Youth and Work World in Postwar Europe (1945–1968)

Youth and Work World in Postwar Europe (1945–1968)

Research project HAR-2017-85967-P and University of Zaragoza (University of Zaragoza (Spain))
University of Zaragoza (Spain)
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Research Project HAR-2017-85967-P (Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation)
Zaragoza (Spain)
Vom - Bis
13.05.2021 - 14.05.2021
Carlos Domper Lasús, University of Zaragoza, Spain

The conference will have an on-site format and will be broadcast via streaming. Accordingly, both invited speakers and participants may intervene in person and/or online, depending on the public health situation and restrictions on mobility existing at the time of the event. Thus, people registered will be able to follow the sessions through Google Meet.

Youth and Work World in Postwar Europe (1945–1968)

The conference aspires to contextualize the experience of the francoist Universitary Service Work (Servicio Universitario del Trabajo) within the emergence process of youth organizations as well as other workers' initiatives in Europe. In addition, we seek to analyse its roots, its relationship with those other European ventures or with experiences like the post-war French worker priests. Finally, following the thread of the rupture of that restless youth with the social group, we will address their processes of politicization and radicalization. A phenomenon that reached its peak in the mobilizations that shook Europe at the end of the sixties, calling for the union between students and workers as protagonists of a new future that was opening up in the streets of Paris, Turin or Madrid. Those dreams turned sour soon. However, the mobilizations and desires for a more just and equitable social order provoked a far-reaching social and cultural transformation in European society without which we could hardly understand our present.

Those interested in contributing a paper will have to send an abstract of no more than 400 words to the following email address,, by 1 March 2021, indicating the panel they want to participate. Proposals may be submitted in Spanish, English, French or Italian. Acceptance of the proposals will be communicated at due time and the final text (max. 4500 words) must be submitted by 23 April. The individual participation fee is 15 € although contributors shall be exempt from paying it. Organizers reserve the right to select some of the papers presented at the conference to be published in a future volume.

Congress Director: Miguel Ángel Ruiz Carnicer

Coordination: Carlos Domper Lasús & Daniel Canales Ciudad

Organizing Committee: Miguel Ángel Ruiz Carnicer, Javier Muñoz Soro, Nicolás Sesma, Luca La Rovere, Pilar Mera Costas, Fátima Martínez Pazos, Guillermo Sáez Marín, Carlos Domper Lasús, Federico Bellido, Daniel Canales Ciudad.


The conference will be structured around five panels chaired by a coordinator who will present the guest speaker (one per roundtable), introduce the contributors, who will have around 10 minutes to expose their works, and conduct the subsequent debate. The list of speakers will be made public in January 2021 as well as the detailed program of the congress.

List of panels:

Panel 1: Youth during the crisis of fascism: fascist radicalism, antifascism, afascism

Panel 2: Post-war Catholicism and cultural change. Christian democracy, theological renewal, worker priests

Panel 3: The Spanish case within the European framework: the Labour University Service (SUT) and the European workers’ initiatives

Panel 4: The post-war European youth transformation: from social order to antiauthoritarism. On the way to 68.

Panel 5: The emergence of women in Spanish and European youth mobilization, a new cross-cutting factor

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