Virtual Workshop: New Approaches to the Contentious Politics of Class – deadline 9 April 2021

Date / time
Date(s) - 28 May - 29 May
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


We are delighted to announce an upcoming workshop on the New Approaches to the Contentious Politics of Class, to be convened virtually via Zoom 28–29 May 2021.

The workshop is organised by Joe Redmayne and Katherine Waugh in cooperation with the Labour and Society Research Group and Northern Bridge Consortium (NBCDTP).

Call for Papers:

This cross-disciplinary workshop aims to explore the evolved understandings of class in both domestic and transnational contexts throughout the twentieth century and in the contemporary world. In particular, the centrality of the working-class within debates around recent political decisions and trends, such as the vote to leave the European Union, austerity and the resurgence of far-right thought, makes now a pertinent time to discuss the meanings of class, but also invites consideration of the historical significance of class more broadly. There has been a renewed interest in the micro-level experiences of class, leading to consideration of the affective and emotional meanings of class. As well as the historical intersection between stigmatisation and class, often augmented by further layers of marginalisation as a result of gender, race, age or disability.

Prompted by the subject of global labour history, this workshop aims to draw attention to the complexity of a multi‐racial, multi‐ethnic, international working class (Lucassen, 2006; Van der Linden, 2008). It embraces studies of gender, race, and postcolonialism to understand the globalised webs in which key issues of labour are located, such as colonialism, neo-liberalism, and industrial decline. In doing so, the workshop considers the salience of memory and nostalgia within understandings of class, both historically and in the present day. Furthermore, it questions how class and its related intersections have been employed to generate solidarity and resistance in some instances but used to sow disunity and stigma in others.

We invite offers of papers relevant to the workshops themes:Global and local approaches; Class and social movements; Consciousness and intersectional class identity; Working-class culture; Labour migration; deindustrialisation; Solidarity; Exclusion/stigma; Labour feminism; Networks and transnational activism; Memory and nostalgia

Keynote speakers: Associate Professor Tithi Bhattacharya (Purdue University, USA) & Dr. Matt Perry (Newcastle University, UK)

Tithi Bhattacharya is an Associate Professor of South Asian History and the Director of Global Studies at Purdue University. She is the author of The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal (Oxford University Press, 2005), Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression (Pluto, 2017) and co-author of Feminism for the 99% A Manifesto (Verso, 2019). She is a long-time activist for Palestinian Justice. She writes extensively on Marxist theory, gender, and the politics of Islamophobia. Her work has been published in the The Guardian, Journal of Asian Studies, South Asia Research, Electronic Intifada, International Socialist Review, Monthly Review, Jacobin, and the New Left Review. She is on the editorial board of Spectre and Studies on Asia.

Dr. Matt Perry has taught broadly across Twentieth Century European History at Newcastle University. He has research interests in British and French labour and social history, particularly in the fields of protest and social memory. He has also published on questions of general historiography in particular the Marxist school of history. He is the author of Mutinous Memories: a Subjective History of French Military Protest in 1919 (MUP, 2019), “Red Ellen” Wilkinson: Her Ideas, Movements and World (MUP, 2015), Memory of War in France, 1914-45: César Fauxbras, the Voice of the Lowly (Palgrave, 2011), The Jarrow Crusade: Protest and Legend (University of Sunderland Press, 2005), Marxism and History (Palgrave, 2002), Bread and Work: the experience of unemployment 1918-1939 (Pluto, 2000).

How to apply:To offer a paper for the workshop, please send title, abstract (max. 300 words) to Joe Redmayne or Kat Waugh at / by 9 April 2021.

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