CFP for the 2020 MLA Convention

Papers are sought for two special sessions at the 2020 MLA Convention.

CFP 1: This panel will examine the function of nostalgia in class-conscious writing, specifically its role in the construction of working-class identities, both fictional and otherwise. To that end, presentations will gauge the efficacy of nostalgic representation in terms of literary aesthetics and/or political imperatives. Using literary texts as a lens, topics might include (but are not limited to):

* Defining Genre
* Cultural Haunting
* Interpretive Nostalgia
* Shifting Class Definitions
* Intersectional Dynamics
* Roots and Reconciliation
* Representational Aesthetics
* Stereotypes and Caricature
* Deindustrialization
* Class Fetishism
* Populist Rhetoric
* Working-Class Visibility
* Individuality / Collectivity
* Immiseration
* Space and Environment
* Traditions and Values

This year’s presidential theme is on “Being Human” with emphasis on defining the human, human rights, citizenship and belonging, technology, shifts in labor, and the impact of writing in the public sphere.

250 to 300-word abstracts and bio by 3/15 to

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Poetry Slam WCSA 2019 Conference

As part of this year’s Working-Class Studies Association conference at the University of Kent, we will be setting aside a session ahead of the conference awards dinner for a poetry slam.

So, alongside the ordinary Call for Papers, we would like to invite the poets among you to let us know if you would like to be included as a named performer in this session. Time-depending, we would like some time for an Open Mic as well. Please send expressions of interest to

We look forward to welcoming you to Kent in September!

David Nettleingham and Tim Strangleman, on behalf of the local organizing committee

JWCS June 2019 Issue: Open Call, No Theme

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

Please consult the Instructions for Authors page prior to submission.


Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Conference February 2019

The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Conference at Collins College will be held Thursday, February 28, 2019.

The keynote speaker will be noted scholar Dr. Jacqueline Jones, Professor and Chair of the History Department at The University of Texas at Austin, and author of Goddess of Anarchy: The Life and Times of Lucy ParsonsA Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America, Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to the Present, and Goddess of Anarchy: The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical.



Call for 2018 WCSA Jake Ryan Award Submissions

The Working-Class Studies Association invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the WCSA Jake Ryan Award for a book published in 2018. To be eligible, works must have been published between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

To nominate a work for consideration, please send three hard copies with a cover letter indicating why it deserves recognition toDr. Terry Easton, University of North Georgia, 3820 Mundy MillRoad, English Department – Nesbitt Bldg., Oakwood, GA, 30566, USA.

Nominations are due no later than March 19, 2019.

For more information, contact Terry Easton, WCSA Past-President,

The winner will be announced in late spring, 2019, and 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 encouraged.

Details of the WCSA awards and past winners can be found here.

Diversity Scholarships Available

The Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor allows students to enter our Labor Studies programs at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies with significant financial support: up to $30,000 for graduate students, and up to $20,000 for undergraduate students.

The 2019 Diversity Scholarship Application is now online and is due February 19, 2019. For more information about the scholarship, please contact Diversity Scholarship Coordinator, Janet Leslie, at 212-642-2083 or

Henkel Appointed as Director of UW’s Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research

WCSA President-Elect Scott Henkel has been named the new Director of the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Wyoming.  Click here to read the full announcement.