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Itís Not Too Early to Think About 2002!

The 2002 Program Committee is again inviting ASA members to submit suggestions for topics and organizers for thematic and special sessions and for the regular sessions of the 97th Annual Meeting to be held in Chicago, Illinois, on August 16-20, 2002. Suggestions for didactic seminars and workshops consistent with the theme, ďAllocation Process and Ascription,Ē are requested as well.

Session proposals should provide the following information:

  • working title for the session,
  • brief description of the substantive focus,
  • rationale for inclusion of the session on the 2002 program,
  • designation of the session as either OPEN for submissions (Regular Session) or CLOSED/by invitation only (Thematic or Special Session, seminar or workshop),
  • recommendation(s) for session organizer, including address, telephone, and e-mail information, and
  • a list of potential participants if the session is to be an invited panel.
Proposals must be typed or printed and should be no more than two pages in length.

Those submitting suggestions for organizers to deal with paper submissions should be aware of the organizer eligibility policy of the Program Committee. Any member who organized an open submission session for the 2000 program or who will review papers for the 2001 program is considered ineligible to be nominated as an open submission session organizer for 2002. This eligibility restriction spreads the benefits and burdens of organizing across the membership and helps ensure that no one individual affects general program access for an extended period of time.

Session proposals should be submitted no later than February 1, 2001. A long lead in planning time is needed in order to publish the names of organizers and regular session topics in the fall of 2001 to allow members time to prepare their papers. Consideration of late proposals (any suggestion sent after February 1, 2001) is at the sole discretion of the Program Committee Chair.

Program suggestions should be sent to the attention of: Janet Astner, Meeting Services Director, American Sociological Association, 1307 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005-4701, USA;; fax (202) 638-0882.