The Young Mining Historians Corner : Issue #1 Opening

The Young Mining Historians Corner is now open!

This new blog post series organized by the Labour In Mining WG serves as an opportunity for early career researchers interested in mining history broadly construed to share their work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural academic environment. This idea arose over the 2020 lockdown due to the Covid pandemic and the resulting limitations to collaborative work and archival research. As ECRs we suffered particularly from the absence of human and intellectual proximity, that is a fundamental aspect to cultivate at the beginning of our career.

This series aims to restore these elements with a view to build a space of exchange and collaboration for young researchers whose interests lie in mining history. We will publish monthly periodical and blog posts about ongoing interdisciplinary research that touch upon mining history from various methodological perspective. While writing you may think of publishing online a working paper, essays, dissertations, digital humanities projects, or an abstract of a thesis already defended. The idea is to give the floor to the YMHC’s members and provide fruitful discussion about the topic and insightful feedback that will be sent to the author. After collecting the comments, the author may respond by sending private or public replies to further the discussion and deepen the academic exchange.

These blog posts consist of different format: written essays, audio podcasts, short videos, slide presentations, mind-maps, posters, and potentially every form of communicative support that could be published online.

We highly encourage interdisciplinary contributions from all social and human sciences, concerning a wide variety of topics including (non exhaustive list) labour and history of labour related issues, environment, science and technology, living conditions and inequalities in mining communities, business and management, material and non-material heritage, cultural studies including literature and music, industrial archeology, methodological debates. 

We strongly believe that a fresh and interdisciplinary perspective will reinvigorate and update scholarly debates on mining history. This series will foster new research and collaborative work, while circulating news about research projects among its members. In short, this initiative focuses on communication and networking, which are also the fundamental pillars of this Working Group. 


The series is still open to contribution from WG members and outsiders. If you are interested in participating, send an email to


The Provisional Agenda for publication is the following:

November 2021:  Guy Solomon (Associate Lecturer at Open University): “Progression in junior mining occupations: north-east England in the nineteenth century.”

December 2021: Francesca Sanna (Post-doc at Université Paris Est – Créteil and LiM coordinator) “PhD thesis (defended) abstract: Organizing Mining Industry in the Mediterranean: Industrial and Labour Management at Peñarroya Mining and Metallurgical Company (1881-1950)”

January 2022: Shruti Iyer (PhD candidate at Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford) provisional title “Recognition and compensation of silicosis under labour law in South African mines, 20th century”





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