Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies

Association #305
Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies (CAWLS)
Conference dates: 
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 to Thursday, June 4, 2020
To attend this conference, register for Congress and add CAWLS #305 in Section 3 of the registration form.
Registration is required for all conference attendees, including speakers, presenters, panelists, organizers and those chairing or attending a session.
Both confrontation and cooperation have always been key to advancing and protecting working-class interests. The 2020 CAWLS conference is an opportunity to engage conversations and share ideas about the interplay between conflict and cooperation in bridging divisions at the workplace, in our communities, and in the economy and in society more generally. Questions relevant to these conversations include: How do we best address the need to confront colonialism and racism in the workplace and in society? What does reconciliation mean for workers and their organizations? How can we best address differences while preserving class unity? What role does international labour solidarity play in building bridges? Participants are not required to limit themselves to the above list of questions. We welcome proposals on all topics that highlight the importance of bridging divisions that focus on the past, present, and future of work and labour studies. Our goal is to create a final conference programme reflective of the broadest range of methodological, theoretical, and disciplinary themes and approaches, such as: - Racialization, nationality, gender, sexuality, class, age, and ability, and their implications for the politics of labour and the future of the labour movement in Canada and elsewhere - Anti-Black racism in workplaces and unions - The relationship between the labour movement and Indigenous workers and communities. - Worker and union engagement with environmental movements and issues. - Policy approaches and legislative solutions to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion, and their limits. - Precarity, patterns of inequality amongst workers, and the distribution of paid and unpaid work. - Migration, work and labour internationalism. - Intersectional analysis of work and of labour movements. - Anti-racist and decolonizing approaches to labour studies. New Voices in Work and Labour Studies: New scholars (graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty/researchers in the first five years of their appointment) are encouraged to indicate their status on their proposal in order to be considered for the New Voices in Work and Labour Studies Prize.
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Call-for-papers deadline: 
January 17, 2020
President's Reception: 
June 3, 2020
Program Chairs: 

Luann Good Gingrich and Mark Thomas, York University

Local Arrangement Coordinators: 

Johanna Weststar, Western University


For more information, contact the association directly. Please note that conference registration fees are separate from the association's membership fees.