Durham, North Carolina, 2019

The Labor and Working-­Class History Association, an organization of scholars, teachers, students, labor educators and activists, welcomes proposals for the 2019 LAWCHA conference at Duke University in Durham, NC, May 30-­June 1. The conference theme will be Workers on the Move, Workers’ Movements.

Labor, migration, and organizing have frequently coalesced. In 2019 LAWCHA seeks presentations that examine how these phenomena have interacted across time and space. The program committee encourages the submission of: transnational and comparative panels; sessions focusing on labor migration and resistance (including but not limited to the era of global trade in enslaved human beings; labor migrations driven by imperialism and colonialism; refugee migrations following wars and other forms of violence, and the labor migrations of the past 40 years sparked by neoliberal foreign investment, debt and loan policies). We encourage presentations examining workers’ movements in the United States, across the Americas and beyond. We also encourage presentations that consider issues in teaching and public history topics. In particular, we seek panels that will focus on the ways race, ethnicity, gender, citizenship status, and sexuality shaped mobility and how workers built class-­‐based communities and social movements in diverse geographical spaces, both historically and in the present. Proposals on other labor and working-­‐class topics are also welcome.

We encourage those submitting to consider the following options for panel formats. The conference will include traditional sessions: three papers and a comment/chairperson; lightning sessions of 5 or 6 very short presentations with comment/chairperson; roundtables of 5-­6 people discussing a larger theme with comment/chairperson; and moderated conversations between activists and historians as well as moderated conversations between artists/performers and historians. All panels, sessions, roundtables, or “conversation” sessions must have a designated comment/chairperson and a moderator separate from paper presenters/panelists.

We encourage scholars and activists from all fields to apply. We especially urge contingent faculty and independent scholars to submit panel proposals and papers, not necessarily related to the labor issues concerning employment status in the field.

We strongly encourage the submission of complete panels rather than individual papers. On the conference web site, there will be a message board where those wishing to submit individual papers can post their ideas and seek participants interested in putting together panels. Single paper authors seeking to present are instructed to seek out other scholars on the conference website prior to submitting a paper. If individual papers are submitted we cannot guarantee acceptance.

The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2018. Further instructions for uploading a proposal coming soon. Please contact [email protected] with any questions. We plan to announce acceptance of submissions in December 2018.

Proposal Submission

Proposals should include:

  • For panel proposals: A title and a brief abstract for each paper and for the panel overall; and a chair and commentator
  • For paper proposals: title and abstract for your paper. Remember we strongly encourage people to seek out fellow presenters and prepare full panel proposals. We recommend use of our message board if you need help completing a panel.
  • Contact information for each presenter, including affiliations and mailing and e-mail addresses
  • One-paragraph biography for each presenter

Once you have all that information, you can submit your proposal through our submission form.

For single paper presenters looking to form panels please visit this site to seek out panelists: Google group


Conference Travel Grants

The Labor and Working-Class History Association awards competitive travel grants of $300 each to graduate students, contingent scholars, and independent scholars who are presenting at its LAWCHA conference (every other year), at the OAH (in off-years), and the North American Labor History Conference (NALHC). To be eligible, applicants must be members of panels already accepted for the relevant conference program. Each applicant must submit a one-page abstract of the paper to be presented and a c.v. Recipients must join or already be members of LAWCHA. Preference will be given to presenters who have not received travel grants in the past. The LAWCHA Program Committee will announce deadline and submission procedures in advance, and the grants will be distributed at the conference.