SLSA Conference - Crossroads of Resistance

Friday, September 20 to Sunday, September 22, 2024

Join us at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for "Crossroads of Resistance," the biennial SLSA conference!

All registrations include most meals: coffees, continental breakfasts, box or buffet lunches, the Friday evening banquet at The Read House, and the Saturday evening plenary reception.

  • Use "Regular Registration" for all full-time academics and professional practitioners.
  • "Discounted Registration" is available for adjunct faculty, students, volunteers, and unemployed participants only.
Please register by clicking here or on the blue button below. Be sure to pay online within 15 minutes to confirm your registration.

Lodging: We have reserved a block of rooms for conference participants at The Read House. You may book a room now at or enter the discount code “SLSA24.” Rates are $139 for Thursday night and $179 per night for Friday and Saturday (plus taxes).

SLSA 2024 Conference - "Crossroads of Resistance"

  • Friday, September 20, 2024
  • 10:00 AM
  • Sunday, September 22, 2024
  • 12:00 PM
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


  • for adjunct faculty, students, volunteers, and unemployed participants only
  • for all full-time academics and professional practitioners


In 2024 SLSA will convene in Chattanooga at a pivotal moment for Southern workers, a crossroads between rising reaction and potential for radical change. The combination of Chattanooga’s history as a strategic transportation junction and a locus of Southern labor resistance inspires our conference theme of “Crossroads of Resistance.” 

At this site of convergence and departure, SLSA seeks explorations of geographical, generational, and organizational exchanges in the lives of Southern working people—past, present, and future. SLSA’s mission is to bring together a broad, diverse array of scholars, thinkers, organizers, and other activists working at the crossroads of academic disciplines and beyond the ivory tower, including dialogues among folks in the labor movement, community organizing, journalism, and the arts. We welcome scholars whose work engages many Souths– Black, white, people of color, Indigenous, Queer, and recent migrants. 

Most conference activities will take place on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), located just blocks from the Tennessee Riverwalk, the Bluff View Art District, downtown restaurants, and historic MLK Blvd. The Guerry Center, home to UTC’s Honors College, will host breakout sessions, film screenings, and performances, and attendees will convene for a plenary and reception at the university’s newly renovated Fine Arts Center. Discounted hotel accommodations will be available at Chattanooga’s historic Read House, where we will gather for a buffet dinner and keynote address. Known as the Scenic City, Chattanooga offers conference attendees opportunities to hike, bike, kayak, and rock climb, as well as abundant restaurants, breweries, shops, and historic sites. 

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