Worlds of Related Coercions in Work (WORCK)

I am actively involved in the COST Action funded international project  “Worlds of Related Coercions in Work” (WORCK) , which calls for a radical change of perspective in labour history. It links the stories of work and production with those of violence, expropriation and marginalisation. By studying the persistence and transformations of coercion and bondage across gender orders, geographic regions and historical eras, WORCK shifts the focus of labour history: Neither the male-breadwinner model nor the free wage labourer or the capitalist mode of production can form the blueprint for this new history of WORCK. Instead, a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of coercion in all work relations throughout history is the pivot of this endeavour.

I serve on the Management Committee of WORCK and am leader of Working Group 3: (Im)mobilizations of the workforce.


Gagnagrunnur sáttanefndabóka (Database of arbitration commission proceedings)

I am the project leader of the 5 year project Gagnagrunnur sáttanefndabóka, which began in 2019 and is run and directed by the University of Iceland Research Centre in Northwest Iceland, in cooperation with the Icelandic National Archives and the Regional archives in Skagafjörður, NW-Iceland. The project consists of creating an online database of all proceedings by arbitration commissions in Iceland in the period 1798 to 1936. The project currently has two full-time employees.