All this is Temporary

A Conference on Class Consciousness and Popular Culture
April 14th & 15th, 2023, Bowling Green State University Jerome Library

Call for Papers/Voices/Participation

The need for class consciousness in the United States is more important than ever. The social complications and physical toll of Covid-19 and skyrocketing inflation has exacerbated already deepening gaps between the rich and poor. As the poorest of us suffer the worst of the pandemic, the wealthiest have celebrated unprecedented profits. Though it may seem common knowledge that the classes in America live very different lives from one another, the lack of academic, media, and social attention conceals the growing crisis this divide causes. By understanding and breaking down the structures and systems that uphold our modern class structure, this conference aims to make meaningful change both in and outside of the academic ivory tower.

As class studies are often niche, invisible, or non-existent within many cultural studies programs, we hope to draw attention to the discipline and the broader need for class consciousness. Students are not provided the tools to understand what is happening to America’s most vulnerable, and therefore have no understanding on how to comprehend and combat it. In addition, lower-income students often find themselves lost and alone within an academic system that neglects class. We hope to give these students a voice and space to be.

As a public university for the public good, Bowling Green State University will host an academic conference that has the potential to create good for the public to whom we are committed.  This conference aims to facilitate dialog surrounding the issues of class in American culture, both in traditional academic presentations as well as in workshops, discussions, and artistic representations (written, spoken, visual, performance, etc.).

The main areas of the conference include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Class Representations in Popular Culture
  • Class Issues in Academia
  • Social Outreach and Activism

Interested parties and individuals are encouraged to submit their proposals by January 1st, 2023 to classcon@bgsu.edu.


Class Con Zine - A Collaborative Exploration of Class Issues

We invite prospective conference attendees, presenters, and the general public to contribute to our Class Con Zine. This zine will be a collection of public responses to the broad topic of class in America. We welcome responses in the form of prose, poetry, and visual art. Each submission will be included as a single page in our collaborative zine.

Submissions should respond to the following prompt: 

What does class consciousness mean to you?

Please submit a zine page that explores this idea in the manner and 2D medium of your choice. Submissions should be in the form of an 8.5x11" document or sheet of paper. This zine will be Xeroxed in black and white and distributed at the conference in April 2023. Submissions must be digital and should be sent to classcon@bgsu.edu in a .pdf, .jpg, or .docx file format. Submissions are open until February 1, 2023. Please email us at classcon@bgsu.edu with any questions.

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Updated: 10/10/2022 09:11AM