The final program for the WCSA 2019 conference, “Beyond the Heartlands,” at the University of Kent is now available. The conference website contains information on registration, conference fringe, and membership.
Members of the WCSA have been actively participating in conferences throughout the past academic year, including the American Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, the Southeastern American Studies Association, and the Labor and Working-Class History Association. This week will feature a number of images of folks in action.
Southeastern American Studies Association ~ March 2019
Owen Clayton was recently awarded a Newberry Library Short-Term Fellowship to research the hobo poet, songwriter, and newspaper columnist T-Bone Slim (real name Matti Valentinepoika Huhta). Slim was a prominent member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), or Wobblies, from the 1920s to the early 1940s, and is probably their second-most famous songwriter behind Joe Hill. His song ‘The Popular Wobbly’ has been covered by many musicians, including Pete Seeger. For more on Slim’s writings, check out Owen’s article in the new issue of the Journal of Working-Class Studies.
Owen has also been involved in filming a documentary (which will hopefully be out in 2020) about Slim with John Westmoreland, a professional musician who also happens to be Slim’s great nephew, along with documentarian Bruce dePyssler, and Slim’s great granddaughter Vanessa Lynn.
Below is a slideshow of John Westmoreland presenting at LAWCHA’s 2019 annual conference and on the set.
Gloria McMillan, Ph.D. Univ. of Arizona, is editing a Literature and Social Class companion text for Routledge and seeks contributors who explore literature with a class emphasis and its intersections with other demographic markers such as race, gender, and culture. This collection of essays has three themes: