Connections, Education, Learning

International Working Class Academics

From website: Conference 2021

Working-Class Academics Conference still warms many of us. A gathering of people that brought poetry, film, animation, highly crafted presentations and detailed research and that reached hundreds of others across several continents. It was a space that had not clearly existed before, but that was enthusiastically populated once it emerged. We need to do more and keep this valuable and invigorating space strong, alive and walking the earth as a presence, a recognition of our importance and the necessity that we write and speak this ourselves. We said later that once we came together, we demonstrated that:

Working Class is not a problem to be solved

Not an accent to be lost

A savagery to be civilised

A roughness to be polished

A wideness to be assimilated

A society that needs to be mobilised, to be somewhere else.