Over the last year, we have initiated two exciting developments for the WCSA. First, we have successfully merged with the Association of Working Class Academics which enjoys a membership of 200 plus. We would like to welcome AWCA members to the WCSA and hope that together we will mutually benefit from each other. While there is a lot of cross over in membership and aims, the AWCA was set up to support and further the interests of working-class academics who might teach in a variety of settings. The WCSA, on the other hand, has a broader membership base interested in the study of working-class culture and politics. I would really urge members of both organizations to get to know more about each other, take active part in the WCSA, and help develop the Association for the future.
Our second news is that we are rapidly moving towards having our own journal for the Association. Led by Australian members Liz Giuffre and Sarah Attfield with support of your Steering Committee, we aim to produce the first online issue later this year. This marks a significant opportunity for the field and I hope as many of you as possible will become involved.
Tim Strangleman, President WCSA