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Nina Trige Andersens foredrag


7. juni 2019, Københavns Universitet, Koordinationen for Kønsforskning.

Labor Pioneers. Economy, Labor, and Migration in Filipino-Danish Relations 1950-2015

Foredrag om bogens tilblivelse

3F København

11. marts 2019, Peter Ipsens Alle 25, 2400 København NV

Faglige filippinske
stuepiger i front

Historien om, hvordan filippinske kvinder fra midten af 1960erne kom til Danmark og fik job som stuepiger på københavnske hoteller og i rengøringsbranchen.

Journalist og historiker Nina Trige Andersen fortæller om de arbejdsmæssige og faglige udfordringer, som denne gruppe af indvandrerarbejdere stod med - både på jobbet og i fagforeningen.


26. januar 2019, Dirch Passers Allé 4, 2000 Frederiksberg,

Da stuepigerne tog livtag med hotellerne og fagtoppen

Hør historien om (selv)organiseringen af filippinske stuepiger på de københavnske storhoteller og deres kamp for at få fagforeningen op i faglige omdrejninger i 1970erne og 1980erne.

Filmscreening: Family Album

29. november 2018, galleriet Meter, Henrik Rungs Gade 25

Director Suada Demirovic in conversation with journalist and historian, Nina Trige Andersen. Event in connection with the exhibition work work work.

International Federation for Research in Women's History (IFRWH)

Conference in Vancouver, Canada, Aug 8-11, 2018

Organizing against all odds. Filipina hotel workers in Denmark 1970s-2000s

By investigating the political strategies and organizing practices of Hotel- og Restaurationspersonalets Forbund [HRF, the labor union of hotel and restaurant workers] in Copenhagen, Denmark – particularly in relation to migrants – and of the Filipinas who had been recruited to work at the Copenhagen hotels from the 1960s, the paper engages with linkages between global economy, local labor market structures and urban geographies during the late 20th century. The main focus of the paper is the 1980s-1990s, when Filipina chambermaids began taking the lead in labor struggles at Copenhagen hotels which at the time were characterized by outsourcing schemes – targeting the cleaning and chambermaids functions – as well as cleaning “pirates” and “mafia” which posed a sometimes very literal threat to labor organizing.

Konference: Prekaritet i historisk belysning

22. marts 2018, Arbejdermuseet i København (med keynotes af Paul Mason og Guy Standing)

State managed precarization - how migration regulations created precarious labor in the 20th century

Through the case of Filipina service and domestic workers in Denmark 1960s-2000s, the session will show how the Danish and Philippine state rendered migrant labor increasingly precarious throughout the 20th century - and how migrant workers organized themselves in response to this precarization.

Talk at Ateneo de Manila University

February 19, 2018, 5.00-6.30 PM, SEC-C 201 (P&G Hall)

Filipina Labor in Copenhagen Hotels

– the European ’Guest Worker’ Era Revisited

From the late 1960s the Danish economy was in immediate need of labor and started importing workers, as did its neighboring European countries. Research in this era of ’guest worker’ recruitment has tended to focus on male labor in the manufacturing industry, but in fact much of the recruitment was female labor for the service sector – particularly hotels and restaurants – where also Filipinas found work. ”Soon one would encounter Filipinas at practically every hotel,” General Consul for the Philippines in Denmark, Hjalmar Ibsen, wrote in his memoirs about the first years after his appointment in 1966. From the late 1970s the Philippine Overseas Employment Development Board (OEDB, today POEA) started systematically supplying labor for multinational hotel chains such as Holiday Inn and Sheraton, of which the latter had recently build a large hotel in Copenhagen. With sources from oral histories and archival studies, the lecture revisits the guest worker era through the case of Filipina hotel workers in Copenhagen and traces their laboring lives to the 1990s, where mobilizations amongst Filipina chambermaids revived the Danish hotel and restaurant workers’ trade union. 

European Labour History Network Conference

2.-4. November, 2017, Paris.

Revisiting the labour surplus theory: Ester Boserup and Gunnar Myrdal parting ways

Paper in the session Female labour and economic development: Ester Boserup’s contribution. Abstracts on conference website under the Feminist Labour History workshop

Nordic Social- and Labour History Conference

28-30. november 2016, Reykjavík, Island.

Archiving migrants' lives.

Notes from a Philippine History of Denmark. 

Abstract on conference website


25. april 2015, kl. 10-16 Arbejdermuseet i København,

Rømersgade 22

Filippinske stuepiger

går i aktion

Filippinere har været organiseret i de danske hotelarbejderfagforeninger siden 1960erne, men blev ikke betragtet som ligeværdige medlemmer. I 1990erne tog de filippinske stuepiger sagen i egen hånd og var med til at gøre RBF – i dag under 3F – til en kamporganisation.

Hør foredraget, og en lang række andre vinkler på arbejderhistorie, på årets festival på Arbejdermuseet.


Nordiska genus- och kvinnohistorikermötet 2015

August 19-21 2015, University of Stockholm, Frescati Campus

From Pioneers to Permanently Temporary

- Filipina chambermaids and au pairs in Denmark from 1960s until present day

Lecture at the IX Nordic Women and Genderhistorian meeting in Stockholm

Concurrences in Postcolonial Resarch conference

August 20-23 2015, Linnaeus University, Kalmar.

A home in every country

- Catholic transnationalism and Evangelical migrations in Filipina experience

Lecture in the panel Gendered migration in a historical perspective, organized by the network GLORDIC - Global in the Nordic, Nordic in the Global. Gendered and historical approaches

Global Connections in Labour History:

Collecting and Discovering Migrant Workers' Heritage

46th Annual Conference of the International Association of Labour History Institutions (IALHI).

Sep. 16-19, 2015, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

A Philippine History of Denmark

Venturing into the "politics of historical memory" (Mabalon 2013), the arhival project A Philippine History of Denmark seeks to transform histories of Filipinas/os in Denmark into History by collecting documents, artefacts, photos, and oral histor related to migration routes, labor import and -export, work life, social and religious networks, migrant associations and labor union participation between the Philippines and Denmark.

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