At a time when the questions raised by unemployment, retirement pensions and hard work are major stakes in today’s societies, cultural history can shed a new light on work as a notion.
How is it possible to write a “cultural history of work”, an expression which is traditionally associated with sociology, economics and social history? What importance should be attached to working practices and workers in historical analysis? What part is played by work, trades and vocational focuses in the history of cultural practices and representations of work?
It is in the intention of the 2012 Lunéville Conference to reflect on the links between work and culture, by starting a dialogue between several trends of historiography, at the crossroads of several fields and disciplines. The papers will reflect this diversity, focusing on various periods, various countries and relying on various methods and theories.