September-October 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 7

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Think Ahead to 2013 in New York!

Invited Session Proposals Are Solicited for the
108th Annual Meeting Program!

The substantive program for the 2013 Annual Meeting is now taking shape under the leadership of President-elect Cecilia Ridgeway and the 2013 Program Committee. The theme of “Interrogating Inequality: Linking Micro and Macro” invites participation across the discipline and provides many opportunities to bring together a variety of sociological work in diverse formats.

The spectrum of sessions on the Annual Meeting program reflects the ASA’s commitment to facilitate intellectual communication and the transmission of knowledge, information, and skills relevant to the field of sociology and aligned social sciences.

At this time members are encouraged to submit session proposals for the components of the program where participation is by invitation only. That is, proposals should include both the topic for this session and the name of individuals who will be invited to speak at the session. Those who wish to volunteer to serve as organizers for Regular Session topics, which are open to paper submissions, should watch for an announcement in mid-December 2011.

The ASA meeting is a program of the members, by the members, for the members. But a meeting of this size and scope requires advance planning. Think ahead and propose session topics and organizers now. With the collective input of ASA members, the 2013 Annual Meeting program will achieve a high mark of excellence.

There are six different types of invited sessions:

Thematic Sessions examine the meeting theme. These sessions are broad in scope and endeavor to make the theme of the meeting come alive. Ideas for Thematic Sessions are due by November, 11 2011. The ASA Program Committee works actively on these sessions, but proposals from members are welcome.

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.  Proposals for sessions co-sponsored with sister sociological associations are usually accommodated under this component.

Regional Spotlight Sessions provide opportunities to look at issues pertinent to the host site for the Annual Meeting. With New York City as the site of the 2013 Annual Meeting, there are many opportunities to develop interesting session topics with invited panelists, as well as ideas for local tours and site visits.

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 between 2010-2012 are eligible for nomination. Only ASA members may submit nominations; self-nominations are not accepted.

Workshops provide practical advice or instruction to sociologists at every professional level.  Workshop proposals should address one of four broad categories: departmental management and leadership; professional development; research and policy; and teaching workshops.  If you have insights on faculty policies or curriculum development, have insightful career advice, have expertise in grant writing or a large data set to share, or have tried a pedagogical approach that has been effective, please submit a proposal for a workshop. Workshops are open to all attendees; no fees are involved.

Pre-convention Courses take place on the day prior to the official start of the Annual Meeting.  They provide a unique opportunity for an extended (4 to 6 hour) examination of a special topic or method within the field of sociology in a format akin to an advanced graduate seminar.  Course attendance is limited and requires pre-registration and a small fee.  If you have cutting-edge methodological or theoretical knowledge in an important area please submit a proposal for a pre-conference course. Course leaders receive reimbursement for one night of lodging at any ASA conference hotel.  Serving as a course leader does not count as one of the two allowed program participations. 

Guidelines for Session Proposals

Thematic Session, Special Session, and Regional Spotlight Session proposals must include:

Author Meets Critics Session proposals must include:

Workshop proposals must include:

Pre-convention course proposals must include:

Organizer Eligibility. All session organizers must be members of ASA. Students are not eligible to serve as sole organizers of invited sessions.

Deadlines. Proposals for Thematic Sessions are due by November 11, 2011. Proposals for all other invited sessions are due by February 3, 2012.

Submission. Proposals should be submitted through the e-mail link located on the 2013 Annual Meeting website. This will ensure the proper transmission of proposals to the Program Committee.  Do NOT mail or e-mail proposals directly to Program Committee members.

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