Deadline: 15 May 2021
The fourteenth European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) will take place from 20-23 April 2022 in Gothenburg (Sweden). 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. It is organized in a large number of networks that cover specific fields of interest. The conference language is English.
One of the largest networks of the ESSHC is Labour. We think that progress in labour history and studies is made by analysing global developments in labour relations and labour struggles, including the influence of these global developments on local and national contexts and vice versa. It also remains essential to take into account other constituent elements of working class identities besides class, such as gender, ethnicity, religion, age and nationality. Labour can also provide an analytical lens to study the interconnectedness of political, economic, and cultural developments, and specific issues such as management strategies, colonial relations, factories and other sites of production (plantations, mines, households), slavery, free and unfree labour, formal and informal labour activism, etc. Moreover, labour history and studies provide essential insights into pressing contemporary issues such as globalization, social inequality, migration, and precariousness.
We welcome any session or paper proposal dealing with all topics and periods in labour and working class history and studies. Please read carefully the selection criteria below before submitting your proposal.
The Labour Network seeks to broaden its temporal, geographical, and disciplinary scope, and therefore encourage sessions and papers from all time periods and all regions. We welcome the organisation of conference sessions that move beyond the traditional conference panel, such as film screenings, book panels etc. Roundtable discussions that present and discuss important books, articles, changing institutional and educational structures and other concerns within labour history are also encouraged. For ESSHC 2022, we encourage submissions that focus on the following topics: the state of the art in global labour history; the connection between labour studies and labour activism; and the use of digital humanities in the study of labour.