Industrial Labour & Literary Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century

Conference, 7 June 2019, Tampere, Finland

Industrial Labour & Literary Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century
Organised by the Piston, Pen & Press research project and the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, Tampere.

Date: Friday June 7th, 2019

Venue: Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, Tampere.

The cfp is closed now, but there are still have some spaces for people who would like to attend and hear the papers, contribute to the general discussion.

Piston, Pen & Press is a new and interesting UK based labour history research project led by the University of Strathclyde with the University of Manchester and the National Railway Museum. Project aims to understand how industrial workers, from the 1840s to the 1910s, engaged with literary culture through writing, reading, and participation in wider cultural activities. Together with Finnish Labour Museum the project will organise a one-day conference in Tampere, Finland, Friday 7th June 2019.

How did the industrial working-class engage with literary culture in the long nineteenth century? How far was their engagement determined by their industrial occupation? What can the literary productions of industrial working-class writers tell us about the processes of identity formation? How can the industrial working-class’s engagement with literary culture be used by industrial heritage and labour museums both to deepen our understanding of industrial/working-class history and make that knowledge available to the wider public? These are some of the key questions which underpin the AHRC-funded (2018-2021)

Piston, Pen & Press project (