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Call for Submissions: 2020 Robert H. Zieger Prize for Southern Labor Studies

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 10:58 AM | Anonymous

The Southern Labor Studies Association is currently accepting submissions for the Robert H. Zieger Prize for Southern Labor Studies. SLSA awards the Zieger Prize at the Southern Labor Studies Conference for the best unpublished essay in southern labor studies written by a graduate student or early career scholar, journalist, or activist. The Zieger Prize includes a $750 award.

The Robert H. Zieger Prize was established in 2013 with the cooperation of the Zieger family, the Southern Labor Studies Association, and former friends and colleagues of Bob and Gay Zieger. The prize is named in honor of the late Professor Robert H. Zieger—teacher, scholar, and tireless union activist. Dr. Zieger was a prolific, award-winning writer whose books include For Jobs and Freedom: Race and Labor in America since 1865 and The CIO, 1935-1955, and three field-defining edited volumes on southern labor history. Professor Zieger served as an officer in the North Central Florida Central Labor Council and an organizer for the United Faculty of Florida at the University of Florida where he was a Distinguished Professor of History.  Along with his wife of fifty years, Gay Zieger, an English professor at Santa Fe College, Bob maintained a strong commitment to social justice his entire life. Many of his former students went on to become labor organizers and educators. SLSA hopes that the spirit of Zieger’s combination of rigorous scholarship and his dedicated commitment to improving the lives of working-class people will live on in this prize.


Graduate students and scholars, activists, and journalists who are no more than five years beyond the author’s highest degree are eligible to apply. Essays must be in English and should be primarily concerned with southern labor and working-class history broadly conceived. Applicants are not required to be members of SLSA at the time of the submission.

The winner of the Zieger Prize will be announced at the 2020 Southern Labor Studies Conference which will be held at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill September 11-13, 2020

To be considered for the Robert H. Zieger Prize, applicants must submit their essays electronically by March 30, 2020, to the prize committee chairperson:

Professor Paul Ortiz

Chair, Robert H. Zieger Prize Committee
Department of History
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117320
Gainesville, FL 32611-7320

Questions: Email, portiz@ufl.edu

For a list of past winners, see: https://southernlaborstudies.org/page-18074

For information on the SLSA, see: https://southernlaborstudies.org/

CONTACT Southern Labor Studies Association 

c/o Erik Gellman, SLSA/UNC Liaison

Department of History

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

102 Emerson Drive, CB #3195

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195

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