CfP: The Trade Unions, in an International Context, 1888-1986

Call for papers, deadline 31 January 2018


International conference, Madrid, November 19-21. 2018. University Carlos III of Madrid, Campus of Getafe


Manuela Aroca Mohedano (FFLC-UC3M)

Rosario Ruiz Franco (UC3M)


Andrea Ciampani - Universidad LUMSA (Italia)

Federico Romero - European University Institute

Robert Waters - Ohio Northern University (USA)

Carlos Sanz – Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Francisco Sánchez – Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Eduardo Sánchez Calleja – Universidad Carlos III de Madrid


Directors: Manuela Aroca and Rosario Ruiz Franco

Secretary: Francisco Rodríguez Jiménez.


Submission of Proposals: December 1st 2017 through January 31th 2018. (Max 200 words)

Notification of the acceptance of proposals: February 20th, 2018.

Deadline for submission of the complete texts: February 20th, 2018 through 30 September 2018

(6.000 to 9.000 words max)

Final acceptance notification: October 15, 2018


HAR2013-44849-P, “THE INTERNATIONAL TRAJECTORY OF THE SPANISH SOCIALDEMOCRAT UNIONISM (1888-1986), Francisco Largo Caballero Foundation, Director: Manuela Aroca Mohedano.

LANGUAGES: Spanish and English, (simultaneous translation will be most probably provided)

The Francisco Largo Caballero Foundation and Carlos III University of Madrid have scheduled the International Conference: “The Trade Unions, in an International Context, 1888- 1986” to be held November 19-21, 2018 on the campus of Getafe (Madrid), of the Carlos III University of Madrid. The international activities and agenda of the labour unions since theircreation will be explored. Until recently, traditional historiography has attributed the responsibility of international relations, practically exclusively, to the action of States. However, despite the fact that they are mainly national entities, trade unions have developed from the outset supranational groupings and have maintained bilateral relations with partner organizations in other countries. In some historical circumstances, the support or international blockade of supranational institutions or unions in other countries has been central to the development and consolidation of trade unions. Therefore, this congress will study these international trade union relations, based mainly on the following areas of study: supranational organizations, bilateral relations between unions in different countries, relations with political parties in other countries and the constitution of or participation in humanitarian organizations supranational.


Although any issue related with the history of the international activities of trade unions can be evaluated, the following issues will be considered as priorities:

• Supranational trade union organizations.

• Trade union action in the International Labour Organization (ILO), or any other international organization in the world of work.

• Bilateral relations between unions of different countries, with the emphasis on studies in which one of them is a Spanish union.

• Linking of trade unions in international humanitarian organizations.

• Trade unions in exile and their relationship with trade unions and organizations in the host country.

• Examples of general international policy developed by trade unions.

• Presence and participation of women in international trade unionism. Labour and gender claims.


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