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POSTPONED - Writing a General Labour History of Africa from 1600 to 1900

Friday 3 December 2021
Humanity Hub (The Hague)

This roundtable event and the General Labour History of Africa workshops on 2, 3 and 4 December will be postponed until June 2022.


Interest in the history of labour in Africa has experienced a rebirth after a long parenthesis of neglect. African labour history research enlarged its scope, characterized by a trend to analyse work beyond wage labour and to focus increasingly on different forms of labour relations, from commodified forms of labour relations, typical of the capitalist mode production, to tributary and reciprocal forms of labour relations.

A volume published in 2019, General Labour History of Africa. Workers, Employers and Governments: 20th and 21st Centuries examines key transformations during the colonial and postcolonial periods and offers the first comprehensive study on labour in Africa within the framework of a global labour history perspective.

Now another volume is under preparation, under the auspices of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Regional Office for Africa, which will cover the period from the 16th to the 19th centuries. In providing broad and differentiated perspectives on significant developments related to the history of African working people, this new book project is designed to start a fresh discussion on African labour history. In addition to seeking a gap in the literature, another aim of the second volume of the General Labour History of Africa to encourage historical research on pre-1900 African labour history.

This roundtable will present some of the central ideas of the book and discuss its potential and any possible new issues the lounge durĂ©e might raise.

This meeting is made financially possible by ILO and LeidenASA and organized in the framework of Africa 2020.

See the website of the African Studies Centre Leiden for programme details and Zoom link: https://www.ascleiden.nl/news/roundtable-writing-general-labour-history-africa

For more details, see the website of the African Studies Centre Leiden

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