Labour History Cluster


The Labour History Cluster was inaugurated in 2019 as a means for generating collaboration and debate on themes of labour, broadly defined. There are many entry points into this diverse realm of human experience, including histories of capitalism, war, servitude, indenture, slavery, care giving, disabilities, environmental change, emotions, gender and many other dimensions. Our core members are within the History Faculty, but the work of the group aims to engage researchers in other Centres, Faculties and Departments in Cambridge, and those beyond our local context.

We are also keen to ensure that conversations flow across early career and senior members of our academy, and that we foreground the work of those relatively early in their scholarly careers.

To contact the cluster convenors, please email

Our first meeting identified common interests, spaces and time periods, with a focus on security work, crime, historicising skill, and migration. This gave rise to a digital symposium on 1 May 2020, and will continue to shape our conversations on labour themes. You can follow our work on twitter @LabourHistCam.

Core members of the Labour History Cluster include:

Labour History blogs

Historian of South Asia Dr Partha Shil reflects on the state of the field.

Working on South Sudan, Dr Nicki Kindersley describes the co-production strategies she uses to investigate contemporary African capitalism.

Doctoral researcher Grace Whorrall-Campbell reflects on writing the history of emotions into an account of recruitment and workplace management in mid-twentieth century Britain.