Gender and precarity in research and teaching in Greek universities
During the last decades in Greece, precarity has spread in research and teaching to such an extent that it tends to become a predominant trend in younger age groups. From a temporary condition situated in-between the end of post-graduate studies and the start of teaching or research carriers, it has been transformed into a permanent condition that determines personal and collective trajectories, but also the content and the quality of teaching and research in Greek Universities. This condition is gendered not only because of the rising participation of women in the sector, but also because of the determining role of gendered norms in power relations. First, academic precarious labour presupposes and reproduces labour practices that are in tune with specific gender, class and age norms of private and professional life. Second, it is characterised by the feminisation of labour, where the violations of labour rights are normalised, and affect determines how these violations are legitimised. The conclusions discuss the emergence of precarious subjectivities, which challenge the broader labour context and the production of knowledge in a transnational and interdisciplinary context.
Nelli Kambouri is a senior researcher at the Centre for Gender Studies at Panteion University. In the past she has worked as a researcher in the Foundation of Research and Technology, the International Labour Organisation and the General Secretariat for Gender Equality, among others.