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Labour Conference Toronto

International Conference on the theme of "Labour," held at the University of Toronto, May 2023

By JIGES / CERES, University of Toronto

When and where

Date and time

Thu, May 25, 2023 9:30 AM - Sat, May 27, 2023 12:30 PM EDT


Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy 1 Devonshire Place Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 Canada

About this event

  • 2 days 3 hours
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"Work, Class, and Social Democracy in the Global Age of August Bebel (1840-1913)"

University of Toronto, 25-27 May 2023.

Registration required. All plenary sessions at the Munk School and the keynote event at Hart House are free of charge and open to the public.

Convenors: James Retallack, DAAD/University of Toronto Joint Initiative in German and European Studies; Simone Lässig and Swen Steinberg, German Historical Institute, Washington DC.

Official Partners: Anja Kruke, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Bonn; Stefan Berger, Institute for Social Movements, Bochum

Supporters: Department of History, Jackman Humanities Institute, Office of the Vice-President, International, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and Hart House at the University of Toronto; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


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9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Welcome and Session 1, Thursday, "Work, Class, and Race: Global Entanglements"

9:30 a.m. Welcome by James Retallack and Simone Lässig. 10:00 a.m. Session 1. Presentations by Stephen Press, Stanford, and Mona Rudolph, Kiel. Moderator: Swen Steinberg, Kingston. Comment by Matthew...

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Session 2, Thursday, "Labour Movements and European Emergencies"

Presentations by Amerigo Caruso, Bonn, and Andrew Bonnell, Brisbane. Moderator: Janine Murphy, St. John's. Comment by David Blackbourn, Vanderbilt.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Session 3, Thursday, "Blood, Sweat, and Food"

Presentations by Carolyn Taratko, Erfurt, and Philipp Urban, Bochum. Moderator: Jens-Uwe Guettel, Penn State. Comment by Celia Appegate, Vanderbilt.

6:15 PM - 7:45 PM

KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Debates Room, Hart House, Thursday, May 25

“A Workers’ Emperor and a President Worker? Germany’s August Bebel and Brazil’s Luis Inácio Lula da Silva in Comparative Perspective,” by John D. French, Duke University. Moderator: Simone Lässig, Wa...

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 4, Friday, "Resistance in the Workplace, Resistance to the State"

Presentations by Christine Krüger, Bonn, Johanna Wolf, Frankfurt a.M., and Jürgen Schmidt, Trier. Moderator: Philipp Urban, Bochum. Comment by Stefan Berger, Bochum.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Session 5, Friday, "Emotional Work: Class Antagonisms and Violence"

Presentations by Dagmar Ellerbrock, Dresden, and Jens-Uwe Guettel, Penn State. Moderator: Amerigo Caruso, Bonn. Comment by Anja Kruke, Bonn

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Session 6, Saturday, "Class, Religion, and Modernization"

Presentations by Janine Murphy, St. John's, and Matthew P. Fitzpatrick, Adelaide. Moderator: Carolyn Taratko, Erfurt. Comment by Andrew Bonnell, Brisbane

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Roundtable Session, Saturday

Remarks by Jürgen Kocka, Berlin; James Retallack, Toronto; David Blackbourn, Vanderbilt; and the audience

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