Work, Class, and Social Democracy in the Global Age of August Bebel (1840-1913)

When and Where

Thursday, May 25, 2023 9:30 am to Saturday, May 27, 2023 12:30 pm
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
1 Devonshire Place Toronto, ON M5S 3K7


Registration required. All plenary sessions at the Munk School and the keynote event at Hart House are free of charge and open to the public.

Convenors: James Retallack, DAAD/University of Toronto Joint Initiative in German and European Studies; Simone Lässig and Swen Steinberg, German Historical Institute, Washington DC.

Official Partners: Anja Kruke, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Bonn; Stefan Berger, Institute for Social Movements, Bochum

Supporters: Department of History, Jackman Humanities Institute, Office of the Vice-President, International, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and Hart House at the University of Toronto; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Full program is available.


9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Welcome and Session 1, Thursday, "Work, Class, and Race: Global Entanglements"
9:30 a.m. Welcome by James Retallack and Simone Lässig. 10:00 a.m. Session 1. Presentations by Stephen Press, Stanford, and Mona Rudolph, Kiel. Moderator: Swen Steinberg, Kingston. Comment by Matthew P. Fitzpatrick, Adelaide

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Session 2, Thursday, "Labour Movements and European Emergencies"
Presentations by Amerigo Caruso, Bonn, and Andrew Bonnell, Brisbane. Moderator: Janine Murphy, St. John's. Comment by David Blackbourn, Vanderbilt.

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Session 3, Thursday, "Blood, Sweat, and Food"
Presentations by Carolyn Taratko, Erfurt, and Philipp Urban, Bochum. Moderator: Jens-Uwe Guettel, Penn State. Comment by Celia Appegate, Vanderbilt.

6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Debates Room, Hart House, Thursday, May 25
A Workers’ Emperor and a President Worker? Germany’s August Bebel and Brazil’s Luis Inácio Lula da Silva in Comparative Perspective,” by John D. French, Duke University. Moderator: Simone Lässig, Washington D.C. Sponsored by the Jackman Humanities Institute "Program for the Arts."

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Session 4, Friday, "Resistance in the Workplace, Resistance to the State"
Presentations by Christine Krüger, Bonn, Johanna Wolf, Frankfurt a.M., and Jürgen Schmidt, Trier. Moderator: Philipp Urban, Bochum. Comment by Stefan Berger, Bochum.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Session 5, Friday, "Emotional Work: Class Antagonisms and Violence"
Presentations by Dagmar Ellerbrock, Dresden, and Jens-Uwe Guettel, Penn State. Moderator: Amerigo Caruso, Bonn. Comment by Anja Kruke, Bonn

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Session 6, Saturday, "Class, Religion, and Modernization"
Presentations by Janine Murphy, St. John's, and Matthew P. Fitzpatrick, Adelaide. Moderator: Carolyn Taratko, Erfurt. Comment by Andrew Bonnell, Brisbane

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Roundtable Session, Saturday
Remarks by Jürgen Kocka, Berlin; James Retallack, Toronto; David Blackbourn, Vanderbilt; and the audience



1 Devonshire Place Toronto, ON M5S 3K7