Irish Working-Class Studies

An Interdisciplinary Conference

New Conference Dates: Monday 8th – Friday 12th November 2021

The conference will now have two venues!

To accommodate over 100 participants from around the globe, this conference will now take place over 5 days. The first 3 days (Monday 8th – Wednesday 10th November 2021) will take place online via ZOOM. The final 2 days (Thursday 11th & Friday 12th November 2021) will take place in-person at Liberty Hall, Dublin in association with UCD and with thanks to SIPTU. There will also be a social event planned for Saturday 13th. All those who are able to travel safely and can attend Liberty Hall inline with Irish government guidelines are invited to the in-person sessions. This is set to be a truly international event and we have endeavored to accommodate everyone who has expressed interest in presenting their ideas & experiences.

Watch this space! We will soon include a link to register (free) for the conference.

We are happy to announce that Ireland’s first working-class studies conference will take place on the 11th and 12th of November at Liberty Hall, Dublin. We are now accepting a second round of submissions. The closing date for this round is June 9th 2021. While this call for papers is open to anyone who has an idea relating to our original call, we encourage contributions in the areas of research and experience that are currently underrepresented in the submissions we have received to date. We are particularly interested at present in connecting with work that is not specifically or explicitly categorised as working-class studies, but which we feel is deeply tied to class experience combined with other positionalities such as race, gender, sexuality, age and ability. Globally, the field of working-class studies does not always reflect diverse working-class experience and instead tends towards work in which the experience of class is less explicitly mediated by such other factors. We feel this needs to be redressed, and are interested in both representing working-class experience and engaging more actively with research which interrogates how class shapes and is shaped by these different positionalities. Submissions are welcome, but not limited by, the following areas of research and experience:

  • Methodologies/theories for exploring working-class intellectual history and knowledge production
  • Intersectionalities of race and class
  • Traveller/Mincéir experiences and class 
  • Migration, identity and class 
  • LGBTQ experiences at the intersection of class
  • Disability and Class
  • Gender and Class
  • Institutional abuse and class (Magdalene Laundries, Industrial Schools, Direct Provision)
  • Class and colonialism 
  • Class and Emotion/Affect
  • Social housing and social welfare
  • Academic and/or personal accounts of the water charges movement
  • Class and sex work

Our goal for this conference is not only to build the field of working-class studies in Ireland but it is also an exercise in class-consciousness raising with activist potential. As such, we are keen to build connections with like-minded people across communities and activist platforms.

You can view our original call for papers here

Please submit either a 200-300 word abstract or description of your intended contribution to by June 9th 2021

We also invite proposals for panels and roundtables. Please submit a proposal of no more than 500 words to the email address above by the deadline.

This event is funded by the Irish Research Council New Foundations Award

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