Työväenperinne – Arbetartradition ry yhteistyö sekä Norjan, Ruotsin että Tanskan työväenliikkeen arkistojen ja kirjastojen kanssa on sujunut erilaisissa tapaamisissa ja yhteispohjoismaisissa seminaareissa.


Arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek,

Tukholma, Ruotsi

Arbejdermuseet & Arbejderbevægelsens Bibliotek og Arkiv,

Kööpenhamina, Tanska

Arbeiderbevegelsens arkiv og bibliotek,

Oslo, Norja

Reykjavik, Islanti


Reykjavik, 28.-30. 2016: Call for sessions ande papers

Call for sessions and papers

November 28-30, 2016, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Labor history has been said to be on the decline for some time. However, the foundation of a
European Labor history network in Amsterdam in October 2013 as well as the large number of
national labor history networks, with especially successful examples in India, Brazil and South
Africa, shows that the field is vivid and growing.

The Nordic Labour History Conferences have been organized by the Labor history institutes of
the Nordic countries since 1974. The last conference was organized in 2005, in Runö, Sweden
and we believe the time has come to pick up where we left off. We want to use the opportunity
to bring together scholars and students of Nordic labor history or labor history of one of the
Nordic countries to discuss their research but also to get an overview over the current field of
labor history. We also want to broaden the field of labor history by encouraging research beyond
traditional labor organizations – although they should be part of this conference as well – by
enlarging the scope in time and space.

Given the huge international interest in global and feminist labour history it will be one of the
main themes of the conference. We also welcome panels on:

Social strikes and conflicts
Riots, uprisings, revolts
Medieval labour
Typical/untypical labour
Free and unfree labour such as the military, sex workers, domestic workers, flexibility, precarious
Environmental history
Nordic Migration
Nordic cooperation
Literature and labour
The new labour parties
The welfare state and the history of the Nordic model
Relations between labour movement/consumer cooperatives
Narratives, biographies, public and academic history
The infrastructure for labour history – archives, journals, yearbooks
Working class culture, consumption and leisure time etc.


We prefer session proposals to paper proposals. Proposals for sessions should include
presentations on the history of at least three Nordic countries and should consist of 3-4
presentations and one comment. Proposals should not be longer than 500 words, please include
title for the presentations as well as short bios of the presentators and a title for the session, no
later than 31 January, 2016. This abstract should clearly state what issues regarding theory and
research you would invite people to discuss within the frames of your session. Please include
abstracts of the papers intended to be presented, with bio of the author and title. Please indicate
in what language will be used during your session (e g Scandinavian or English).

The organizing committee will make the final decisions in early April 2016.

However if you cannot manage to organize a session, you can send us an abstract of your paper
(maximum 500 words) a short biography of the presenter (maximum 150 words), and we will see
if we can put together panels. Full papers need to be submitted no later than September 28,


The organizers can be reached by email to info@nordiclabourhistory,org

Please use this address for submitting your proposals.




There will be a conference fee of €160. An early-bird fee is available for those who apply before
the June 1, 2016. This fee is €120.


Department of History, University of Iceland, Reyjkavik
Labour Movement Archives and Library (ARAB), Stockholm
Arbejdermuseet & Arbejderbevægelsens Bibliotek og Arkiv, Copenhagen
The Norwegian Labour Movement Archives and Library, Oslo
Center for Labour History, Landskrona
The Finnish Labour Archives, Helsinki
The People’s Archives, Helsinki
The Finnish Society of Labour History Research