Working-Class Studies

Conference at Youngstown State University

Working-Class Studies: Memory, Community, and Activism

The Fifth Biennial Conference of the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University
May 16-19, 2001, Youngstown, Ohio

First Call for Papers

Working-class studies has never been simply academic. Scholarship in working-class studies often focuses on the community, and some of the most important and interesting work on class is being done not in universities but by public historians, community organizations, activists, and organizers. Increasingly, we hope, working-class studies will offer a model for crossing the usual boundaries between academic and community life. At the next Center for Working-Class Studies Conference, we will explore some of the ways that academics, activists, and organizers are making working-class culture a public activity.

We invite proposals from students, workers, faculty, organizers, and activists in all fields, from literature to geography, history to filmmaking, union organizing to neighborhood activism. Along with papers, we invite performances, film showings, workshops,roundtables, and presentations of all kinds.

Areas of exploration include literature of and by the working class; social, oral and labor and working-class history; material and popular culture; current workplace issues; geography and landscape; journalism; sociology and economics; labor and museum studies; fine, graphic and performance art; multiculturalism; ethnography, biography, autobiography; pedagogy; and personal narratives of work.

Presenters should describe their projects with suggested presentation format. Proposals should be between 250 and 300 words and must be received by January 1, 2001. Address written correspondence to John Russo, Biennial Conference, Center for Working-Class Studies, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio 44555. Fax or e-mail inquiries should be sent to Sherry Linkon at (330) 742-4622 and

The CWCS website is located at and its discussion group at

Posted: 28 April 2000