International Conference: Strikes and Social Conflicts in the Twentieth Century

International Conference: Strikes and Social Conflicts in the Twentieth Century

Call for Papers International Conference – Strikes and Social Conflicts in the Twentieth Century
Lisbon, 17-19 March 2011

Organized by the Institute of Contemporary History (New University of Lisbon), International
Institute of Social History (Amsterdam), Archive Edgard Leuenroth (Campinas, Brasil), Centre for the Study of Spain under Franco and Democracy (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (France).

The twentieth century has been confirmed as the century when the capital-labour conflict was most severe. The international conference on “Strikes and Social Conflicts in the Twentieth Century” will host submissions on the strikes and social conflicts in the twentieth century and works on the theoretical discussion on the role of unions and political organizations. We also invite researchers to submit papers on methodology and the historiography of labour.

We welcome submissions on labour conflicts that occurred in factories, universities or public services, on rural and urban conflicts and also on conflicts that developed into civil wars or revolutions. National and international comparisons are also welcome.

After the Russian revolution the relative strengths of capital and labour were never again the same, with a period of revolution and counter-revolution that ended with World War II.

Protagonist of the victory over fascism, the labour movement found itself neglected in the core countries under the impact of economic growth in the 1950s and the 1960s. But May 1968 quickly reversed the situation, with a following boom of labour studies during the 1970s. Nevertheless once the crisis of the 1970s was over, capital has regained the initiative, with the deterioration of labour laws, the crisis of trade unions and the subsequent despise in the academy for the study of social conflicts. The recent crisis, however, shows that workers, the ones who create value, are not obsolete. The social movements regain, in the last decade, a central role in the world.

The intensification of social conflicts in the last decade promoted a comeback to the academia of
the studies on labour and the social movements. This conference aims to be part of this process: to retrieve, promote and disseminate the history of social conflicts during the twentieth century.


Papers submission: January 2010 – 30 June 2010

Notification of acceptance: 30 July 2010

Papers: 15 December 2010

Conference: 17-19 March 2011

Important: The deadline for delivery of completed papers/articles is 15th December 2010. The paper should be no longer than 4.000 words (including spaces) in times new roman, 12, line space 1,5. For Registration Form see below.

Conference Languages: Portuguese, English, French and Spanish (simultaneous translation Portuguese/English)

Preliminary Program: The Conference will have sessions in the mornings and afternoons. There will be conferences of invited speakers, among others, Marcel van der Linden, Fernando Rosas, Serge Wolikow, Beverly Silver, Kevin Murphy, Ricardo Antunes, Álvaro Bianchi, Dave Lyddon, Xavier Doménech. During the conference there will be an excursion guided by Prof. Fernando Rosas (“Lisbon of the Revolutions”); a debate about cinema and labour movement and a debate about Crisis and Social Change.

Conference Fees

Fees including dinners and excursion “Lisbon of the Revolutions”: € 80,00

Fees without dinners and excursion: free

Entrance: free


  • Instituto de História Contemporânea (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)
  • International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • Maison des Sciences de L’Homme (Paris, France)
  • Centre d’Estudis de l’Època Franquista i Democràtica (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)
  • Arquivo Edgard Leuenroth (Campinas, Brasil)
  • Scientific Committee: Álvaro Bianchi (AEL), Raquel Varela (IHC), Sjaak van der Velden (IISH),
  • Serge Wolikow (MSH), Xavier Domènech (CEDIF)


Instituto de História Contemporânea, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Av. de Berna, 26 C
1069-061 Lisboa, Portugal

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