CfP – The Inaugural Conference on the Grange in America and Beyond Nov. 3-5, 2017, Spokane, WA

Please see the CfP from The Grange, below:

The National Grange of the Order of Patrons and Husbandry, more commonly referred to as The Grange, will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2017. For 150 years The Grange has been one of the foremost organizations in advocacy for agriculture and rural America. The Grange has also been an important participant in promoting policies regarding the temperance movement, women’s suffrage, immigration policy, the direct election of U.S. Senators, and free trade.

To celebrate this long history of advocacy in agriculture, rural issues, and other important national policies the Grange is issuing a Call for Papers for its Inaugural Conference on the Grange in America and Beyond. The conference will be held in Spokane, WA at the Red Lion Hotel, November 3-5, 2017.

Considering the reach of The Grange on a number of important issues throughout its 150 year history the topics for this conference can touch on innumerable subjects. We hope to gather submissions from a wide-range of disciplines ranging from Sociology to History to Economics to Art. We welcome papers from all disciplines and any topic involving The Grange in its storied history.

Propose a Workshop

In addition to the papers, we also encourage potential attendees to propose a conference workshop. This session will allow attendees to interact with Grange members and present expert knowledge in relevant for Granges, such as document preservation or legal issues relevant for fraternal nonprofits.

Guidelines for Paper Submissions

The conference is open to academics, general researchers/historians and students with knowledge of the Grange. We encourage potential participants to submit a note of intent of attending the conference. Specific submission forms for paper and workshop proposals and notes of intent are available at http://www.nationalgrange.org/research.

Paper and workshop proposals are due by June 1, 2017. Notification of a conference acceptance will be on or about June 30, 2017.

Please submit a 250 word abstract to Jason Edwards (j3edwards@bridgew.edu) and Maria Hegbloom (mhegbloom@bridgew.edu). Please direct any specific inquiries regarding the program should be directed to Amanda Brozana, National Communication and Development Director, communications@nationalgrange.org.

We look forward to seeing you in Spokane.

Sincerely,

Betsy E. Huber

President, National Grange

Final call for proposals for The Routledge International Handbook of Working Class Studies

Call For Proposals

The Routledge International Handbook of Working Class Studies

Co-editors: Michele Fazio (UNC Pembroke), Christie Launius (UW Oshkosh), and Tim Strangleman (University of Kent)

Deadline: May 1, 2017

The co-editors of The Routledge International Handbook of Working Class Studies (under contract with Routledge Press) are seeking proposals for chapters. While we have lined up many contributors already, we are now soliciting proposals to round out the volume.  

The book will be organized into eight sections.  The first section will be an editorial introduction that will provide a brief history of the field, as well as sketch out its current status.  The final section will be entitled “New Directions in Working Class Studies,” and will bring together, in dialogue, voices representing the field’s founding as well as voices of the next generation of scholars, teachers, and activists.  The remaining six sections will be thematic in focus, and will each contain 4-5 chapters: Methods, Class and Education, Work and Community, Working-Class Cultures, Representations, and Activism and Collective Action.  The complete prospectus can be made available via the contact information below.  

 We are seeking proposals for chapters in each of the six thematic sections. The completed essays will be 5,000-6,000 words in length. 

If you would like to propose a chapter for the volume, please submit a 1-page proposal that includes a title, description of the proposed chapter, and the section that it would be included in.  Please also provide a short CV and a brief paragraph that describes your involvement in the field.  

Deadline for proposals: May 1st, 2017 (with notification of acceptance or rejection by early June)

First drafts of chapters are due on August 1st, 2017.  We plan to have comments back to all contributors by mid-October, and will collect revised manuscripts from all contributors by January 2018.  

Please send materials via e-mail to Christie Launius at <launiusc@uwosh.edu>.

Working-class poet awarded Oklahoma State Poet Laureate

WCSA member Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Director of The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA at Oklahoma City University and advisor to Red Earth Review, was appointed as Oklahoma State Poet Laureate (March 2017 -December 2018).  Click here for the official press release.

Mish’s most recent books are What I Learned at the War, a poetry collection (West End Press, 2016) and Oklahomeland: Essays (Lamar University Press, 2015). Her 2009 poetry collection, Work Is Love Made Visible (West End Press) won an Oklahoma Book Award, a Wrangler Award, and the WILLA Award from Women Writing the West.

