MAPACA -- Working Class Culture Panel; Alexandria, VA, 10/28/10-10/31/10 (Submissions Due 6/15/10)
This area examines representations of the working class in all areas of culture, including but not limited to art, literature, film, and the media. Some topics and issues include differentiations between working class, working poor, blue collar, and middle class labels, including immigrant and ethnic portrayals. Other topics may deal with cross-cultural analysis of working class culture and other aspects of society, such as counter/subcultures. Also welcome are issues of working class culture within a globalized society, as well as the role of the popular imagination in conceptualizing working class representations. Academics with working class backgrounds have written extensively regarding experiences within the academy and conflicts inherent in moving between worlds. Submissions dealing with these and other aspects are welcomed.