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2014 04 - Penn State’s 22nd Annual Symposium on Family Issues, Gender, and Couple Relationships

October 13-14, 2014 – Nittany Lion Inn.

In her 1972 book, The Future of Marriage, Jesse Bernard argued that, within each relationship, there exist two marriages, namely his marriage and her marriage. In other words, Bernard explained, women and men have fundamentally different experiences in their shared relationship. Bernard’s review of the literature revealed that marriage had positive implications for men in domains ranging from employment and income to health and longevity, but that married women fared more poorly than both married men and single women. The institution of marriage would have a future, Bernard argued, but only if marriage relationships changed in ways that also supported women’s health and well-being.

Fifty years after Bernard’s volume was published we take stock of couple relationships—including how they have changed over this period of time. We also consider contemporary issues pertaining to gender in couple relationships, ranging from their structure—married, cohabiting, heterosexual and same sex unions—and their dynamics, including couple dynamics and parenting roles and their implications for men’s and women’s health and well-being. An issue we ponder throughout is the future of marriage, including whether and how social scientists can contribute to women’s and men’s ability to flourish in the context of what has been a fundamental social institution.

A complete program and registration is available at  For more information, contact Carolyn Scott

The Symposium is generously sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the following departments and institutes at Penn State: Population Research Institute, Children, Youth, & Families Consortium, the Prevention Research Center, Social Science Research Institute, and the departments of Sociology and Crime, Law & Justice, Human Development & Family Studies, Psychology, Anthropology, Biobehavioral Health, and Labor Studies & Employment Relations.

2014 03 - New Sociology Open Access Journal

The American Sociological Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that it will launch a new sociology open access journal in 2014. The journal, which will be free to all readers, will welcome scholarly articles in any area of sociology, with authors retaining copyright, and will be freely available to all interested readers. For more information, visit

2014 03 - Environmental Demography Graduate Student Workshop 

University of Colorado Population Center, May 12-13, 2014

With support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Development, the University of Colorado Population Center is offering a 2-day research workshop in Environmental Demography for current graduate students.

Environmental Demography represents a dynamic area of demographic research and includes topics of tremendous policy importance particularly in the context of contemporary environmental change.

The workshop’s primary goal is to assist students in moving research papers toward completion and, eventually, publication. We aim to provide encouragement and mentoring for this emerging generation of population-environment scholars.

The workshop, led by 3 University of Colorado Boulder faculty, will include an overview of the sub-discipline, but will be focused on student research through presentations, discussion, brainstorming and feedback.  We will also spend time discussing future directions and possibilities for new collaborative research.  Lori Hunter – Editor-in-Chief of Population & Environment – will lead a discussion on the peer-review process and strategies for publication.

A maximum of 10 students will be selected for participation.

To apply, please submit a letter of application describing your research interests, experience, professional ambitions and year in your graduate program.  A complete, nearly complete, or preliminary research manuscript is also required – and will form the basis of your contribution to the research workshop. Very early research ideas are not appropriate for the workshop as we aim to grapple with projects at least partially underway, for example with preliminary data analyses.

Please also include the names and contact information for two individuals that could act as references.

Selected students will receive $500 toward travel and accommodation.

Decisions will be based on application letters, manuscripts and the desire to create a group of participants with shared interests and the ability to complement each other’s strengths.

Complete application materials are due Friday, March 14th and decisions will be made by Tuesday, March 25th.

Please submit application materials to

Questions regarding the workshop can be directed to

2014 02 - Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies International Conference 

October 9-11, 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland. Abstracts are due by March 31, 2014. See the PDF Announcement for more information.

2014 02 - New Journal: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

On December 31, the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, the American Sociological Association (ASA), along with Sage, opened the submission portal for the new journal, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, which will publish its first issue in January 2015! Please share this news widely with colleagues and students. This is an exciting new venture!

