Call for Papers -
Race, Labor, and the City: Crises Old and New
Thursday, May 28 - Saturday, May 31, 2009
Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Sponsored by the
Labor and Working-Class History Association
And the Fund for Labor Culture and History
(Laborlore Conversations IV)
As Chicago developed into a metropolis, it became a city "proud to be Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of
Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation." Control over these and other jobs over the
past two centuries also provoked the formation of organized labor, civil rights, and other working-class
movements. Meeting in Chicago, Carl Sandburg's "City of Big Shoulders," this joint conference aims to bring
together academics, activists, and other enthusiasts of labor history and culture around the following theme:
All topics related to working-class life and history are welcome but we especially encourage proposals concerning
the urban interconnections between work, migration, and culture.
This includes studies of historical and contemporary working-class movements for economic and racial justice,
analysis of struggles over gendered urban spaces, Latino immigration and transnational labor, and developments
in working-class city life and leisure. While this conference is in Chicago, we welcome proposals that address
urban working-class life around the globe.
Proposals for panels should include a one-page summary, with a list of presenters and their topics, and brief bios
and/or vitas. We encourage informal presentations, and discourage the reading of papers.
For more information and submission of proposals see the conference website:
Submissions for a single paper or a panel are due no later than December 1, 2008 and applicants will be
contacted by January 15, 2009.
Others sponsors for the conference include The Chicago Center for Working-Class Studies, UNITE-HERE,
Chicago Jobs With Justice, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History-Chicago
Convenient and low-cost housing will be available by reservation only at the University Center
http://www.universitycenter.com/conferences/housing/index.html starting October 2008. Further information
will be available at http://chi-lawcha09.indstate.edu. There will be two national conventions in Chicago during
this conference. We suggest making housing arrangements as soon as possible.
Questions? Please contact the local committee chairs:
Erik Gellman, Roosevelt University
Liesl Orenic, Dominican University
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