Nordic labour history for the 21th century – orientations and re-orientations

Roundtable | 27 april 14.00-15.30

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Welcome to a panel about the future orientations of Nordic labour history!

There is evidence of a renewed interest in the history of Nordic co-operation to write the shared histories of the Nordic countries but also of the Nordic region as such. The shared history of the labour history institutes has contributed to a long-standing tradition of collaboration between labour historians and activists in the Nordic countries going back to the beginning of the 21th century.

The Nordic Labour History Network (NLHN) builds on this collaboration to strengthen cross-Nordic research collaboration within the field of labour and social history. NLHN wants to encourage to expand ideas of what can be understood as part of the history of labour, of workers and of workers’ movements in time and space.

During this roundtable representatives from the different Nordic countries take stock of the current state of Nordic labour history and discuss what future labour historians needs to do.


Knut Kjeldstadli

Professor emeritus, University of Oslo. Fields of research: Labour, social movements, migration, social history of Norway. Editor of Norwegian Immigration History (1-3). Organizer of research group on globalization and the possibility of transnational actors, at Centre for advanced study, Oslo, 2013-2014.

Ragnheiður Kristjánsdóttir

Professor of history at the University of Iceland. She has published works on nationalism, democracy, the politics of the left, and gender. She is country editor of the Scandinavian Journal of History and her most recent book is Konur sem kjósa (2020), about the history of women voters in Iceland.

Malin Nilsson

Teacher and researcher at Lund University, Sweden. Her primary focus of research is gender, work and processes of industrialization. Her thesis on industrial homeworkers in the early 20th century Sweden won the Rudolf Meidner-award in 2015. Currently Nilsson is working on a report on the conditions of work-life studies in Sweden. She is also one of the editors of an international anthology on long-term perspectives on home-based work.

Pirjo Markkola

Professor of history at Tampere University. She specializes in gender history, history of children and childhood, labour history, and the history of Lutheranism and the welfare state. She works with the Finnish CoE in the History of Experiences (HEX) at Tampere University, being in charge of the team on Lived Welfare State. The Finnish Inquiry into neglect and abuse in children’s out-of-home care (2016) was led by Markkola. Her current work focuses on the lived welfare of children. She is also a working group chair and MC member of COST Action CA18119 Who Cares in Europe?

Nina Trige Andersen

Historian and journalist affiliated with Society for Labour History in Denmark. She is in the steering committee of the NLHN, on the organising team of the XV Nordic Labour History Conference, and in the working group Spatial Mobility under Global Labour History Network. Her latest book is Labor Pioneers. Economy, Labor, and Migration in Filipino-Danish Relations, 1950-2015 (2019). You can read more about Nina Trige Andersen on this website.


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

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