The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Fifth Annual Conference

deadline for submissions: 
November 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies at Collin College
contact email: 

The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies, housed at Collin College, a two-year institution serving Collin County, is pleased to announce a one-day 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 scholar Dr. Jacqueline Jones, Professor and Chair of the History Department at The University of Texas at Austin, and author of A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America, Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow:  Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to the Present, and Goddess of Anarchy: The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical.

Conference organizers invite scholars from all disciplines to take part in this conference and submit proposals for individual papers, full sessions, roundtables, or workshops. Graduate and undergraduate students, in particular, are encouraged to submit their work.


Potential topics might include:

  • Working-Class Literature
  • The Worker and the Modern Workplace
  • Understanding Working-Class Studies
  • The Future of Working-Class Studies
  • Working-Class History
  • Connections among Race, Class, and/or Gender
  • Class Representations in the Media and Popular Culture
  • The Complexity of Social Class
  • The Pedagogy of Social Class


Those interested should submit an abstract of no more than 150 words to Digital Commons@Collin ( by Friday, November 30, 2018. For more information, please contact Dr. Lisa A. Kirby, Director of the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies and Professor of English, at