Call for Papers: 2017 North American Labor History Conference

The Program Committee of the North American Labor History Conference (NALHC), an international conference with a global perspective on labor and working-class history, invites proposals for case studies, project demonstrations, papers, panels, roundtables, and workshops on the theme of Labor History and Public History for the thirty-ninth annual meeting. The conference will be held October 19-21, 2017 at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

The Program Committee invites proposals from any discipline and from scholars, practitioners, and activists working in any geographical or temporal framework. They welcome all forms of conversation, and encourage proposals for non-traditional session formats. Conference sessions will focus on how labor and working-class history is remembered by and interpreted for public audiences around the world. Topics might include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Museum exhibits
  • Historic sites
  • Public art
  • Digital history projects
  • Mapping projects
  • Oral history projects
  • Archaeological investigations
  • Historic preservation initiatives
  • New approaches to public engagement with working-class and labor history
  • Public history and labor history in the classroom
  • Community-engaged learning
  • Documentary films
  • Collaborations between academics, practitioners, and/or activists and organizers
  • The use of historical memory in current organizing campaigns and labor battles

Proposals for complete sessions should include a one-page session description and a one-page CV for each participant. Proposals for individual presentations should include a one-paragraph abstract and a one-page CV.

Submissions should be sent as a single PDF file by May 1, 2017 to