May Day

Conference in La Habana

The Cuban Workers Confederation (CTC) and the Instituto de Historia de Cuba are pleased to invite researchers, scholars, journalists, trade unionists, information specialists, institutions, and organizations to participate in the Fourth International Scholarly Conference on May Day, to be held in La Habana, on April 25, 26 and 27, 2001.

The purpose of the conference will be to provide analyses and debates on workers' roles, their past and challenges at present in this early century, full of enormous challenges and difficulties to overcome.

This new conference will take place on the occasion of the 130th Anniversary of the proclamation of the Commune of Paris. During 72 days, the French proletariat was the protagonist of events of heroism. This fact was the inspiration for workers' struggles worldwide. The remembrance and analysis of the happenings in different countries on this event, therefore, will be a matter of attention at the present conference. Themes:

  • Workers and changes in economic, political and social processes, and domestic events as well, which influenced the dynamics of its formation, organization, and development.
  • International and domestic organizations and movements (trade union, political, recreation, sport, cultural, solidarity, and other sort) created by workers.
  • Struggles to remove discriminatory treatment against women, immigrants and child labor.
  • The role of the labour class as a historic subject of social changes; its structure and section distribution; evaluation of its living conditions; its psychology; its job; and its leisure time.
  • Echo of international events in the internal affairs of countries, concerning political, ideological, and economic matters of workers.
  • Neoliberal globalization and its echo in the labour movement, in the whole labour world. And its effects on unemployment, wages, working conditions, social welfare, night employment, lack of professional qualification, and others.

Paper Presentations
Participants should deliver their papers not later than late January 2001. Papers should be typed at double space. If any audio-visual aid is required, please specify this.
Papers should be no longer than fifteen pages. Presentations should last not more than fifteen minutes, plus ten minutes for debate.
The abstract should be no longer than 200 words, with the following structure: title, author's full name, and institution of employment, business address, and brief curriculum vitae.
The conference will be structured on the basis of panels, papers, conferences, communications, and posters. The Organizing Committee will determine the structure of conferences and panels. This Committee will also analyse proposals of the participants in advance.

The Organizing Committee will feel extremely grateful to any person, institution or mass media that discloses this call.

Registration and Subscription Fee
The subscription fee will be $40.00 USD for visitors and $30.00 Cuban pesos for home participants. This fee should be endorsed to the Organizing Committee. Payment includes participation at work sessions, documentation, attendance certificate, and credentials. Official languages will be English and Spanish.

The Organizing Committee suggests lodging at:
Inglaterra Hotel, Fax (537) 33-8254
Deauville Hotel, Fax (537) 33-8148
CTC Hotel, Tel: 62-3030

These hotels are near the Instituto de Historia de Cuba, the venue of the conference. It is also suggested to contact the nearest local travel agency.


  • Centro de Estudios Filosóficos, Políticos y Sociales "Vicente Lombardo Toledano" (Mexico)
  • Centro de Investigaciones de Ciencias Sociales (Argentina)
  • Programa de Investigación sobre el movimiento de la sociedad argentina (Argentina)
  • Centro de Investigaciones en Ciencias Sociales (Argentina)
  • Instituto de Filosofia (Cuba)
  • Escuela Nacional de Cuadros "Lazaro Peña" (Cuba)
  • Museo Nacional de las Luchas Obreras (Cuba)

Contact Information:

Dr. Luis H. Serrano Perez
Instituto de Historia de Cuba
Palacio de Aldama
Amistad No 510 e/Reina y Estrella
Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba
Fax: (537) 635019 y 613545

Lic. Agustín Lopez
Central de Trabajadores de Cuba
San Carlos y Peñalver
Tel: 70-3506
Fax: (537) 335408

Posted: 2 June 2000