Work: Past and Present was a monthly seminar in 2018 that investigated Australian and international labour history through the contemporary moment. Speakers approached the history of work as both social history (interested in lived experience) and public history (it is made by and interpreted by the public).
The seminar discussed issues such as:
- workers' struggles and organising
- technology and labour
- paid and unpaid work
- the practice of labour—including how it is grounded in the lived experience of gender, race and difference.
The seminars brought together historians, researchers from other disciplines and those involved in the labour movement.