The “Global Collaboratory on the History of Labour Relations, 1500-2000” proposes this panel at the World Economic History Conference in Utrecht, 3-7 August 2009. Our central concern is to explain the rise and decline of all types of labour relations worldwide.
Since quantitative information on the early time span 1500 to 1650 is scanty, we invite specialists for this period to submit papers on labour relations, such as slavery, indentured labour, free wage labour, self-employment, and domestic subsistence labour, especially for the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab-Islamic world, and the Americas. Contributions on labour ethics and work norms are also very welcome. They should focus either on texts and terminology; or on the ranking of work, the worker, and the labour relations in the social order; incentives and remuneration. The contributions will be commented and discussed by experts of global history.
If you are interested in presenting a paper in this panel, please provide a short resume containing your institutional affiliation(s), a brief list of your publications relevant to the topic, and a one page abstract before March 1, 2009. We particularly encourage graduate students to participate. Papers will be circulated to the discussants in advance, and all papers will be submitted to the WEHC by May 31, 2009.
Prof. Dr. Karin Hofmeester
Prof. Dr. Marcel van der Linden
Prof. Dr. Jan Lucassen
International Institute of Social History
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone: (0031)20 668 5866
Fax: (0031) 20 6654181
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