Reception and Talk for Exhibit on “Reclaiming a Radical Past,” Oct 6, 2pm at Lawrence Heritage State Park, in Lawrence, MA

Please join other attendees for a reception and talk on “A Neglected Legacy: Reclaiming a Radical Past,” from former WCSA President, Michele Fazio, PhD at Lawrence Heritage State Park Sunday, October 6, at 2pm.

The exhibit tells the story of how Fazio, an Italian-American originally from Massachusetts, discovered her family’s hidden history. An alumna of MA’s Bridgewater State University, Fazio is an Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

The exhibit is open daily from 9am until 4pm, October 6th through 28th.

1 Jackson Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
(978) 794-1655

The program is supported in part by grants from the Lawrence Cultural Council and the Freetown Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Congratulations to WCSA’s 2019 Young Scholars and Activists Fellowship Recipients!

Congratulations to the recipients of the Working-Class Studies Association’s Young Scholars and Activists Fellowship award!

Each of the recipients are working in ways that contribute to working-class studies, and we were excited to welcome several of the recipients at the 2019 conference at the University of Kent.

The recipients were:

Jay Emery, School of Geography, Geology, and the Environment, University of Leicester, England

Frederick Burrill, Department of History, Concordia University, Canada

Mary Gibaldi, Department of English, California State University, Chico, United States

Luka Lei Zhang, English Division, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Courtney Pina Miller, Department of English, Brandeis University, United States

Most of the recipients are pictured here with WCSA Past President Cherie Rankin at the 2019 WCSA Awards dinner.

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From L to R: : Cherie Rankin, Past President; Jay Emery, School of Geography, Geology, and the Environment, University of Leicester, England; Frederick Burrill, Department of History, Concordia University, Canada; Mary Gibaldi, Department of English, California State University, Chico, United States; Luka Lei Zhang, English Division, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

While Courtney Pina Miller participated in the conference, she was unable to make the dinner because of extenuating circumstances. So, while she was not part of the group photo above, we still offer our congratulations to her for this honor as well!

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Courtney Pina Miller, Department of English, Brandeis University, United States

East Side Freedom Library

 

The East Side Freedom Library, in St. Paul, Minnesota is celebrating it’s 5th anniversary, and has published their first book: Reinventing the People’s Library.

Take a look at their Labor Case Statement 2018, and for more information about their activities, please visit their website: https://eastsidefreedomlibrary.org

 

 

Call for Member News!

Are you a member of the Working-Class Studies Association who has news to share? Maybe you’ve given a talk recently, presented at a conference, or got a new publication out? Maybe you’re starting a new role at your school, or have moved to a new job?

If you’re a member of WCSA and you’ve got news to share, we want to know about it! Please send any news you have to wcstudies@gmail.com with “Member News” in the subject, and we will prepare announcements to be posted here on our website. member_news_28ga29

Call for 2019 Annual Working-Class Studies Association Award Submissions

The Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA) invites nominations (including self-nominations) for awards covering the year of 2019.

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
  • Jake Ryan and Charles Sackrey Award: Book by creator of working-class origins; work that speaks to issues of the working-class academic experience

In all categories, we invite nominations of work that provides insightful and engaging depictions of working-class life, culture, and movements, which addresses issues related to the working class, and which 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, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

To nominate a work for consideration, please ask your publisher to send four 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 four copies with a cover letter are submitted.

Nominations are due no later than December 31, 2019.

Submit nominations to:

Cherie Rankin

Heartland Community College

1500 W. Raab Road

Normal, IL  61761

NOTE: Articles and dissertations should be submitted in electronic form to Cherie Rankin at wibblet68@gmail.com

For more information, contact Cherie Rankin, WCSA Past-President, wibblet68@gmail.com

Winners will be announced in spring, 2020. Winners will receive free conference registration and an award acrylic at the WCSA Annual Awards Ceremony. The conference will be held May 20-24 at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, USA. Conference attendance is strongly encouraged. Details of the awards and past winners can be found on the WCSA website here.

Lori Flores on “Laboring and Dying in the Understory,” as part of American International College’s Lectures and Forums Series. Sept. 17, 2019

Lori Flores, PhD, Associate Professor at Stony Brook University, will present on “Laboring and Dying in the Understory: Latino Workers and Invisibility in the Forests of the Far Northeast,” as part of American International College’s Lectures and Forums Series. The series is coordinated in part by WCSA member, and Associate Professor of History at AIC, Gary Jones.

The event will be tomorrow, September 17, 2019 at 11am in AIC’s Campus Center Auditorium.

