The Working-Class Studies Association supports scholarship, teaching, and activism related to working-class life and cultures.
The Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA) hosts conferences with the participation of working-class scholars, activist academics, trade unionists, artists, journalists, and learners as educators and students in various settings. Each conference is unique to its organizing committee and location: don’t miss it!
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 and watch a video recap below.
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 theme for the Conference 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.