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Working-Class Studies Association presents:

 
WCSA2021

A virtual conference

June 7-10 2021

Program
Times listed here are using Eastern Daylight Time, the time zone local to Youngstown, Ohio.

Events will be taking place on Zoom.
Mon 7th
10:00-10:30AM
11:00AM-12:45PM
1:00PM-2:45PM
3:00PM-4:45PM
5:00PM-6:45PM
9:00AM-10:45AM
11:00AM-12:45PM
1:00 - 2:30PM
2:45-4:15PM
4:30-5:30PM
5:45-7:00 PM:
9:00AM-10:45AM
11:00AM-12:45PM
1:00PM -2:15 PM:
2:30PM-4:15PM
4:30PM-6:15PM
6:30-7:30PM
9AM-10:45 AM
11AM-12:45PM:
1:30 - 3:00PM
4:00 - 6:00PM
Opening address
Opening Address and Welcome from Joe Varga (WCSA President-Elect), Allison Hurst (WCSA President) and Scott Henkel (WCSA Past-President)
SESSION 1:
Panel 1a: Methods and Methodologies in
Working-Class Studies

Panel 1b: Responding to Precarity

Panel 1c: Working-Class Student Journeys

Panel 1d: Working Bodies in Literature and Dance
SESSION 2:

Panel 2b: From the Classroom to the Streets: Working-Class Activism

Panel 2c: Worker Narratives in TV and Film

Panel 2d: Class-Conscious Pedagogies
SESSION 3:
Panel 3a: Supporting Working-Class and First-Generation College Students across Institutional Contexts: Program Models and Lessons Learned

Panel 3b: A Conversation on Sherry Lee Linkon’s The Half-Life of Deindustrialization

Panel 3c: A Conversation between Artists Shaun Slifer and Dana Sperry

Panel 3d: Education and the Working Class: From Gatekeeper to Escalator to Collaborator
SESSION 4:
Panel 4a: Working-Class Anti-Heroes, Criminality and
Corruption on Screen

Panel 4b: Alliances and Divisions: The Old Left Confronts
Race and Class

Panel 4c: Amplified Advantage by Allison Hurst: A Conversation with the Author

Panel 4d: The Psychosocial Experiences of College Students: Stigmas
and the Interpretation of Life Events
tues 8th
SESSION 5:
Panel 5a: Narrative Form and Genre

Panel 5b: Workers’ Identities and Displacement (1)

Panel 5c: Labor Organising

Panel 5d: Class and Gender Performance
SESSION 6:
Panel 6a: Class, Race and Racism

Panel 6b: The State of State Comprehensive Universities and Their
Working-Class Students, Staff, and Faculty

Panel 6c: Memory, History and Collectives

Panel 6d: Rust Belt Writing
PLENARY:

 “The Unfashionable Line of Poor Queer Studies”
-  Matt Brim, CUNY College of Staten Island
SESSION 7:
Panel 7a: Class and Place: A Multi-genre Creative Writing Workshop

Panel 7b: “‘what are you if not a location on a map?’: Intersectional
Poetry from Appalachia and the Rust Belt”

Panel 7c: Examining the Status of Working-Class in Sociology, and
Academia Broadly

Panel 7d: Roundtable: Representing the Working Class
AWARDS AND SOCIAL HONORS
Working Class Academics Caucus
WED 9th
SESSION 8:
Panel 8a: Labor & Activism Today

Panel 8b: Labour, Class, Urbanity, Literature

Panel 8c: Workers’ Identities and Displacement (2)

 
SESSION 9:
Panel 9a: Class and Environmental Justice

Panel 9b: Modernity, Postmodernity and Class

Panel 9c: Class Conflict in TV and Film

Panel 9d: Society, Space and Class
Working Class Academics Plenary

Valerie Walkerdine: “The Importance of Working-Class Academics to Working-Class Studies”
SESSION 10:
Panel 10a: Rust Belt Restructuring: Rural and Urban Labor Market
Change in the Post-Industrial US

Panel 10b: Dimensions of Class and Labor in Higher Education

Panel 10c: Collectivity and Class in the UK

Panel 10d: Sponsored Panel: Divide and Work: Ethnicity, Gender,, andRace in the Organization, Definition, and Structuring of Labor
SESSION 11:
Panel 11a: Popular Culture and Contested Class Identities

Panel 11b: Class and Politics in the Trump Biden Era

Panel 11c: Roundtable: Teaching Woody Guthrie and the Precarity of
the Present

Panel 11d: Class and Contemporary Music
YOUNGSTOWN LIVE STREAM EVENT 

In person event
@
Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor

We are asking any members of WCSA who have completed their vaccine regime, and who are willing and available to be in Youngstown on June 9 to let us know of their intention to attend.

If you would like to attend this event in person please contact Timothy Francisco tfrancisco@ysu.edu
THurs 10th
SESSION 12:
Panel 12a: Labor and Class in Folk and Country Music

Panel 12b: Communists and Community: Activism in Detroit’s Labor
Movement, 1941-1956, by Ryan S. Pettengill: A Conversation

Panel 12c: Roundtable: Placing Class “After Industry”: The Economic and Social Consequences of Deindustrialization

Panel 12d: Poetic Inquiries and Class

 
The Journal for Working-Class Studies
Wants You!
Working-Class Studies Association
Membership Meeting
Open Mic Event: Cocktails and Folxtales 
with 5 Featured Performers hosted by
Jen Vernon & Emma Penney
 
Plenary speaker
Matt Brim

Matt Brim is Professor of Queer Studies at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island and Graduate Center. He writes about queer class and race relations in the academy, as well as queer literature and culture. His most recent book, Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University, reorients the field of queer studies away from exclusionary institutions of higher education and toward working-class colleges, students, theories, and pedagogies. Brim is the author of James Baldwin and the Queer Imagination, as well as the open access study guide for teaching the HIV/AIDS activist documentary film United in Anger: A History of ACT UP. He coedited the collection Imagining Queer Methods and is currently coediting two volumes, Queering Sharing: Toward the Redistribution of Resources around the University and Queer Precarity in and out of the University. He is academic director of the CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program, which supports and sustains a diverse professoriate, and he serves as associate editor for the James Baldwin Review.
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HOW TO GET THERE?
YOUNGSTOWN LIVE STREAM EVENT 

​6.30-7.30PM JUNE 9TH

In person event
@
Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor

We are asking any members of Working-Class Studies Association who have completed their vaccine regime, and who are willing and available to be in Youngstown on June 9 to let us know of their intention to participate.  If you would like to attend this event in person please contact Timothy Francisco tfrancisco@ysu.edu
By Bus:
Buses to YSU
 
 
Register
07 Jun, 10:00
Virtual (all times in EST)