CfP: Labour Transformations. From Liberalism to Corporatism (1850-1945)

Call for papers, deadline 31 March 2020

Four years after the foundation of NETCOR at NOVA FCSH, in Lisbon, and after several interdisciplinary meetings and congresses held in recent years in several participating research centres that were the founders of this Network, in Europe and Brazil, the II NETCOR Congress is announced. The theme of this first edition of the Biennal Congress, of an international and interdisciplinary nature, is devoted to labour transformations and aims to discuss theoretical and empirical explanations of the changing nature of labour organization and labour regimes in the contemporary period, from 1850 to 1945.

In choosing this period, the intention is to discuss trajectories in the evolution of powers of workers and employers, strategies of collective bargaining, general principles of labour law, and the application of national and international labour standards. It is about exploring, through states of the art, case studies or new syntheses, dynamic characteristics of institutional, economic and social life that imposed themselves during the nineteenth century and governed the first half of the twentieth century, until the end of World War II.

In adopting this theme, wich can be explored through a multitude of materials on organized interests, political economy, social economy, constitutions, ordinary legislation, conventions and jurisprudence, central and local government, labour justice, architecture and urban planning, our aim is to revisit and reformulate our view on labour history and organized interests.

Without abandoning the focus on structural and funcional characteristcs of work organization, it is expected to prioritise the treatment of historical agents' preferences, political and economic exchanges and outcomes of such exchanges, such as rules and norms of behaviour, decision-making and policy-formulation processes, in order to rethink the history of the "corporate revolution", as well as that of labour normativity and of work organization.

Target Groups

  • Historians 
  • Law historians
  • Sociologists
  • Economists
  • Architects
  • Political scientists
  • Lawyers
  • PhD students

Thematic scope

  • Contributors are invited to submit papers revolving on topics, such as:
  • Powers of workers and employers 
  • General principles of labour law
  • Applications of international labour standards
  • Collective bargaining strategies
  • Labour justice
  • Teaching the social economy, corporate law and labour law 
  • States of the art: studies on work organization, history of labour law, organized interests, corporatism

Submission Guidelines

Please send abstracts of max. 300 words and a short biographical statement (max. 50 words) to before 31 March 2020.

Languages for the Congress: Portuguese, Spanish and English.

All abstracts will be reviewed. Notification of acceptance: 25 April 2020.

Congress website link:

Scientific committee

  • Alessio Gagliardi (Università di Bologna)
  • Álvaro Garrido (Universidade de Coimbra, FE)
  • Arkadiusz Adamczky (Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce)
  • Carlos Bastien (Universidade de Lisboa, ISEG)
  • Daniele Serapiglia (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, IHC)
  • Dulce Freire (Universidade de Coimbra, FE)
  • Fátima Moura Ferreira (Universidade do Minho, Lab2PT)
  • Gabriela Gomes (Universdad de Buenos Aires)
  • José Luís Cardoso (Universidade de Lisboa, ICS)
  • José Maria Brandão de Brito (Universidade de Lisboa, ISEG)
  • Irene Stolzi (Università degli studi di Firenze)
  • Luciano Aronne de Abreu (Pontíficia Universidade Católica de Rio Grande do Sul)
  • Marco Aurélio Vannucchi (Fundação Getulio Vargas)
  • Paula Borges Santos (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, IHC)
  • Spirydon Ploumudis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
  • Valerio Torreggiani (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei)