CfP – The Inaugural Conference on the Grange in America and Beyond Nov. 3-5, 2017, Spokane, WA

Please see the CfP from The Grange, below:

The National Grange of the Order of Patrons and Husbandry, more commonly referred to as The Grange, will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2017. For 150 years The Grange has been one of the foremost organizations in advocacy for agriculture and rural America. The Grange has also been an important participant in promoting policies regarding the temperance movement, women’s suffrage, immigration policy, the direct election of U.S. Senators, and free trade.

To celebrate this long history of advocacy in agriculture, rural issues, and other important national policies the Grange is issuing a Call for Papers for its Inaugural Conference on the Grange in America and Beyond. The conference will be held in Spokane, WA at the Red Lion Hotel, November 3-5, 2017.

Considering the reach of The Grange on a number of important issues throughout its 150 year history the topics for this conference can touch on innumerable subjects. We hope to gather submissions from a wide-range of disciplines ranging from Sociology to History to Economics to Art. We welcome papers from all disciplines and any topic involving The Grange in its storied history.

Propose a Workshop

In addition to the papers, we also encourage potential attendees to propose a conference workshop. This session will allow attendees to interact with Grange members and present expert knowledge in relevant for Granges, such as document preservation or legal issues relevant for fraternal nonprofits.

Guidelines for Paper Submissions

The conference is open to academics, general researchers/historians and students with knowledge of the Grange. We encourage potential participants to submit a note of intent of attending the conference. Specific submission forms for paper and workshop proposals and notes of intent are available at

Paper and workshop proposals are due by June 1, 2017. Notification of a conference acceptance will be on or about June 30, 2017.

Please submit a 250 word abstract to Jason Edwards ( and Maria Hegbloom ( Please direct any specific inquiries regarding the program should be directed to Amanda Brozana, National Communication and Development Director,

We look forward to seeing you in Spokane.


Betsy E. Huber

President, National Grange

Final call for proposals for The Routledge International Handbook of Working Class Studies

Call For Proposals

The Routledge International Handbook of Working Class Studies

Co-editors: Michele Fazio (UNC Pembroke), Christie Launius (UW Oshkosh), and Tim Strangleman (University of Kent)

Deadline: May 1, 2017

The co-editors of The Routledge International Handbook of Working Class Studies (under contract with Routledge Press) are seeking proposals for chapters. While we have lined up many contributors already, we are now soliciting proposals to round out the volume.  

The book will be organized into eight sections.  The first section will be an editorial introduction that will provide a brief history of the field, as well as sketch out its current status.  The final section will be entitled “New Directions in Working Class Studies,” and will bring together, in dialogue, voices representing the field’s founding as well as voices of the next generation of scholars, teachers, and activists.  The remaining six sections will be thematic in focus, and will each contain 4-5 chapters: Methods, Class and Education, Work and Community, Working-Class Cultures, Representations, and Activism and Collective Action.  The complete prospectus can be made available via the contact information below.  

 We are seeking proposals for chapters in each of the six thematic sections. The completed essays will be 5,000-6,000 words in length. 

If you would like to propose a chapter for the volume, please submit a 1-page proposal that includes a title, description of the proposed chapter, and the section that it would be included in.  Please also provide a short CV and a brief paragraph that describes your involvement in the field.  

Deadline for proposals: May 1st, 2017 (with notification of acceptance or rejection by early June)

First drafts of chapters are due on August 1st, 2017.  We plan to have comments back to all contributors by mid-October, and will collect revised manuscripts from all contributors by January 2018.  

Please send materials via e-mail to Christie Launius at <>.

Working-class poet awarded Oklahoma State Poet Laureate

WCSA member Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Director of The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA at Oklahoma City University and advisor to Red Earth Review, was appointed as Oklahoma State Poet Laureate (March 2017 -December 2018).  Click here for the official press release.

Mish’s most recent books are What I Learned at the War, a poetry collection (West End Press, 2016) and Oklahomeland: Essays (Lamar University Press, 2015). Her 2009 poetry collection, Work Is Love Made Visible (West End Press) won an Oklahoma Book Award, a Wrangler Award, and the WILLA Award from Women Writing the West.