Race, Gender and Sexuality

CFP: Center for Working-Class Studies

Working-Class Studies:
Intersections with Race, Gender, and Sexuality

The Sixth Biennial Conference of the Center for Working-Class Studies At Youngstown State University Co-sponsored by the Race, Gender, Class Project of Southern University of New Orleans
May 14-17, 2003, Youngstown, Ohio

Call for Papers

One of the central concerns of new working-class studies is the complex relationship between class, race, gender, sexuality, and other aspects of culture, history, and identity. How do these concepts intersect, and how are they useful to our efforts to understand working-class culture and politics? How are individual and group identities shaped by these categories of diversity and culture? How do tensions and connections related to race, gender, and sexuality shape working-class organizing, activism, and daily life? How have the relationships between these categories changed over time, and how do they differ in various places?

We invite proposals from students, workers, faculty, organizers, and activists in all fields, from literature to geography, history to film making, union organizing to neighborhood activism. Along with papers, we invite performances, film showings, roundtables, and presentations of all kinds. In addition, we invite proposals for Three hour interactive workshops and field trips, which will be scheduled for Saturday morning.

Areas of exploration include literature of and by the working class; history; material and popular culture; current workplace issues; geography and landscape; journalism; sociology and economics; union organizing and practice; museum studies; the arts; multiculturalism; ethnography, biography, autobiography; pedagogy; and personal narratives of work.

Presenters should describe their projects with suggested presentation format (panel, roundtable, reading, workshop, etc.). Proposals should be no longer than one page and must be received by January 2, 2003. 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 sjlinkon@cc.ysu.edu.

Center for Working-Class Studies website is located at www.as.ysu.edu/~cwcs and its discussion group at CWCS-L@ysub.ysu.edu.