2020 Conference Plenary Address: Matt Brim

The 2020 WCSA Conference Re-Placing Class: Community, Politics, and Labor in a Changing World, being held at Youngstown State University May 20-23, 2020 is pleased to welcome Matt Brim for a public keynote lecture.

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Matt Brim is Associate Professor of Queer Studies at the College of Staten Island, an open admissions college in the City University of New York. His forthcoming book, Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University, reorients the field of queer studies away from prestigious, exclusionary institutions of higher education and toward working-class schools, students, theories, and pedagogies. By exploring underclass queer ideas and laying bare the structural and disciplinary mechanisms of inequality that suppress them, Poor Queer Studies advances a queer-class knowledge project committed to anti-elitist and anti-racist education. Brim’s other publications include the coedited collection Imagining Queer Methods, the black queer studies monograph James Baldwin and the Queer Imagination, and an open access online guide for teaching the HIV/AIDS activist documentary film United in Anger: A History of ACT UP. Brim is a former general editor of WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly and is currently an associate editor for the open access journal James Baldwin Review.

Apply now for WCSA’s 2020 Young Scholars and Activists Fellowship Program

WCSA provides travel funding support for to encourage scholars, activists, and organizers early in their careers whose work has the potential for advancing Working-Class Studies as a field and to help defray some costs in attending the WCSA Conference through the Young Scholars and Activists Fellowship Program (YSAF) grant.

If you are interested in applying for this grant for the upcoming WCSA conference at Youngstown State University in May, 2020, please see application instructions below and send your completed application to wibblet68@gmail.com.

The application form is available here 2020 Travel Grant Application.

  • Early career status is defined as being a graduate student, in the first year or two of a post-graduation academic job, or in the first year or two of a job as an activist or organizer.
  • Awardees will be chosen each year from among those whose conference proposals are accepted for presentation at the Working-Class Studies Association conference.
  • Conference attendance is required to receive the fellowship. Recipients will be reimbursed via Pay Pal or an American bank check.

To apply, please identify your career status and write a brief narrative (500 words) describing how your work contributes to the field.  Please send your application, including contact information, as a pdf to wibblet68@gmail.com by February 20, 2020. Award notifications will be sent by April 15, 2020.

Those who would like to support this program may consider making a designated donation to our travel and/or YSAF funds. You may do so through Paypal.

Website for WCSA’s 2020 Conference Up!

The website for the Working-Class Studies Association’s 2020 Conference is now available! Here is the link: https://ysu.edu/wcsa-2020-conference

The 2020 conference theme is RE-PLACING CLASS: COMMUNITY, POLITICS, WORK, AND LABOR IN A CHANGING WORLD. Proposals are due Feb. 20, 2020.

The conference will be held May 20-23, 2020 at Youngstown State University, in Youngstown, Ohio.

On the website, you can see the call for proposals, submit proposals, review information about accommodations, and see announcements about the plenary address.