Work, Occupations, and Labour Relations in Eurasia between 1500 And 2000 (Istambul – 30 novembre 2012)

Il convegno organizzato dal dipartimento di storia della İstanbul Bilgi University sarà dedicato alla storia del lavoro nell’Impero Ottomano tra il XVI e il XXI secolo, in un’ottica comparativa. Le ricerche presentate, dedicate soprattutto alla storia del lavoro artigiano, hanno come teatro l’India, l’Impero Ottomano, la Repubblica Turca e la Russia.
Di seguito il programma completo.
In recent years the field of labour history has expanded its scope of research from an almost exclusive focus on industrial, blue-collar, unionized, male labourers to include workers’ multiple, overlapping identities as well as concepts like work, occupational categories, and labour relations in a broader and gendered perspective. To this end, this mini-symposium has two related objectives. The first aim is to highlight the work of artisans, craftsmen, labourers, and the concomitant labour relations of artisanal and craft production. The second goal is to contribute to the internationalization of Ottoman and Turkish labour history. More generally within the field of Ottoman history there is an urgent need to understand developments in the Empire within the broader context of Eurasia. Global labour history has the potential to open comparative perspectives on the Ottoman Empire that have until now been largely unexplored. The Department of History at İstanbul BilgiUniversity would like to invite you to this international gathering that will include contributions on work and labor in India, the Ottoman Empire and the TurkishRepublic, Russia, as well as reflections on shifts in global labour relations over the last five hundred years.

Date: 30 November 2012
Time: 14.00-18.30
Venue: İstanbul BilgiUniversity Santral Campus
Board of Trustees Meeting Room (SantralResidenceBuilding)

For further information please contact:
Tevfik Karatop: tevfik.karatop [at]
M. Erdem Kabadayi: mekabadayi [at]


Session I 14:00 – 16:00

Vijaya Ramaswamy (JawaharlalNehruUniversity) – Craft Technologies and Craft Communities in Peninsular India: Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries

Bidisha Dhar (University of Jadavpur / International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam) – The Embroidery Artisans of Lucknow (India) Since 1850s

Suraiya Faroqhi (IstanbulBilgiUniversity) – Bursa Artisans of the late Eighteenth century.

Coffee Break 16:00 – 16:30

Session II 16:30 – 18:30

Gijs Kessler (International Institute of Social History, Moscow) – Changing Labour Relations in Manual Brickmaking, Russia 15th – 20th centuries

Gavin Brockett (WilfridLaurierUniversity) / M. Erdem Kabadayi (IstanbulBilgiUniversity) – Crafts and Occupations from the Ottoman Empire to the TurkishRepublic

Jan Lucasssen / Karin Hofmeester (International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam) –Explaining shifts in labour relations worldwide between 1500 – 2000



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