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July 07, 2009
Sociologists Turn the Sociological Eye on San Francisco
American Sociological Association to meet in San Francisco this August;
regional sessions will examine the same-sex marriage debate, sexual health and social and labor movements in San Francisco
San Francisco, the host city for the American Sociological
Association’s 104th annual meeting, will be the subject of several
regional spotlight sessions in which leading sociologists present
research and explore the politics, history, health and culture of the
city and state of California.
More than 5,000 sociologists will convene in the city for the
association’s annual meeting, which highlights “The New Politics of
Community,” the meeting’s theme. In addition to the following selected
regional sessions, social scientists will explore issues of community
and the social significance of Barack Obama.
WHAT: The American Sociological Association’s 104th Annual Meeting: “The New Politics of Community”
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 7, through Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009
WHERE: Regional spotlight sessions will be held at the
Hilton San Francisco (333 O'Farrell Street). Other meeting events will
take place at the Parc 55 Hotel (55 Cyril Magnin Street).
FEATURED REGIONAL SESSIONS:
- Same-Sex Marriage in California
Monday, Aug. 10, 4:30 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.
Mayor Gavin Newsom and many community organizations have made San
Francisco the center of the firestorm around same-sex marriage.
Panelists will discuss the political strategies and sociological
implications that are born and felt immediately in San Francisco
surrounding this issue.
- Queer Organizing in the New Millennium
Sunday, Aug. 9, 2:30 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.
This panel of scholars and activists will explore how GLBT organizing
has shaped San Francisco in the new millennium. Panel members will
discuss how transgender issues, “dyke marches” and other forms of
social protest have changed the sociological landscape.
- Migration and Shifting Sexualities among Latinos in California: Implications for HIV
Sunday, Aug. 9, 12:30 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Key scholars will shed light on the implications of Latino migration to
California on sexual health and HIV/AIDS, taking into account the
cross-border differences in sexual rights, sexual identities and gender
- Activist Scholarship and the Anti-prison Movement in California
Monday, Aug. 10, 2:30 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.
Activists and scholars in California have led the nation’s efforts to
address the growth of a prison industry driven by motives of profit
rather than motives to reduce crime rates and rehabilitate criminals.
The panel will address how scholarship and community alliances can
combat mass incarceration and aid in the understanding of this
- New Politics of Race, Youth and Community Justice
Saturday, Aug. 8, 8:30 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
This session looks critically at the place of youth in the racial
politics of community, and showcases new understandings about the
intersection of race, youth and community justice, particularly in
relation to criminal social control and San Francisco.
- The Politics of Spoken Word
Saturday, Aug. 8, 4:30 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.
Scholars will examine the merging of art, politics and hip hop culture
that is the Spoken Word movement prominent in the Bay area and will
discuss how youth organizations have leveraged Spoken Word for their
social justice agendas.
- The San Francisco General Strike
Monday, Aug. 10, 10:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the 1934 San Francisco
Longshore and General Strike, one of the most significant events in the
history of the U.S. labor movement. Panelists will focus on the
legacies of the strike and its implications for the future of labor.
CONTACT: Jackie Cooper, ASA Media Relations Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-247-9871
Editor’s Note: Complimentary media registration is open. Download the press policy and registration. Visit http://www.asanet.org/cs/meetings/2009 for the meeting’s searchable preliminary program and additional details.
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