Women’s labor activism in Eastern Europe and transnationally, from the age of empires to the late 20th century

The research project Women’s labor activism in Eastern Europe and transnationally from the age of empires to the late 20th century led by Susan Zimmermann studies women’s labour activism in Central, South-Eastern, and Eastern Europe as well as the (post-)imperial spaces connecting and later on adjacent to these territories  (“the Region”). The project is driven by an overarching research rationale and guided by a common set of research questions. In the preliminary research stage the Team has conducted a feasibility study and a concluding Workshop held from 8 to 9 September 2017 in Oberstaad/Germany, which brought together the team members and external experts. In Oberstaad, members of the research team presented their work with a detailed Questionnaire. The extensive written reports based on the Questionnaire give comprehensive information on women’s labour activism and important representatives in various countries of the Region and internationally, discuss the relevant historiography, present available archives and sources, and give full bibliographies. At the Workshop, the external experts gave feedback to the related presentations by the team members, shared findings of their own research on different aspects of women labor activism, discussed conceptual challenges, and gave advice regarding the future of the research project.