MLA 2020: After Work?

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Ben Clarke, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
contact email: 

Papers sought for a special session at the 2020 MLA Convention. The panel will consider the ways in which working-class writing intervenes in debates about the definition of work, its changing forms, and its political implications. Papers might consider writing that explores subjects such as:


- the impact of increasing automation on the understanding and experience of work

- precarity and the “gig economy”

- marginalized and/or criminalized work

- unemployment

- the rise of surveillance capitalism and new forms of workplace discipline

- the increasing exploitation of emotional labour

- domestic work and caring

- the ways in which changes in both the means and relations of production alter existing divisions between public and private spaces

- “post capitalism”


Other subjects and approaches are welcome. Please send a 300 word abstract and a brief biographical statement or resume to by March 15.