Meet the 2018 WCSA Young Scholars and Activists Fellows

The Young Scholars and Activists Fellowship of the Working-Class Studies Association began in 2014.  Its intent is to support and encourage scholars, activists, and organizers early in their careers whose work has the potential for advancing Working-Class Studies as a field.  We look forward to seeing what the future holds for this year’s fellows!


Eric Kennedy, Ph.D. candidate in English at Louisiana State University

Jessica Femiani, Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing at Binghamton University

Morgan Shahan, Ph.D. candidate in History at Johns Hopkins University

Matti Ron, Ph.D. candidate in Literature at the University of East Anglia

Crystal Hester, M.A.T. candidate in Literature at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke

2018 YSAF Recipients


Public University and Neoliberalism Conference

The Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice, and Policy at Stony Brook University invites faculty and students concerned about higher education and the state of public campuses to join us in learning about and working collectively to #DefendPublicHigherEd!
In an American higher education system tilted toward the wealthy and privileged, public universities and colleges have through their history sought, if imperfectly, to serve as engines of equity and opportunity.   But these equalizing institutions themselves have come under increasing siege from a host of powerful pro-market and anti-public-sector forces often summed up as “neoliberalism.”  In recent years, this long-standing neoliberal assault on public higher education has intensified.  Public colleges and universities all over the country are facing in many cases existential crises as they are attacked through the interconnected austerity politics of intensifying defunding, privatization initiatives, corporatization, adjunctification and attacks on public sector unions including faculty unions. Please join us on October 25th, 2018 to discuss these and many more challenges to Public Higher Education at our Mini-Conference.
Free and open to the public!

CFP for WCSA 2019 Conference

We are excited to announce the Call for Papers for the Working-Class Studies Association Conference 2019 to be held at the University of Kent, Canterbury – 3-6 September 2019.

Conference Theme: ‘Working-Class Studies Beyond the Heartlands’

With a growing awareness of class-based inequality, Brexit, and a new willingness to discuss working-class issues, we are pleased to announce that the next conference of the Working-Class Studies Association will be held in the UK in September 2019. In its fifteen year history, this will be the first time the Working-Class Studies Association will hold its conference outside its heartland of the USA. This conference aims to build and consolidate work being carried out currently in the UK and Europe with the USA and elsewhere in the world.

Working-Class Studies as a field seeks to bring together academics, activists, artists and others interested in working-class issues and themes. As an interdisciplinary field, it brings together sociologists, literary scholars, anthropologists, geographers, historians, cultural studies scholars, creative writers, and economists amongst others. We welcome proposals for individual papers, panels and other forms of representation.

Conference themes will include:

  • Class and Education
  • Deindustrialisation, Work, and Class
  • Nostalgia, Memory, Heritage, and Loss
  • Class Cultures and Identities
  • Working-Class Health and Embodiment
  • Place, Belonging, and Class
  • Class and its Intersections


All presenters at the 2019 Conference are required to become members of the Working-Class Studies Association. The WCSA attempts to accommodate all income levels with adjusted rates for membership.

Submitting a proposal:

• Abstracts should be no more than 200 words in a standard Word document.

• The proposals should identify strand themes into which their presentation will fit.

• They should also have clear contact information for each presenter and indicate technology needs, if any.

Please submit your proposed paper, panel, or other ideas via the conference email

Conference Timeline:

  • Call for papers opens: September 2018
  • Deadline for proposals: March 25th 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 15th April 2019

For updates, more information, or to get in touch:

Twitter: WCSA @wcstudies / Kent organising team @DIndustrialKent Hashtag: #WCSA19


Book Notes ~ Fall 2018

Please take a look at recently published books related to the field of working-class studies.  Full descriptions for each are available here.

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