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Rethinking Worlds of Labour, Witwatersrand July 2006

Rethinking Worlds of Labour: Southern African labour history in international context

A conference from Friday 28th to Monday 31st July 2006, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Organised by the History Workshop and the Sociology of Work Unit, at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Scholars of labour are invited to the upcoming "Rethinking Worlds of Labour: Southern African labour history in international context" conference, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from the 28th to the 31st July 2006.

The aims of the conference are to
1. Promote a transnational and regional view of labour history, with reference to southern Africa, and to comparisons of the less developed and semi-peripheral regions of the global "South"
2. To reflect on the implications of the "first" globalisation of the 1870s to the 1930s for the "second" globalisation that started in the 1970s
3. To foster collaborative work between scholars, particularly those based in Africa, Asia and Latin America

International perspectives

Although the southern African region is a core area of interest, the conference organisers welcome papers on aspects labour history in other regions that lend themselves to comparative and transnational analyses. Scholars from other regions of the global "South" are therefore especially welcomed.

It is anticipated that the conference will provide the basis for new and collaborative work on comparative and regional labour history, and the panels will be structured to draw together different themes in a stimulating manner.

With best wishes

The organising committee

Peter Alexander, Andries Bezuidenhout, Phil Bonner, Jon Hyslop, Noor Nieftagodien, Nicole Ulrich, and Lucien van der Walt.

Do not hesitate to contact us with any queries.

Click for the online conference web page.