NLHN seminars


During the spring 2021 Nordic Labour History Network (NHLN) will arrange a series of digital seminars on labour history.

The seminars are in english. They are free and open to the public but require registration. After registration you will get a Zoom-link before the seminar. If you have questions or want to tell us about interesting subjects or lecturers, please send an e-mail to silke.neunsinger[a]arbark.se.


Spring 2021

Work-Lab Klas Rönnbäck: Wage labour in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1600–1900

9 February 2021 10.00-11.30

Comment: Andreas Eckert, Humboldt University Berlin


Lecture Håkan Blomqvist: The Jewish Labour Bund in Sweden – an unknown experience  

30 March 2021 14.00-14.45

The Swedish labour historian Håkan Blomqvist, Södertörn University, presents his book on the history of the Jewish Bund in Sweden and his findings from the YIVO archives.


Lecture Erik Bengtsson: The most equal country in the world? The history of Swedish egalitarianism

20 April 2021 14.00-14.45

In 1900, Sweden had some of the most unequal voting laws in western Europe, and severe economic inequality. Economic historian Erik Bengtsson lecture on how well-organized popular movements after 1870 lie behind twentieth-century Swedish egalitarianism.


Roundtable Nordic Labour History for the 20th Century – orientations and re-orientations

27 April 2021 14.00-15.30

Participants: Knut Kjeldstadli, University of Oslo, Ragnheiður Kristjánsdóttir, University of Iceland, Malin Nilsson, Lund University, Pirjo Markkola, Tampere University, Nina Trige Andersen, affiliated with Society for Labour History in Denmark and in the steering committee of the NLHN.

Chair: Silke Neunsinger, Swedish Labour Movement’s Archives and Library.

Please register, through filling in the web form below.


Lecture Risto Turunen: Shades of Red: Evolution of the Political Language of Finnish Socialism, 1895–1917

11 May 2021 14-14.45

Risto Turunen, Tampere University, presents the results from his doctoral thesis Shades of Red (2021) which scrutinizes the evolution of Finnish socialism up to the Civil War. In addition he comments on the prospects and pitfalls of ”digital turn” for the future study of proletarian imaginations.

Please register through filling in the web form below.


Lecture Erla Hulda Halldórsdóttir & Ragnheiður Kristjánsdóttir: A century of working women in Iceland

18 May 2021 14.00-14.45

The lecture is based on the book A century of women voters telling the story about the lives and political environment of Icelandic female voters.

Please register through filling in the web form below.


Panel Arctic Land Indigenous Labour History

8 June 2021 kl 18.00-20.00

Chair: Helle Stenum

Participants: Sarah A Nickel, University of Alberta; Joan Sangster, Trent University; Åsa Nordin Jonsson,  independent scholar with a PhD in history; Marianne Jensen, first female mayor of Ilulissat, minister in the government of Greenland and the chief technical advisor in promoting ILO policy on indigenous peoples,

Please register through filling in the web form below.