Call for Papers: Journal of Working-Class Studies June 2017 Issue

Special Issue, June 2017:  Popular Revolt and the Global Working Class

Epitomised by Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and Australia’s hard line on asylum seekers, we are living in a time of global revolt against establishment systems of governance. Working-class, poor, and other disenfranchised people are appearing as both agents and casualties of change.

What can help explain this moment? Economic precarity, nationalism, protectionist sentiments, xenophobia, anti-elitist resentment, or a combination of these elements? Who truly suffers, and who benefits, from times when, as Michael Moore suggested, the masses throw a ‘human Molotov cocktail’ like Trump at politics-as-usual, or use the Brexit referendum as a way to send a message? And how is class uniquely shaping this moment of popular revolt, reaction, and — on a more hopeful note —potential ‘consciousness raising’ around the intersection of class with issues like immigration, refugee sanctuary, health care, environmental degradation, and human rights more generally?

This issue of The Journal of Working Class Studies seeks essays including, but not limited to, investigations of:

·      The impact of protectionist trade policies on working-class people

·      The effects of hard-line immigration policies on working-class communities

·      The impact of Brexit, Trump’s presidency, or other disruptive political events on working-   class people of color, the LGBTQI community, and/or other marginalized communities

·      How nationalist racism operates in working-class communities

·      Voting patterns of working-class people

·      Working-class attitudes toward immigration policies

·      ‘Anti-elitism’ and class

·      The role of working-class activism in resisting nationalism and protectionism

 

We endeavour to publish timely as well as academically rigorous articles, therefore the deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017.

For further information about The Journal of Working-Class Studies, and guidelines for authors, please visit us here.

Send submissions and inquiries to the editors here.

 

SEISMIC Support for Students at Bridgewater State, with WCSA Steering Committee Member

WCSA Steering Committee member Colby King is a co-PI on the SEISMIC grant program at Bridgewater State University, which was recently funded through the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM program (NSF-DUE 1643475).

SEISMIC will involve scholars in interdisciplinary undergraduate research, science based service learning, and mentoring and cohort activities designed to improve scholars’ social, psychological, and cultural capital. The program funds scholarships and academic support for academically talented, low-income students. Over five years, cohorts of nine SEISMIC scholars will be admitted to the program each year with an award of $6,000 each, renewable for three years. Dr. Thomas Kling is directing the program along with Dr. Colby King, Dr. Stephen Waratuke and Dr. Jennifer Aizenman at BSU.

 

Presenting Working-Class Studies in Italy

Michele Fazio, current President of the WCSA, served as a visiting professor in the Cultura e Letteratura Italiana-Americana (CLIA) graduate program at the Università della Calabria in October.  Her lectures explored the intersections between ethnicity and class in 2oth-century and contemporary Italian American literature.  She also presented her current research project on the music of Woody Guthrie, performing a selection of labor songs from the 1930s to the present.

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