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II International Worlds of Labor Conference

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
27-30, November 2012
Call for papers:

The members of the Workgroup “Worlds of Labor” – Brazilian History Association (GT “Mundos do Trabalho” – ANPUH) invite researchers to submit presentation proposals for the VI Labor History Workshop, to be held jointly with the II International “Worlds of Labor” Conference. The event will take place November 27th – 30th Center for Research and Documentation on Brazilian Contemporary History – Getulio Vargas Foundation (CPDOC/FGV), Rio de Janeiro. Presentation proposals must be based on empirical research, theoretical and methodological debates and assessments of the academic production that enable the dialogue with others interested in similar themes.

The Workgroup “Worlds of Labor” – an official section of the Brazilian History Association – has been playing a fundamental role in the diffusion of the increasing Brazilian labor historiography and in fomenting domestic and international inter-exchanges. Since its creation, in 2001, the WG promotes thematic conferences inside ANPUH bi-annual national symposiums and, in alternate years, workshops for researchers in the field. In 2010, the I International “Worlds of Labor” Conference was held jointly to the V Labor History Workshop.

The main aim of this event is to provide for the presentation of research taking place in a variety of academic disciplines about labor history in Brazil and in other parts of the world. We pretend to foment the collaboration between researchers on the field and the discussion of the current agenda for historical studies on the worlds of labor, both at the domestic and at the global fronts. We expect that proposed papers will debate the worlds of labor as broadly and comprehensively as possible.

The VI Labor History Workshops and the II International “Worlds of Labor” Conference will comprise roundtables and coordinated sessions. The round table be composed by invited national and international specialists. The coordinated sessions are open to registration, and proposals can be made either for individual presentations or for complete sessions (with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 participants). Proposals based on interdisciplinary and inter-institutional connections, as well as those involving different countries and regions are particularly welcome.

Format of proposals and registration:

Proposals for individual presentations or for complete sessions must contain a resume of up to 300 words by participant, the title of the presentation, the name and a brief (10 lines) resumed CV of the 
author(s). Proposals for complete sessions must also include the title and resume of the session.

Acceptance letter will provide specific guidelines on the format of the final papers, that must be sent in advance as a condition for concluding the registration process and securing the inclusion of the presentations previously approved in the final program.

Resumes and final papers can be written in Portuguese, Spanish, and English, the official languages of the event.

The steering committee will not take into consideration proposals submitted by any other means than through the event official website:

Important deadlines:

Pre-registration: Feb. 1st 2012 – Apr. 1st 2012
Release of acceptance letters: Jul. 1st 2012
Delivery of papers: Sep. 1st 2012


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Ten years ago, Michael Neary and I wrote a paper for the British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2000 called The Speed of Life: The significance of Karl Marx’s concept of socially necessary labour time. The paper was selected by the BSA’s Publications Committee for inclusion in the annual ‘book of the conference’ for 2000.

We revised and edited our paper, and it came out as Time and Speed in the Social Universe of Capital, in Social Conceptions of Time: Structure and Process in Work and Everyday Life, edited by Graham Crow and Sue Heath (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002).



In addition, our original paper was also put out on The Flow of Ideas website on 13th May 2006. It is in two parts.

Recently, the journal Principia Dialectica has alerted folks to our original paper at The Flow of Ideas on their blog. The relevant post is called ‘Marx, Einstein, Postone…’ and was posted to the Principia Dialectica blog on 1st December 2010. This has led to a lot of traffic going to the original paper posted to The Flow of Ideas in 2006. However, the link provided there does not work, so people have been coming to the paper by other means (including a general link given for The Flow of Ideas in the Principia Dialectica blog’s ‘Links’ section).

Thus, to make it easier for people to get to our original paper I have included the working link (and full reference) here, as:

Neary, M. & Rikowski, G. (2000) The Speed of Life: The significance of Karl Marx’s concept of socially necessary labour-time, a paper presented at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2000, ‘Making Time – Marking Time’, University of York, 17 -20 April:

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The page with their blog about our paper, ‘Marx, Einstein and Postone…’ is at:

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