WORKLAB – International Association of Labour Museums – is organising a general conference in September 2014. Worklab Conference 2014 will be held by Museum Arbeitswelt in Steyr, Austria 3-7 September 2014. The Call for papers is closed and the program is now published.
The conference will include 19 top class presentations from 14 different museums in nine European countries. The keynote speaker is professor Andrea Komlosy from International University of Vienna. Presentations vary from future of labour museums to learning issues, changing economical environments, identities, feminism, sounds of work and much more. You can read the wonderful program online:
Now it is the time to register for the conference, reserve the flights and your accomodation in Steyr! Conference will start in the Wednesday evening 3rd of September and close with sunny excursion day on Saturday 6th September. Please, start by registering on conference website. The conference fee is only 100 euros which includes scientific program, conference material, coffee breaks, guided tours and excursion! Excursion will take us into noteworthy history of iron industry in Steyr, show interesting aspects of workers housing and finally Erzberg – beautiful landscape where the iron ore for the region have been mined for centuries.
You can find all the information from the conference website or ask Udo Wiesinger for more information (udo.wiesinger(at)museum-steyr.at). Please follow the official conference website at:
Conference includes also the general assembly of WORKLAB on the Friday evening 5th September. General assembly is open for all WORKLAB members and we also welcome those who consider joining our network. This official meeting shall discuss about coming projects and programmes and elect the members of the board. If you are interested to take an active role in WORKLAB or want to make a suggestion for the assembly, please contact the chairman Kalle Kallio (kalle.kallio(at)tyovaenmuseo.fi).
Beside all this, WORKLAB conference will gather international labour museum community and plenty of museum professionals interested in social history. WORKLAB’s last general conference was in 2010, so it is now an excellent opportunity to meet again. Steyr will be a great place to network, share new ideas and build long-lasting friendships.