The Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA) is a non-profit association that helps develop and support research in its many forms and pedagogy on the topic of working-class life and cultures. Members are located in countries across the globe, and they include scholars, activists, teachers, students, poets, journalists, artists, trade unionists, small press publishers, and others interested in connecting with working-class learners and building the field of working-class studies.
The Association holds an annual conference; supports working-class learners, educators, and researchers through collaborations, resource shares, and mentorship; promotes the field through a variety of awards; and advances the publication of academic and creative work in working-class studies.
In 2016, WCSA leaders founded an open-access, free to readers everywhere, academic journal, The Journal of Working-Class Studies. The Journal is a digital publication housed at The University of Wyoming (UW) library through a partnership developed by former WCSA president, Scott Henkel and sustained by librarians at UW. The Journal’s editors Sarah Attfield and Liz Giuffrie are based in the School of Communication at the University of Technology, Sydney. The Journal functions independently from the Association.
In 2015, the Association of Working-Class Academics merged with the Working-Class Studies Association and formed the Working-Class Academics (WCA) section of WCSA. The WCA advocates for students and faculty of poverty and working-class origins, furthers community among members, and strives toward great class equity in higher education.
Anyone may become a member of the WCSA. The administration of the WCSA is carried out by the Executive Committee, which is elected by the members. Elections are conducted by the Election Committee. The Executive Committee consists of the president, the president-elect, the immediate past-president, the secretary, and the treasurer in addition to four at-large members and the chair of the Working-Class Academics section.
The Working-Class Studies Association aims to develop and promote multiple forms of scholarship, teaching, and activism related to working class life and cultures.
- Promote awareness, growth, and legitimacy of working-class studies internationally
- Promote models of working-class studies that actively involve and serve the interests of working-class people
- Promote critical discussions of the relationships among class, race, gender, sexuality, nationality, and other structures of inequality
- Promote interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary, and disciplinary approaches to studying and teaching about the lived experience of working-class people
- Provide opportunities for academics, artists, activists, workers, independent scholars, students, and others to share their work, make connections with colleagues and professional organizations, and learn about resources
- Facilitate conversations and critical debate engaging diverse intellectual and political approaches to scholarship, teaching, and outreach in working-class studies
- Create partnerships that link scholarship with activism in labor, community, and other working-class social justice organizations
For inquiries, please contact WCSA’s current president, Joe Varga.
*Image, Tobias Carlsson, Unsplash.