CAWLS (Canadian Association for Work & Labour Studies) Call For Proposals

Call for Proposals 2015 Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies annual conference
“Whose Ideas?: Capital, Labour and the Battle for the Workplace”
University of Ottawa June 4-5, 2015
As part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 

Download the call for proposals here.
The conference organizing committee invites submissions for participation in the 2nd annual conference of the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies. The committee welcomes proposals for single papers, multiple paper panels, roundtables and/or workshops. The participation of researchers in union and community settings is encouraged. The Congress theme, “Capital Ideas,” challenges our intellectual community to think about the relationship between labour and capital today and the role played by ideas and ideologies in contemporary class struggles. Some of the questions that will be tackled during the conference include: • What are the ideas of capital about work and labour, and how are they affecting work? • How are capital’s ideas internalized by workers and their organizations? • How do workers challenge the ideas of capital and generate alternative ideas about work, labour, and social and economic life? Potential paper and panels topics linked to our main theme include:
  • The production and circulation of neoliberal ideas about work and labour
  • The ideas that underpin workplace and labour market restructuring: lean production, “flexibility”, and New Public Management
  • The gendered and racialized nature of capitalist ideas of work and labour
  • Representations of work, workers and unions in popular culture
  • Sources of alternative ideas: labour education, alternative media, labour strategy

New conceptions of working-class community, organization and solidarity Participants need not limit themselves to the above list. We welcome proposals on all topics 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: 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 (see below).

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. Thomas Collombat, Conference Chair, Department of Social Sciences, Université du Québec en Outaouais, All proposals are due by January 1st, 2015 For more information go to CAWLS Prizes The Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies (CAWLS) is pleased to announce the awards which will be presented at our annual conference in June 2015.
CAWLS Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship
This prize recognizes outstanding scholarship completed by an undergraduate student on work and social change (precise emphasis, academic discipline, cultural context, and time period are open). An electronic copy of the assignment should be sent by the professor or the student to by May 1st, 2015, along with a concise explanation of any information deemed pertinent (e.g. the assignment instructions). Formal essays and more unconventional assignments are welcome. The student does not need to be a member of CAWLS in order to be eligible.
New Voices in Labour Studies – Best Paper Prize
This award is given to the author of the best paper presented by a new scholar (graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, or faculty/researcher in the first five years of their appointment) at the CAWLS annual conference in 2015. To be considered for the award, electronic copies of the paper should be sent to by May 1st, 2015.
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Union and community members
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CAWLS members
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CAWLS Book Prize
This award honours the best book in Canadian work and labour studies published in 2014. Nominations should be sent to by March 1st, 2015. This award is for authored books rather than edited collections. Once a short list is created, authors will be invited to present their work at a session of the CAWLS 2015 conference, and attendees will vote for the best book. 
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