Reminder: 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

For more information, contact Cherie Rankin, WCSA Past-President,

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.

CfP from Radical Teacher: New Student Movements: Teaching Toward, About, and From Within. Due Dec. 1, 2019

Radical Teacher invites submissions about new student movements, how progressive educators are teaching about them or toward them; and how educators and students are operating within them. Papers due December 1, 2019.

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CfP for Social History Society conference. Proposals now due 18 December.

Given the UCU strike taking place at many British universities, the SHS has extended the CfP deadline for an extra week until 18 December (details here).

The call for papers is now open until 11 18 December for the annual Social History Society conference, being hosted by the University of Lancaster from 29 June to 1 July 2020. Every year it’s the biggest gathering of cultural and social historians in the UK and always a friendly and fascinating occasion, where postgraduates and ECRs and BAME scholars are especially welcomed. Organizers are pleased to announce that the keynote lecture will be given by Professor Martha A. Sandweiss (Princeton University), who will be speaking about ‘Seeing the Past: History, Photography and the American West’.

Please note the revamped Welfare, Humanitarianism and Social Action strand, which Dr George Gosling is convening with Dr Georgina Brewis and Dr David Hitchcock. This strand welcomes proposals for papers and panels on histories of poverty and welfare; charity and voluntary action; philanthropy and giving; humanitarian aid; human rights; civil rights; social movements; social action; distributive justice and more. It welcomes contributions from all time periods, and interdisciplinary work drawing on, for example, political thought, social theory, geography, literature and economics. Organizers are also interested in submissions covering innovative teaching or public engagement work connected to the strand’s core themes.


Katrin Bahr hosts film screening and discussion on Leipzig in the Fall (2009) as part of American International College’s Lectures and Forums Series, Nov. 21, 2019

Katrin Bahr, PhD Candidate at UMass-Amherst, will host a film screening and discussion of Leipzig in the Fall (2009) 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 November 21, 2019 at 11am in AIC’s Campus Center Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.