On 22-25 March 2006 the sixth European Social Science History Conference will take place in The Hague, the Netherlands. The ESSHC brings together scholars interested in explaining historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences. The conference is characterized by a lively exchange in many small groups, rather than by formal plenary sessions. The Conference is organised in a large number of networks which cover a certain topic (e.g. criminal justice, family, social inequality, economics). Sessions and papers on Labour and Working Class History can be proposed to the chairs of the Labour History Network, Carolyn Brown , David De Vries and Lex Heerma van Voss .
We think that progress on fundamental issues in Labour History is being made by taking into account besides class other constituent elements of working class identities, like gender, ethnicity, religion, age and nationality, and by analyses on a micro level, which can show the actual choices made by working class individuals and families. Among the topics already proposed for the Labour history sessions at the sixth ESSHC are items as diverse as Husbands and wives working together, Labour and ecology, European workers in the US, Trade unions and actors in strikes, Horse racing and gambling, Strategies of capital/employers, Comparisons of the labour movement in recently developing countries with older examples, Global textile workers history, ntermediaries between capital and labour like foremen and internal contractors, Strikes in an international perspective 1970-2000 and Effects of divisions within the labour movement. However, the Labour History Network welcomes other contributions dealing with all topics and periods within labour and working class history.
When proposing a session or paper, please realise that full sessions are always somewhat easier to accommodate in the conference programme than single papers.
How to propose a paper: pre-register through the conference website, indicating 'Labour" as your network of preference. How to propose a panel session: pre-register for 3 or 4 participants. Add full names and addresses of all paper authors, and of a chair and/or commentator. Most sessions choose the panel format, but other types of sessions are encouraged.
Lex Heerma van Voss
International Institute of Social History
1019 AT Amsterdam
fax +31.20.6654181 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.iisg.nl/esshc
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