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Southern Labor Studies Assoc. Conf.: Atlanta, April 7-10, 2011

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  • Amos J Wright
    ... From: History of Southern Industrialization [mailto:H-SOUTHERN-INDUSTRY@H-NET.MSU.EDU] On Behalf Of Reich, Steven - reichsa Sent: Thursday, January 20,
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      From: History of Southern Industrialization [mailto:H-SOUTHERN-INDUSTRY@...] On Behalf Of Reich, Steven - reichsa
      Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2011 9:23 AM
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      Subject: Southern Labor Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, April 7-10, 2011


      From: Traci Drummond [libtxd@...]
      Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2011 8:54 AM
      To: H-SOUTHERN-INDUSTRY@...
      Subject: Southern Labor Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, April 7-10, 2011


      The Southern Labor Studies Association will hold its bi-annual
      conference, Memory vs. Forgetting: Southern Labor and the Archive, April
      7-10, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference will also serve as
      LAWCHA's annual meeting.

      Students of colonial and post-colonial societies have thought about how
      the very materials historians rely on to reconstruct the past-"the
      archive"-themselves are constituted by that past, rather than a
      transparent window onto it.

      To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Southern Labor Archives at
      GSU, the 15th Southern Labor Studies Conference proposes to turn a
      similar self-critical gaze on the materials labor historians rely on to
      produce the field of "labor history." How does the very process of
      locating, constructing, and organizing the "archive" of labor and
      working class history shape (and constrain) the very meaning of what
      historians and archivists treat as labor, the worker, or the working
      class? How have shifting archival fashions changed our understanding of
      labor's history? How has the "archive", in the broadest sense,
      abetted or impeded the "struggle of memory against forgetting."

      The conference seeks to promote common dialogue among labor historians,
      the archivists they depend on to locate, construct, and organize the
      "archive" of working class history (especially in the U.S.
      South), filmmakers injecting labor stories into public culture, and the
      activists who keep alive a flame for labor's future. How, we want to
      ask collectively, can preserving, interrogating, and making visible
      labor's past help contribute to its potential future?

      The conference will be at the Sheraton Atlanta
      (http://www.sheratonatlantahotel.com/), which has reserved a special
      room block for SLSA attendees. Rooms are $129/night (double, does not
      include taxes and fees) and can be reserved by calling 888-625-5144.

      Too see the program and register, visit the following link:
      http://www.southernlaborstudies.org . Advance registration fees are
      $65 for SLSA members, $90 for non-members, and $40 for students. Early
      registration will end March 15, 2011.

      Traci Drummond tdrummond@...
      Alex Lichtenstein <alichtens@...>
      co-chairs, Conference Committee
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