Ryerson University's Centre for Labour Management Relations will be holding a one-day conference on October 18, 2012, entitled "Will Work for Exposure: Cultural Work in Precarious Times" (it's free too). It's going to be examining work in Canada's booming cultural sector and how this work is becoming increasingly precarious in nature.
Of particular interest is a panel called "Experience or Exploitation? Debating Unpaid Internships" which will be discussing the rise of the intern culture within the youth labour market in Canada. Now I'm on the panel with: Andrew Weir of the Canadian Intern Association; Agata Zieba, an M.A. candidate from Wilfrid Laurier University whose masters' thesis is on internships; and, Edward Keenan of The Grid.
If you're interested in the who internship issue then I encourage you to attend as you'll be able to get a sneak-peek of my research into the legalities of unpaid internships in Canada which I'm doing for my LL.M degree from Osgoode Hall. To the best of my knowledge this research is the first attempt in Canada to map the legal dimensions of unpaid internships within the labour market. My portion of the panel discussion will explore the linkages between the uncertainty in the legal status of interns to the development of precarious work in the cultural sector.
The conference also features talks from Toronto MP Andrew Cash and NYU sociologist Andrew Ross; furthermore, there are also panels on cultural worker rights, working without a safety net, and living as a precarious worker. Take a look at the video of Andrew Ross delivering the Eric Schocket Memorial Lecture at Hampshire College last spring, see: