Deadline: September 15, 2012
Inspired by the Non-Tenure-Track (NTT or adjunct) conversation sparked by websites like the New Faculty Majority and the Adjunct Project, a push to improve NTT working conditions by the MLA, and the effort to organize by NTT Faculty at Duquesne University, this conference offers an opportunity to think more deeply about the state of contingent, non-tenure-stream faculty. We invite proposals for papers, panels, workshops, roundtables, and creative presentations highlighting, critiquing, and theorizing how the unstable and unsustainable working conditions of NTT faculty impact intellectual work; narrating or analyzing the logistical challenges of serving as NTT teachers, scholars, and artists; discussing the working conditions that call for revision. Contingent labor constitutes the majority of faculty, yet NTT faculty are the lowest paid and most overburdened workers. We represent the foundation of academic experiences at the undergraduate level and offer irreplaceable interactions with students. We are artists, scholars, researchers, and examples of inspired teaching. This conference is an invitation to imagine the answers to crucial questions raised by our tenuous position.
Labor History aims to be the pre-eminent site for scholarship in the history of work and its representation, labor systems, social reproduction of labor, social class, occupational culture and folklore, and worker migration as well as the place to go for new research and argument on the history of the labor movement, labor politics, and industrial conflict and regulation.
Class in America, a new book series from University of Nebraska Press, will focus on class in the humanities and social sciences.
Jim Daniels, poetry editor for Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas and for The Minnesota Review is looking for poems directly connected to work and social class for either journal.
Works in Mobility Studies and Education will explore the complicated and shifting landscapes of wealth, opportunity, social class, and education in the changing global economic landscape, particularly at the intersections of race, ethnicity, religion, and gender.
The Center for Working-Class Studies can provide office space, networked computers, and access to our library and the YSU library for graduate students and/or academics who are doing research in working-class studies or on Youngstown. For more information, e-mail Sherry Linkon or call 330-941-2977.
CWCS offers a four-course certificate (12 semester hours) at Youngstown State University that is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary overview of the history and political and cultural meanings of working-class life.