Past Conferences

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.

Recorded, edited, and produced by Madalyn Wright, June, 2022.

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.

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 the 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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