Tenure-Track Positions at the ILR School, Cornell University

The Industrial & Labor Relations School at Cornell University is hiring in a number of areas this year. ILR is the world’s leading college focused on work, employment, and labor issues, with faculty from a number of disciplinary backgrounds. Brief position descriptions and links to the full listings are below. Cornell University is an equal opportunity employer, and women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Tenure-Track Position in Labor Movements and Collective Representation
(https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14116)

Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) invites applications to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in Labor Movements and Collective Representation to begin August 2020. Applicants should have research and teaching interests related to labor movements or other forms of collective worker representation. A demonstrated potential for high quality teaching and research leading to publication in top-tier journals is essential. At the time of appointment, applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in industrial relations, sociology, political science, anthropology, management, or other related disciplines. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, vita, research statement, teaching statement, diversity and inclusion statement, writing sample, and three reference letters. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2019. Inquiries about this position should be directed to Prof. Virginia Doellgast (vld7@cornell.edu), Prof. Kate Griffith (kategriffith@cornell.edu), Prof. Shannon Gleeson (smg338@cornell.edu), or Prof. Sarosh Kuruvilla (sck4@cornell.edu).

Tenure-Track Position in International and Comparative Labor & Employment Law
(https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14115)

Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) invites applications to fill a tenure-track faculty position (at the assistant, associate or full professor level) in International and Comparative Labor & Employment Law to begin August 2020. Applicants should have research and teaching interests related to international and comparative labor & employment law. A demonstrated potential for high quality teaching and research leading to publication in top-tier journals is essential. Policy-oriented experience in the field of international and comparative labor & employment law is desirable. At the time of appointment, applicants must have completed a J.D. and/or a Ph.D. in industrial relations, sociology, political science, management, or other related disciplines. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, vita, research statement, teaching statement, diversity and inclusion statement,writing sample, and three reference letters. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2019. Inquiries about this position should be directed to Prof. Virginia Doellgast (vld7@cornell.edu), Prof. Kate Griffith (kategriffith@cornell.edu), Prof. Shannon Gleeson (smg338@cornell.edu), or Prof. Sarosh Kuruvilla (sck4@cornell.edu).

Tenure-Track Position in Organizational Behavior
(https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14092)

The Department of Organizational Behavior in the ILR School at Cornell University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position, to begin August 2020. Applicants should have research and teaching interests related to meso or macro organizational behavior. We will consider applications at all ranks, but prioritize those at the assistant or untenured associate level. Evidence of very strong research and teaching potential is essential, including publications or papers in process at top-tier journals in management or sociology. At the time of appointment, applicants must have completed their Ph.D. in organizational behavior, management, sociology, or related fields. The ILR School provides a rich intellectual environment for organizational scholars, with strong ties to the Sociology and Psychology Departments and the SC Johnson College of Business. OB faculty members are actively involved in research centers and initiatives at the ILR School and across the University. All candidates should submit a cover letter, vita, research statement, teaching statement, diversity and inclusion statement, writing sample, and three reference letters. The deadline for submission of all application materials is October 1, 2019. Questions about the position can be directed to Marya Besharov (mlb363@cornell.edu), Vanessa Bohns (vkb28@cornell.edu), or Diane Burton (burton@cornell.edu).

WCSA’s 2019 Conference Wrap

The Working-Class Studies Association’s 2019 Conference wrapped up on the afternoon of Friday, September 6 at the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK.

An emphatic thank you is due to the local organizing team of Tim Strangleman, David Nettleingham, Triona Fitton, Emma Pleasant & Sophie Rowland!

The conference inspired a lot of discussion on social media – please check the @wcstudies and @DIndustrialKent accounts to see a wide range of posts from throughout the conference, and take a look at the #wcsa2019 hashtag.

We are collecting images and other materials associated with the conference to share here on the WCSA website. If you’d like to share pictures you took of the conference, please send them to wcstudies@gmail.com.

Thank you to all the organizers and participants. Please remember to save the date for our next conference which will celebrate WCSA’s 25th anniversary, at Youngstown State University in May 2019.

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2019 WCSA Conference Underway

The 2019 Working-Class Studies Association conference is underway here at the University of Kent in Canterbury!

Yesterday’s opening plenary included an engaging discussion on “Why Working-Class Studies,” involving Geoff Bright (Manchester Metropolitan University), Sweta Rajan-Rankin (University of Kent), Paul Sng (Filmmaker and Writer), Valerie Walkerdine (Cardiff University), and Discussant: Sherry Linkon (Georgetown University). We have had three sets of concurrent panels covering a diverse range of engaging projects, and the public lecture by Professor Satnam Virdee on “Race, Class and the Politics of Solidarity” is ongoing.

We are looking forward to tonight’s Conference Dinner and WCSA Awards Ceremony, which will include the 2019 WCSA Lifetime Achievement Award for musician and activist Billy Bragg.

Please review the full conference programme for upcoming events, and follow @wcstudies on Twitter to see the latest Tweets about conference activities.