We are delighted to welcome presenters and attendees to Oxford for the Labour in History & Economics Conference. We have organized the conference to bring together labour historians, economic historians, and labour economists, to share research, and to encourage connections that will produce valuable collaborations in the future. We hope that you will help us in ensuring that the conference is an inclusive and constructive forum for all scholars presenting and attending.
Presentations will be twenty minutes followed by ten minutes of questions, and we ask that all attendees hold questions for the designated Q&A period as indicated by the panel chair. In order to ensure feedback from many perspectives, we ask that you keep questions during the Q&A period brief, but please feel free to follow up with further comments to presenters during our lunch and coffee breaks. Presenters and attendees who have booked dinner as part of their registration are also welcome to join for the drinks reception and dinner in hall following the first day of the conference. All attendees are welcome to continue conversations in the King’s Arms pub in the afternoon on the second day of the conference.
Our two keynote speakers are Professor Fabrice Bensimon and Professor Jill Rubery, whose work encompasses the breadth of qualitative and quantitative labour research that we are delighted to showcase at this conference. We are very grateful to Professor Bensimon and Professor Rubery for what promise to be two very interesting keynote lectures. We would also like to thank Professor Jane Humphries and Dr Eric Schneider for leading our concluding roundtable on the relationship between history and economics.
We are very pleased that All Souls College, Oxford is the venue for the conference, and we are grateful to Professor Jane Humphries and the Academic Purposes Committee of All Souls for their generous support. All Souls is a historic, medieval site and we encourage you to enjoy these magnificent surroundings and take care on the steep staircases and uneven pavements of the college.
Monday 15 April
9:30-9:50 AM Registration
9:50 AM Welcome
Session 1: Wages and Wage Formation
11-11:30 AM Coffee Break
11:30 AM-1 PM
Session 2: The Experience of Work
1-2 PM Lunch
Session 3: Determinants of Migration
3:30-4 PM Coffee Break
Session 4: Labour’s Impact and Wages in the Long Run
Tramping artisans: British migrant workers in industrialising Europe (1815–1870) Fabrice Bensimon (Paris-Sorbonne)
6-7 PM Drinks Reception
7:30 PM Dinner
Sessions will take place in the Old Library, with coffee, lunch, drinks, and dinner in Hall.
Tuesday 16 April
Session 5: Migration Across Europe
10:30-11 AM Coffee Break
11 AM-12:30 PM
Session 6: Incomes and (Un)equal Outcomes
12:30-1:30 PM Lunch
Perversity and contradictions in the uneven path towards dual breadwinning and equal opportunities
Jill Rubery (Manchester)
2:30-3:30 PM Session 7: Managing Labour
3:30-4 PM Coffee Break
Session 8: Accounting for Forced Labour
Session 9: Roundtable on History & Economics
King’s Arms Pub (corner of Parks Road & Holywell Street)