On our own account

After twelve years and 149 incredibly great people that we could welcome as our fellows, re:work's fellowship program has ended in July 2021. The work continues but the framework is new.

If you are looking for a home for your academic work (for instance within the scope of a scholarship) though, please contact us.

From now on we are not able to accept applications for a fellowship anymore.

In the future, the re:work website will provide information about publications and activities of the former fellows, and researchers associated with the centre.

Announcement due to the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

Due to the serious developments in regards to the Corona virus and in an attempt to slow down the spread of the disease, the Senate of Berlin has decided to cancel all academic conferences, workshops and public lectures for at least the winter semester 20/21. Unfortunately, our scheduled events at re:work are all affected and will have to be postponed.


Please check for news and updates on the Humboldt University website.

Die Welt - ranking best nonfiction: Jürgen Kocka - Kampf um die Moderne

Recently, "Kampf um die Moderne. The Long 19th Century in Germany" Jürgen Kocka's new book, was published by Klett-Cotta-Verlag. It is dedicated to the "birth of classical modernity" in the long 19th century between industrialization, capitalism, nationalism, class conflicts and deep gender inequality.

The daily newspaper Die Welt has now ranked the book number 1 among the most important non-fiction books in February.

Seth Holmes on Deutschlandfunk

Seth Holmes' Book „Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies“ was recently published in a German translation by Jennifer Sophia Theodor by  Transcript Verlag. Within its program "Andruck" - a magazine for political literature - the German radio station Deutschlandfunk dedicated an elaborated portrait to him and his writing.

You can listen to it and read it here.

(In German)

Nationalism and Democracy in the Welfare State

Recently, the book "Nationalism and Democracy in the Welfare State. Globalization and Welfare series" by Miika Tervonen, Saara Pellander and Pauli Kettunen is published by Edgar Elgar. This multidisciplinary book unpacks and outlines the contested roles of nationalism and democracy in the formation and transformation of welfare-state institutions and ideologies. Pauli Kettunen was the Guest of the Director during the 2018/19 Fellow year, and large parts of his work were produced during his time at re:work.

Andreas Eckert at SCAS Talks Podcast

The Swedish Collegium is pleased to present the most recent episode of the SCAS Talks Podcast, "Where have the workers gone? Labour in postcolonial Africa", featuring Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert.

New Publications

Zimmermann, Susan, Women's Politics and Men's Trade Unionism, Löcker, 2021


Kott, Sandrine. Organiser le monde. Une autre histoire de la guerre froide. SEUIL, 2021.


Gibert, Marie-Pierre and Anne Monjaret. Anthropologie du travail. Paris: Armand Colin, 2021


Lüdtke, Helga. Der Bubikopf. Männlicher Blick - weiblicher Eigen-Sinn. Wallstein Verlag, 2021.


Lentz, Carola. Familie, Arbeit und soziale Mobilität. Ghanaische Perspektiven. Vol. 4. Re:work Lectures. Boston, MA: De Gruyter, 2020.


Lentz, Carola, and David Lowe. Remembering Independence. New York, NY: Routledge, 2018.


Bellucci, Stefano, and Andreas Eckert, eds. General Labour History of Africa. Workers, Employers and Governments, 20th-21st Centuries. Woodbridge, Suffolk: James Currey, 2019.


Sinha, Nitin, Nitin Varma, und Pankaj Jha, Hrsg. Servants’ Pasts. Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century, South Asia. Bd. 01. 02 Bde. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2019.


Sinha, Nitin, und Nitin Varma, Hrsg. Servants’ Pasts. Late-Eighteenth to Twentieth-Century, South Asia. Bd. 02. 02 Bde. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2019.


Fink, Leon. Deliverance Revisited. Der Triumph von Trump, die liberalen Eliten und die weiße Zombie-Arbeiterklasse. Vol. 2. Re:work Lectures. Boston, MA: De Gruyter, 2019.


Cooper, Frederick. Von der Sklaverei in die Prekarität? Afrikanische Arbeitsgeschichte im Globalen Kontext. Vol. 1. Re:work Lectures. Boston, MA: De Gruyter, 2019.


Tschurenev, Jana. Empire,Civil Society, and the Beginnings of Colonial Education in India. Cambridge University Press, 2019.


Schmidt, Jürgen. August Bebel. Social Democracy and the Founding of the Labour Movement. Translated by Christine Brocks. London: I.B. Tauris, 2019.


Holthus, Barbara / Bertram, Hans (eds.). Parental well-being Satisfaction with work, family life, and family policy in Germany and Japan. München: iudicium, 2018.


Schmidt, Jürgen. Brüder, Bürger und Genossen. Die deutsche Arbeiterbewegung zwischen Klassenkampf und Bürgergesellschaft 1830-1870. Bonn: Dietz, 2018.


Williams, James, and Felicitas Hentschke, eds. To Be at Home. House, Work, and Self in the Modern World. Boston, MA: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2018.


Bösch, Frank, ed. Wege in die digitale Gesellschaft. Computernutzung in der Bundesrepublik 1955-1990. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2018.


Bösch, Frank, Caroline Moine, and Stefanie Senger, eds. Internationale Solidarität. Globales Engagement in der Bundesrepublik und der DDR. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2018.


Alber, Erdmute. Transfers of Belonging. A Social History of Child Fostering in West Africa. Boston, MA: Brill, 2018.


Zimmermann, Susan, ed. 2018. Labour Histories Revisited/L’histoire ouvrière revisitée [= DOSSIER in: European Review of History / Revue européenne d’histoire, 25 (01)].


Boris, Eileen, Dorothea Hoehtker, and Susan Zimmermann, eds. 2018. Women’s ILO. Transnational Networks, Global Labour Standards, and Gender Equity, 1919 to Present. Leiden: Brill.


Cooper, Frederick. Citizenship, Inequality, and Difference. Historical Perspectives. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018.


Axster, Felix, and Nikolas Lelle, eds. »Deutsche Arbeit«. Kritische Perspektiven auf ein ideologisches Selbstbild. Göttingen: Wallstein, 2018.


Beckert, Sven, and Dominic Sachsenmaier, eds. 2018. Global History, Globally. Research and Practice Around the World. London: Bloomsbury.


Beckert, Sven, and Christine Desan, eds. 2018. American Capitalism. New Histories. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.


Hofmeester, Karin, and Marcel van der Linden, eds. 2018. Handbook Global History of Work. Berlin: De Gruyter.


Sarkar, Mahua, ed. 2018. Work out of Place. Berlin: De Gruyter.


Kocka, Jürgen, and Jürgen Schmidt, eds. Arbeit und Kapitalismus [= Special Issue Geschichte und Gesellschaft, 43 (2)], 2017.


Eckert, Andreas, ed. Global Histories of Work. Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2016.


Please find a selection of publications by our fellows here.

International Social History Association (ISHA)

ISHA Newsletter Vol. 7 | No. 1 | December 2018


Former re:work fellow Benedetta Rossi (University College London) holds an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council on African Abolitionism: The Rise and Transformations of Anti-Slavery (AFRAB) between October 2020 and September 2025. Congratulations!


Former re:work fellow Dmitri van den Bersselaar (University of Leipzig) and former Guest of the Director Michel R. Doortmont (University of Groningen) have been awarded the 2019 ASA Service Award by the American African Studies Association (ASA). They receive the award together with their colleagues Jan Jansen (Leiden University) and John Hanson (Indiana University) for their "outstanding dedication to the ASA’s mission of encouraging the production and dissemination of knowledge about Africa, past and present.”