SSAWW 2015 CFP: Proposed panel “Women and Work” (Deadline 1.5.15)

The meaning of “women’s work” has never been stable. While women have consistently engaged with the production of home as well as labor outside the home, their involvement in what Marx conceptualizes as wage-to-labor power exchange did not achieve heightened visibility in U.S. cultures until the nineteenth century. “Women and Work” seeks to explore the many ways that women have offered their labor in service of their families, their communities and their nations and how this labor constructs a variety of liminal experiences. How does women’s labor provide opportunities for collective dissent regarding the ethics of labor practices as well as the continued undervaluation of women’s work? How do women of color and immigrant women, systematically relegated to liminal spaces, organize to instigate change?  What liminal spaces do women occupy as they attempt to redefine the value of women’s work and negotiate new hybrid identities for themselves as workers, mothers, wives, community organizers, movement advocates? How do women navigate liminal and arguably risky spaces as they work to alter women’s complex relationships to the production of home, community and nation? How have women of color and gender nonconforming persons been disadvantaged by other more privileged women’s attempts to redefine work as well as secure political/social authenticity for this work and for themselves? Send 250-word proposal, CV, and 60-word bio by January 5 to AND