Socialism Goes Global Conference: Labour Mobility in the Socialist World and its Legacies

Socialism Goes Global Conference: Labour Mobility in the Socialist World and its Legacies

Thursday, 19 May 2016 - 1:00pm to Friday, 20 May 2016 - 3:00pm
ESC Seminar Room
Alena Alamgir (St Antony's College, Socialism Goes Global Programme)

Thursday, 19 May 2016

13:00–13:15: Opening remarks: Alena Alamgir (St Antony's College)

Panel 1 – 13:15–15:15 – Labour mobility between the Soviet centre and peripheries (Chair: Paul Betts)
1. Malika Bahovadinova: “Building the state and the proletariat on a Soviet construction site in Tajikistan.”
2. Kateryna Burkush: “On the forest front: Mechanisms of seasonal labour migration under late socialism (1960s–1980s). The case of Western Ukraine.”
3. Leyla Sayfutdinova: “Mapping the mobility of Azerbaijani Soviet engineers: linking West and East?”

Break 15:15-15:35

Panel 2 – 15:35–16:45 – Technological flows and exchanges (Chair: Alena Alamgir)
1. Ljubica Spaskovska: “‘Constructing a better world’ – Yugoslav investment construction and labour mobility in the developing world 1960-1990”
2. Patryk Babiracki: “Labour mobility at the Poznań International Trade Fair, 1940s–1960s”

Break 16:45–17:05

17:05–18:15: “Mini-keynote” on labour migration by Andreas Eckert, roundtable discussion

Friday, 20 May 2016

Panel 3 – 9:00–11:00 – Overseas blue-collar workers in state-socialist Central Europe (Chair: James Mark)
1. Alena Alamgir: “’They knit sweaters and refuse to follow foreman's orders’: Vietnamese female workers’ labour disputes in 1980s Czechoslovakia”
2. Balint Tolmar: “Socialist assistance under a regime of austerity: The case of Cuban temporary workers in Hungary, 1980–1989”
3. Marcia Schenck: “Legacies of Mozambican and Angolan labour migration to the GDR: ‘East-algia’ and continuing protest“

Break 11:00–11:20

Panel 4 – 11:20–12:30 – Expert migrations (Chair: Andreas Eckert)
1. Klejd Këlliçi: “Chinese specialists in Albania 1961-1978: From brothers and heroes to villains”
2. Agnieszka Sadecka: “Polish experts in India as represented in works of nonfiction from 1960s and 1970s”

12:30–13:30: Lunch in the ESC garden or Common Room (dependent on weather)

13:30–14:40: “Mini-keynote” on socialist globalization by James Mark, roundtable discussion,
summary, and conclusion of the workshop