MLA 2025: Building Coalitions: Advocating for Graduate Labor Needs Across Institutions

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
Kate Ostrom
contact email: 

In November 2022, the University of California participated in the largest strike in higher education when 48,000 graduate workers, post-docs, and academic researchers went on strike to advocate for their collective labor needs. Following this collaborative framework, we seek presentations focused on coalition building to address labor issues impacting graduate students in literature and languages across institutions. 

Potential paper might address, but are not limited to, the following: 

    • Unionization efforts and graduate labor strikes and resistance; 

  • Collective bargaining success and struggles;

  • Working with non-tenure faculty and other groups for collective labor activism;

  • Learning from non-academic labor movements (Amazon, Starbucks, Post-Office, etc.);

  • The unique positionality of graduate student labor efforts. 

 Please email abstracts of 150-200 words to by March 15th 2024. This guaranteed panel is sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Humanities.

The MLA convention will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 9-12, 2025.