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Work, Workers, and the Heroization of Everyday Life in Global Perspective

Programme

The workshop programme can be found here.

Friday, June 8, 2018

9:15 am

Welcome and Introduction

Nicola Spakowski and Simon Wendt

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Panel 1: The Heroization of Workers in the Soviet Union and the United States, 1946-2000

Chair: Michael Goodrum (Christ Church Canterbury University)

Heroes of Labor in the Late Soviet Union and its Successor States: Changing Patterns of Heroization
Dietmar Neutatz (University of Freiburg)

Work, Workers, and the Heroization of Everyday Life in Cold War America
Simon Wendt (University of Frankfurt/University of Freiburg)

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Lunch

1:30 - 3:30 pm

Panel 2: Print Media, Propaganda, and Labor Heroes in China, 1950-1960

Chair: Dietmar Neutatz (University of Freiburg)

“Collective Heroism” and Labor in Shanghai: A Praxeological Analysis of Public Narratives in the Labor News (1951-1959)
Alexander Schröder (University of Freiburg)

Labor Hero Propaganda as Ritual: A Case Study of the Newspaper Reading Groups
Haiyan Zhou (Nanjing University/University of Freiburg)

3:30 - 4:00 pm Tea and Coffee
      
4:00 - 6:00 pm

Panel 3: Romanian and American Interpretations of Heroism and Class before and after 1945

Chair: John Price (Goldsmiths, University of London)

The World As It Is And Could Be: Class and the Creation of Superheroes
Michael Goodrum (Christ Church Canterbury University)

Heroes and Villains: Stakhanovites, Social Transformation, and the Fight against Class Enemies in Communist Romania
Constantin I. Iordachi (Central European University, Budapest)

6:30 pm Dinner

 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

9:00 - 11:00 am

Panel 4: Labor Heroism and Gender in China and the Soviet Union during World War II

Chair: Haiyan Zhou (Nanjing University/University of Freiburg)

Women Labor Models in Yan’an and the Birth of the “Women of New China”
Nicola Spakowski (University of Freiburg)

The Glorification of a Weaver in the Soviet Film Svetly Put (The Bright Path) by Grigory Aleksandrov
Irina Tibilova (University of Freiburg)

11:00 - 11:15 am

Tea and Coffee

11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Final Panel and Concluding Discussion

Chair: Simon Wendt (University of Frankfurt/University of Freiburg)

Heralding Industrial Heroism: The Recognition of Workplace Bravery in Britain after 1918
John Price (Goldsmiths, University of London)