Historicising the Concept of Europe in Global History
30 August–3 September 2021: Vienna, Austria
Local Host: University of Vienna (Austria)
Conference venue: Campus of the University of Vienna, Spitalgasse 2 / Alser Straße 4, A-1090 Vienna
Contact Persons: Juliane Schiel, Teresa Petrik, Laura Sukarov-Eischer
The conference is a joint event of the COST Action “Worlds of Related Coercions in Work” (WORCK) and the “European Labour History Network” (ELHN).
Thanks to this cooperation, the conference offers a rich five-day programme of plenary events and parallel sessions, organised either by the ELHN or the WORCK network.
The first three days (30 August to 1 September 2021) are dedicated to the activities and individual projects of the working groups of both networks, framed by a joint opening event, a keynote lecture and a roundtable discussion organised by the ELHN, as well as an exhibition on labour and coercion, and a film screening and roundtable discussion organised by the WORCK network.
The last one and a half days (2 to 3 September 2021) are devoted to a specific topic of the WORCK network: Under the title “Historicising the Concept of Europe in Global History”, the WORCK network invites for a conceptual discussion on the place of Europe in global labour history. Over the last three decades, global history has fostered a number of key contributions to the ongoing rethinking of the temporal and spatial constructs foundational to historical writing. These debates have led to a widening of horizons and have opened up new research agendas, in labour history as well as in social history in general. Today, it is no longer feasible to write the history of the world as a history of European expansion. And the history of work can no longer be framed as the history of supposedly Western models and their contribution to modernity. Yet, global history has only rarely confronted the highly unstable historical construct called “Europe”. Therefore, these last one and a half conference days are dedicated to the need to historicise Europe as a conceptual frame in global history and will discuss social inequalities in Europe – both in the past and the present. The respective discussions will be led by invited experts on the basis of a joint reader.