As 2018 ends, I wanted to send this brief note to celebrate the work of CCLH members and to look forward to some significant upcoming events.
Thanks are due to the committee that organized the CCLH’s first conference of the 21st century, “Re-Working Class: Setting A New Agenda for Canadian Labour and Working-Class History,” held over two inspiring days in Saskatoon in October.
The conference was intergenerational, interdisciplinary, educational, and a hell of a lot of fun. As one participant wrote in a note of thanks to the organizers, “people particularly appreciated the cooperative, collaborative atmosphere. If we want to encourage labour history/studies, working to create a community is key. Academic life for graduate students in general and for all of us who talk about class is marked these days by disrespect and indifference, and that's corrosive. What struck me at the conference is that people want opportunities to talk and share and support each other.”
More opportunities to build our community await in 2019. The Winnipeg General Strike Centenary Conference runs from May 8-11. Then, on Sunday 2 June, the CCLH labour history workshop will take place at Vancouver’s Ukrainian Hall (formerly the Ukrainian Labour-Farmer Temple) in advance of the annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association. More details about this event – which promises to bring together history, art, music, and food in irresistible combination – will follow, but you can mark your calendars now! Then, from 21-23 June in Peterborough, Feminism, History, and Theory will celebrate the work of Joan Sangster.
Also, the deadlines to nominate the work of students, colleagues or comrades for CCLH awards have not yet passed. Submissions nominated for the Forsey Prize for graduate and undergraduate work on Canadian labour and working-class history need to be received by 1 January 2019. Nominations close 1 February for the CCLH prize for the best article that contributes to our understanding of the history of labour, work and society in Canada. Submissions in both competitions can be submitted direct to me firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any suggestions or ideas about how the CCLH can support the study of labour and working-class history in Canada, please let me know.
Here’s looking forward to an exciting 2019! In solidarity,