The (de-)regulation of employment, the challen- ges of reconciling work and family life, and the processes of inclusion and exclusion on the labor market have been key topics in the social sciences in France and Germany for many years. However, little attention has been paid to direct comparisons and transfer analyses across national boundaries. The conference will therefore open a binational dialogue to nd answers to the following questi- ons: What are the central changes, transformations, and con icts within the elds of work and family life in Germany and France? What are examples of best practices in both countries? And how can they help us to respond to the new issues of our times?