JWCS Call for Essays

June 2019 Issue: Open Call, No Theme

The Journal of Working-Class Studies seeks submissions that explore working-class life around the world. Submissions should explore topics that actively involve and serve the interests of working-class people. We welcome submissions that promote critical discussions of the relationships among class, race, gender, sexuality, nationality, and other structures of inequality. We also welcome interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary, and disciplinary explorations of working-class experience.

We endeavour to publish timely, as well as academically rigorous articles, therefore the deadline for submissions is March 25th, 2019.

Send submissions and inquiries to editorial@workingclassstudiesjournal.com

Please consult the Instructions for Authors page prior to submission.


December 2019, Special Issue: Social Haunting, Classed Affect, and the Afterlives of Deindustrialization

This Special Issue of the Journal of Working-Class Studies will bring together essays that explore the lingering afterlives of deindustrialization.

Everyone knows deindustrialization as an economic process: the loss of factory jobs as production facilities shift location, and leave behind shuttered buildings and localities having to reinvent themselves or face economic ruin. It is not a new process, but is intrinsic to capitalism’s “spatial fix”, the need to maintain profit in the face of increased competition. But how does deindustrialization feel, what does it sound like, and how does it continue to hold meaning in its absent presence, long after the factory has closed? What are its affective remnants, vibrations, sights, smells, and how do they assert an affectual presence?

This call seeks essays that explore the affective entanglement of haunted spaces of deindustrialization and the lived experiences of social haunting across the globe, and we are particularly interested in work that connects to emergent social, cultural, and political formations and makes visible new contestations, solidarities and collectivities. Believing that a classed, placed and historically situated “politics of affect” is indispensable for any account of contemporary domestic phenomena such as the rise of Trump or the UK Brexit vote, we are keen to develop a theoretical and methodological vocabulary around ‘classed affect’ as an approach to understanding class after de-industrialization. Consequently, we are especially interested in research that identifies affectual registers of deindustrialization in haunted spaces as relevant to class re-composition, shifting political alliances, and the rise of ‘new populisms’ across the globe.

In line with the approach of the journal, the editors seek submissions from across the disciplinary fields, from beyond the academy, and in a variety of forms. We strongly encourage papers that deal with non-western processes of deindustrialization as well as those that consider the ‘gendering’ of classed affect. While there is no period limitation, and papers dealing with the longer history of deindustrialization are welcome, we will give preference to work on the contemporary scene.

Keywords: class, affect, social haunting, deindustrialization

Submission: please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and a brief CV to affectJWCS@gmail.com by February 1, 2019.

Full papers of accepted abstracts will be due by April 1, 2019.

Call for 2018 WCSA Award Submissions

The Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA) invites nominations (including self-
nominations) for awards covering the year of 2018.

Award categories are:

❖ Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing: Published books of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and other genres

❖ C.L.R. James Award for Published Books for Academic or General Audiences

❖ Russo & Linkon Award for Published Article or Essay for Academic or General Audiences

❖ Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism: Single published articles or series, broadcast media, multimedia, and film

❖ Constance Coiner Award for Best Dissertation: Completed dissertations only

In all categories, we invite nominations of excellent work that provides insightful and engaging depictions of working-class life, culture, and movements; addresses issues related to the working class; and highlights the voices, experiences, and perspectives of working-class people.

To be eligible, works must have been published (in the case of books or articles) or completed (in the case of films and dissertations) between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

To nominate a work for consideration, please send three hard copies with a cover letter, identifying the category in which the work is being nominated and a brief explanation of why it deserves recognition. It is the author’s responsibility to make sure three copies with a cover letter are submitted. NOTE: Articles and dissertations should be submitted in electronic form to terry.easton@ung.edu.

Nominations are due no later than January 31, 2019.

Submit nominations to:

Dr. Terry Easton, University of North Georgia, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, English Department – Nesbitt Bldg., Oakwood, GA, 30566

Winners will be announced in late spring, 2019. Winners will receive free conference registration and a plaque at the WCSA Annual Awards Ceremony. The conference will be held September 3-6, 2019, at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. Conference attendance is strongly encouraged. Details of the awards and past winners can be found on the WCSA website.

CALL FOR PAPERS for book on First-Gen Experiences in U.S. Doctoral Programs

Abstracts are invited for an edited anthology on the experiences of individuals who are in the first-generation (first-gen) of their families to earn Bachelor’s and Doctoral degrees in the United States. While we invite submissions from first-gens nearing completion of their doctoral degreesas well as those who have earned a doctorate within the past 8 yearswe will prioritize submissions from working-class People of Color, LGBTQ, Two-Spirit and Gender Non-Conforming people, and People with Disabilities—as well as individuals who embody lives at the intersections. Access the Call for Proposals flyer here.

All disciplinary backgrounds welcome. Abstracts from individuals working outside of academia are also welcome, as we do not assume that all first-gens work in higher education.

We seek narrative pieces where contributors illuminate their embodied experiences of socialization to the professoriate through the lenses of two or more social identities such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, and citizenship—in addition to socioeconomic background—while highlighting the ways in which multiple forms of structural oppression impacted each author’s capacity to navigate graduate student life. As Audre Lorde stated, “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single-issue lives.”

  • A 500 word abstract and two paragraph bio should be submitted to Jaye Sablan <sablanj@uw.edu> by January 30, 2019.

Launius’ New Role

Longtime member and former WCSA president Christie Launius has started a new position as Department Head of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.  She is pleased to report that she is serving as a faculty mentor through the university’s Office of First-Generation Students.