Moving Labour Conference

Conference, 28-29 June 2021, online

The registration for the Moving Labour Confererence is now open on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/moving-labour-conference-tickets-155917895623).

It will take place on Zoom on June 28th and 29th 2021. Registration is open to all and free of charge. A Zoom link will be circulated on June 21st to all participants.

We have a very exciting array of papers that address the conference theme. They cover themes such as material/visual culture, temporalities, space, push/pull factors, host societies, representations of itinerant workers, the dress of moving workers, labour networks, ethnicity of moving labourers and discrimination. We are thrilled to welcome delegates from across different countries and continents. Please be aware that as the majority of delegates are in the UK and EU, we have set the conference times to UK-time. The conference will take place in English.

Please find enclosed in this e-mail the final programme of the conference that includes abstracts for the scheduled papers. We are also very excited to announce our keynote speakers and their keynote titles:

  • Professor Laurence Fontaine (DR CNRS): Itinerant merchants between networks of migration and survival strategy in Early Modern Europe
  • Professor Victoria Kelley (University of the Creative Arts): Markets on the move in London, c. 1850-1939: legal, economic and cultural dimensions of mobility in informal street selling

  • Professor Johanna Wassholm (Åbo Akademi University): Transnational mobile trade and ethnicity in the Nordics, 1800-1950
  • Anna Sundelin (Åbo Akademi University): Material culture and mobile trade in Europe’s northern periphery, 1840-1940

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Moving Labour Conference

Programme

Please note: the conference schedule has been set to UK time. The time zone is currently British Summer Time (BST), which is GMT+1. Please be aware that conference times are for the UK time if you are joining the conference from outside of the UK and Ireland.

Day 1: Monday 28th June 2021

1.00pm – 1.15pm – Welcoming Remarks

1.15pm – 2.15pm – Panel 1: Material culture

  • Dr Charlie Taverner (TCD): London’s hawkers and the technology of street food
  • Eliza McKee (QUB): ‘They go around the country making in the homes of the people’: travelling tailors and the production of men’s clothing in rural Ireland, c. 1850-1914

2.15pm – 2.30pm – Break

2.30pm – 4.00pm – Panel 2: Space

  • Freya Purcell (V&A/RCA): Time and space in a dish: how daily routine shaped the 18th century saloop stall
  • Lívia Louzada de Toledo Pugliese and Heliana Comin Vargas (USP): Work in the digital age and the impact on urban dynamics
  • Léa Leboissetier (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon): “The undoubtedly meet a distinct want” reassessing the role of pedlars and hawkers in post-1850s British metropolises and coastal cities (1870s-1940s)

4.00pm – 4.15pm – Break

4.15pm – 5.15pm – Panel 3: Temporalities

  • Professor Molly Warsh (University of Pittsburgh): ‘“Harpies”, “men who look like Caribs”, and tuna: perspectives on human and natural migrations in the early Iberian Atlantic’
  • Margaret Ritchie (Independent): Image and identity gendered aspects of seasonal contract workers in the British herring curing trade, 1880-1939

5.15 – 5.30pm – Break

5.30 – 6.30pm – Keynote 1: Professor Laurence Fontaine (DR CNRS): Itinerant merchants between networks of migration and survival strategy in Early Modern Europe

 

Day 2: Tuesday 29th June 2021

11.00 – 12.15pm – Panel 4: Representations

  • Ariane Mak (University of Paris): ‘I’m not really a costermonger you know”: from coster to market man in interwar Lambeth
  • Susan Curley Meyer (UCD): The visual and material culture of street trading in Dublin: women and working clothes
  • Dr Alison Toplis (Wolverhampton): Smocked and with ringlets – was the ‘Peculiar’ attire of navvies actually that strange?

12.15 – 1.00pm – Lunch break

1.00pm – 2.00pm – Keynote 2: Professor Victoria Kelley (University for the Creative Arts): Markets on the move in London, c. 1850-1939: legal, economic and cultural dimensions of mobility in informal street selling

2.00 – 2.15pm – Break

2.15 - 3.15pm – Panel 5: Push/pull factors

  • Sergio Molina Garcia (UCLM): The Social and labour conditions of Spanish seasonal rice-pickers in France
  • Nina Trige Andersen (Society for Labour History (SFAH), Denmark): Drummers, dreamers, and circuits of labour: a new perspective on the emergence of the Philippine state as a broker of workers to the world

3.15pm – 3.30pm – Break

3.30pm – 4.30pm – Panel 6: Host societies

  • Dr Konstantina Andrianopoulou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens): A profile of Greek Orthodox migration to Istanbul in the mid 19th century
  • Cathal Burke O’Leary (DCU): The impact of revolution on attitudes towards Irish immigrants and labourers in Scotland, 1916-1923

4.30 – 4.45pm – Break

4.45pm – 6.15pm – Keynote 3:

  • Professor Johanna Wassholm: Transnational mobile trade and ethnicity in the Nordics, 1800-1950
  • Anna Sundelin (Åbo Akademi University): Material culture and mobile trade in Europe’s northern periphery, 1840-1940

6.15– 6.30pm – Closing Remarks

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We hope to see you all in June,

All Best,

Eliza McKee (Queen’s University Belfast) and Léa Leboissetier (ENS de Lyon, Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes and Centre d'histoire du XIXe siècle)

Posted: 
31/05/2021