Run from within these two universities, this collaborative research forum is open to anyone researching the histories, sociologies and geographies of labour. Our interests fall under six thematic headings:
This centre is concerned with new research into the histories, sociologies and geographies of labour. It seeks to encourage interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaborations and new approaches in the study of labour.
It will take a broad brief to reflect the richness of the new research being conducted in this area of academic enquiry.
Worlds of labour
It will be interested in the study of labour in the widest sense of the word. This will encompass the study of working people past and present: their associational life, politics and culture.
It would promote discussion of class subjectivities, experiences and formation.
It will promote the study of labouring men and women with respect to social constructions of gender, sexual divisions of labour and sexually differentiated social experiences.
It will promote the study of childhood, old age and generational transitions of labouring populations.
From an institutional perspective, this would involve trade unions and political parties identified with labour, notably although not exclusively labour, social democratic and communist parties: their ideologies, programmes, governmental practices.
It would promote study of the relationship between syndicalism or anarchist movements or new social movements and labouring people.
It would encompass studies of industrial relations, labour process and labour conflict or protest.
Work and consumption
It will encourage research into work and the place of work as well as the patterns of consumption and leisure of working people.
Spaces of labour
It will explore the relationship between labour and place: labour’s relationship to the local, the regional, the national and the transnational. This might connect with questions of ethnicity and migration.
It would encourage the study of relationships between labour and global patterns of production, consumption and trade. It would promote the study of the relationship between labour, empire and post-coloniality.
From a historical perspective it will be interested in labour’s sense of the past: oral and written, in cultural representation and collective memory.