Railroad tracks on foggy morning

WCSA Conferences

The Working-Class Studies Association hosts a regular conference, and each one is unique to its organizing committee and location. Sometimes they include working-class tours of the given city, and usually presenters are a mix of scholars, educators, artists, activists, and trade unionists. The conversations are vibrant and the meetings are fun!

Current

June 15th-17th, 2023, the WCSA will gather for a Symposium & Leadership Retreat on the theme of Class Cultures in Chicago with sponsorship from the University of Illinois’ History department and UIC United Faculty Union, as well as on Zoom. The call for presentations for the WCSA 2023 Symposium & Leadership Retreat is active now! Click here for more information.

Futures

In 2024, the WCSA conference will happen in Charlotte, North Carolina and on Zoom in July. In 2025, the WCSA Conference will happen in Sydney, Australia and on Zoom in November or December. Plan to come!

The Working-Class Studies Association hosts a regular conference, and each one is unique to its organizing committee and location. Sometimes they include working-class tours of the given city, and usually presenters are a mix of scholars, educators, artists, activists, and trade unionists. The conversations are vibrant and the meetings are fun!

Pasts

collage of conference programs

2022 Conference: Corvallis, Oregon & Zoom

In June 2022, the conference was held primarily at Oregon State University which also broadcast some panels via Zoom. This was the first Western U.S. conference, and the theme was Class Dynamics at Work. Click here to view the conference program. Watch a 1-minute video recap below.

Past WCSA Presidents Michelle Tokarczyk and Michael Zweig enjoy a meal and swap big ideas. OSU, Corvallis, Oregon, June 2022. Video produced by Madalyn Wright.

2021 Conference: Zoom & Youngstown, Ohio

In Spring 2021, the Conference was held online with the organizing committee working transnationally to produce an interactive website and Zoom program: WCSA 2021. Originally, the Conference was meant to be held at Youngstown State University where the Center for Working-Class Studies was founded, marking its 25th anniversary. The Center is a primary root from which the Working-Class Studies Association grew. Due to the pandemic, only a small group met in Youngstown. However, the inaugural WCSA Zoom conference was well attended and included participants from geographically distant locales. It opened doors for new ways of thinking about placing class and community: the Conference theme was, Re-Placing Class: Community, Politics, Work, and Labor in a Changing World.

2019 Conference: Kent, England

In Fall 2019, the Conference was held at the University of Kent. This was the first time that the WCSA Conference was held outside of the US. See the Conference program and its fringe festival that included publicly oriented performance events. Here is the call for papers. The theme for 2019 was: Working-Class Studies: Beyond the Heartlands.

2018 Conference: Stony Brook, New York

2018 WCSA Conference, Class at the Border: Migration, Confinement, and Immobility hosted by the Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice, and Policy at Stony Brook University.

2017 Conference: Bloomington, Indiana

2017 WCSA Conference at Indiana University at Bloomington

2016 Conference: Stony Brook, New York

2016 How Class Works Conference at Stony Brook University

2015 Conference: Georgetown, Washington DC

2015 Conference 2003 Proceedings Fighting Inequality: A Joint Conference of the Labor and Working-Class History Association and the WCSA at Georgetown University

2014 Conference: Stony Brook, New York

2014 How Class Works Conference at Stony Brook University

2013 Conference: Madison, Wisconsin

2013 Fighting Forward: A Labor and Working Class Summit and Annual Conference of the WCSA at Madison College

2012 Conference: Stony Brook, New York

2012 How Class Works Conference at Stony Brook University

2011 Conference: Chicago, Illinois

2011Working-Class Organization and Power at the University of Illinois‐Chicago

2010 Conference: Stony Brook, New York

2010 How Class Works Conference at Stony Brook University

2009 Conference: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2009 Class Matters: WCSA Conference at the University of Pittsburgh

2008 Conference: Stony Brook, New York

2008 How Class Works Conference at Stony Brook University

2007 Conference: St Paul, Minnesota

2007 Class Matters: Working Class Culture and Counter-Culture, WCSA Conference at Macalester College

2006 Conference: Stony Brook, New York

2006 How Class Works Conference at Stony Brook University

2005 Conference: Youngstown, Ohio

2005 Seventh Biennial Conference of the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University: New Working-Class Studies: Past, Present, and Future

2004 Conference: Stony Brook, New York

2004 How Class Works Conference at Stony Brook University

2003 Conference: Youngstown, Ohio

2003 Sixth Biennial Conference of the Center for Working-Class Studies Working-Class Studies Youngstown State University: Intersections with Race, Gender, and Sexuality

2002 Conference: Stony Brook, New York

2002 How Class Works Conference at Stony Brook University

2001 Conference: Youngstown, Ohio

2001 The Fifth Biennial Conference of the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University: Memory, Community, and Activism

1999, ’97, ’95, ’93 Conferences: Youngstown, Ohio

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