Intermediaries in labour relations from pre-industrial societies to the XXth century

Intermediaries in labour relations from pre-industrial societies to the XXth century

The FWO Research Network “Labour 1500-2000”; The National Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS);The ULB Business History Group; The ULB Institute for the Study of Europe
ULB Institute for the Study of Europe / Institut d'etudes europeennes - 39-41, av. Roosevelt
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05.12.2008 -
Kenneth Bertrams

Nowadays, following the rise of financial markets, economics has got a grip on the word « intermediation » and ended up assigning a very limited meaning to it, that of financial intermediation. A quick search in university libraries catalogues confirms this impression: the search results in an overwhelming number of titles related to financial economy, market economy and banking systems. Such works, though useful, give us only a partial insight into the multiplicity of forms that intermediation takes and may take in a long term (be it from a cultural, economic or political point of view).

Emphasis has been laid on economy for this workshop. But as such, we wish also to recast intermediation in a much broader scope: we view it as a phenomenon of social interactions, which does not reduce itself to the financial world but, on the contrary, expresses itself in an extended range of activities – whether formal or informal – in the labour relations.


Free University of Brussels (ULB)
Institute for the Study of Europe
39-41 av. Roosevelt – Brussels

Friday 5 December 2008
9h00 - 17h45


8h30 Registration
9h00 Opening remarks

9h10-10h45 Session 1 : METHODOLOGIES
Chair : Michele Galand (ULB)

9h10 François ANTOINE (Archives Generales du Royaume, Bruxelles)
La vente des biens nationaux ou le monopole des commands

9h30 Andre CATROU (Universite de Bretagne-Sud)
Les negociants et l'activite de commission a Morlaix au XVIIIe siecle : un choix pertinent dans un contexte de crise

9h50 Xavier STEVENS (Universite Libre de Bruxelles)
Quelques reflexions sur l'intermediation des domestiques dans les relations sociales et economiques, XVIIe-XIXe siecles

10h10 Discussant : Martha HOWELL (Columbia University)

10h30 Discussion S1

10h45 Coffee break

11h00-12h35 Session 2 : MODALITIES
Chair: Jean-Jacques Heirwegh (ULB)

11h00 Anton TANTNER (University of Vienna)
Early Modern “Registry Offices” as Employment Agencies

11h20 Anne CONCHON (Universite Paris I - Sorbonne)
Entre l'Etat et les corveables : le role des intermediaires dans la requisition de travail en France au XVIIIe siecle

11h40 Christian PAPINOT (Universite de Brest)
Externalisation de la relation d’emploi et transformations des relations de travail : l’exemple contemporain de l’intérim dans l’industrie en France

12h00 Discussant : Olivier GODECHOT (CNRS)

12h20 Discussion S2

12h35 Lunch break

14h00-15h35 Session 3 : SPATIALISATION (I)
Chair : Chloe Deligne (FNRS-ULB)

14h00 Eberhard CRAILSHEIM (University of Graz)
Intermediaries in the First Atlantic Economy: Seville, 1580-1640 – Spaniards between Foreigners and the American Trade

14h20 Jordi DOMENECH (York University)
The evolution of spatial wage variation in the first industrialised economy, England and Wales, 1850-1913

14h40 Peter LIMB (Michigan State University)
Intermediaries in Early South African Labour Relations, 1890-1920: Class, Nation, Gender, and Place in the Forging of New Identities and Social Forces

15h00 Discussant: Paul ARBLASTER (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

15h20 Discussion S3

15h35 Coffee break

15h50-17h00 Session 4 : SPATIALISATION (II)
Chair : Chloe Deligne (FNRS-ULB)

15h50 Amit Kumar MISHRA (University of Hyderabad)
Arkatis, Kangani and Maistry: Intermediaries in the Indian Labour Diaspora

16h10 David PICHERIT (Universite Paris X - Nanterre)
Everyday Life of Labour Intermediaries in South India: Prestige, Loyalty and Authority

16h30 Discussant: Kenneth BERTRAMS (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

16h45 Discussion S4

17h00 Coffee break

17h15 General discussion

17h30 Concluding remarks by Hugo SOLY (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

17h45 End of workshop


Kenneth Bertrams

Universite Libre de Bruxelles
Institute for the Study of Europe;

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