Marjorie Carvalho de Souza: Negotiating the terms of wage(less) labour: free and freed workers as contractual parties in nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro

Nico Pizzolato: Constructing debt: discursive and material strategies of labour coercion in the US South, 1903–1964

  Ivanka Petrova: Obligatory contributions to society: student foreign-language guides as seasonal wage workers in socialist Bulgaria, 1970s–1980s

Afterword: Word and image in communication: ‘translation loop’ as a means of historiographical research (Anamarija Batista)

Illustrations based on Ana Luleva’s research on Discourses on labour in Bulgarian state-socialism