CFP: [Professional] CFP: Roundtable discussion on Organizing in the Neoliberal University

full name / name of organization: 
Daniel Markowicz
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Call for Participants: Organizing in the Neoliberal University

The casualization of labor in the neoliberal university has caused much anxiety concerning the
current conditions in the academic workplace and future of our profession. In response, different
constituencies, including adjunct faculty and graduate students, have made attempts to seek job
protection through unionization, with varying degrees of success. This roundtable seeks to
address the practical problems involved in such organizing efforts.

This roundtable will consist of six to seven participants. Each participant will be asked to give a
brief, five minute presentation.

Topics may include, but not limited to:

Organizing strategies for private vs. public institutions
Organizing both across disciplines and within departments
Seeking alliances among faculty, students, clerical staff, and maintenance
Obstacles involved in union recognition, card-signing, bargaining a contract, etc.
Ways of organizing outside the traditional union structure
Building bridges between labor struggles inside and outside the university

If interested, please send abstracts to Daniel M. Markowicz ( of no
more than 150 words by November 1st .

This roundtable will be proposed to the Working Class Studies Association’s 2009 conference
Class Matters (June 3-6) at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA.

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