The official journal of ASA’s Section for Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity will publish the highest quality, cutting-edge sociological research on race and ethnicity regardless of epistemological, methodological, or theoretical orientation. While the study of race and ethnicity has derived from a broad and deep tradition of interdisciplinarity, sociology indeed has often been at the forefront of scholarly understanding of the dynamics of race and ethnicity; yet, there exists no journal in sociology devoted to bringing together this important theoretical, empirical, and critical work. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity will provide a fulcrum upon which sociologically-centered work will swing as it also seeks to provide new linkages between the discipline of sociology and other disciplines and areas where race and ethnicity are central components. Our submission portal can be found at: We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, published four times per year, is devoted to publishing the finest cutting-edge, critical, and engaged public sociological scholarship on race and ethnicity. Each issue will be organized around a core group of original research articles. Depending on the length of the articles, each issue will have approximately three or four of these articles. Original articles, of 8,000 to 10,000 words, will represent rigorous sociological research in the sociology of race and ethnicity, broadly conceptualized, methodologically varied, and theoretically important pieces. The journal will also include a section that will feature original research and pedagogical application pieces devoted to the teaching of race and ethnicity – “Race and Ethnicity Pedagogy” – as well as Book Reviews and a section on Books of Note.

We are currently welcoming submissions of:

1.) Regular length journal articles (8,000-10,000 words)

2.) Shorter pieces on race and ethnicity pedagogy (1,500 words)

The journal’s co-editors, associate editors, and editorial board members are committed creating a high quality outlet for the most important work in the sociology of race and ethnicity, through timely and constructive peer reviews, careful and engaging editorial decision-making, as well as drawing from all epistemological, theoretical, and methodological perspectives and approaches.

Anyone interested in becoming part of our reviewer database can also register now for an account through this website, denoting areas of interest and expertise.


David L. Brunsma (Virginia Tech) and David G. Embrick (Loyola University Chicago), Founding Co-Editors, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

2014 02 - Jane Menken Annual Distinguished Lecture

The University of Colorado Population Center is pleased to announce the inaugural Jane Menken Annual Distinguished Lecture, presented by

John Bongaarts

Vice President, Population Council

“Why Population Trends Matter”

Monday, March 17th 2014

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Institute of Behavioral Science Building, Room 155 A

University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Bongaarts’ is a Vice President of the Population Council and a distinguished scholar. His research examines fertility determinants, population-environment relationships, the demographic impact of the AIDS epidemic, population aging, and population policy options in the developing world. He serves as chairman of the Panel on Population Projections of the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council. He is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, the US National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American

This annual lecture honors Distinguished Professor and Director of IBS, Dr. Jane Menken who came to CU-Boulder following many productive years at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania.  With a renowned research career focused on fertility dynamics, population policy and HIV/AIDS and child mortality in developing countries, Dr. Menken is a member of the National Academy of Science, a former President of the Population Association of America, and a Laureate of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.

2014 02 - Sociology of Population Section Student Paper Award: Deadline February 15, 2014

Submissions for the Sociology of Population Section Student Paper Award in social demography are due February 15, 2014. This award consists of a certificate and support for travel expenses to attend the 2014 ASA meeting in San Francisco. The paper must use a sociological perspective to address an issue of relevance to contemporary demography, broadly defined. Purely technical papers are not eligible. Papers can be sole-authored by students or have multiple student authors; no faculty co-authors are allowed.

Membership in the Population Section is not required for submission, and the paper need not be on the ASA program, so please forward this announcement to students who might have papers to submit. Submissions should include a blinded version of the paper (excluding any identifying information such as name, university affiliation, address, and acknowledgements), a separate cover page with identifying information, and the name and telephone number of the registrar of your degree-granting university. Send materials to Sarah Hayford, committee chair, at Other committee members are Jason Houle and Jennifer March Augustine. Further details and submission criteria are online at

2014-01 - General Social Survey Accepting Proposals to Add Modules to GSS 2016

Please view the full announcement here for more information. 

2014-01 - Otis Dudley Duncan Award deadline extended to March 1, 2014

Please considering nominating yourself or a colleague for this section sponsored award.

The Section on Sociology of Population announces a call for nominations for the 2014 Otis Dudley Duncan Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Social Demography. The Award will be presented to the author(s) of a recent book that has made significant contributions to social demography. Books published in the last three calendar years (2012-2014) will be considered. Winners of the award for previous years can be found on the Past Award Recipients Page.

Please send nominations by email to the Committee Chair, with copies to the other Committee members. Send copies of nominated books to all three Committee members. Nominations and books should be sent by March 1, 2014.

Otis Dudley Duncan Award Committee: Jennifer E. Glick, Committee Chair, (, Matthew Hall ( and Yang Yang (

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