The Alberta Labour History Institute in collaboration with the Departments of History and Classics and Education Policy Studies at the University of Alberta invites papers for “Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future,” a conference on working people’s history and public history to be held at the University of Alberta, June 13-16, 2012 to correspond with the Alberta Federation of Labour’s 100th Anniversary. We are soliciting papers, poster-papers, films, and other presentations on working class history in Alberta, and more generally on workers’ own history/public labour history in Canada and beyond.
The Alberta Labour History Institute (www.labourhistory.ca) is made up of a group of trade unionists, community activists, archivists, and historians who, since 1999, have collected oral histories, records, correspondence, photos and other historical materials from working people in Alberta. With this material we have produced or helped others produce a wide variety of films, posters, pamphlets, books, websites and more that recount, celebrate, analyse and interpret the history of work and working people in Alberta.
The conference in 2012 is aimed at bringing together labour activists, public history organisations, and history workers to talk about working people’s history and the future of labour history. The conference will have several components: 1) story circles featuring Alberta activists on topics such as labour organising and protest from the 1970s to the present, workplace health and safety, women in the trade union movement, and human rights at work; 2) academic papers on labour history in Alberta and beyond; 3) an exhibit area for public history organisations to share their work; 4) a labour history concert featuring Alberta singer-songwriter Maria Dunn; 5) a film festival of labour history movies; 6) a session on the morning of 16 June for labour public history organisations to share practices and ideas. Keynote speakers include Elizabeth (Betsy) Jameson (Imperial Oil & Lincoln McKay Chair, History, University of Calgary), Paul Moist (National President, Canadian Union of Public Employees), and Bryan Palmer (Canada Research Chair, Canadian Studies, Trent University).
The Alberta Federation of Labour’s official centenary celebrations will take place at Fort Edmonton Park in Edmonton on the afternoon and evening of 16 June, and conference attendees are welcome and encouraged to take part in this event as well.
We encourage, individual and organisational presenters and are especially looking for three types of presentation: academic papers (20 minutes in length), poster-papers/exhibits, and films. We would be happy to consider and accommodate other sorts of presentation methods as well.
Interested participants should send a proposal of 300–500 words accompanied by a brief biography or CV to:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
or by mail to:
10512 – 122 Street
Canada T5N 1M6
Proposals received by Nov. 20, 2011 will be considered for funding; final deadline for proposals is February 1, 2012. Additional funding may be available for proposals after 20 November.
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