Held at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2014 the annual Midwest Labor and Working-Class History Colloquium is announcing its call for papers. Proposals are due Monday, December 16, 2013, and completed papers are due Friday, February 28, 2014.
In this neoliberal era, some scholars have noted an ascendant individualism and the decline of traditional solidarities. Yet in many settings, collective identities—based in class, race, nation, faith, sexuality, etc.— retain enormous significance for both defenders and critics of capitalism. These identities are often rooted in a sense of shared history. With this in mind, this year’s colloquium will explore collective identities and their relation to historical memory. We ask, what kinds of solidarities have been forged by working people, and how have these solidarities been challenged and reconfigured? How have actors across the political spectrum deployed collective identities and linked them to ideas about the past? How do acts of remembering and forgetting shape working people’s struggles? And what can the practice of history contribute to today’s progressive social movements?
MLWCH is designed to give graduate students, activists, and educators an opportunity to learn about new avenues of research and to network with one another in a collegial atmosphere. MLWCH is built around panels with precirculated papers in order to encourage discussion and audience participation. We welcome proposals from scholars working in any discipline and whose work examines any geographical area or historical period. We hope to include a wide variety of topics and approaches. A keynote panel featuring scholars and Chicago-area activists will be held on the evening of Friday, April 4. Others panels will be held throughout the day on Saturday, April 5.
Submissions for both individual papers and panels of two to three papers are accepted. For individual papers, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words and a short CV. For panels, please send a panel proposal of no more than 250 words, abstracts of no more than 250 words for each paper, and CVs for each presenter. Submissions are due Monday, December 16, 2013. Completed papers will be due Friday, February 28, 2014.
Please note that the colloquium, originally scheduled for February 28 and March 1, 2014, has been rescheduled to April 4-5, 2014.
Please direct submissions and queries to [email protected].