Tag: University of Vienna

CFP: Technological Innovation and the Spread of Globalization in the Cold War (Vienna, October 2018)

Last Monday, 5 February, marked a milestone in the history of the post-Cold War era: for the first time, the period during which the Berlin Wall has been down has now lasted longer than the period when it divided its namesake city – and, more symbolically, Germany, Europe, and the world. As the height of…

Post-Doc Position (Tenure Track), History of International Governance, University of Vienna

It’s a busy week for Vienna-related job postings: first a recent call for papers on the history of liberal and illiberal internationalisms in Vienna this December; now, this call for a tenure-track post-doctoral position in the history of international governance at the University of Vienna. The call explains more: We solicit applications for a post-doc…

University Professor in Global Economic and Social History, University of Vienna

As some, but not all, readers will know, while the timeline for applications for American academic jobs is crawling to an end these days, the European job market season is just beginning. And with many interesting positions for scholars of global history, no less. At the University of Vienna, for example, home to Global History Forum interviewee Andrea Komlosy, there has been a call for applications for a University Professor (Universitätsprofessor) of Global Economic and Social History.  The call for applications (in German—applicants are expected to acquire a working knowledge of German within three years if not already possessing it) explains more:

Die Professur vertritt das Fachgebiet der Globalen Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte. Erwartet wird die Durchführung von themen- und epochenübergreifenden Lehrveranstaltungen in den Curricula für BA-, MA- und Doktoratsstudien. Hinsichtlich Forschung und forschungsgeleiteter Lehre ist die Professur Teil der Forschungsschwerpunkte „Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft aus historisch-kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive“ und „Globalgeschichte“ an der Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Wien. Theoretische und methodologische Kenntnisse der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften sind Teil des Anforderungsprofils in Forschung und Lehre.

Getting to (Global) Work with Andrea Komlosy: Discussing “Work: A Global History”

Work remains ever-present with us, yet somehow elusive. We spend more time doing it than anything else, other than sleeping, and yet defining what, exactly, the term means can be a challenge. Part of the reason may be the decline of solid salaried work, where one punched in and out of the factory, and knew that hours logged meant hours logged. For a time, even white-collar workers had the certainty of knowing that the weekend was just that – physical and infrastructural distance from fax machines, cell phones, and the papers, mountains of paper at the office. Today, however, many people not only allow office e-mail to intrude into the weekend; more than that, they embrace working from home.

 Others are less lucky. Among historians, those who wash out in the brutal competition for the promise of tenured lifetime employment sometimes submit to the even crueler reality of the adjunct route. The root of the term itself demonstrates their precariousness: in linguistics, an adjunct is an optional, a “structurally dispensable” part of an utterance. All the same, as more and more work seems to become “casualized” (another telling term), organizers demand rights and privileges that were traditionally bundled with “full-time” or “traditional” employment. All the while, back at home, partners may grumble that there is precious little talk of unionizing or granting medical insurance to those of us stuck doing dishes, vacuuming, or putting a hot meal on the table.

The cover of Andrea Komlosy's "Arbeit: eine globalhistorische Perspektive" ("Work: A Global History Perspective")

The cover of Andrea Komlosy’s “Arbeit: eine globalhistorische Perspektive” (“Work: A Global History Perspective”)

The vocabulary that we use to talk about work remains, in short, of massive political importance, but all too often, we don’t scrutinize it very closely. Not, at least until Andrea Komlosy‘s 2014 book Arbeit: Eine globalhistorische Perspektive (Work: A Global History Perspective), published by Promedia Verlag. We recently had the chance to speak with Komlosy about her road to writing about social history and the history of work, as well as what it means to apply a global history perspective to a theme that necessarily stretches across hundreds of years. Let’s get to work, then, and dive into a discussion about Work.…