Call for Papers: Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Conference

deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
The Texas Center for Working-Class Studies
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. David Roediger, Foundation Professor of American Studies and History at The University of Kansas. Dr. Roediger’s recent books include Seizing Freedom: Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All, How Race Survived U.S. History, The Production of Difference (with Elizabeth Esch), and The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class.

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 Dr. Lisa A. Kirby, Director of the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies and Professor of English, at LKirby@collin.edu, by December 1, 2016. Please write “WCS Conference Proposal” in the subject line. Abstracts should also include name, e-mail address, phone number, requests for technology, and a brief biography. For more information, please contact Dr. Kirby.