Posts Tagged ‘unemployment’

‘Archaeologists have enlightened Anatolian history… but the state has darkened archaeologists’ futures… [Anadolu tarihini arkeologlar aydınlattı… ama devlet arkeologların geleceğini kararttı…]’

As I will explain later today, from now on, I am going to be posting far less (even less) on unfree archaeology – though I will hopefully post some more about this particular subject. Indeed, hopefully, I will publish at least one article on resistance to unemployment in Turkey (and elsewhere).
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There has been a call for action for archaeologists’ employment (arkeolog istihdamı için eylem çağrısı). Archaeologists in Turkey will meet outside the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Ankara at 2pm on the 5th of May.

call for action for archaeologists' employment (arkeolog istihdamı için eylem çağrısı)

call for action for archaeologists’ employment (arkeolog istihdamı için eylem çağrısı)

In other news, the Archaeologists’ Union has applied to the Interior Ministry for funding for a Project to Find Ways to Solve the Problem of Employment for Unemployed Archaeologists and to Increase Public Awareness of Our Cultural Heritage (İşsiz Arkeologların İstihdam Sorununa Çözüm Yolları Bulmak ve Toplumda Kültür Varlıklarımızın Farkındalığının Artırılması Projesi).

Finally, the 99% – or 99.67% – of people who cannot get a job in cultural heritage have something to look forward to. They cannot get part-time, entry-level work; they cannot even get school-leaver-level cultural heritage apprenticeships, ‘restoring historical sites and war memorials‘; but if they’re unemployed for long enough – thirty-six months (and, at this rate, they will be) – they will be able to be forced to do it (or other non-‘voluntary work’) full-time unpaid for six months at a time.
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Obviously, machine translation doesn’t do justice to the revelation that, ‘for Italy, [Alessandro d’Amore (@Alex_OLove) is] worth 9 points out of 30 [per l’Italia valgo 9 punti su 30]’, less than half the minimum points that are needed to be eligible for shortlisting, for a job for which he is overqualified.
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The Sherlock Holmes Museum has jobs, but don’t all rush at once! Really, don’t rush. They have a rather idiosyncratic curator-director, Andrea von Ehrenstein…
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The Police Department of Denizli Province has run an archaeological programme for unemployed youths. Unfortunately, it may be a model for professionals’ exclusion from work rather than youths’ experience of work…
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Passing over my six months’ employment in the Netherlands in even more awkward, contractually-obliged silence, I took the night ferry back and washed up in Blighty on the 13th of December 2012.
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Passing over my four months’ employment in Turkey in awkward silence, I came back to the Village very much hoping and expecting to go back to Turkey immediately, but it didn’t happen.
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I became long-term unemployed today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure. No, definitely yesterday. This series is not one I’ll be posting on Facebook or LinkedIn…
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Following on from the past two posts, here, I want to highlight how difficult the situation was (or could be) before the crisis. Still, in this post, I also want to consider how the industry is coping now and how established cultural heritage workers advise new (would-be) entrants to the profession.
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