CfP: XIV Nordic Social- and Labour History Conference

Call for papers and sessions, deadline 31 January 2016

Labor history has been said to be on the decline for some time. However, the foundation of a European Labor history network in Amsterdam in October 2013 as well as the large number of national labor history networks, with especially successful examples in India, Brazil and South Africa, shows that the field is vivid and growing.

The Nordic Labour History Conferences have been organized by the Labor history institutes of the Nordic countries since 1974. The last conference was organized in 2005, in Runö, Sweden and we believe the time has come to pick up where we left off. We want to use the opportunity to bring together scholars and students of Nordic labor history or labor history of one of the Nordic countries to discuss their research but also to get an overview over the current field of labor history. We also want to broaden the field of labor history by encouraging research beyond traditional labor organizations – although they should be part of this conference as well – by enlarging the scope in time and space.

Given the huge international interest in global and feminist labour history it will be one of the main themes of the conference. We also welcome panels on:

  • Social strikes and conflicts
  • Riots, uprisings, revolts
  • Medieval labour
  • Typical/untypical labour
  • Free and unfree labour such as the military, sex workers, domestic workers, flexibility, precarious employment
  • Environmental history
  • Nordic Migration
  • Nordic cooperation
  • Literature and labour
  • The new labour parties
  • The welfare state and the history of the Nordic model
  • Relations between labour movement/consumer cooperatives
  • Historiography
  • Narratives, biographies, public and academic history
  • The infrastructure for labour history – archives, journals, yearbooks
  • Working class culture, consumption and leisure time etc.

Session proposals and papers
We prefer session proposals to paper proposals. Proposals for sessions should include presentations on the history of at least three Nordic countries and should consist of 3-4 presentations and one comment. Proposals should not be longer than 500 words, please include title for the presentations as well as short bios of the presentators and a title for the session, no later than 31 January, 2016. This abstract should clearly state what issues regarding theory and research you would invite people to discuss within the frames of your session. Please include abstracts of the papers intended to be presented, with bio of the author and title. Please indicate in what language will be used during your session (e g Scandinavian or English).
The organizing committee will make the final decisions in early April 2016.

However if you cannot manage to organize a session, you can send us an abstract of your paper (maximum 500 words) a short biography of the presenter (maximum 150 words), and we will see if we can put together panels. Full papers need to be submitted no later than September 28, 2016.


The organizers can be reached by email to info@nordiclabourhistory,org
Please use this address for submitting your proposals.