.

Luisa Piart is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Conversation recorded on 27 July 2021
Ships are one of the most demanding working environments. Crews on commercial ocean-going vessels are typically multinational. The global labour market for seafarers is structured along racial and ethnic lines. Most seafarers come from the Global South. They work on short-term contracts and are paid less than colleagues from the Global North. In this video, Luisa Piart and Biao Xiang discuss how mobile labour is organized through this globalized but segmented market.

Luisa Piart is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Conversation recorded on 27 July 2021
Why does the humanitarian sector rely on mobile workforce, and how is the personnel’s mobility facilitated and conditioned? — Julia Morris, Biao Xiang
In this video, Julia Morris and Biao Xiang discuss the development of the mobile humanitarian business around refugee processing and resettlement, with a focus on the outsourcing of asylum between Australia and the Republic of Nauru. Who are the mobile workforces in the humanitarian sector? What are their experiences and struggles?
Like many other mobile workers, taxi drivers are owners of the means of production, making the industry particularly difficult to unionise. How can they be empowered? — Erik Forman, Biao Xiang
Transportation workers — railway workers, postal workers, port workers, and truck drivers — were once among the most unionized workforce in the early 20th century. So why are their 21st century counterparts the least organized? — Erik Forman, Biao Xiang
The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the crucial role of the circulation of information. — Ranabir Samaddar, Jonathan Kraemer, Biao Xiang
Why did migrants suddenly gain visibility during the COVID-19 pandemic? What accounted for their invisibility in other times? Migrants are not usual subjects that can be brought in established liberal order—only, for instance, as subjects of rights protection or economic inclusion. — Ranabir Samaddar, Biao Xiang

 

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