Updated CfP: Sponsored Jewish-Studies Panel at the Working-Class Studies Association Conference

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Call for Papers
March 1, 2020
Ohio, United States
Subject Fields: 
Jewish History / Studies, Nationalism History / Studies, Race / Ethnic Studies, Social History / Studies, Sociology

The Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies at Youngstown State University (YSU)

is sponsoring a Jewish-themed panel at the upcoming conference of the Working-Class Studies Association.


It will convene at YSU on May 20-24, 2020.


To help defray the costs of participation, the Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies will provide a stipend of $450 per-person for panels of up to four scholars (including respondent/chair). Though we prefer panel applications, we will also consider paper submissions from individuals.


The conference fee is $175. Hotel accommodations will cost $109+tax/night. Dorms will be available for about half that amount.


For more information, please contact Dr. Jacob Ari Labendz, jlabendz@ysu.edu.


You may send applications directly to Dr. Labendz. If you send your application to the general-submission address (wcsaconference2020@gmail.com) please indicate that you would like to be considered for the sponsored panel in Jewish studies.


Proposals should be approximately 350 words. Please read the general call-for-proposals carefully.


Call for Papers: Working-Class Studies Association


Re-Placing Class: Community, Politics, Work, and Labor in a Changing World

Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH May 20-24, 2020


Twenty-five years ago, the academic discipline of Working-Class Studies in the US was born in Youngstown, Ohio, as a group of scholars, activists, artists, workers, and practitioners converged around common goals of celebrating the working class in its diversity and complexity, and to advocate for a politics of social justice and equity. This year the Working-Class Studies Association returns to the place the discipline began for the 2020 conference at Youngstown State University, at a time of rising social tribalism, class conflict, and politically calculated populisms. As WCSA re-convenes in a place synonymous with working-class life, we hope to explore the following:


How can Working-Class Studies offer models for understanding the ways in which myriad local and global working classes intersect, cooperate, compete or are co-opted by other interests? What is the place of class as an instrument of either division or unification, both historically and now?  How do global, national, and local politics and policies exploit, ignore, or alternately, empower and enable workers? What potentials exist for solidarity amongst and within migrant, global, regional and local working classes?  How is diversity within the working class essentialized, fragmented, or, alternately, harnessed and maximized for social and political agendas? How can we reposition, or “re-Place” class in our current global politics as a site for effective action?


Further, what is the role of “Place” as geographical, social, psychic, and economic formation? How does “Place” defined by social, political and economic attributes, define community, which is underpinned by identity, ethnicity, status and power relationships? How does “Place” in these broad definitions provoke ways of thinking about the locations, spaces and places of the working class and Working-Class studies today?


We welcome proposals from multiple disciplines and perspectives: pedagogical, theoretical, creative, and professional. Themes and topics for papers, panels and presentations might include—but are not limited to:


  • Populisms, Diasporas, and Nationalisms
  • Intersectionality
  • Race, Capitalism, and Empire
  • Environmental Justice
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Policies and Politics
  • De-Industrialization
  • Global, Regional or Migrant Working Classes
  • Urban/Rural Working-Class life
  • The Cultural Politics of Class
  • Place and/or displacement of working-class communities
  • Labor now—Locally, Regionally and/or Globally
  • Class, Education, and Equity
  • Resilience, Resistance, and “Class Warfare”


The CWCS at Youngstown State welcomes proposals from academics and practitioners across disciplines, community activists and organizers, and public scholars. Proposal abstracts for papers, creative works/exhibitions, and roundtables of no more approximately 350 words are due by Feb.20, 2020.  Once accepted, all presenters are expected to become members of the WCSA. You’re also welcome to join now, by clicking here. Please email submissions to wcsaconference2020@gmail.com



Youngstown State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, age, religion or veteran/military status in its programs or activities. Please visit ysu.edu/accessibility for contact information for persons designated to handle questions about this policy.


Contact Info: 

Jacob Ari Labendz

Director of the Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies

Youngstown State University

Contact Email: 



Contact Info: 

Jacob Ari Labendz


Contact Email: