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Southern Labor Studies Call for Papers(2012-04-25)

The Southern Labor Studies Association is soliciting panels for its
March 7-9, 2013 conference in New Orleans, LA. The conference theme, the “Many
Souths,” invites a broad range of panels on southern working-class
history, while at the same time it asks participants to examine how we
have conceptualized the region: as rural and/or urban; as a single
region, or as multiple sub-regions, e.g. the Mountain South, Deep
South, etc.; as part of the Caribbean, Gulf Coast, and/or Atlantic
World; and as a region defined by particular sets of race, class, and
gender relations.

New Orleans is an ideal place to do this, as it is often set apart as
somehow “exceptional” or outside the South in popular culture and
historical accounts. For some, it is a city distinct from the rest of
the South, even as for others, it is very much part of the South’s
economic and racial framework. Others see New Orleans as a Caribbean
capital. In fact, New Orleans, like much of the South, is often
“exemplary” of larger historical trends related to migration,
de-industrialization, the rise of the service economy, the importance
of tourism, race relations, violence, and working-class struggles.
To this end, we welcome full panels on a broad range of southern labor
themes, including panels related to slavery and unfree labor, prisons
and labor, oil, fishing, and the Gulf Coast, work and disaster
capitalism, tourism and the service economy, music and cultural
workers, sex workers, the Global South, African American labor
history, Latino and migrant workers, gender and labor activism, and
migration throughout the South.

Please submit panels by September 14, 2012. Panel submissions must
include a brief synopsis of the panel (250 words), abstracts for each
paper (250 words), 2-pg CV of each participant, contact information of
each participant, and contact information for panel organizer. Please
submit panels to both Jana Lipman and Steve Striffler at and

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