Research and aims
WORCK promotes the dialogue and widens the chronological and conceptual scope between global labour history, area studies, gender studies, the history of bondage and coercion prior to 1500, and Legal Studies on contemporary forms of coercion.
WORCK sets up a digital research infrastructure and develops a new analytical framework that helps to overcome the dominance of the conceptual matrix of the modern West in the humanities and to conceptualise a new history of work.
WORCK seeks to rebalance historiographies and to encourage mutual learning and conceptual innovation between English-speaking and non-English-speaking academia.
WORCK includes stakeholders from outside academia and engages in public debates on social inequalities and the flexibilization and precarization of work worldwide.
About the COST Action
COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology. It exists to coordinate ongoing research on a European level that is funded nationally. Rather than funding research itself, resource creation or IT systems development, COST Actions provide the networking support needed to ensure that nationally funded initiatives add up to something greater than the sum of their individual parts.
The COST Action CA18205 “Worlds of Related Coercions in Work” (WORCK) is therefore essentially a networking programme. Grown out of the working group “Free and Unfree Labour” of the European Labour History Network, it brings together labour and social historians, linguists and anthropologists, lawyers and sociologists from all over Europe.
From 1 November 2019 to 31 October 2023, this COST Action organizes
- annual WORCK Meetings,
- annual WORCK Conferences and
- biannual Training Schools,
- Short Term Scientific Missions and
- ITC Conference Grants for early PhD students and early career investigators from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ICT, i.e. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldava, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Republic of North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Turkey).
WORCK applies the COST Inclusiveness Policy to bring out excellence in science Europe-wide and to clear away obstacles by offering low-barrier entry research networks and creating interdisciplinary research cooperation opportunities for researchers. Mainly based on geographical spread, career stage and gender balance, it seeks to reach balance between Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) and non-ITC Member Countries, between senior and early career researchers and between men and women for leading positions, selection committees and coordinating tasks. WORCK prioritises early career investigators and researchers without institutional support for reimbursement, and favours ITC locations as local hosts for WORCK activities.