Call for Papers: 2015 Southern Labor Studies Conference

The Southern Labor Studies Association invites academics, activists, students, attorneys, public historians, archivists, and any other people interested in the experiences of working people in the Early American or US South to propose sessions for our next Southern Labor Studies Conference. The conference will take place from March 5-8, 2015 and will meet in two locations: at the University of Maryland, College Park during the day on Thursday, March 5, and then in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University from the evening of March 5 to the morning of Sunday, March 8.

SLSA defines 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. Please note that there is no official conference theme for the DC part of the conference; our hope is to assemble a broad and diverse set of participants on a wide range of subjects.

As always, we will consider traditional panels with three or four presenters plus a chair and commentator, but we encourage prospective participants to propose other types of sessions as well (and create new ones). For example, we invite sessions that put activists and academics in dialogue, sessions that approach topics from multi-disciplinary perspectives, panels that consider one important pre-circulated work in progress, as well as roundtables, teaching workshops, organizing workshops, etc.

The deadline for submitting proposals is September 1, 2014. Proposals should include an approximately 250 words description of the session, 100-200 word abstracts of individual papers if appropriate, and a bio for each participant (100 words max.). Proposals should be sent by email to conference co-chair, Eric Arnesen.