Call for Papers: The New Labor History


The new Labor Historyunder new editorial direction—is particularly pleased to invite manuscript contributions from members.  Labor History aims to be the pre-eminent site for scholarship in the history of work and its representation, labor systems, social reproduction of labor, social class, occupational culture and folklore, and worker migration as well as the place to go for new research and argument on the history of the labor movement, labor politics, and industrial conflict and regulation.

While rooted in studies of United States, LH seeks to contribute to a critical literacy encompassing trans-national and even global historical transformations.  To that end we particularly welcome contributions in Canadian and Latin America/Caribbean history.  Seeking historical perspective, we invite submissions on the designated themes not only from academic historians but also from other scholars, journalists, labor educators, and writer-activists.  Research articles, interpretive essays, and classroom-related materials—such as a document or specific exercise—are equally welcome.

We intend to remain attuned to events in the world around us as well as intellectual trends in the academy.  On the former front, the contemporary issues associated with "globalization"—including sweatshops, trade agreements, new immigration, and growing inequality—offer an opening wedge to a host of issues awaiting historical contextualization.  To take advantage of this changing world, we labor historians will need to expand our arena of curiosity and sharpen our faculties of understanding.  One dimension is geographic. Rather than a journal of U.S. history, we hope that LH will become a journal of "labor history of the Americas."  On a more conceptual front, new features in Contemporary Affairs and Arts and Media will allow us to stay abreast of events effecting the labor movement and to the images of work and working people within the larger culture.  In addition, as a matter of format, we hope to revive the old Notes and Documents section (to highlight valuable primary texts) and to open a new Teaching Labor History section emphasizing innovative pedagogy as well as other classroom-related resources.

All manuscript submissions to:

Leon Fink and editorial coordinator, LisaMary Wichowski

c/o Department of History m/c 198

University of Illinois at Chicago

913 University Hall, Chicago, IL 60607


All book review matters to:

Julie Greene and editorial assistant, R. Todd Laugen

c/o History Department

University of Colorado, CB # 234, Boulder, CO 80309-0234