How Class Works – 2016 Conference June 9-11, 2016 @ SUNY Stony Brook

HOW CLASS WORKS – 2016

A Conference at SUNY Stony Brook

June 9-11, 2016

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Center for Study of Working Class Life is pleased to announce the How Class Works

– 2016 Conference, to be held at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, June

9-11, 2016. Proposals for papers, presentations, and sessions are welcome until

December 9, 2015, according to the guidelines below. For more information, visit our

Web site at <www.stonybrook.edu/workingclass>.

Purpose and orientation: This conference explores ways in which an explicit

recognition of class helps to understand the social world in which we live, and the variety

of ways in which analysis of societies can deepen our understanding of class as a social

relationship across the globe. Theoretical and historical presentations should take as their

point of reference the lived experience of class in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries,

within nations and internationally. Presentations are welcome from people outside

academic life when they sum up and reflect upon social experience in ways that

contribute to conference themes and discussion. Formal papers are welcome but are not

required. All presentations should be accessible to an interdisciplinary audience.

Conference themes: The conference welcomes proposals for sessions and presentations

that advance our understanding of any of the following themes:

The mosaic of class, race, and gender: To explore how class shapes racial, gender, and

ethnic experience, and how different racial, gender, and ethnic experiences within various

classes shape the meaning of class.

Class, power, and social structure: To explore how the social lives of working, middle,

and capitalist classes are structured by various forms of power; to explore ways in which

class dynamics shape power structures in workplaces and across broader societies.

Class in an age of income inequality: To explore the implications and consequences

of the growing income gap between top earners and the rest for the lived experience in

class in different corners of the world.

Class, Community, and the Environment: To explore ways in which class informs

communities and environmental conditions where people work as well as where they

live; also to consider questions of “home,” community formation and sustenance, and

environmental justice.

Class in a global economy: To explore how class identity and class dynamics are

influenced by globalization, including the transnational movements of industry, capital,

and capitalist elites; the experience of cross-border labor migration and organizing; and

international labor and environmental standards.

Middle class? Working class? What’s the difference and why does it matter? To

explore the claim that the U.S. and other developed nations have become middle class

societies, contrasting with the notion that the working class is the majority; to unpack the

relationships between the middle class and capitalist, working and other subordinate

classes both in the developed and the developing world.

Class, public policy, and electoral politics: To explore how class affects public

deliberations and policy in a variety of nations around the world, with special attention to

health care, the criminal justice system, labor law, poverty, tax and other economic

policy, housing, and education; to explore the place of electoral politics in the

arrangement of class forces on policy matters.

Class and culture: To explore ways in which cultures and subcultures transmit, sustain,

and transform class dynamics around the world.

Pedagogy of class: To explore techniques and materials useful for teaching about class,

at K-12 levels, in college and university courses, and in labor studies and adult education

courses.

How to submit proposals for How Class Works – 2016 Conference: We encourage

proposals for panel sessions (three or four papers) and roundtables that bring diverse

perspectives and experiences into dialogue: scholars with activists; those working on

similar themes in different disciplines; as well as those working on similar issues in

different parts of the world. Proposals for individual presentations are also welcome.

Proposals for presentations must include the following information [for session

proposals this information must be included for all proposed presentations, as well as

indication of presenters’ willingness to participate]: a) short descriptive title; b) which of

the conference themes will be addressed; c) a maximum 250 word summary of the main

subject matter, points, and methodology; d) relevant personal information indicating

institutional affiliation (if any) and what training or experience the presenter brings to the

proposal; e) presenter’s name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail address. A person may

present in at most two conference sessions. To allow time for discussion, sessions will be

limited to three twenty-minute or four fifteen-minute principal presentations. Sessions

will not include official discussants.

Submit proposals as an e-mail attachment to michael.zweig@stonybrook.edu or as hard

copy by mail to the How Class Works – 2016 Conference, Center for Study of Working

Class Life, Department of Economics, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4384.

Timetable: Proposals must be received by December 9, 2015. After review by the

program committee, notifications will be mailed by the end of January 2016. The

conference will be at SUNY Stony Brook June 9-11, 2016. Conference registration and

housing reservations will be possible after March 7, 2016. Details and updates will be

posted at http://www.stonybrook.edu/workingclass

Conference coordinator:

Michael Zweig

Director, Center for Study of Working Class Life

Department of Economics

State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY 11794-4384

631.632.7536

michael.zweig@stonybrook.edu

How Class Works – 2016 Conference

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REGISTRATION

Registration will open on March 7, 2016

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