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Transnational Labour, Transnational Methods: Summer Labour Institute

Transnational Labour, Transnational Methods: Summer Labour Institute

June 8 - 14, 2008

Joint project for U of T Scarborough & New College

Everyone Welcome


We are pleased to invite you to plenaries and receptions for the Summer Global Labour History Institute: "Transnational Labour, Transnational Methods." Please join us for these public plenaries. 

Monday, 9 June:

"The Blue-Green Alliance," Dave Foster, executive director, Blue-Green Alliance (7:30-9 pm, Wetmore Hall, New College)

Tuesday, 10 June:

"Roundtable: The Transformation of Work, Stories from the Field," featuring participants from the institute (7:30-9 pm, Wetmore Hall, New College)

Wednesday, 11 June:

"Labour History and Public History," Sidney Chaloub and Paulo Fontes (5:45-7:15, UTSC, Management Building, room MW 160)

Thursday, 12 June: 

"The Global Labour University," Eddie Webster, University of Witwaatersrand (7:30-9 pm, Wetmore Hall, New College)

Friday, 13 June:

"Labour Law Across Borders," Ravi Ahuja and Prabhu Mohapatra (7:30-9 pm, Wetmore Hall, New College)

We would invite you, as well, to an opening and closing reception. We know that our participants and facilitators will truly appreciate the chance to meet other UofT faculty and grad students. It would mean a great deal if colleagues could join us: 

Sunday, 8 June: Opening Reception, New College Common Room (7:30-9 pm)

Saturday, 14 June: Closing Reception, UTSC (7:30-9 pm)

This summer institute is the result of three years of planning and organization among historians from around the world. In 2005-6, historians from the University of Toronto convened an international working-group in transnational labour history which met first in Hyderabad, India and later in Campinas, Brazil. We are committed to forging international and North-South research and publication collaborations through this workshop. This institute is a unique opportunity for new scholars and activists to build the international cohort that will trace the next steps in the field of labour studies and to deepen the relationship between the labour movement and academia in a number of national contexts. It is sponsored locally by: Equity Studies at New College, UTSC, and the local steelworkers, United Steelworkers of America. International sponsors are the International Institute of Social History (Netherlands) and the Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS) (Australia).

We have assembled an impressive cohort of around fifty participants drawn equally from the Global South and North. Participants are emerging scholars, including graduate students or recent Ph.D.s, and trade unionists with an interest in understanding transnational work and economies. We are proud to have assembled as well an enormously distinguished and diverse cohort of facilitators who will be leading sessions during the institute. Methodologically, the institute will feature intensive discussions with experienced researchers on a broad spectrum of topics, from slavery to gender studies. We believe that both facilitators and participants will leave the institute with a broader understanding of how our field has developed in different national and regional historiographies and the political role it can and has played in tandem with working people within and across borders. Our goal is that this understanding will be realized in international projects of collaborative research, innovative publishing,  translations, and academic/trade union partnerships planned and begun at the institute.

Our facilitators include:  

Ravi Ahuja, School of Oriental and African Studies, United Kingdom (South Asia)

Peter Alexander, University of Johannesburg, South Africa (Southern Africa)

Carolyn Brown, Rutgers University, United States (West Africa)

Sidney Chaloub, University of Campinas, Brazil (Brazil)

Radhika Desai, University of Victoria, Canada (India)

Elizabeth Esch, Barnard College, United States (US, Brazil, South Africa)

Paulo Fontes, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil (Brazil)

Prabhu Mohapatra, Delhi University, India (South Asia and Caribbean)

Nico Pizzolato, Queen Mary College, University of London, United Kingdom (United States and Italy)

Lara Putnam, University of Pittsburgh, United States (Central America and Caribbean)

Samita Sen, Jadavpur University, India (South Asia)

Kerry Taylor, Massey University, New Zealand (New Zealand)

Angela Vergara, California State University, Los Angeles, United States (Chile)

Peter Way, University of Windsor, Canada (British North America)

Barbara Weinstein, New York University, United States (Brazil)

Please do not hesitate to contact Daniel Bender,  Jayeeta Sharma, or 

Rick Halpern with questions you might have.


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