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>.

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.

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New Journal of Working-Class Studies Now Online

The Working-Class Studies Association is pleased to announce The Journal of Working-Class StudiesJWCS 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 editorial@workingclassstudiesjournal.com.

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.

 

Panel on Systematic Racism at Northampton Community College

Karen Gaffney recently spoke on a panel alongside Tim Wise, Prof. Denise Francois-Seeney, and Prof. Kamau Kenyatta about anti-racism at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA. Prof. Jim Von Schilling moderated the panel. It was a great discussion attended by an audience of at least 150 people about the persistence of systemic racism, strategies for ending white supremacy, how everyone can take action, and the inspiring work of Black Lives Matter activists.img_7889-1

New Research on African American Coking Workers

Alan Derickson has published new research examining how  dangerous working conditions impacted the post emancipation black working class. The article, “‘Gateway to Hell’: African American Coking Workers, Racial Discrimination, and the Struggle against Occupational Cancer,” appears in the Winter-Spring 2016 Journal of African American History.

Working-Class Graphic Narratives

Between the Lines books has a series of graphic narratives illustrating the stories and struggles of labor history, including May Day: A Graphic History of ProtestDrawn to Change: Graphic Histories of Working-Class Struggle; and Ginger Goodwin.  Below is a description of it’s latest publication, Showdown! Making Modern Unions, by Rob Kristofferson and Simon Orpana with a foreword by Paul Buhle.

“Seventy years ago, thousands of North American workers took a stand for a better life. And they won. In 1946, in the United States, over a million workers in the steel, meatpacking, and electrical industries put down their tools and walked out; and striking Canadian workers tied up provincial rubber and logging industries, the Southam newspaper chain, central Canadian ports, and the national steel industry. Workers in Hamilton, Ontario hoisted picket signs at Westinghouse, Firestone, Stelco, and The Hamilton Spectator, and with the support of rallying friends and neighbours, turned the strikes into a community-wide struggle for decency, respect, and security.

Based on interviews and other archival materials,this graphic history illustrates how Hamilton workers translated their experience of work and organizing in the 1930s and early 1940s into a new kind of unionism and a new North American society in the decades following World War II.”

Former recipient of the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing nominated for the Paterson Poetry Prize

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Jeanne Bryner’s new book of poetry, Both Shoes Off, Bottom Dog Press, (April 2016) has been nominated for the Paterson Poetry Prize.

About her work:

“I love Jeanne Bryner’s poetry for the way it pulls me out of being lost in relentless abstract thinking and returns me to the real world of nature and people who know how to live and work in it. Jeanne sees and feels the actual world and also meanings and metaphors, and then shares her vision and her feelings in language that for me brings the word “health” to mind and then becomes: love, of the most generous kind. Love, strength and beauty radiate from Jeanne’s poems as, indeed, they do from herself, personally.”
-Gurney Norman, Kentucky author

Electoral Politics & Working-Class Literature

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’DellPhilipp MeyerStewart O’Nan, and Grady Hendrix delve into aspects of working-class life that are often misunderstood by political pundits and scholars.