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  • REGISTRATION OPENClass in Everyday Life :Theory and Praxis

    May 18-20, 2023
    New Brunswick, New Jersey

    The 2023 LAWCHA conference calls attention to spaces of class consciousness and organization in and beyond the workplace. CFP deadline is October 31, 2022.

    Registration now open

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  • Graduate Worker Organizing Workshop

    March 16-May 20, 2023
    New Brunswick, NJ



    Join us at the 2023 Labor and

    Working-Class History

    Association Conference for a

    series of strategic

    conversations on
    directions for graduate worker

    organizing on university


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LaborOnline features short essays that discuss labor and working class history and its meaning for the present. We feature one essay from each issue of the quarterly journal, Labor: Studies in Working Class History. Contact editor Rosemary Feurer ([email protected]) if you have an idea or story for the blog. Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter, @LaborOnline! Subscribe to the LAWCHA RSS Feed!

Questions of Activism and Democracy in Steven High’s Deindustrializing Montreal

This is the second entry for a symposium on Steven High’s Deindustrializing Montreal: Entangled Histories of Race, Residence, and Class (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022).  The book tracks what High calls the “structural violence” and “social ruination” involved in the term deindustrialization. It traces the fate of Point Saint-Charles, a historically white working-class neighborhood  and Little Burgundy, a multiracial neighborhood that is home to the city’s English-speaking Black community. Yesterday, Lizabeth Cohen wrote an appreciation and posed questions. Today Austin McCoy offers reflections aimed at questions of activism and democracy. We follow up with Ted Rutland, and a response by author Steven High. The symposium was organized by Ian Rocksborough-Smith, assistant professor of history at University of the Fraser Valley. Read more →

March 30th, 2023