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Southern Labor Studies Call for Papers(2017-05-10)

Where: The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia When: May 17-19, 2018
The Southern Labor Studies Association invites academics, activists, archivists, and others to
propose panels, roundtables, and workshops for our next conference, which will take place at the
Richard B. Russell Library at the University of Georgia (yes, that Richard B. Russell).
The theme of the 2018 conference is “Dirty Work.” This topic encompasses southern industries
(mining, timber, turpentine, farming, chicken processing, catfish, etc.); the service economy
(trash collection, domestic service, nursing, food service, etc.); bound labor (slavery, indenture,
and prison labor); as well as work deemed morally “dirty” – from sex work and drug-selling to
policing and overseeing. Panels discussing public history, archival projects, teaching, oral
history, important works in progress, and digital history are welcome. Southern labor studies
topics outside the “Dirty Work” rubric are welcome too.
The SLSA defines southern labor and working class studies broadly. We welcome historical and
contemporary topics, all relevant academic disciplines, non-academic participants, and regional
as well as comparative and transnational approaches. Our hope is to assemble a broad and
diverse set of participants on a wide range of subjects.
Session proposals should include an abstracts of the plan for the session (100-300 words) plus
abstracts for individual participants’ papers if papers will be presented. Please include 100 or so-
word biographical statements. Email proposals and other queries to Cindy Hahamovitch
The deadline for submitting proposals is August 1, 2017.

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