B.C. trustee Allen Seager will chair a session at the “Dissenting Traditions” conference this October in Peterborough, Ontario, and will comment on a session entitled “Canadian Working-Class History: As It Was, As It Is, As It Might Be.”
The conference, set for October 23-24, 2015, at Trent University will address the intellectual and political interests of noted Canadian labor and social historian Bryan D. Palmer. Seager’s session will feature presentations on the “origins and possible future on the new and now-old social history,” on Labour/Le Travail, Canada’s foremost labor and working-class journal, and the future of Canadian working-class history.
Other sessions include: “Perspectives on E. P. Thompson,” “Approaching the Revolutionary Left,” “Marginality as Historical Subject,” “Uprisings of the Dispossessed and Protests in the Street,” “New Perspectives on Labour Studies,” and “Socialism & Intellectuals.”
Rosemary Hennessy (Rice University) will deliver the conference keynote address: “Remembering Reproduction: Revisiting Radical Women Writers of the 1930s.” Gregory S. Kealey (University of New Brunswick) will offer closing remarks. And labor songster Bucky Halker (Chicago) will perform music to recall the 100th anniversary of the execution of Joe Hill.”