TM 2 International Workshop

Chronologies of ‘Labour’: a Global Perspective
Date: 22 – 23 January 2016
Location: V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, Noida, India

group of participants (with organisers) at  Workshop, NLI Noida
Concept Note  (in brief)             Call for Papers (link)        Programme 

The political metamorphoses of the long twentieth century saw the rise and demise of ‘labour’ as a political category the world over. While the ‘social question’ began to be framed as a ‘labour’ question in some regions of the world from the late nineteenth century onwards, this development had come to affect large parts of the globe and assume a new quality about half a century later. By the midtwentieth century, ‘the worker’ served as a paradigmatic figure across the political spectrum and ‘labour’ emerged as a rallying cry in cultural and aesthetic movements. The employment relationships of a variably defined ‘core’ section of the workforce were seen as the fulcrum of the state’s social policies, which were increasingly perceived as an essential prop and property of the redefined or incipient nation state. Fascist Italy, wartime and postwar Britain, state socialist eastern Europe, French colonies in Africa, social democratic Sweden, Peronist Argentina and Nehruvian India all serve as instances of this polymorphic trend. In the process, ideas of political regulation, such as tripartism and corporativism, were circulated, adapted and remoulded on a transnational scale.