Call for sessions and papers on Labour and Working Class History for the European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), Ghent ( Belgium), 13-16 April 2010
From 13-16 April 2010 the 8th European Social Science History Conference will take place in Ghent, Belgium. This is a call for sessions and papers for the Labour network, one of the largest ESSHC-networks.
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 organized in a large number of networks that cover a certain topic (e.g. criminal justice, family, social inequality, economics).
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. At the previous network meeting, several themes were suggested, among others: labour historiography; labour and post-socialism; non-regulated work; labour migration; transnational labour and feminism; labour legislation in an international comparative perspective; information labour. However, the Labour History Network welcomes any other proposal dealing with all topics and periods in labour and working class history.
At the upcoming ESSHC, the number of sessions will be limited compared to the previous conferences. This also has consequences for the relatively large Labour Network. During the selection of proposals, the coherence of sessions will be an important criterion. Therefore, even more than in previous years, propositions of full sessions with three or four papers will be easier to accommodate in the conference programme than single papers. Also, we advise you to seek alliances with other ESSHC-networks and propose joint sessions.
Further information on the ESSHC is available from the conference website at www.iisg.nl/esshc.
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. To propose a paper: pre-register through the conference website, indicating ‘Labour’ as your network of preference. The deadline for proposing abstracts is May 2009.
For more information about pre-registration, see www.iisg.nl/esshc/callforpapers2010.php, or contact the chairs of the Labour History Network, Magaly Rodriguez (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk (email@example.com).
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