CfP: Finnish Labour Studies Yearbook 2020. The Nordic Labour Movements, 1919–2019

Call for papers, deadline 1 February 2020

The Finnish Labour Studies Yearbook is published every November by The Institutions of Labour Heritage in Finland (the Finnish Labour Heritage Association/the Library of the Labour Movement, the Labour Archives, the People’s Archives, the Finnish Society for Labour History, the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas).

 

The Finnish Labour Studies Yearbook publishes articles, discussion pieces, book reviews and reports of theses. Topics include work, workers, the labour movement, workers’ culture as well as other societal issues, and these topics are examined from historical and contemporary perspectives.

 

The publication uses the peer-review label of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies. The articles and discussion pieces are primarily written by professors, docents and other academic scholars from different disciplines and active at Finnish universities.

 

For several years, our publication has had an annual theme, and most articles have explored its different aspects. The theme of the 2020 issue will be the Nordic labour movements during the last one hundred years. The political spectrum in the Nordic countries has been quite similar, based on a multi-party system, though there have been differences as well. A common feature has been the strong position of the social democratic parties – usually being the largest party in each country – and the division of the conservative parties into right-wing and centre parties. There have also been parties to the left of the social democratic parties – with either communist or leftist ideologies – calling for stricter socialism than social democracy. With the exception of Finland, though, these parties have played a more or less minor role within the political spectrum. The labour parties have had varying relationships with the trade union movement.

 

In our 2020 publication, we plan to publish articles discussing these issues from the perspective of a specific Nordic country or comparatively, across countries, and within the time frame mentioned above – or, should the author wish, focusing on a shorter period. We also welcome discussion pieces on the challenges that the Nordic labour movements will face in the 2020s together and individually in each country, and on the challenges that the labour studies will face.

 

Articles could discuss, for example, following topics:

 

- The ideological development of labour parties, and their role in the political sphere

- The left’s views on joining the government in a non-socialist state

- The relationships labour parties have had with conservative parties

- The relationships social democrats have had with parties to their political left

- The relationships labour parties have had with the green/environmental parties

- Labour parties and the trade union movement

- The development of the trade union movement and its influence on and relationship with political parties

- Culture and sports in the labour movement

 

All submissions must be written in English.

 

Publication is currently scheduled for November 2020.

 

Submission process for articles

 

Abstract submission deadline: February 1, 2020

Submit abstract (max. 400 words), along with a short biography (max. 100 words)

All respondents informed of the status of their submissions: February 10, 2020

Deadline for full manuscripts: June 15, 2020

Maximum length for full manuscripts is 50 000 characters (including references). If full manuscripts are accepted, they are subjected to a peer review process (double-blind review), which will be completed in August 2020. Authors will be expected to make changes consistent with the reviewers’ comments before final submission.

Final submission deadline: August 31, 2020.

 

Please submit your proposals to editor in chief Erkki Vasara (erkki.vasara@helsinki.fi) and editorial secretary Alpo Väkevä (alpo.vakeva@tyovaenperinne.fi).

 

Submission process for discussion pieces

 

Abstract submission deadline: February 1, 2020

Submit abstract (max. 400 words), along with a short biography (max. 100 words)

All respondents informed of the status of their submissions: February 10, 2020

Deadline for full manuscripts: June 15, 2020

Maximum length for full manuscripts is 10 000 characters (including references). Discussion pieces are not subjected to a peer review process.

 

Please submit your proposals to editor in chief Erkki Vasara (erkki.vasara@helsinki.fi) and editorial secretary Alpo Väkevä (alpo.vakeva@tyovaenperinne.fi).

 

Editors

 

Editor in chief: Erkki Vasara (docent in Political History, University of Helsinki)

 

Contact

 

For further information, please contact editor in chief Erkki Vasara (erkki.vasara@helsinki.fi) or editorial secretary Alpo Väkevä (alpo.vakeva@tyovaenperinne.fi).

Posted: 
03/12/2019