Other Worlds of Labour: Non-Socialist strands of working class self-help & popular voluntary association in C20th Europe.
Peter Ackers (Loughborough University, UK) and Alastair Reid (Girton College, Cambridge, UK) are planning a stream of panels within the Labour network of the 9th European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), at Glasgow, from Wednesday 11 to 14 April 2012. There is the possibility of an edited collection arising from the stream.
Marxist Socialism or Communism has been an important strand in many European labour movements. However, Marxist scholars have tended to assimilate the entire history of European working class life into the history of Socialism. This is particularly true of the C20th, when 'primitive forms' of working class life apparently fall away with the advance of scientific, modernist Socialism. However, this is only one side of the story of European working class life. This call is for papers that focus on other expressions of working class life that offer new perspectives on 'labour' in the twentieth century, with a particular emphasis on non-Socialist forms of self-help.
Proposals on the following topics would be particularly welcome:-
8. Education and Art (also theatre, music, cinema)
9. Sport and Leisure (also walking, cycling, gardening, holidays) etc
10. Labour life stories of self-help & upward social mobility
Please email a short abstract of up to 400 words to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by Friday April 1, 2011
More information on the conference and an electronic pre-registration form can be found on the website of the ESSHC: http://www.iisg.nl/esshc and http://www.iisg.nl/esshc/user/register.php. At registration please mention that you would like you paper to be part of the Ackers/ Reid sessions so that your paper is correctly allocated.
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