Call for Papers: The printing industry in a period of change. Technology, labor, and jobs in the second half of the 20th century (Berlin, 27-28 November 2014)

The radical changes which took place in the printing industry in the second half of the 20th century as well as their effects on the entire book and media industry will be the topic of a conference in November 2014 in Berlin. The interdisciplinary conference will go beyond the technological developments to discuss the role of the workforce, the products (newspapers, books, packaging, etc.) and the economic, social, as well as cultural repercussions.

Abstracts for 20-minute papers (plus 30 minutes discussion time per paper) can be submitted until April 30, 2014; the program committee (see below) asks applicants to submit a short bio along with their one-page abstracts. The conference welcomes papers on current research or recently completed research. The papers will be published after the conference.

The conference will take place on November 27 and 28, 2014, in Berlin (Pressemuseum/Ullsteinhaus). More information and the entire CfP in German can be found here.

Conference conveners:

Dr. Michaela Kuhnhenne and Dr. Stefan Müller (Kooperationsprojekt Jüngere und jüngste Gewerkschaftsgeschichte Hans-Böckler-Stiftung und Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung), Dr. Harry Neß (Internationaler Arbeitskreis Druck- und Mediengeschichte), Dr. Kim Christian Priemel
(Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Dr. Hartmut Simon (ver.di), PD Dr. Karsten Uhl (Helmut-Schmidt-Universität Hamburg)

Please send abstracts and bios to:

Dr. Harry Neß, Internationaler Arbeitskreis Druck- und Mediengeschichte (; Dr. Kim Christian Priemel, Humboldt University Berlin (; PD Dr. Karsten Uhl, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität Hamburg (


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