2020 Visions of Labour & Class in Ireland & Europe

Irish Labour History Society International Conference, Dublin – September 2020


This internatonal conference, which will take place at Liberty Hall in Dublin, is being organised by the Irish Labour History Society (ILHS), in association with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin.

In addition to three keynote speakers, the conference will include the 2020 Constance Markievicz Lecture, a ‘Voices of Experience' session, papers from young scholars and social events. The ILHS is seeking to include a broad range of speakers (including established scholars, early career academics, postgraduate students and worker historians) for the conference’s various panels and has called for papers addressing any of the following themes, though the deadline for papers has now passed*:

  • International developments in work organisation and class structure
  • equality and inclusion
  • race, ethnicity and religion
  • young workers
  • gender politics and sexual orientation
  • lifestyle, leisure and media
  • trade union membership, structures and organisation
  • public and private sector workers
  • campaigns and organisation
  • biography and autobiography
  • industrial relations and collective bargaining
  • socialist politics and the working class
  • Peace Process, Good Friday Agreement and class politics in Ireland
  • Social Europe and its future
  • Marxism and the future of socialism
  • Irish labour in the diaspora
  • labour historiography

*The deadline for abstracts in response to the call for papers for the conference (scheduled to take place in Dublin from 24th-27th September 2020) was 21 July 2019. However, the conference organisers can be contacted via secretary@irishlabourhistorysociety.com).

A number of travel and accommodation bursaries will be available for those whose abstracts are accepted.