Reminder: Call for Annual Awards

The Working-Class Studies Association calls for nominations for our annual awards. Please consider nominating an entry, and please circulate the attached call.

Our award categories are:

  • Studs Terkel Award: for single published articles or series, broadcast media, multimedia, and film in media and journalism
  • Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing: for published books of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and other genres
  • C.L.R. James Award: for Published Books for Academic or General Audiences
  • Jake Ryan and Charles Sackrey Award: for books by writer(s) of working-class origins that speak to issues of the working-class academic experience
  • Russo & Linkon Award: for published article or essay for academic or general audiences
  • Constance Coiner Award: for completed dissertations
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations are due no later than January 31, 2021.

Working-Class Studies: An Interdisciplinary Conference at University College Dublin

Ireland’s first Working-Class Studies conference will take place next year (late summer 2021, date TBD) and the organisers have opened a call for papers available through the conference website: https://workingclassstudies.com/.

Working-class concerns have remained largely out of sight in Irish academia, politics, media, and popular culture. Ireland’s first working-class studies conference seeks to redress this absence. The conference will be interdisciplinary and aims to bring together methods from across the social-sciences and the humanities in order to form frameworks that can fully represent and respond to working-class culture. We invite submissions by and about working-class people and particularly encourage presentations from working-class people of their creative work, community movements and political activism. We encourage contributions in a range of forms including paper presentations, creative pieces, groups presentations and talks. The academic field of working-class studies is in an exciting phase of growth in Ireland and the organisers of this event, themselves working-class academics, believe that the involvement of working-class people outside academia will be crucial to the development and terms of engagement of working-class studies in the future. For this reason, the organising committee wishes to hear from working-class people from across the v​arious industries and worlds of work​, regardless of age, occupation, race, gender or sexuality. Submissions can include, but are not limited to:

  • Lived experiences of class
  • International perspectives on class
  • Methodologies/theories for exploring working-class intellectual history and knowledge production
  • Intersectionalities of race, class, gender and sexuality
  • Traveller/Mincéir experiences and class
  • Migration and class
  • Institutional abuse and class (eg. Magdalene Laundries, Industrial Schools)
  • Class and disability/health
  • Class across sectarian divides (in Northern Ireland for example)
  • Class and colonialism
  • Working-class literary culture and the impact of class on form: eg. poetry/prose/testimony
  • Class and genre fiction
  • Representation of working-class people (in literature and popular culture)
  • Class and Emotion/Affect
  • Community groups, how and why they started, their importance and creative output
  • Class and Pedagogy (class in the classroom)
  • Education and class
  • Representation of welfare-reliant people in politics and media
  • Social housing and social welfare campaigns/experiences
  • Academic and/or personal accounts of the water charges movement (including guarding metres, entrances to estates, protests – group or community presentations are welcome)
  • The Repeal movement and the class politics of abortion access in Ireland
  • Union activism
  • Presentations on music and song in working-class culture, including performances

Please submit either a 200-300 word abstract or description of your intended contribution to irelandworkingclass@gmail.com​ ​by ​March 12th 2021. We also seek students and staff to participate in a storytelling workshop led by working-class faculty on our experiences of ‘culture shock’, ‘crossover guilt’ and ‘survivor’s guilt’ in higher education. This event aims to create a space where stories of college and university are shared and validated. To register your interest please email ​irelandworkingclass@gmail.com​.

This event is made possible with funding from the Irish Research Council New Foundations Award.

Call for Annual Awards

The Working-Class Studies Association calls for nominations for our annual awards. Please consider nominating an entry, and please circulate the attached call.

Our award categories are:

  • Studs Terkel Award: for single published articles or series, broadcast media, multimedia, and film in media and journalism
  • Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing: for published books of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and other genres
  • C.L.R. James Award: for Published Books for Academic or General Audiences
  • Jake Ryan and Charles Sackrey Award: for books by writer(s) of working-class origins that speak to issues of the working-class academic experience
  • Russo & Linkon Award: for published article or essay for academic or general audiences
  • Constance Coiner Award: for completed dissertations
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

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, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

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

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, to the address below. The nominating party, whether author or publisher–has the responsibility to make sure three copies with a cover letter are submitted. NOTE: Articles and dissertations should be submitted in electronic form to <scott.henkel@uwyo.edu>.

For the Lifetime Achievement Award, please submit a detailed letter of nomination (or self-nomination) to <scott.henkel@uwyo.edu>. The letter should document the range of the nominees’ contributions to the field of Working-Class Studies and the advancement of working-class causes, whether in or beyond higher education. 

Nominations are due no later than January 31, 2021.

Submit nominations to:

Dr. Scott Henkel

Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research

Cooper House

Department 3353

University of Wyoming

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071