International labor history conference coming

Image from NALHC Facebook page.

Image from NALHC Facebook page.

The North American Labor History Conference (NALHC) will hold its 37th annual international conference in Detroit on October 22-24, 2015 under the theme Labor, Law, and Progressive Activism.

NALHC, an international conference with global perspectives on labor history, welcomes proposals from a wide variety of disciplines and from scholars and activists working in various geographical and temporal frameworks.

The Call for Papers notes that “From ancient to modern times, from peasant to post-industrial societies, from the local to the global, humans have labored and lived under the codes of law.

“By the early 20th century, we saw the transformation whereby labor became part of law; protected and reinforced by it. How workers experience their everyday lives and enact their sense of agency is often circumscribed or enabled by the actions, legal and extra-legal, of states. But legal representation did not come without the need for progressive social activism.

“On the 80th anniversary of the Wagner Act, we encourage submissions that consider not only the legal boundaries of labor, whether free or unfree, but also the lived experiences of workers in local, national, and/or international contexts.”

Submissions of proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables should include a one paragraph abstract and a brief biographical statement from each participant. Submissions should be sent before April 30, 2015 to:

Thomas Klug, Lead Coordinator, North American Labor History Conference, Department of History, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202, 313-577-2525, Fax: 313-577-6987, nalhc@wayne.edu .