The State Of The Working Class

Krys Boyd interviewed Sherry Linkon, professor of English and the Faculty Director of Writing Curriculum Initiatives at Georgetown University, for Think on KERA radio.  Click on the following link to listen to the full interview.

Social Haunting

Former steel and rail worker Geoff Bright, now a researcher at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, has posted a web archive of the Working with Social Haunting project based on his and others’ work investigating how conflicted pasts remain “present in the present in ways that are richly useful” for activist organizations.  Focused on South Yorkshire coal mining villages and especially on the 1984-85 Miners Strike, the archive assembles people’s remembrances in poetry and prose, photos and audio documentaries, comic strips and “Ghost Labs” – described as “semi-formal arts/political education . . . that focuses on excavating those ‘other’ histories that those in power keep telling us to forget about.”

Upcoming conference

The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Annual Conference will be held March 31st at Collin College Spring Creek Campus.  Please view the following flier and conference program for more information.   Sherry Linkon will deliver the keynote address.

New book on class and the academy

Working in Class: Recognizing How Social Class Shapes Our Academic Work, edited by Allison L. Hurst and Sandia Kawecka Nenga, has just been published  by Rowman & Littlefield.  The volume features essays by several WCSA members including Sara Appel, Lynn Arner, and Deborah M. Warnock.  According to Rowman’s website, “More students today are financing college through debt, but the burdens of debt are not equally shared. The least privileged students are those most encumbered and the least able to repay. All of this has implications for those who work in academia, especially those who are themselves from less advantaged backgrounds. Warnock argues that it is difficult to reconcile the goals of facilitating upward mobility for students from similar backgrounds while being aware that the goals of many colleges and universities stand in contrast to the recruitment and support of these students. This, combined with the fact that campuses are increasingly reliant on adjunct labor, makes it difficult for the contemporary tenure-track or tenured working-class academic to reconcile his or her position in the academy.”