American Sociological Association

Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Annual Meeting

The 2017 ASA Annual Meeting will be held August 12-15, 2017, in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Theme: “Culture, Inequalities and Social Inclusion Across the Globe” 

The program schedule will be released on May 1, 2017.

More information here:

SREM sessions at ASA 2017



Organizer: Belinda Robnett, University of California, Irvine

This session offers a unique opportunity to compare 21st century racial-ethnic social movements in the U.S. With the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Standing Rock Sioux Movement, and the ongoing Immigration Rights Movement, this panel will compare and contrast the organizational structure, tactics, strategies, and goals of these movements. The panelists will also discuss how each of these racial-ethnic movements addresses counter movement attacks that seek to control or undermine their messages. Unlike 1960s social movements, the proliferation of social media serves to facilitate and impede the formation and sustenance of movement organizing in new ways. The panelists will explore whether and how social movement theory can adequately account for these three movements.



Organizer: Evelyn Nakano Glenn, University of California, Berkeley

It is a truism that the United States was founded as a settler colony.  Yet too often this acknowledgement relegates settler colonialism to the distant past.  However recent work, particularly by Australian scholars such as Patrick Wolfe and Lorenzo Veracini have theorized settler colonialism not as an event, but an ongoing structure that continues into the present.  They treat it as a distinct form of colonialism whose aim is to seize and occupy land by eliminating indigenous peoples.  Two other features of settler colonies are a) reliance on coercive and racialized labor regimes, ranging from chattel slavery to indentured or contract labor to work the seized land; b) establishment of differential citizenship statuses and rights for “settlers”, indigenous peoples, slaves and exogenous “others.” This session explores how settler colonialism has shaped and continues to shape race/gender/sexual formations in the U.S. and other nations established through white settler colonialism. It will examine the differential racialization of “settlers,” indigenous peoples, slaves, and various  “others.” Using a settler colonial framework offers a way to incorporate Native Americans and other indigenous peoples into the sociology of race and ethnicity, which has generally focused on whites vis a vis Blacks, Latin@s, and Asian Americans.  Our aim will be to avoid lumping all racisms and sexisms together, even for the benign purpose of promoting cross-race alliances to fight race and gender injustice.   At the same time, such a framework may help to uncover some of the articulations among racisms directed against different groups. Understanding these articulations could suggest more effective bases for such alliances. Further, we can explore the possibilities and challenges  settler colonial ideologies and structures pose for movements aimed at achieving race and gender justice?



Organizer: Bradley Zopf, University of Illinois at Chicago

Scholars have long recognized that racialization processes, while similar, have often been applied differently to various racial/ethnic groups. We are seeking papers that compare and contrast the racial formation/racialization experiences of Arab/Middle Eastern Americans to
other racial/ethnic/religious groups. We are especially interested in papers that explore the historical, theoretical, and/or empirical similarities and differences between Arabs/Middle Eastern Americans and Latinos, South Asians, East Asians, and/or Muslims.



Organizer: Woody Doane, University of Hartford

Over the past three decades, U.S. sociology has experienced an explosion of critical work on race, racism, and ethnicity. Using a variety of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives, sociologists collectively have done much to map the contours of race, racism, and ethnicity. With the exception of the small but growing body of comparative work, most of the U.S. scholarship on race, racism, and ethnicity takes place within the context of an individual nation (and much of the comparative work involves two or three ‘case studies”). This is not to say that this work is not valuable, but to raise the obvious but generally unappreciated point that our theories and concepts are not universal, but are drawn from a particular set of understandings and circumstances. So what then are we talking about when we discuss race, racism, and ethnicity? Do these concepts describe the same phenomena when applied beyond the borders of the United States? Are we describing the same phenomena when we speak of race, racism, and ethnicity in 2016 as opposed to fifty, one hundred, or more years ago? Is it possible to develop these concepts so that they are not bound to particular social and historical circumstances? If not, can we at a minimum create a more dynamic way of understanding race, racism, and ethnicity? Papers for this session will be challenged to explore the nature of race, racism, and ethnicity across borders and over time.



Organizer: Robert Vargas, University of Notre Dame

2016 brought race to the forefront of public discourse on policing. The recent deterioration of police-community relations in places like Baton Rouge, Chicago, Dallas, and Ferguson forces scholars to rethink and reexamine the study of race in the context of policing. This session seeks papers using the case of policing to theorize race, race relations, racial identities, racial domination, racial formation. All methodologies are welcome. The goal of the session is to highlight papers using the case of policing to answer questions and address debates at the cutting edge of race research. 



Organizer: Patricia Landolt, University of Toronto

This panel offers a comparative perspective on the relationship between forced migration and racialization with interest in a range of experiences including those of Asian, Latino/Latin American, Black, Middle Eastern and Indigenous peoples as migrants and refugees in North America and Europe. It considers how noncitizenship, particularly illegality and deportability, inform mobility, migration, differential inclusion and targeted relocation and removal. It focuses on the role of discursive strategies in the systematic, racialized categorizing and targeting of groups. It pays particular attention to the link between racialized targeting and state violence.