Niagara Falls, NY
Organization: NeMLA: Northeast Modern Language Association
Do you have working-class or blue-collar roots? Are you a first-generation academic? If so, you are invited to share your insights. This panel discussion will focus on the construct of class within academia, the intersection of class with gender and race, and the lived experiences of working-class academics.
The conferral of a doctoral degree indicates full membership n the academic community, right? But what if you are a first-generation academic---perhaps the only member of your family to earn a graduate degree and then secure a faculty position? Although support services abound for first-generation undergraduate students who often struggle financially, academically, and socially in college, no such services are in place for working-class academics.
Sadly, the social constructs of class, race, and gender can strongly influence one’s career trajectory in academia. One study stated that, in particular, “Women from blue-collar backgrounds in higher education experience a profound sense of not belonging, of being an ‘outsider within’ the academy” (Miller and Kastberg, p. 30).
Submit your brief abstract by Friday, September 30: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/CFP