Sustainability and Working Class Studies around the Globe

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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) 2014 Conference
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On January 28, 2014, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Towards the beginning of his address, he stated, "Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled." To rectify this situation, he announced his plan is to offer "a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class." At no point in his address did the U.S. working class take center stage, despite a growing field of working class studies that emphasizes the necessity of research in the area. In this contemporary period of globalization where standards of living are constantly in flux, this panel seeks to explore and offer a discussion on any aspect of working class literary studies not only in the U.S. but also in nations around the world. Particularly welcome are proposals that incorporate the theme of sustainability and consider the intersections of class, gender, race, and geographical region. In general, the 15-minute papers for this panel might examine (but are not limited to) literary portrayals associated with the following topics:
 Class in a global economy
 Class and national culture
 Class and community
 Class and structures of power
 Class and public policy
 Class and pedagogical approaches
 Comparisons of working and middle classes
All theoretical and critical approaches, including feminist, Marxist, and postmodernist, are welcome. By June 15, 2014, please send an abstract of 250 words, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Robin Brooks, University of Florida, at