On April 19th Jürgen Kocka celebrates his 80th birthday.

We'd like to congratulate him from the bottom of our hearts!

Zeitgeschichte Online honours him in a long interview on the occasion of the Reich‘s constitution of Bismarck coming into effect in 1871. The FAZ calls him the historian of his generation.

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.

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.

56th ITH Conference

‘Migration Worldwide: Left-wing Strategies, Migrant Actors and Capitalist Interests’

International Conference of Labour and Social History (ITH)

23 – 25 September 2021, Linz, Austria
Preliminary Programme


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.”