ILO Past and Present

Ann: a conference in Brussels, 5-6 Oct
Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels
Paleis der Academiën
Hertogsstraat 1
1000 Brussels

With the organizational and financial support of:

International Institute of Social History
Amsab-Institute for Social History
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Ghent University
Free University of Brussels
Gerrit Kreveld Foundation
Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts

Conference Programme
Friday 5 October

9:00-9:10 Welcome and opening remarks by Herman Balthazar, President of the 'Gerrit Kreveld' Foundation, Emeritus Professor in History Ghent University

9:10-9:30 Interdisciplinary state of the art (Bob Reinalda, Radboud University of Nijmegen & Jasmien Van Daele, International Institute for Labour Studies Geneva)

ILO's first years

9:30-9:45 Beyond Gompers: The ILO, the creation of the ILO, and American Labor Dissent (Elizabeth McKillen, University of Maine)

9:45-10:00 ILO and women's economic citizenship in 1919 (Ulla Wikander, Stockholm University)

10:00-10:15 Albert Thomas, ILO, and IFTU (Reiner Tosstorff, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz)

10:15-10:45 Questions and discussion

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

ILO's objectives and activities during the interwar period: metropolitan and non-metropolitan labour

11:15-11:30 ILO and global South 1920s-40s (Jeremy Seekings, Cape Town University)

11:30-11:45 ILO and non-metropolitan labour, 1919-1939 (Susan Zimmermann, Central European University Budapest)

11:45-12:00 ILO and the construction of a social Europe between the two world wars (Sandrine Kott, Geneva University)

12:00-12:15 ILO and unemployment 1919-1939 (Ingrid Liebeskind, postdoctoral researcher Geneva)

12:15-12:45 Questions and discussion

12:45-14:00 Lunch

ILO's objectives and activities during the interwar period: rationalising labour and working conditions

14:00-14:15 The ILO as organizer: shaping the transnational housing scene in the 1920s (Pierre-Yves Saunier, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Lyon)

14:15-14:30 ILO and the International Management Institute (Thomas Cayet, EHESS Paris)

14:30-14:45 Intellectual workers and ILO, 1919-39 (Christophe Verbruggen, Ghent University)

14:45-15:00 Questions and discussion

The ILO amidst Great Depression and War

15:00-15:15 The "Butler" and "Winant" Years (Stephen Hughes, University of Newcastle)

15:15-15:30 The "Phelan" Years (Geert Van Goethem, Institute for Social History Ghent)

15:30-15:45 Vichy France and the ILO (Jaci Eisenberg, ILO archives Geneva)

15:45-16:00 Questions and discussion

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

The worldwide dissemination of the ILO's principles I

16:30-16:55 The "Morse" Years & From native labour to human rights. The ILO's standard-setting activities against the background of decolonization, 1940-1990 (Daniel Roger Maul, University of Munich/David A. Morse Foundation New York)

16:55-17:10 ILO and Sudanese labour legislation (Siddig Elzailaee, London Metropolitan University)

17:10-17:40 Questions and discussion

Congress Diner

Saturday 6 October

The worldwide dissemination of the ILO's principles II

9:30-9:45 ILO 1970-89 (Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick, University of London)

9:45-10:00 ILO and Argentina in the long run (Norberto Ferreras, Brasil Universidade Federal Fluminense)

10:00-10:15 ILO and Argentinian dictatorship 1976-83 (Victoria Basualdo, Columbia University)

10:15-10:30 Indian seamen and the ILO (Gopalan Balachandran, Graduate Institute of International Studies Geneva)

10:30-11:00 Questions and discussion

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

ILO within the tripartite balance of forces

11:30-11:45 ILO, International Federation of Christian Trade Unions and democracy/thinking on freedom (Patrick Pasture, Catholic University of Louvain)

11:45-12:00 ILO and relationship with AFL-CIO (John Logan, London School of Economics)

12:00-12:15 ILO and the International Organization of Employers (Jean-Jacques Oechslin, Honorary President IOE)

12:15-12:45 Questions and discussion

12:45-14:00 Lunch

ILO special focus points

14:00-14:15 ILO and child labour (Kristoffel Lieten, University of Amsterdam)

14:15-14:30 ILO and apartheid (Willy Buschak, European Union Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions Dublin)

14:30-14:45 From 'Peoples of the World' to the informal sector: the ILO and the unorganised worker in the 20th century (Jeffrey Harrod, University of Amsterdam)

14:45-15:00 ILO and Solidarnosc, 1981-89 (Idesbald Goddeeris, Catholic University of Louvain)

15:00-15:30 Questions and discussion

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

ILO within the recent debate on the social dimension of globalisation

16:00-16:15 Tension between tripartite diplomacy and other forms of international union engagement (Richard Hyman, London School of Economics)

16:15-16:30 Globalization of trade and the role of ILO within the recent debate on the social dimension of globalization (Klara Boonstra, University of Amsterdam)

16:30-16:45 Questions and discussion

16:45-17:45 Round-up, concluding remarks and new paths for further research (Marcel van der Linden, Jean-Michel Bonvin, Willy Buschak, Richard Hyman)