Mon, 07 Jun | Virtual (all times in EST)

WCSA 2021

Re-Placing Class: Community, Politics, Work, and Labor in a Changing World.
Registration is Closed

Time & Location

07 Jun, 10:00 – 10 Jun, 18:00
Virtual (all times in EST)

About the Event

Working-Class Studies Conference Re-Scheduled for June 7-10, 2021. The conference is virtual and will be held on zoom. There is one live event for our vaccinated members in Youngstown on Wed 9th at 6.30PM. If you would like to attend this event in person please contact Timothy Francisco

Conference attendees should be current members of WCSA. If you are not a registered member, you can join here

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

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 2021 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?


  • 30 minutes

    Opening Address and Welcome


  • 1 hour 45 minutes

    Session 1

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