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Hosted at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, May 29 – 30, 2014.

The conference organizing committee invites submissions for participation in the inaugural conference of the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies. The committee welcomes proposals for single papers, multiple paper panels, roundtables and/or workshops. In keeping with the Congress theme, “Borders without Boundaries”, the participation of researchers in academic, union and community settings is encouraged.

Potential topics might include:

• The organization of migrant and undocumented workers
• The intersection of race, gender and class in workers’ experiences, struggles and organizations
• Youth, students and labour unions
• Job insecurity, precarity and changing labour markets
• The challenges of neoliberal globalization and austerity for workers and their organizations
• New forms of worker organizing
• Workers in private services (e.g. domestic workers, live-in caregivers, etc.)
• Threats to organized labour’s traditional strongholds (public sector, manufacturing)
• Alliances between the labour movement and other social movements
• Labour internationalism
• Changes in labour law and labour relations
• Labour and political strategy

The above list is not exhaustive. We welcome proposals that highlight the past, present and future of work and labour studies and seek a final conference programme reflective of the broadest range of methodological, theoretical and disciplinary approaches.

New Voices in Work Labour Studies 2014
New scholars (graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty/researchers in the first five years of their appointment) are encouraged to submit to the “New Voices in Work and Labour Studies” stream of the conference. Those wishing to be considered as part of the “New Voices” stream should indicate this preference in their proposal.

Conference Fees
For CAWLS Members:
Permanent or full-time faculty – $50
Union and community members – $25
Students, the un(der)employed – Free

For Non-Members:
Permanent or full-time faculty – $100
Union and community members – $50
Students, the un(der)employed – $25

Note: There will be an additional Congress fee.

Conference Support
Some financial support will be available for travel and accommodation, depending on need and availability of funds, with priority given to graduate student participants. Contributors requesting financial assistance should indicate this when submitting an abstract.

Submission Requirements
Please send electronic copies of 250-word proposals to the conference organizing committee c/o Dr. Larry Savage, Conference Chair and Director, Centre for Labour Studies, Brock University. [email protected]

All proposals are due by December 1, 2013

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