Call for Papers: Labor Network, Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Washington DC, Nov. 16-19, 2023, Submissions Due 3/1

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Dear colleagues, 

Please consider submitting a paper abstract or session proposal to the Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association (SSHA), scheduled to be held in Washington DC, Nov. 16-19, 2023, with the theme "Pursuits of Wellbeing". The final deadline for submissions is March 1, 2022. By that deadline, the Labor Network welcomes individual paper submissions, full paper panel submissions, book ('author-meets-critic') sessions, and roundtable sessions. Ideally, each panel has multiple disciplines and geographic regions represented. We also encourage you to solicit Chairs and Discussants (although we can assist with this), and volunteer for one of these roles if you are attending. 

In our network meeting, we discussed some of the following topics we'd love to see next year: 

  • Pandemic / Public Health and Labor Organizing
  • Comparative Data Collection on Strikes and Labor Actions
  • Slavery and Capitalism
  • NLRB policy 
  • Informal and Illicit work
  • Gender Violence and/or Reproductive Justice and Labor Activism
  • Migrant workers and the Service Economy
  • Migrant workers and Agriculture
  • Academic worker organizing and/or Labor and the University

Here is our broader statement of mission:
"The Labor Network of the Social Science History Association (SSHA) brings together scholars interested in work, labor, and working-class and labor movements, as they interact with and are formed by class, race, and gender identities and experiences. Engaged in interdisciplinary research, we come from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, economics, history, labor and working-class studies, political science, and sociology. Areas of interest to scholars in the network include but are not limited to:  

  • comparative and historical perspectives on work; 
  • global, national, and local labor movements; 
  • class formation and mobilization; 
  • inequalities of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation as they shape work and class organization; 
  • informal economies, unfree labor, and precarious work; 
  • social movements, unions, and working-class organizations and cultures; 
  • immigration and family structures"

Feel free to share this call widely. We hope to see you in DC next November, 


SSHA Labor Network Reps, 

Cristina Groeger
Tristan Ivory
Amanda Walter
Gregory Wood