Labour History: production, markets, relations, policies (from the late Middle Ages to the early 21st century



3rd International Conference in Economic and Social History

Labour History: production, markets, relations, policies

(from the late Middle ages to the early 21st century) 

24-27 May 2017

University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece

Call for papers and sessions

The Greek Economic History Association in cooperation with the Faculty of History and Archaeology of the University of Ioannina, organize the 3rd International Conference in Economic and Social History with the theme “Labour History: production, markets, relations, policies (from the late Middle Ages to the early 21st century)”. The conference will be held at Ioannina, from the 24th to 27th May 2017.

The conference aspires to examine the diverse and historically changing types of labour in different geographical areas and state forms, from the Middle Ages to the present day. The perceptions and redefinitions of labour across different systems of Political Economy is another issue we hope to address at the conference.

Even though there is no strict geographical limitation, the aim of the conference is to bring to the foreground relevant research carried out for the Mediterranean and the Balkans. Comparative approaches at a national, regional or international level on history, historiography, the theory of labour relations and the history of political economy are welcomed. The scientific committee also welcomes approaches that explore the role of gender, age, ethnicity, race and family in the historical formation of the division of labour, labour relations, labour markets, labour policies and workers’ experiences.

The conference revolves around four thematic axes:

  1. Labour in production: How did the conditions of production evolve historically in different sectors? The division of labour and wages: how are wages decided? Which are the different forms and systems of payment (e.g. subcontracting, piecework)? How technological change affects labour and professional specialization and skills in agriculture, crafts and industry, in shipping and transport, in trade and the service sector?
  2. Labour markets: The historical formation of labour markets at a local, national, regional and international level. The organization and development of migrant flows in response to labour markets.
  3. Labour relations: The formation and historical evolution of the regime (institutional, social, ideological) that regulates working conditions. What are the different types and relations of labour historically and how were they expressed (e.g. paid, unpaid, domestic, forced, free, unfree, informal)? What are the new forms of labour (“flexible”, “precarious”) that tend to become dominant today and how have they occurred historically? How are labour relations established in agriculture, manufacture and the service sector?
  4. Labour policies: The state regulatory framework and employer policies for labour. Which are the public and private policies on labour and social protection and how do they change over time? Which factors influence ideas and claims about working conditions in different eras?

Proposals for sessions (comprised of three to four applications accompanied with their abstracts, up to 400 words each) or individual applications (with an abstract of 400 words) should be emailed to until 15 October 2016.


The organizers hope to cover part of the accommodation expenses for the participants. The scientific committee will engage in the publication of the papers.


Conference Languages: Greek, English

Conference fees: student fee: 10 euros, full fee: 20 euros

Deadlines for proposals:

Deadline for applications and summaries (individual papers and sessions): 15.10.2016

Announcement of approved applications: 15.11.2016

Deadline for the submission of papers: 30.4.2017

Conference dates: 24 -27 May 2017



Scientific Committee

Christina Agriantoni, University of Thessaly

Maria-Christina Chatziioannou, Institute of National Research

Michalis Chletsos, University of Ioannina

Christos Hadziiossif, University of Crete, Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH

Gelina Harlaftis, Ionian University

Anna Mahera, University of Ioannina

Leda Papastefanaki, University of Ioannina

Socrates Petmezas, University of Crete, Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH

Nikos Potamianos, University of Thessaly

Nicholas Theocarakis, University of Athens
Organizing Committee

Lambros Flitouris, University of Ioannina

Katerina Galani, Ionian University

Evangelos Hekimoglou, Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki

Dimitris Kontogeorgis, International Hellenic University

Sofia Laiou, Ionian University

Anna Mandilara, University of Ioannina

Anna Mahera, University of Ioannina

Leda Papastefanaki, University of Ioannina


Contact Details: Leda Papastefanaki, Faculty of History and Archaeology, Modern History Department, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina, Greece

tel: +3026510 05137, email:


Scientific secretariat: Dimitris Kontogeorgis, email:



Form of participation

Please send proposals for papers and sessions until 15 October 2016 at


First name & Last name:
Date of Birth:
University or Research Institute:
Academic status: (Academic staff, PhD candidate etc)
Phone number:
Title of paper:
Summary (up to 400 words):



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