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Call for papers – 18th International Conference in Commemoration of Professor Marco Biagi

Eighteenth International Conference in Commemoration of Professor Marco Biagi

Beyond Employment: Protecting Autonomous Work


Modena, 19-20 March 2020
Marco Biagi Foundation, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia



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• Deadline for submission of expressions of interest (papers and panels): 9 September 2019
• Deadline for submission of extended abstracts (papers): 1 November 2019
• Deadline for submission of full papers (papers and panels): 14 February 2020




In order to move the discussion forward, encourage the exchange of views, and promote an interdisciplinary debate, contributions are invited from the international scholarly community on topics concerning the transformation of autonomous work, divided into the following tracks:

  • Autonomy in Employment
  • The Very Notion of Autonomous Work
  • Social Protection and Collective Self-Regulation of Autonomous Work




Scholars who intend to contribute to one of the conference tracks should submit an expression of interest by 9 September 2019 with:


  • the title of the proposed paper;
  • an outline of about 500 words (not including the bibliography), specifying the topic and the nature of the paper (theoretical analysis, discussion paper, presentation of empirical data);
  • the disciplinary (or inter-disciplinary) domain of the paper (e.g. Labour Law, Organisation Theory, Labour Economics);
  • the author’s affiliation;
  • an indication of the conference track for which the paper is intended, bearing in mind that the Scientific Committee reserves the right to assign papers to the track and session they consider to be most appropriate.

The organizers welcome the submission of proposals for full panel sessions addressing the topics described in this call. Panels should consist of three papers and one discussant. The panel convenor may also serve as the chairperson of the panel. Proposals should be submitted by the panel convenor by 9 September 2019 and should indicate, in one single document:


  • the title of the proposed panel and papers;
  • the names of the speakers, discussant and chairperson;
  • a brief outline of the objective and the rationale of the panel (about 500 words);
  • an abstract of each paper (about 1000 words not including the bibliography).


Expressions of interest and panel proposals will be selected by the Scientific Committee by 20 September 2019.


Only for paper proposals, selected authors will be invited to present an extended abstract (2000 words, bibliography excluded) no later than 1 November 2019 with a brief discussion of the results and conclusions of the paper.

Extended abstracts will be selected by the Scientific Committee by 15 November 2019.


Selected authors (including panel proposals) will be required to submit a paper of 8000 – 10000 words no later than 14 February 2020. The papers should take the form of a research article rather than simply the description of work in progress.

In cases in which it is not possible to accommodate all the contributions in the plenary or parallel sessions, the Scientific Committee may offer authors the opportunity to present their work in the poster sessions.

The Scientific Committee reserves the right to reject papers and panel proposals that are not consistent with the conference tracks, or papers that are not consistent with the expression of interest/full abstract previously approved.

The Scientific Committee will select the contributions to be included, after revision, in the Conference Proceedings to be published in 2020/2021 by an international publisher. By submitting their final papers, the authors agree to the publication of their paper in the proceedings in case of acceptance by the Scientific Committee, in compliance with the no-multiple-submissions rule.


The working language of the conference sessions is English, and interpreting services will not be available. Abstracts and papers should be submitted in English.



Local Scientific Committee

Prof. Tindara Addabbo University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Prof. Edoardo Ales University of Naples Parthenope

Prof. Ylenia Curzi University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Prof. Tommaso Fabbri University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Dr Olga Rymkevich Marco Biagi Foundation

Prof. Riccardo Salomone Univeristy of Trento

Dr Iacopo Senatori Marco Biagi Foundation

Organising Committee

Dr Carlotta Serra Marco Biagi Foundation, Chair

Prof William Bromwich University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Dr Arianna Di Iorio Marco Biagi Foundation

Dr Olga Rymkevich Marco Biagi Foundation



Marco Biagi Foundation’s Academic Advisory Board

Prof. Marina Orlandi Biagi Marco Biagi Foundation, Chair

Prof. Tindara Addabbo University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Prof. Edoardo Ales University of Naples Parthenope

Prof. Francesco Basenghi University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Prof. Janice Bellace The Wharton School, Philadelphia

Prof. Patrizio Bianchi University of Ferrara

Prof. Susan Bisom-Rapp Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego

Prof. Tommaso Fabbri University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Prof. Luigi E. Golzio University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Prof. Frank Hendrickx University of Leuven, Belgium

Prof. Csilla Kollonay-Lehoczky Central European University, Budapest

Prof. Alan Neal University of Warwick

Prof. Roberto Pinardi University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Prof. Ralf Rogowski University of Warwick

Prof. Jacques Rojot University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas

Prof. Riccardo Salomone University of Trento

Prof. Yasuo Suwa Hosei University

Prof. Tiziano Treu Catholic University of Milan

Prof. Manfred Weiss J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt-am-Main





Expressions of interest, panel proposals, abstracts and full papers, as well as requests for information, should be addressed to the e-mail address: marcobiagiconference@unimore.it

The first draft of the conference programme will be distributed by the end of January 2020.