Labor and Empire Small Conference - Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas

Call for Papers, deadline 1 November
Call for Papers -- Labor and Empire Small Conference
The journal Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas invites paper submissions for its upcoming conference--tentatively slotted for November 13-15, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California--on working people and imperial history. The conference defines imperial history broadly, encompassing not only the history of "classic" colonial-imperial settings, but of projects to reproduce state and corporate power through their extension across space.  It will be interested in both the labor of empire-the work that it took to build large-scale power systems-and the roles of workers, peasants and indigenous people in challenging and enabling these systems in both core and periphery.  Suggested themes include: the military and labor (from soldiers to contractors to sex workers); the militarization of "civilian" labor regimes; the relationship between organized labor and US global power; working-class imperial and anti-imperial politics; the tourist industry as a site of imperi!
 al labor; the imperial organization of labor migration and restriction systems; indigenous politics and labor regimes in colonial settings; the racializing and gendering of imperial labor relations; the environment and the work of imperial extraction; and the globalizing of labor organizing and resistance politics.  We anticipate a primary focus on the U.S. empire, in whatever global region its power is felt, but also we encourage comparative perspectives with a labor focus.
Please send proposals consisting of a one-paragraph paper description and a brief CV to Paul Kramer ( and Julie Greene ( and CC LABOR ( Proposals are due by November 1, 2013.
Leon Fink
LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas University of Illinois at Chicago History Department (MC 198)
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601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607
[Cross-posted, with thanks, from H-Labor]