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Network Representatives:

Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of the Labor Network of the Social Science History Association, we invite proposals for papers and complete panels for the 38th annual meeting of the SSHA, November 21-24, 2013.  We also are looking for volunteers to serve as panel chairs and discussants. For more information on the meeting as well as the call for proposals, please refer to the SSHA website: www.ssha.org. Additionally, please note that the SSHA grants several awards and student travel grants, for which you can also apply.

The deadline for paper and/or panel submissions is February 15th, 2013.

The Social Science History Association Meeting provides a stimulating interdisciplinary venue for exploring a wide array of issues related to the study of social processes over time. This year's theme is "Organzing Powers."

We welcome and encourage papers and panel proposals on a wide array of issues related to the historical study of labor and labor movements. Network members have already expressed specific interest in organizing panels around the following themes:

  1. “The General Strike”: Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation—panel on the general strike (as described by WEB DuBois) of slaves during the Civil War and on mass migration and resistance to slavery.
  2. Teachers union—Chicago Teachers Strike
  3. Right to Work Laws (Indiana, Michigan, ??): The EMPLOYER(s) STRIKE BACK: Labor, Electoral Politics, and the Conservative Backlash
  4. Service Unionism – SEIU shaping the political economy of the 1960s – labor conflicts/li
  5. New Labor Organizing Models (Tracy) SEIU, UNITE/HERE, others?
  6. Economic Crisis and Class Formation (comparative) OR Labor and the Politics of Austerity
  7. Labor and Revolution—Arab Spring and Class Conflict
  8. Labor and Food Workers
  9. Labor and the Environment (following on panels this year)
  10. We also are organizing two “Author Meets Critics” panels.

Please use the SSHA's web conference management system to submit your papers and panel proposals. Paper title, brief abstract, and contact information should be submitted on the site http://conference.ssha.org/.  (If you haven’t used the system previously you will need to create an account, which is a very simple process.)

The Labor Network Representatives are available to help you with any questions regarding the submission process. Please contact us: Barry Eidlin ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ); Elizabeth Faue ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ); and Benjamin Peterson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Thank you, and we look forward to a stimulating set of panels at this year's SSHA meeting.


Barry Eidlin
Elizabeth Faue
Benjamin Peterson

SSHA Labor Network Representatives


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 19:42  


The Deadline for Submission has been extended to March 17!