American Sociological Association

2020 ASA Annual Meeting

The ASA 115th Annual Meeting will be held August 8-11, 2019 in San Francisco. The Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association provides the opportunity for professionals involved in the scientific study of society to share knowledge and new directions in research and practice. Approximately 600 program sessions are convened during the four-day meeting held every August to provide participation venues and networking outlets for nearly 3,000 research papers and over 4,600 presenters.

Invited Sessions

The program for the 2020 Annual Meeting is taking shape under the leadership of President-elect Christine Williams and the 2020 Program Committee. The theme of “Power, Inequality, and Resistance at Work” invites participation across the discipline and provides many opportunities to bring together a variety of sociological work in diverse formats. The theme reflects historic concerns in sociology. The founders of the discipline identified work as a source of fulfilment and dignity, but also a site of domination and oppression. The 2020 conference will explore how these processes are playing out in the 21st century workplace. How do employers exercise power over workers in today’s globalized economy? How are new inequalities produced by new forms of labor?  How are power relations based in gender and race used to dominate and exploit workers? And how do workers resist their exploitation and form alliances in the 21st century?  The 2020 program committee invites attendees to reflect on how power, inequality, and resistance characterize work around the world.

Members are encouraged to submit session proposals for the following components of the program. Proposals will be accepted beginning January 31, 2019. The deadline for proposals will be March 15, 2019.  

  • Thematic Sessions explore the meeting theme. These sessions are broad in scope and endeavor to make the theme of the meeting come alive.
  • Special Sessions focus on new areas of sociological work or other timely topics which may or may not relate to the theme. They generally address sociological issues, whether in research or its application, of importance to the discipline or of interest beyond. 
  • Regional Spotlight Sessions provide opportunities to look at issues surrounding the host site for the Annual Meeting. With San Francisco, as the site of the 2020 Annual Meeting, there are many opportunities to develop interesting session topics with invited panelists.
  • Author Meets Critic Sessions are designed to bring authors of recent books deemed to be important contributions to the discipline together with discussants chosen to provide different viewpoints. Books published during 2017-2019 are eligible for nomination. 


The 2020 Program Committee is also seeking volunteers to organize sessions for the open submission regular paper topics. Volunteers will be taken beginning January 31, 2019. The deadline to volunteer is March 15, 2019. Volunteering does not guarantee an invitation to organize. Anyone volunteering to organize an open submission regular session must abide by the guidelines governing such work and meet the eligibility requirements.

Organizer Guidelines

  • All Regular Sessions must be open to submitted papers. 
  • Organizers are expected to select the best papers submitted to them. It is against ASA policy for organizers to recruit presenters selectively or to impose their own pre-planned themes on sessions.
  • Regular Session organizers may not present their own single-authored paper in the sessions that they organize.

Organizer Eligibility

  • Session organizers must be current members of the Association, at the time of volunteering. 
  • Students are not eligible to serve as sole Regular Session organizer.
  • The submission and management of papers is conducted online. Organizers must have reliable internet access and be available to carry out their tasks.

Statement on Diversity
Much of the vitality of the ASA flows from its diverse membership. With this in mind, it is the policy of the ASA to include people of color, women, sociologists from small institutions or who work in government, business, and other applied settings, and international scholars in all of its programmatic activities and in the business of the Association.