On 27 February - 1 March 2008 the Seventh European Social Science History Conference will take place in Lisbon, Portugal. 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 that 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Magaly Rodriguez <email@example.com> and Lex Heerma van Voss <LHV@iisg.NL>.
We think that progress in Labour History is being made by analysing global developments in labour relations and labour struggle, including the influence of these global developments on local cases. It also remains essential to take into account besides class other constituent elements of working class identities, like gender, ethnicity, religion, age and nationality. Analyses on a micro level can show the actual choices made by working class individuals and families. Among the topics already proposed for the Labour History Network sessions are items as diverse as gender wage differentials, globalisation and labour struggles, methodological aspects of research into Anarchism, the labour process in different branches of industry, work life quality, ethnicity and labour and farm workers. 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 with three or four papers are always somewhat easier to accommodate in the conference programme than single papers.
Further information on the ESSHC is available from the conference web site at www.iisg.nl/esshc
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. The deadline for sending in abstracts is 1 April 2007.
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