Work, Workers, and the Finn Factor in
20th Century Labor Relations:
Strikes, Political Economy, and Transnationalism
April 10-12, 2014, Michigan Technological University and Finlandia University,
Houghton/Hancock, Michigan, USA
The Institute of Migration in Turku, Finland, and the University of Turku’s History Department, along with Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center and Historical Archives, with support from Michigan Technological University’s Humanities Department announces FinnForm X to be held in Houghton and Hancock, Michigan, on the centennial of the cessation of the 1913-14 Copper Strike in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. FinnForum X, an international conference, is being held in conjunction with a Copper Country Strike Symposium hosted by Michigan Technological University’s Copper Country Historical Collections, Department of Social Sciences, and the National Park Service’s Keweenaw National Historical Park.
FinnForum X anticipates and is soliciting paper submissions from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives in the following topical areas:
• Social history research related to or directly based off the work of Dr. Varpu Lindström
• Analyses of labor organization in historical and contemporary Finnish and Finnish North American industries
• Impact of historical Finnish immigration on labor organization in transnational contexts
• Effects of early 20th century labor organization and strikes by Finns on various industrial settings and managerial practices
• Importance of Finnish, Finnish immigrant, and Finnish North American women’s activism in early 20th century labor organization
• Comparisons between labor activities, organizational practices, and social settings in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, and North America
• Significance of Finnish immigrant organizational and strike strategies on historical and current capitalism
• Contemporary remembrance and collective memory pertaining to Finnish and Finnish North American labor and strike histories
• Other topics connecting issues of ethnicity, identity, class, gender, and cultural connections to civic discourse and the historic struggle for civil liberties in Finland, Soviet Karelia, Lapland, and North America
Abstract submission to present a paper at FinnForum X is now open and will close on January 1, 2014. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, and may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “FinnForum X Proposal.” Submitters will be notified of acceptance by January 16, 2014. Please direct all inquiries regarding paper topics and presentation details to Gary Kaunonen at email@example.com.
The Institute of Migration and the Finnish American Historical Archive is offering funding for two, highly competitive $250 travel grants for undergraduate or graduate scholars to travel to the Archives in Hancock to research its collections in order to submit a proposal and do research for a paper presented at FinnForum X. In addition, grant recepients will be eligible for free conference registrations to help allay the cost of traveling to FinnForum X in April. Please contact the Finnish American Historical Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for grant funding.
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