Call for Proposals: 2018 Southern Labor Studies Conference


The Southern Labor Studies Association invites academics, activists, archivists, and others to propose panels, roundtables, and workshops for the next Southern Labor Studies Conference, to be held in Athens, GA, at the Richard B. Russell Library on the University of Georgia campus, May 17-19, 2018.

The theme of the 2018 conference is “Dirty Work.” This topic encompasses southern industries (mining, timber, turpentine, farming, chicken processing, catfish, etc.); the service economy (trash collection, domestic service, nursing, food service, etc.); bound labor (slavery, indenture, and prison labor); as well as work deemed morally “dirty” – from sex work and drug-selling to policing and overseeing. Panels discussing public history, archival projects, teaching, oral history, important works in progress, and digital history are welcome. Southern labor studies topics outside the “Dirty Work” rubric are also welcome.

The Southern Labor Studies Association defines southern labor and working-class studies broadly. We welcome historical and contemporary topics, all relevant academic disciplines, non-academic participants, and regional as well as comparative and transnational approaches. Our hope is to assemble a broad and diverse set of participants on a wide range of subjects.

Session proposals should include an abstracts of the plan for the session (100-300 words) plus abstracts for individual participants’ papers if papers will be presented. Please include short (approx. 100 words) biographical statements. All proposals and other queries should be sent to Cindy Hahamovitch.

The deadline for submitting proposals is August 1, 2017.

(Click here for a printable copy of the call for proposals.)