Open Call for Papers for History of Communism in Europe, no. 12/2021 (editors: Dalia BÁTHORY, Ștefan BOSOMITU, Luciana JINGA)

 Labour and Global Solidarity during the Long 20th Century


Work and workplace have had a multitude of functions and interpretations along the 20th century: cultural, political, economic, philosophic. They have been among the most important drives for change, both political and behavioral. They have stirred solidarity actions, artistic reactions, and profound changes in the interpretations of social rights. They have provided place and context for horizontal cooperation in the people’s fight for their rights. Workers experienced upward social mobility, exchanging work in agriculture with work in industry, or by promotion within industrial workplaces. New educational opportunities have been made available.

But they were used as pretext for power abuse as well, providing a dictatorial and many times a totalitarian framework within which labor camps were legitimate exploitation tools and political opinion made a good case for imprisonment. Forced industrialization, bringing along forced modernization, distorted old habits and disrupted the “old course of life”, while land expropriation and collectivization, and projects of urbanization of rural areas left people dreading and in distress.

The current call for papers seeks new, transnational, methodologically innovative perspectives on labor and workers, stressing on the transformations work and work relations have undergone during the 20th century.

Editors welcome contributions from all related fields of research: contemporary history, political science, sociology, gender studies, philosophy, anthropology, cultural studies, etc.

Topics may address (but are not limited to) the following:

-work legislation and its implementation in the soviet bloc versus “West”

-family/work balance in the soviet bloc versus the “West”

-gendered experiences of work

-social mobility, migration, empowerment

-industrialization and deindustrialization processes

-workers’ mobilization: sedition, trade unions, strikes, mass protests,

-representations in art and literature.

Contributors are kindly asked to write abstracts (English or French) that do not exceed 500 words.

Deadline: March 21st, 2021.

You may submit your proposals at: hce-online@iiccmer.ro, dalia.bathory@gmail.com .

Selected authors will be notified by the 29th of March 2021.

The deadline for the final draft of the paper is the 25th of July 2021.

The academic journal History of Communism in Europe (hce.iiccmer.ro) is edited by The Institute for the Investigation of the Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile. It is a journal open to all inquiries that have the objectivity, complexity and sophistication required by any research on the issue of communism, as well as on the different aspects of totalitarianisms of 20th Century Europe. These scholarly investigations must remain an interdisciplinary enterprise, in which raw data and refined concepts help us understand the subtle dynamics of any given phenomenon.