The Chronicle of Higher Education Interviews Scholars Who Study the Working Class

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Katherine Mangan interviewed Sherry Lee Linkon, professor of English at Georgetown University and blog editor of Working-Class Perspectives, and John B. Russo, Visiting Scholar at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University and Visiting Research Fellow at the Metropolitan Institute of Virginia Tech University, on the future of working-class studies after the presidential election and the reopening of the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University.  Mangan writes, “They’re hoping the focus on working-class issues in the aftermath of President Trump’s election will prove a boon to their centers, many of which operate on shoestring budgets.” Click here to read the full article.

 

Fazio returns to Bridgewater State University for several events

WCSA President Dr. Michele Fazio visited Bridgewater State University for several events last month. The visit was organized by BSU’s Class Beyond the Classroom (CBtC), along with BSU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Honors Program, and the Service Learning and Civic Engagement Initiative, with the support of BSU’s Promoting Diversity Grant.

Dr. Fazio shared her story as a panelist for an Our Stories event with other CBtC members, including Cynthia Svoboda and Dr. Christine Brandon. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Colby King, and involved each panelist sharing their story of going to college as a working-class and/or first-generation college student with an audience of more than 50 students.

Dr. Fazio also led a service-learning workshop titled “Class, Community, and Culture: Documenting Southeastern Working-Class Life in the Service-Learning Classroom,” hosted by Dr. Christy Lyons, in which she discussed her multi-semester oral history service-learning project on archiving the work histories of the Lumbee Tribe.

Later that day, Dr. Fazio led a Pizza and Professors discussion hosted by Dr. Teresa King and the Honors Center, during which she discussed her experience teaching an Honor’s course on social justice, inequality, and migrant farmworkers. She provided an overview of students’ service-learning projects currently in progress to promote National Farmworker’s Awareness Week, and discussed her current research project on labor radicalism and Italian American working-class culture.

The visit to BSU was particularly noteworthy because Dr. Fazio is an alum of BSU.our-stories-feb-21-2017

CfP: The Routledge International Handbook of Working Class Studies

Call For Proposals

The Routledge International Handbook of Working Class Studies

Co-editors: Michele Fazio (UNC Pembroke), Christie Launius (UW Oshkosh), and Tim Strangleman (University of Kent)

Deadline: May 1, 2017

The co-editors of The Routledge International Handbook of Working Class Studies (under contract with Routledge Press) are seeking proposals for chapters. While we have lined up many contributors already, we are now soliciting proposals to round out the volume.  

The book will be organized into eight sections.  The first section will be an editorial introduction that will provide a brief history of the field, as well as sketch out its current status.  The final section will be entitled “New Directions in Working Class Studies,” and will bring together, in dialogue, voices representing the field’s founding as well as voices of the next generation of scholars, teachers, and activists.  The remaining six sections will be thematic in focus, and will each contain 4-5 chapters: Methods, Class and Education, Work and Community, Working-Class Cultures, Representations, and Activism and Collective Action.  The complete prospectus can be made available via the contact information below.  

 We are seeking proposals for chapters in each of the six thematic sections. The completed essays will be 5,000-6,000 words in length. 

If you would like to propose a chapter for the volume, please submit a 1-page proposal that includes a title, description of the proposed chapter, and the section that it would be included in.  Please also provide a short CV and a brief paragraph that describes your involvement in the field.  

Deadline for proposals: May 1st, 2017 (with notification of acceptance or rejection by early June)

First drafts of chapters are due on August 1st, 2017.  We plan to have comments back to all contributors by mid-October, and will collect revised manuscripts from all contributors by January 2018.  

Please send materials via e-mail to Christie Launius at <launiusc@uwosh.edu>.

WCSA member Steve Early publishes “Refinery Town” on multi-racial, working class politics at the municipal level

Steve Early’s Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City discusses multi-racial, working class politics through the story of the Richmond Progress Alliance (RPA)Since 2004, RPA candidates have won 10 out of 16 races for mayor or city council. Richmond progressives now have a five-member super-majority on the Richmond council, which includes 26-year old Melvin Willis, a rent control campaign organizer.

Willis finished first in a field of nine candidates last November. As the youngest city councilor in Richmond’s history, he is now helping to implement rent regulation, a roll-back of recent rent hikes affecting thousands of Richmond tenants, and new legal protection against their being evicted without just cause.

Refinery Town includes a Foreword by Bernie Sanders.

For more information on the lessons of successful labor-community organizing in Richmond, you can order Steve’s book directly from the publisher.
Steve and former CWA president Larry Cohen recently discussed the RPA and Our Revolution’s strategy for building local organization at a bookstore event in Washington, DC.  Click here to watch it on C-Span Book-TV.
Hundreds have already attended book parties and forums with Steve in dozens of major US cities.  See schedule here for more information on upcoming events in Sacramento, Chicago, Minneapolis-St Paul, Portland, Seattle, and other cities click here.