2013 Theme: Geographies of Labor
Over the last several centuries, transformations in technology and in economic, social, political, and cultural practices have created new spatial regimes within and across geographic boundaries. Whether negotiating the changes around them or taking advantage of new possibilities to shape alternatives, workers have been central to remapping this emergent environment. Inspired by the “spatial turn” in the social sciences, this conference will explore the myriad ways in which workers have interacted with a variety of geographic categories.
"Workers of the World"
|Thursday, Oct. 24, late afternoon|
"Black Renaissances in the Urban Midwest: Migration, Working Class Consciousness, and Culture in the New Deal Era"
|Friday, Oct. 25, mid morning|
"Who Built the Empire? Class, Race, and the Remaking of the Global U.S."
|Friday, Oct. 25, late afternoon|
George Galster, Driving Detroit
David Bacon, The Right to Stay Home
Frank Bardacke, Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the UFW
Mary E. Frederickson, Looking South: Race, Gender, and the Transformation of Labor from Reconstruction to Globalization
Frederick C. Knight, Working the Diaspora: The Impact of African Labor on the Anglo-American World
Erik Gellman and Jarod Roll, The Gospel of the Working Class
Special Sessions / Roundtables
Geographies of Labor, Andrew Herod, et. al.
Global Sweatshops, Ethel Brooks, et. al.
Forces of Labor Revisited, Beverly Silver, et. al.
The Assault on U.S. Unions, Bill Fletcher, et. al.
What Do Unions Do? : A Retrospective, Richard Freeman, et. al.