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Out Now: Labour History, no. 110 – May 2016

This issue of Labour History attests to the depth and diversity of scholarship on those enduring concerns of labour and social history: industrial and political mobilisation, trade unionism, industrial regulation, labour market structures and the fabric of working life. While several of the articles cast back to the late colonial era, a notable feature of this issue, as was the case with the last, is the number of contributions dealing with social, industrial, regulatory and historiographical developments well within living memory. That our authors are now paying close attention to the more recent past is, we believe, both encouraging and to be encouraged. Click here for more information.

Other News

  • The 15th Biennial Labour History Conference, 23–25 September 2017, will be held at Emmanuel College, University of Queensland. Academics and labour activists are invited to present papers around the conference theme, “Workers of the World,” and the broader agenda of labour history. Today, the Australian working class are workers of the world: in the sense that we are a predominantly immigrant working class (or the descendants of relatively recent immigrants); and in the sense that workers from so many of the world’s nations, languages and cultures have made their homes here. The year 2017 also marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution, which had such a profound impact on the labour movement in every country, not least as a result of its internationalism. Click here for more information.
  • First Conference of the Global Labour History Network. Founded in Barcelona last year, the GLHN will have its first conference in March 2017 at the V.V. Giri National Labour Institute in Noida (near New Delhi), India. This event will enable participants to exchange information about their activities, research projects and publications; to prepare interregional projects and perhaps grant applications; and to discuss the GLHN’s future. Those wishing to attend should contact Marcel van der Linden (mvl@iisg.nl) as soon as possible because there are facilities only for about 40 participants and it would be optimal if they are evenly distributed across regions.
  • Alternative Business Histories. Eighth Annual Conference, Association of Academic Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools (AAHANZBS), 3–4 November 2016, Macquarie University. Historical papers in the fields of accounting, business, economics, labour and employment relations, management, marketing, tourism, transport and other areas of interest relating to historical research in business schools are welcomed. Both non-refereed abstracts and refereed extended abstracts (1,000 words) may be submitted. Please submit extended abstracts to Nikki Balnave (nikki.balnave@mq.edu.au) by Monday 1 August. Non-refereed abstracts should be submitted to Nikki Balnave by Friday 2 September for inclusion in the conference program. Click here for more information.
  • The Labour Movement, Mutuals and Co-operatives, a special issue of Labour History (May 2017) to be edited by Greg Patmore and Mark Westcott. Labour historians have often overlooked the various relationships between unions, mutuals and co-operatives. The special issue will explore their complementarities and tensions by addressing such questions as: What has been the experience of unions in organising and running mutuals? What role have unions played in organising and promoting co-operatives? Are employee and union relations different in co-operatives and mutuals? What have been the benefits and costs of union involvement in superannuation and pension funds? What is the relationship between ideas such as labourism and mutualism? Abstracts of papers should be 1,000 words and are due Monday 29 February 2016. Please submit them to Greg Patmore (greg.patmore@sydney.edu.au). Successful authors will present their papers at a symposium on Friday 4 November 2016, University of Sydney. For further information, click here or contact the editors, Greg Patmore and Mark Westcott (mark.westcott@sydney.edu.au).
  • AHA Prizes. The Australian Historical Association administers a portfolio of prizes, the majority of which are biennial and will be awarded at the 2016 AHA conference in Ballarat. Click here for more information.
  • Bernadette Hyland, Northern ReSisters: Conversations with Radical Women. In the first part of this book, Bernadette speaks to nine women from Greater Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds who have been active in radical movements over the past forty years. Topics include trade unionism, Ireland, Women’s Liberation, radical bookselling, anti-racism and the peace movement. The second part contains a number of Bernadette’s previously-published articles, including an interview with Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, and a discussion with Cathy Crabb, Alice Nutter, Maxine Peake and Sally Wainwright about the “northern writer.” Click here to find out more about the book and how to buy it.
  • Fighting against War: Peace Activism in the Twentieth Century, 14th Biennial Labour History Conference, was held 11–13 February 2015, University of Melbourne. Throughout the Twentieth Century, labour movement activists have been in the forefront of challenges to war and militarism. This conference, hosted by the Melbourne Branch of ASSLH, sought to restore their role to our historical memory. A book of refereed conference proceedings was published to coincide with the conference.  Click here for more information, including copies of some of the conference papers.