CALL FOR PAPERS: INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS AND SOLIDARITY IN THE FACE OF REPRESSION IN HARBORS AND AT SEA. THIRD JULES DURAND DAYS
STRIKE, REPRESSION AND SOLIDARITY. International meeting at the University of Le Havre, 24-25 Novembrer 2016
The Maritime Labor History Network founded in Turin on December 15, 2015, during the European Labor History Network conference, noted that studies of port and sea workers had accumulated over the last twenty years. At the same time, a new interest has emerged in France for the figure of Jules Durand, a coal porter and leader of the 1910 Le Havre strike who became the victim of a judicial frame-up and the object of a wide-ranging solidarity campaign in his own country and around the world, bringing together human rights activists and trade unionists of all tendencies.
The Conference aims to shed light on the forms of this solidarity with Jules Durand in 1910, and to compare the events of 1910 with other incidents of repression in ports and at sea which also triggered international solidarity, in other places, at other times and on other issues. What cultures of solidarity and information transmission networks enabled such a widespread protest? Did there exist a distinctive world of the harbor and maritime workers, which could sustain common cultural elements in several countries connected by navigation? Did other instances of repression and solidarity display the same features as the campaigns in defense of Jules Durand?
These struggles, their repression, the solidarity they aroused, gave birth to songs, stories, novels, plays, films, which often had an international audience, in any case an impact well beyond the port where the conflict took place. Cultural representations of social conflict at sea and in harbors have contributed to their broad impact and deserve to be analyzed.
We call for papers (or other forms of presentations) on these issues: the proposal should be from ten lines to a page, and should be accompanied by a brief presentation of the author and her or his publications. It should be received before June 1, 2016. Answers to the proposals will be sent out by July 1, 2016.
If you are interested please contact John Barzmat at firstname.lastname@example.org
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