IU-Bloomington Hosts Working Class Studies Conference

Indiana University - Bloomington will host the 2017 annual Working Class Studies Association Conference, May 31 - June 3.

The conference is dedicated to investigating the myriad ways in which the working classes can fight for emancipation. We seek proposals that offer creative interrogations of the very concepts of  “working class” and “class struggle” in today’s moment of global capitalism and the consequent disarticulation of traditional notions of the working class. What does working class mean in an era of deindustrialization, precarious work, and predatory capital mobility? What new sites of working-class struggle can come to the fore with the weakening of trade unions and the erosion of the shop-floor and public space as places of working-class organization and contestation?

Please following the links below for more detailed conference and registration information.


Working Class Studies Association Conference 2017

Class Struggle: Race, Gender, and Revolution

Indiana University, May 31-June 3, 2017


Join us for four days of exciting presentations and discussions, featuring:


Debs House Tour: Meet at the Wright Education Building for the bus to Terre Haute for a tour of the Eugene Debs House. 1:00 PM, Wednesday, May 31. $15.00 donation suggested.


IU Cinema Presents: Join us at IU Cinema for a screening of the 1984 classic The Killing Floor, the tale of work, labor, and organizing in Chicago’s meatpacking industry during World War I. A “Can’t Miss” film. Wednesday, May 31, 7:30 PM.


Opening Keynote: Dr. Josh Pacewicz, Brown University, Trumpism before Trump: Rust Belt

Populism during the 2008 and 2012 Elections. Wright Education Building Auditorium, Thursday, June 1, 10:30 AM.


Film Screening: Join us for a screening of Christine Walley’s moving documentary, Exit Zero, about the closing of the Chicago area steel mills, and the end of an American Dream. Thursday, June 1, 7:00 PM, Wright Education Building Auditorium


Plenary Address: Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Temple University, Working-Class U: Possibilities for the Future of Public Higher Education. Friday, June 2, 10:30 AM, Wright Education Building Auditorium.


Closing Keynote: Kim Moody, Founding Editor of Labor Notes, The Present and Future of the U.S. Labor Movement. Saturday, June 3, 10:30 AM. Wright Education Building Auditorium.


For information or to register for the conference, see our website: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/conferences/index.php/wcsa/WCSA17/index


For more information or questions, please write to: wcsa2017@gmail.com


Sponsored by the Working Class Studies Association, and the Indiana University department of Labor Studies, IU School of Social Work.