[URBANTH-L]CFP: Race, Labor, and the City: Crises Old and New (Chicago)

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Conference Call Race, Labor, and the City: Crises Old and New

Thursday, May 28- Sunday, May 31, 2009
Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Sponsored by the Labor and Working-Class History Association and the Fund for
Labor Culture and History (Laborlore Conversations IV)

As Chicago developed into a metropolis, it became a city "proud to be Hog
Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler
to the Nation." Control over these and other jobs over the past two centuries
also provoked the formation of organized labor, civil rights, and other
working-class movements. Meeting in Chicago, Carl Sandburg's "City of Big
Shoulders," this joint conference aims to bring together academics, activists,
and other enthusiasts of labor history and culture around the following theme:

"Race, Labor, and the City: Crises Old and New."

All topics related to working-class life and history are welcome but we
especially encourage proposals concerning the urban interconnections between
work, migration, and culture. This includes studies of historical and
contemporary working-class movements for economic and racial justice, analysis
of struggles over gendered urban spaces, Latino immigration and transnational
labor, and developments in working-class city life and leisure. While this
conference is in Chicago, we welcome proposals that address urban working-class
life around the globe.

Proposals for panels should include a one-page summary, with a list of
presenters and their topics, and brief bios and/or vitas. We encourage informal
presentations, and discourage the reading of papers.

For more information and submission of proposals see the conference website:

Submissions for a single paper or a panel are due no later than December 1, 2008
and applicants will be contacted by January 15, 2009.

Others sponsors for the conference include The Chicago Center for Working-Class
Studies, UNITE-HERE, Chicago Jobs With Justice, and the Chicago branch of the
Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Convenient and low-cost housing will be available by reservation only at the
University Center http://www.universitycenter.com/conferences/housing/index.html
starting October 2008. Further information will be available at
http://chi-lawcha09.indstate.edu. There will be two national conventions in
Chicago during this conference. We suggest making housing arrangements as soon
as possible.
Visit the website at http://chi-lawcha09.indstate.edu

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