About us

We live in an interconnected and globalized world.  Nevertheless, we remain disconnected in key ways. Flows of information and scholarship between countries and continents are unequal.  This website seeks to:

  • Present scholarly work from different parts of the world (mainly United States, Europe and Latin America) on labour and workers in Latin America and the Caribbean from the16th to the 21st century.
  • Provide information about archives and collections on labour history and the history of workers.
  • Link people and topics in Latin American History that are often not connected such as slaves of African origin and indigenous workers; free, unfree, and wage labour; labour and migration, women's and child labour.
  • Connect scholars who speak different languages like Spanish and Portuguese, English and French.
  • Connect scholars from the North and the South as well as within the South.
  • Forge links between labour historians researching different historical periods

To achieve these goals, this site provides a data base of over 600 bibliographical references about labour in different Latin American countries and the Caribbean world.  The website also provides significant information on archival collections about Labour History. 

The aim of the Latin American Network on Labour History is:

     "to build a community network of scholars who do research on Latin American and Caribbean Labour History from the XVI century until the present".

This Network is maintained by the Latin American Section (Rossana Barragán, Larissa Correa, Pilar Uriona and César Lunasco) and by Eric de Ruijter of the International Institute for Social History (IISH). The IISH's main research is Global Labour History and the connections between the local and the global.

Advantages of this web page

This website allows researchers to:

  • Identify specialists in labour history of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Receive information about books and reviews in the principal journals published in and on Latin America
  • Conduct bibliographical searches by author, topic, and country
  • Receive information about seminars, congresses and workshops
  • Publish events and publications of the members of the network
  • Participate in discussions and debates
  • Learn about archives and collections on labour history