CALL FOR PAPERS: Social Inequality Network of the ESSHC


The Social Inequality Network of the ESSHC invites you to consider organizing a
session for the 11th International meeting of our conference in Valencia, 30
March-2 April 2016.
Registration is now open, and you can find out more about the conference via

Abstracts are due by May 1, 2015. We encourage international diversity within
sessions and broad comparisons among examples. Space on the program is limited
to the number of rooms available, and in the last two conferences, demand for
slots exceeded the supply. While you can propose an individual paper, your
chance of being accepted is much higher if you work with colleagues to present
a group of papers on a defined theme.

Last spring s conference in Vienna was a great success, and we thank those of
you that attended and helped make it both intellectually lively and great fun.

At our network meeting, the following themes were proposed informally for
Valencia, 2016. If one appeals to you, please consider working on it. Sessions
can be co-sponsored by two or more networks, which broadens audiences.
NB you may well propose something different:
Inequality and State Taxation Policies

International Comparisons of Social Inequality and Mobility

Comparative Philanthropic Activities

Different Religious Traditions of Philanthropy

Migration and Welfare

Social Insurance and Social Inequality

Inequality and Climate or Environmental Change

Gender segregation on the labour market

Work Experiences over the Life Course

Social homogamy

Finding a spouse via a newspaper

Finding a job via a newspaper

Census categories of difference (race, ethnicity)

New designs for social mobility: siblings, women, grandfathers

Inequality in settler societies

Inequalities in colonial empires

Changing Theories of Inequality

Children and Social Inequality

Development of Social Science Methods for the Study of Inequality

Trafficking of Women and Children

Residential segregation

Call for sessions and papers on Labour and Working Class History for the European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), Valencia, 30 March-2 April 2016

From 30 March-2 April 2016 the 11th European Social Science History Conference will take place in Valencia (Spain). The ESSHC brings together scholars interested in explaining historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences. The conference is characterized by a lively exchange in many small groups, rather than by formal plenary sessions. It is organized in a large number of networks that cover specific fields of interest.

One of the largest networks is Labour. We think that progress in Labour History is being made by analysing global developments in labour relations and labour struggle, including the influence of these global developments on local cases. It also remains essential to take into account besides class other constituent elements of working class identities, like gender, ethnicity, religion, age and nationality.

At the previous network meeting (Vienna 2014), some participants suggested that there was a need to take stock of the current state of the art. Therefore, we aim to organize four ‘Special Sessions’ entitled ‘Labour History: where do we stand?’. If you wish to propose a (historiographical, methodological, or other) session for this series of sessions, please use ‘Special Session’ as a subtitle to your sessions. If your panel will not be selected for the ‘Special Session’, we will of course take it into consideration for our regular sessions.

Apart from the abovementioned ‘Special Sessions’, the Labour History Network welcomes any other session or paper proposal dealing with all topics and periods in labour and working class history. During the selection of proposals, the coherence of sessions will be an important criterion. Therefore, propositions of full sessions with three to five papers will be easier to accommodate in the conference programme than single papers. Most sessions choose the panel format, but other types of sessions are encouraged. We have a preference for sessions with a comparative character, geographically and/or chronologically. Also, we advise you to seek alliances with other ESSHC-networks and propose joint sessions. We heartily encourage young scholars, such as PhD and master students, to involve in organizing sessions within the Labour Network. To encourage this, the Jan Lucassen Prize for the best paper at the ESSHC of a junior scholar (first awarded in Vienna in 2014) will be awarded (see

Proposing sessions or paper only works by pre-registering on our website. To propose a panel session (2 hour timeslot): panel organizers need to pre-register for 3 to 5 participants. Add full names and addresses of all paper authors, and of a chair and/or commentator. To propose an individual paper: pre-register through the conference website, indicating ‘Labour’ as your network of preference. See for full details: The deadline for proposing abstracts is 1 May 2015.

Further information on the ESSHC is available from the conference website at For specific questions about the Labour History Network, please contact the chairs: Christian G. De Vito (, and Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk (


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