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Ghent, 7-8 October 2011
Congress Center ‘Het Pand,’ Ghent University

Friday, 7 October

  • 10-10.30

Introduction



Geert Van Goethem & Robert Anthony Waters, Jr.
Global History and the Historical Approach to the History of the International Labor Movement


  • 10.30-12.30

Session 1: The global activism of a national trade union.


Chair: Magaly Rodríguez García

Geert Van Goethem, Amsab-Institute of Social History, Belgium
From dollars to deeds – from anti-fascism to anti-communism

Quenby Hughes, Rhode Island College, United States
The American Federation of Labor Campaign Against ‘Slave Labor’ and the Cold War: Interrelationships between Labor and Government in the US and Europe

Yevette Richards Jordan, George Mason University, United States
Gender Politics: The AFL-CIO’s Underhanded Practices against the ICFTU’s Women’s Committee

Discussant: Federico Romero, European University Institute, Italy

 
  • 13.30 – 15.30

Session 2: Africa and Asia

Chair: Robert Anthony Waters, Jr.

John C. Stoner
, University of Pittsburgh, United States
‘We will follow a nationalist policy; but we will never be neutral,’ American Labor and Neutralism in Cold War Africa

Anthony Carew, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, United Kingdom
Irving Brown and the Early Years of the African-American Labor Center

Mathilde von Bülow, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
The AFL-CIO and Labor Diplomacy during Algeria’s War for Independence, 1954-1962

Edmund F. Wehrle, Jr., Eastern Illinois University, United States
‘Free Labor Versus Slave Labor,’ Free Trade Unionism and American Labor’s Approach to Foreign Affairs, the South Vietnamese Example

Discussant: Federico Romero, European University Institute, Italy


  • 16.00  – 17.30


Session 3: Europe

Chair: Federico Romero

Barrett Dower, Independent Scholar, France
The Influence of American Trade Unions on French Trade Unions: 1944-1954

Alessandro Brogi, University of Arkansas, United States
The AFL and CIO between ‘crusade’ and pluralism in Italy, 1944-1960

Eric Chenoweth
, Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe, United States
AFL-CIO Support for Solidarity: In Keeping With a Tradition

Discussant: Federico Romero, European University Institute, Italy
 

Saturday, 8 October

  • 9.30-11.30

Session 4: Latin America and the Caribbean

Chair: Geert van Goethem


Magaly Rodríguez García, Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders,
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
The AFL-CIO and Latin American Trade Unions in ORIT, 1950-1970

Robert Anthony Waters, Jr., Ohio Northern University, United States
More Subtle than We Knew: The AFL in the British Caribbean

Angela Vergara, California State University at Los Angeles, United States
Chilean Workers and the US Labor Movement: From Intervention to Solidarity, 1950s-1970s

Dustin Walcher, Southern Oregon University, United States
Reforming Argentine Labor: The AFL-CIO’s Struggle Against Peronism, 1955-1966

Larissa Rosa Correa, Doctoral Student, Campinas State University, Brazil
‘Democracy and Liberty’ for Brazilian unionism during the Military Dictatorship:
The role of the American Institute for Free Labor Development

Discussant: Federico Romero, European University Institute, Italy


  • 12.30 – 13.00

General conclusions & prospects for new research