‘Working-Class Studies Beyond the Heartlands’

Event Details

  • Event date: 03/09/2019 – 06/09/2019
  • Venue: University of Kent, Canterbury
  • CFP Deadline: 25/03/2019

Working-Class Studies Association Conference 2019


With a growing awareness of class-based inequality, Brexit and a new willingness to discuss working class issues we are pleased to announce the next conference of the Working-Class Studies Association will be held in the UK in September 2019. In its fifteen year history this will be the first time the Working-Class Studies Association will hold its conference outside its heartland of the USA. Working-Class Studies has a two decade history in the UK and this conference aims to build and consolidate work being carried out in the UK and Europe with the USA and elsewhere in the world.


Working-Class Studies as a field seeks to bring together academics, activists, artists and others interested in working class issues and themes. As an interdisciplinary field it brings together sociologists, literary scholars, anthropologists, geographers, historians, cultural studies scholars, poets and economists amongst others. We welcome proposals for individual papers, panels and other forms of representation.


Conference themes will include: Class and Education; Deindustrialisation, Work and Class; Nostalgia, Memory, Heritage and Loss; Class Cultures and Identities; Place, Belonging and Class; Class and its intersections.

All presenters at the 2019 Conference are required to become members of the Working Class Studies Association. The WCSA attempts to accommodate all income levels with adjusted rates for membership. For more information, please visit: https://wcstudiesassociation.wordpress.com/


Submitting a proposal:

Please submit your proposed paper/ panel/ or other ideas via the conference email wcsaconference@kent.ac.uk

Abstracts should be no more than 200 words in a standard word document.  The proposals should identify strand themes into which their presentation will fit. They should also have clear contact information.


Conference Timeline:

Call for papers opens September 2019

Deadline for proposals March 25th 2019

Notification of acceptance 15th April 2019


For updates, more information, or to get in touch:

Email: wcsaconference@kent.ac.uk

Twitter: WCSA @wcstudies / Kent organising team @DIndustrialKent

Hashtag: #WCSA19

WCSA Website: https://wcstudiesassociation.wordpress.com/