Habib Kazdaghli just published, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the colonialist coup of 1952 in Tunisia: “26 Mars 1952: Coup de force colonialiste en Tunisie“, L’Humanité Magazine, 26 mars 2022, p.77-81.
Nora Lafi just published (Open Access): “Conceptualising Urbanity, Reinterpreting Coexistence: A ḥisba Manuscript of the Late Ottoman Era in Tunis”, in Religion and Urbanity Online, edited by Susanne Rau and Jörg Rüpke, Berlin-Boston, De Gruyter, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1515/urbrel.11276311
This work was prepared during her stay at Max Weber Kolleg (Universität Erfurt) as a Senior Research Fellow in 2020.
Attitudes of the Turkish Guest Workers towards Democratic Participation in Trade Unions and Companies: Evidence from the Migrant Associations in Cologne and Frankfurt until the Recruitment Ban (1973)”
March 14, 2022. 16h00-18h00 (Berlin Time). Registration: https://forms.gle/A8AJDvdaQyUiG5qD8
The period (1961-1973) of the Turkish guest workers in Federal Germany is a topic of a large literature, but not much light has been shed on the disagreements and even conflicts among worker organisations about labour activism and democratic participation in trade unions and production processes. If anything, in the early 1960s Turkish workers massively gathered under trade unions, even at a time when guest workers’ rights had been of secondary importance in trade unions. Based on the archival material published by the worker associations in Cologne and Frankfurt, the paper discusses the key attitudes raised within the early Turkish associations towards how to engage German trade unions and work councils at companies individually and in the organisational form. In brief, the legal framework about the temporary work in Germany, trade unions’ positions, and nationalist forces consolidated in Turkish governments and bureaucracy underpinned conflicting disputes about the idea of democratic participation through labour activism.
Dr. Caner Tekin is a researcher at the Institute for Social Movements of the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), where he leads the project “History of the Turkish Migrant Organisations in Comparison” funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung. He received his doctor title at RUB in 2020. He worked previously as postdoctoral fellow at the Georg-Eckert Institute for Textbook Research and as teaching fellow at the RUB Centre for Mediterranean Studies. He authored the Book “Debating Turkey in Europe: Identities and Concepts” (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020), edited a recent volume of the Journal Moving the Social (No:65/2021) and co-edited (with Stefan Berger) the volume “History and Belonging: Representations of the Past in Contemporary European Politics” (New York: Berghahn Books, 2018).
Next session: April 25, 2022
Full 2020-2021-2022 programme of the HISDEMAB seminar
On March 11, 17h00 (Berlin time), Nora Lafi presents (in Arabic) (together with Suaad Alghafal) a paper on this topic in the framework of the international conference on Libyan History organized online by the University of Derna.
On March 3-5, 2022, Nora Lafi participates in the international conference “The Presence and Absence of the Past“, organized by Çiçek İlengiz, Annika Kirbis, Jelena Radovanović, Jeremy F. Walton in the framework of the activities of the Max Planck Research Group “Empires of Memory: The Cultural Politics of Historicity in Former Habsburg and Ottoman Cities. I am part, together with Karen Barkey, Chris Hann, David Henig and Steve Vertovec of a session entitled “Afterlives of difference”.