A call for papers has been announced for the following workshop entitled Free and Unfree Workers in Atlantic and Indian Ocean Port Cities (c. 1700-1850) to be held on 6-7th May 2016 at the University of Pittsburgh.
Historians have long treated slave labor and free labor as mutually exclusive ideal types. Recent work has begun to challenge this view, yet research on the connections between free and unfree workers remains limited. Port cities are the perfect setting in which to explore a new, broader, more inclusive labor history for the period 1700-1850.
The workshop is organized by the University of Pittsburgh, the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, and the Collège d’Études Mondiales in Paris. It will lay the groundwork for a larger conference on global port cities to be held in 2017.
Proposals should include a title, a 250-word abstract, and a short CV, emailed as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1, 2015.
Full call for paper information and details can be found here