Call for Papers: Journal of Working-Class Studies June 2017 Issue

Special Issue, June 2017:  Popular Revolt and the Global Working Class

Epitomised by Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and Australia’s hard line on asylum seekers, we are living in a time of global revolt against establishment systems of governance. Working-class, poor, and other disenfranchised people are appearing as both agents and casualties of change.

What can help explain this moment? Economic precarity, nationalism, protectionist sentiments, xenophobia, anti-elitist resentment, or a combination of these elements? Who truly suffers, and who benefits, from times when, as Michael Moore suggested, the masses throw a ‘human Molotov cocktail’ like Trump at politics-as-usual, or use the Brexit referendum as a way to send a message? And how is class uniquely shaping this moment of popular revolt, reaction, and — on a more hopeful note —potential ‘consciousness raising’ around the intersection of class with issues like immigration, refugee sanctuary, health care, environmental degradation, and human rights more generally?

This issue of The Journal of Working Class Studies seeks essays including, but not limited to, investigations of:

·      The impact of protectionist trade policies on working-class people

·      The effects of hard-line immigration policies on working-class communities

·      The impact of Brexit, Trump’s presidency, or other disruptive political events on working-   class people of color, the LGBTQI community, and/or other marginalized communities

·      How nationalist racism operates in working-class communities

·      Voting patterns of working-class people

·      Working-class attitudes toward immigration policies

·      ‘Anti-elitism’ and class

·      The role of working-class activism in resisting nationalism and protectionism


We endeavour to publish timely as well as academically rigorous articles, therefore the deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017.

For further information about The Journal of Working-Class Studies, and guidelines for authors, please visit us here.

Send submissions and inquiries to the editors here.


SEISMIC Support for Students at Bridgewater State, with WCSA Steering Committee Member

WCSA Steering Committee member Colby King is a co-PI on the SEISMIC grant program at Bridgewater State University, which was recently funded through the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM program (NSF-DUE 1643475).

SEISMIC will involve scholars in interdisciplinary undergraduate research, science based service learning, and mentoring and cohort activities designed to improve scholars’ social, psychological, and cultural capital. The program funds scholarships and academic support for academically talented, low-income students. Over five years, cohorts of nine SEISMIC scholars will be admitted to the program each year with an award of $6,000 each, renewable for three years. Dr. Thomas Kling is directing the program along with Dr. Colby King, Dr. Stephen Waratuke and Dr. Jennifer Aizenman at BSU.


Presenting Working-Class Studies in Italy

Michele Fazio, current President of the WCSA, served as a visiting professor in the Cultura e Letteratura Italiana-Americana (CLIA) graduate program at the Università della Calabria in October.  Her lectures explored the intersections between ethnicity and class in 2oth-century and contemporary Italian American literature.  She also presented her current research project on the music of Woody Guthrie, performing a selection of labor songs from the 1930s to the present.





Everyday Poetry – Weekly Radio Broadcast Set to Air and Seeking Submissions

A new weekly radio broadcast Everyday Poetry – Poetry for the People will begin airing Sundays from 11:00-12:00 Central Time and 12:00-1:00pm EST on WRFN-LPFM 107.1 and 103.7 as well as online here at this link, and via various mobile applications.

Originating in Pasquo, TN, the program will celebrate works that are accessible, rooted in work or place, and that of Americana and “Whitman-esque” reflections.  The host, Sandee Gertz, will be reading works of literature on the air, mixed with music and live author interviews.  Each Sunday’s show will include a theme: from the Appalachian coalfields, to steel mills, to pink collar work and white collar work, as well as Americana travel.

And they are seeking submission of poetry, books, and recordings. All submissions of material/books/recordings may be sent to Sandee Gertz, 1805 Cahal Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 (snail mail) or to her email at (She must have the author’s permission to broadcast rights to read their work on the air, which can be done with a simple email allowing a one-time reading use.)

Radio Free Nashville is a time-honored, grass-roots, independent station, nearing its 50th Anniversary of airing high-quality programming.

Final Call for 2016 WCSA Annual Award Submissions Deadline for Nominations: Friday, January 20th, 2017

Call for 2016 WCSA Annual Award Submissions 
Deadline for Nominations: Friday, January 20th, 2017
The Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA) invites nominations (including self-nominations) for awards covering the year of 2016. Award categories are: 
v  Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing: Published books of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and other genres
v  C.L.R. James Award for Published Books for Academic or General Audiences
v  Russo & Linkon Award for Published Article or Essay for Academic or General Audiences
v  Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism: Single published articles or series, broadcast media, multimedia, and film
v  Constance Coiner Award for Best Dissertation: Completed dissertations
In all categories, we invite nominations of excellent work that provides insightful and engaging depictions of working-class life, culture, and movements; addresses issues related to the working class; and highlights the voices, experiences, and perspectives of working-class people. 
To be eligible, works must have been published (in the case of books or articles) or completed (in the case of films and dissertations) between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
To nominate a work for consideration, please send three hard copies (submit books and dissertations on paper, other materials may be submitted on paper or in electronic form) with a cover letter, identifying the category in which you are nominating the work and a brief explanation of why you think the work deserves recognition. 
Nominations are due by January 20th 2017.
Submit electronic nominations to Tim Strangleman:
School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, Canterbury 
Kent CT2 7NF, UK 
Books nominations should be sent to: 
c/o Dr. Christie Launius, Director, Women’s and Gender Studies, Sage Hall 3457, UW Oshkosh
Oshkosh, WI  54901
For more information on the awards, contact Tim Strangleman, WCSA Past-President, at
Winners will be announced at the 2017 Working Class Studies Association conference at, May 31 to June 3, 2017, on the campus of Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana. Winners will receive free conference registration and a plaque.
Details of the awards and past winners can be found on the WCSA website:

CfP: Student Poster Session at 2017 WCSA Conference

We invite proposals for the Student Research Poster Session at the Working Class Studies Association Annual Conference, May 31-June 3, 2017 at IU-Bloomington. The poster session will highlight undergraduate and graduate research in working class studies organized around the broad conference theme of “Class Struggle: Race, Gender, and Revolution.” The conference Call for Papers is available here.

The Working Class Studies Association annual conference is a meeting for diversely situated workers including academics and practitioners interested in the working class and class struggle. This student research poster session is intended to create a dynamic and supportive space which invites students to share their work, discuss research with conference attendees, and become more involved in working class studies.

Interested students should propose their poster through the online conference proposal submission system here and note in the comment section of their submission is for the student poster session. Submissions are welcome until February 1, 2017.