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June-August 2018

Sexual Misconduct Events at the 2018 ASA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia

In the year of "Me Too," with the topic of sexual misconduct continuing to roil society, several workshops, sessions, and events will deal with the topic at the August 2018 ASA Annual Meeting.

Anti-Harassment Workshops at the Annual Meeting

Three workshops have been organized by and with members of the ASA Working Group on Harassment.

#MeTooPhD: Addressing Sexual Violence in and through Sociology

August 11, 10:30 am to 12:10 pm, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Level 100, 104A

Academia, like every other social institution, is not immune from the pervasiveness of sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, and stalking. This workshop brings together survivors, experts, and activists to achieve two goals. First, panelists will discuss ways to effectively prevent sexual violence and support survivors of such violence in multiple contexts in sociology, including classrooms, departments, conferences, research abroad, and online. Second, panelists will speak to the ways that we might use sociology to support broader movements to end sexual violence around the nation.

Bystander Intervention for Combating Sexual Misconduct in Sociology: Everyone Can Be Part of the Solution (Cosponsored by Sociologists for Women in Society)

August 12, 10:30 am to 12:10 pm, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 9

While some of us have become targets of sexual misconduct, many more of us become witnesses of incidents in various professional settings, including academic conferences, that are not always easy to interpret. Furthermore, we are often at a loss of what we can or should do about incidents that seem to include sexual harassment or misconduct. This workshop is directed at undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and professors alike.

Sexual Harassment in Professional Associations

August 12, 2:30 to 4:10 pm, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 13

Given the widespread interest in stopping sexual harassment in professional associations and universities, this panel discusses what we know from research on how to stop harassment from occurring, particularly in professional associations. While many organizations have institutionalized policies, training programs, and grievance procedures over the past decades, harassment has not been eliminated. Researchers will address how sexual harassment occurs in professional associations. Drawing on research on and experiences with harassment prevention in workplace organizations, we will discuss what steps professional associations can do to promote a professional, learning and working environment free of harassment.

Other sessions will also deal at least partially with the topic of sexual misconduct. For more information see the online program at

Paper Sessions

Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence: Explanatory Factors Across Multiple Contexts

August 13, 8:30 to 10:10 am, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin 13

Gender, Social Movements, and (In)Justice

August 13, 4:30 to 6:10 pm, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 6

Section on Sociology of Sex and Gender: Gendered Violence, Sexual Harassment, and Title IX

August 14, 2:30 to 4:10 pm, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Street Level, 111B


Sociologists Against Sexual Violence – a proposed new group

August 11, 8:00 to 10:00 pm, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Level 100, 104