Activities of the Nordic Labour History Network - Spring 2022

Online events




The digital age has transformed historical and labour research. Mass digitization of archival sources, novel computational methods and the rise of the digital public sphere encourage us to re-think how we research labour and write history in the twenty-first century. It is high time to scrutinize the ”digital turn” in the context of labour history and labour studies. 

Participants: Eric Blanc, New York University (computational text analysis of the 2018 US teachers' strikes); Risto Turunen, University of Warsaw (text mining of machine-readable labour newspapers); Jenny Jansson, Uppsala University (the labour movement in the digital age).

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17 May 14:00-15.30 Class Struggle in Swedish in Finland


For a long time, Swedish-speaking Finland has been associated with primarily bourgeois politics. Traditionally this identity – and the history of Swedish-speaking Finland – has been presented and understood as more or less uniformly bourgeois. In a new anthology titled ”Klasskamp på svenska: aktörer, idéer och erfarenheter i 1900-talets finlandssvenska arbetarrörelse” (“Class Struggle in Swedish: Actors, Ideas, and Experiences in the Finland-Swedish Labour Movement of the 20th Century”) several scholars show that socialism had strong Finland-Swedish proponents. The focus is on individual lives from Swedish-speaking Finland that challenged the ongoing bourgeois construction of the Finland-Swedish identity during the first half of the 20th century. The socialists were viewed as a threat to the political and material interests of the Swedish-speaking bourgeois class. However, these individuals belonged to two minorities, being both socialists and Finland-Swedes. They based their socialism on striving for an equal society without class or minority oppression. The Finland-Swedish labour movement also contributed considerably to making Finland more bilingual and to the recognition of the social needs and interests of the Swedish-speaking minority. Perhaps the labor movement had a greater importance for Swedishness in Finland than bourgeois voices have been willing to admit?


The book will be presented at the seminar on 17 May 2022 by Matias Kaihovirta, who is one of the editors, and by the co-authors Aleksi Huhta, Mats Wickström and Yasmin Nyqvist.


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7 June 14.00-16:00 Documentary: ’We Carry It Within Us’

- fragments of a shared colonial past


Length: 65 min. Language; English

’The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it……

History is literally present in all that we do.’

James Baldwin


The documentary feature ‘We Carry it Within Us’ investigates collective memory and different perspectives on the interlinked colonial past between Denmark and the current US Virgin Islands. Who and what are being remembered, and how is the story and the histories of a past told?


The mode of the documentary is to see and listen to the colonial history told through the memories, experiences and reflections from descendants of former Danish Afro-Caribbeans on the Virgin Islands (the artist La Vaughn Belle, the student Chenoa Lee, the author Tiphanie Yanique and the anthropologist Tami Navarro) along with art and cultural historians who tell about Denmark and Europe's role in the enslavement and the transatlantic slave trade - and how the colonial history is leaving its mark in today’s words, art, museums, archives, education and wealth as well as in various types of memory and forgetfulness.


Premiered 31.May 2017, has been broadcasted on Danish TV Fall 2017, spring 2018. Screened related to the Royal library’s 2017-18 exhibition ‘Blinde Vinkler’/ Blind Spots,  about images of the colony ’Danish West Indies’. Screened in Norway, UK, Iceland, US, Canada. Awarded Best Documentary Feature at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival November 2017, and Imagine, Women’s International Film Festival, NYC November 2018.

Meet the director! Helle Stenum, PhD, researcher & educator at Roskilde university, has for many years worked on issues such as migration, culture, collective memory, ethnic relations, transnational connections, race and gender constructs at universities and as independent researcher and consultant. This documentary builds upon her profound knowledge on the colonial connection and her wide international network. 'We Carry It Within Us' is her first documentary.

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13 June 2022 14.00-16.00 Home-based work and home-based workers 1800 to the present

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the home as a workplace became a widely discussed topic. However, for almost 300 million workers around the world, paid work from home was not news. Home-Based Work and Home-Based Workers (1800-2021) includes contributions from scholars, activists and artists addressing the past and present conditions of home-based work. They discuss the institutional and legal histories of regulations for these workers, their modes of organization and resistance, as well as providing new insights on contemporary home-based work in both traditional and developing sectors.

Join the conversation between activists and scholars specialising in home-based work and homebased workers presenting and discussing the recently published volume on the past and present of home-based work and home-based workers.

Participants: Janhavi Dave, Home-Net International, Indrani Mazumdar, Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi, Silke Neunsinger, Swedish Labour Movement archives and Library (ARAB) and Malin Nilsson, Lund University.


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