The international research centre Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History (re:work) at Humboldt University Berlin and the Universidad Nacional de San Martin in Buenos Aires will hold a Summer Academy exploring the historical and contemporary connections between labour, mobility and rights in a global perspective.
The Summer Academy is open for doctoral students working in the field of work/labour from historical as well as other social sciences’ perspectives and will take place on the campus of the Universidad Nacional de San Martin, 29 October to 5 November 2017. The study of labour rights can be traced back in history for a long period, but these rights acquired a new significance with the emergence of the modern labour movement and the rise of industrial capital in the 19th and 20th century. Colonial and post-colonial historiographies have continuously challenged an industry-centric Western master narrative of the struggle for labour rights and labour standards. In global labour history especially perspectives from the “Global South” crucially contribute to the reconsideration and redefinition of notions of rights and work itself.
The Summer Academy aims to meet the challenges of a broader discussion on the connections of labour and rights, avoiding Eurocentric approaches. It allows for studies that shed light on multiple forms of work and social conflict, including non-wage labour, as well as on the multiple historical connections between forms of social and political organization and shared perceptions of justice and injustice. This approach also puts into question traditional narratives of state intervention on labour relations and labour legislation. How does the law actually work in daily life? When and how did it work as an arena of class struggle, as put by E. P. Thompson? Moreover, it sheds light on other forms of regulations and norms that were not originally intended to ensure labour rights, but were used by workers in this way. Sometimes laws and discussions about laws are the only access we have, as historians, to grasp certain experiences and notions of justice. This is widely shown by historians of slavery and those dedicated to domestic work. These are histories which need to be explored.
To participate in the Summer Academy research scholars at the doctoral level need to apply with a brief outline of their current project on how their work relates to the themes of the Summer Academy as well as how they can contribute to it (max. 7.800 characters).
Proposed projects should assume a historical perspective and will be particularly pertinent if they take account of connections beyond the nation state and attempt to reflect upon the possibilities of connecting regional and systematic approaches. This does not exclude carefully contextualized case studies.
Travel and accommodation costs of the selected participants will be covered by the organisers of the Summer Academy. We welcome relevant applications from all parts of the globe.
Please use the electronic form on the official website to apply for the Summer Academy. You will be asked to provide information regarding your biography, your academic background as well as details on your current research. Applicants should provide the names of two referees in addition to that.
Please note that we can only accept electronically submitted applications! Application deadline: 15 April 2017
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