Dear SFRA members,
Hello from the executive committee! As we discussed at the business meeting in Riverside in July, our original venue for SFRA 2018 fell through and we have been scrambling to find new accommodations for our upcoming annual meeting. We’re pleased to announce we now have a home for the SFRA 2018 conference, so mark your calendars: it will take place on the campus of Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, from Sunday, July 1, to Wednesday, July 4.
In keeping with Milwaukee’s long history as a site of labor activism and union struggle, including the famous Bay View Massacre of protestors striking for the eight-hour-workday and the longest Socialist mayoral tenure in US history — as well as ongoing and increasingly urgent global concerns about the rise of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and autonomous robots —the overarching theme of SFRA 2018 will be “The Future of Labor.” The conference will be co-organized locally by Gerry Canavan (Marquette University) and Pete Sands (University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee).
More details, including a formal call for papers and details on lodging and accommodations, will be forthcoming! Thank you for your patience.
Keren Omry, Gerry Canavan, Jenni Halpin, and David Higgins
PS: Please publicize not only this news but the SFRA Support a New Scholar Program for advanced graduate students and non-tenure-track scholars! See the application form here.
The deadline is October 15, 2017.