The WCSA 2017 Conference at Bloomington held its first poster session. Panel presentations also showcased graduate student work from several disciplines.
The Working-Class Studies Association is pleased to announce The Journal of Working-Class Studies. JWCS is an online, open-access, interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that brings together the work of scholars, writers, artists and activists who are committed to the study and representation of working-class life. We aim to publish writing about the global working class – a diverse group of people whose commonality is their position in classed societies.
The inaugural issue features an introduction by editors Sarah Attfield and Liz Giuffre; articles by leaders in the field of working-class studies such as Sherry Lee Linkon, John Russo, Jack Metzgar, and Michael Zweig; and work from emerging voices whose scholarship focuses on the many intersections of class. Also included are reviews of books by Tim Sheard, Michelle Tokarczyk and George Lakey.
We invite submissions that contribute significant knowledge to our understanding of who the global working class(es) are and have been, as well as what it means to ‘study’ class, conceptually and as a socio-economic reality. We especially encourage work that explores how class intersects with other vectors of identity and experience, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, and citizenship status. The journal reviews books that feature working-class people, communities, culture, history, politics, and/or experience as a crucial component of their scholarly or artistic vision. We also invite artists to submit short comics or excerpts of longer works. For further information about submissions, please visit our “Instructions for Authors” page.
Formed in 2003, the Working-Class Studies Association is an international organization which promotes the study of working-class people and their culture. The Working-Class Studies Association is made up of academics, activists, teachers, writers, poets, journalists, practitioners, students, artists and a wide range of others interested in developing the field of working-class studies. The organization holds an annual conference as well as other events to promote the field (including a variety of awards), and act as a discussion forum for working-class issues. The organization is based in North America and has members world-wide.
We hope you will enjoy the new Journal of Working-Class Studies!
To contact the founding editors, Sarah Attfield and Liz Giuffre, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Journal of Working-Class Studies is published by the Working-Class Studies Association c/o The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies, Collin College, Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas 75074, USA.
Sherry Linkon’s essay, “To Really Understand Working-Class Voters, Read These Books,” was published by Moyers & Company. She argues contemporary working-class writers such as Tawni O’Dell, Philipp Meyer, Stewart O’Nan, and Grady Hendrix delve into aspects of working-class life that are often misunderstood by political pundits and scholars.
A group of faculty at Georgetown University is developing a “Labor and Working-Class Studies” minor in collaboration with Georgetown’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. The group is led by sociologist Brian McCabe and by WCSA founders Sherry Linkon, now an English professor at Georgetown, and John Russo, now a visiting researcher at Kalmanovitz. The minor will be an interdisciplinary course of study drawing on existing Georgetown curricula in the social sciences, English, history, justice and peace studies, international health, and the culture and politics program in the School of Foreign Service. For more see Georgetown’s student newspaper The Hoya.
The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies, housed at Collin College, will be hosting its second annual Working-Class Studies conference for interested scholars and students. The conference will consist of panels in a range of disciplines and on a variety of issues related to social class and labor issues, both historical and contemporary. The keynote speaker will be noted Working-Class Studies scholar Dr. Sherry Linkon, Professor of English at Georgetown University. Those interested should submit an abstract of no more than 150 words to Dr. Lisa A. Kirby, Director of the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies and Professor of English, at LKirby@collin.edu, by January 29, 2016.
Please click on the following link Collin College CFP for more information.