Call for 2020 Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA) Annual Award Submissions

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January 31, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Labor History / Studies, Social Sciences

The Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA) invites nominations (including self-nominations) for awards covering the year of 2020.

Award categories are:

  • Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism: Single published articles, broadcast media, multimedia, and film in media and journalism.
  • Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing: Published books of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and other genres
  • C.L.R. James Award: Published books for academic or general audiences
  • Jake Ryan and Charles Sackrey Award: Book by creator of working-class origins; work that speaks to issues of the working-class academic experience
  • Russo & Linkon Award: Published article or essay for academic or general audiences
  • Constance Coiner Award for Best Dissertation: Completed dissertations only
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

In all categories, we invite nominations of work that provides insightful and engaging depictions of working-class life, culture, and movements, which addresses issues related to the working class, and which highlights the voices, experiences, and perspectives of working-class people.

To be eligible, works must have been published (in the case of books or articles) or completed (in the case of films and dissertations) between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

To nominate a work for consideration, please send three hard copies with a cover letter, identifying the category in which the work is being nominated and a brief explanation of why it deserves recognition, to the address below. The nominating party, whether the author or publisher, has the responsibility to make sure three copies with a cover letter are submitted. 

NOTE: Articles and dissertations should be submitted in electronic form.

For the Lifetime Achievement Award, please submit a detail letter of nomination (or self-nomination). The letter should document the range of the nominee's contributions to the field of Working-Class Studies and the advancement of working-class causes, whether in or beyond higher education.

Nominations are due no later than January 31, 2021.


Contact Info: 

Dr. Scott Henkel
Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research
Cooper House
Department 3353
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071

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