1. Free and Unfree Labour

Draft programme

14 December 2015

14:30–16:15: Group Meeting 1
Getting to know each other and our research

16:45–18:15: Roundtable 1
What is “free” and “unfree” in labour relations?

Chairs: Matthias van Rossum, Juliane Schiel Speakers
Alain Blum (Paris)
Ludolf Kuchenbuch (Berlin)
Maria Luisa Pesante (Turin)
Aurelia Martín Casares (Granada)
Klaus Weber (Frankfurt/Oder)

The roundtable is especially meant for members of the working group “Free and Unfree Labour”, but other participants in the conference are of course welcome to join the discussion.

18:15–19:00: Apéro and Book Boxing (Caffe Bassaglia) What’s new?
Sitting over a glass of wine, all members of the working group “Free and Unfree Labour” are invited to present recent publications connected labour history with an entertaining 2’ minutes statement


15 December 2015

9:00–10:45: Thematic session 1 Spatializing Free and Unfree Labour: Households, Workshops and Sex Industry

Responsible: Jesús Agua de la Roza Chair: Rebekka von Mallinckrodt

Juliane Schiel, Spaces of Slave Labour in Late Medieval Venice
Karsten Voss, What Liberty Could Mean: Male Slaves’ Struggles for the Right to Form Families Capable of Holding Rights in Early Colonial Saint-Domingue (1697–1715)
Jesús Agua de la Roza/Victoria López Barahona, Between Free and Unfree, Paid and Unpaid Labour: Workshop-Schools in Eighteenth-Century Madrid
Karwan Fatah-Black, Urban slavery in Colonial Suriname

11:15–13:00: Thematic session 2 War and Labour Coercion

Responsible: Fernando Mendiola, Zhanna Popova
Chair: Laura Prosperi 

Juan Carlos García Funes, Prisoners of War for After War Needs: the Keys of Spatial Location of the Discipline Battalions of Worker Soldiers (BDST) in After War Spain (1940–1945)
Fernando Mendiola, Coercion, Unfree Labour and Skill Levels During Spanish Civil War: Railway Enterprises, Mining and Iron and Steel Industry in Comparative Perspective
Mikhail Nakonechny, Prisoner Mortality in Late Imperial Russia (1885–1915) and the Soviet Union (1930–1953) in International Comparative Context
Zhanna Popova, Vast Open-Air Prison: Katorga in Siberia

14:30–16:15: Thematic session 3 Early Modern Mediterranean Captivity: Conflicts, Interactions and Repercussions

Responsible: Tobias Auböck
Chair: Mario Klarer

Giulia Bonazza, Persisting Mediterranean Captivity: Captives’ Cases in Naples and Rome in the First Half of the 19th Century
Tobias Auböck, Two Versions of the Truth: Representations of Class in Captivity Narratives
Cecilia Tarruell, Freed, but not “free”? Degrees of Dependence Experienced by Former Captives upon their Return to Christian Lands

16:45–18:15: Roundtable 2 Is There a Historical Tendency From Free to Unfree Labour Relations?

Chair: Christian De Vito, Jesús Agua de la Roza Speakers

Alessandro Stanziani (Paris)
Marcel van der Linden (Amsterdam)
Rosanna Barragan (Amsterdam)
Magaly Rodríguez García (TBC)
Jakob Tanner (Zürich)

The roundtable is especially meant for members of the working group “Free and Unfree Labour”, but other participants in the conference are of course welcome to join the discussion


16 December 2015

9:00–10:45: Thematic session 4 Precariousness and Free/Unfree Labour at Global Level: Connections and Intersections in a Long Historical Perspective

Responsible: Eloisa Betti
Chair: Nelson Liechtenstein

Christian De Vito, Labour Flexibility and Labour Precariousness in the Southern Cone (c. 1750s–1910s). Labour Commodification and the Interactions between “Free/Unfree” Labour Relations
Tommaso Bobbio, Ahmedabad, India: Labour and the City, a Continuous Interdependence
Eloisa Betti, Gender and Precarious Labour in Industrial and Post-Industrial Western Europe (XIX–XXI c.)
Chiara Bonfiglioli, Precarious Lives in Post-Socialism: Transition Tales From the Croatian Garment Industry
Patrícia Matos/Antonio Maria Pusceddu, Comparing Mining and Call Centre Labour. A View From Italy and Portugal on the Free-Unfree Labour


11:15–12:30: Group Meeting 2
Discussion about future plans for the working group “free and unfree labour”, e.g. developing the digital platform and improving internal communication; detailed planning for the sessions submitted for the ESSHC 2016 in Valencia; setting up a joint book project or programmatic article on free/unfree labour; setting up a joint project proposal.