September/October 2010 Issue • Volume 38 • Issue 7

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Think Ahead to 2012!

Invited Session Proposals Are Solicited
for the 107th Annual Meeting Program!

The substantive program for the 2012 Annual Meeting is now taking shape under the leadership of President-elect Erik Olin Wright and the 2012 Program Committee. The theme of "Real Utopias: Emancipatory Projects, Institutional Designs, Possible Futures" 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 topi c 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 2010.

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 2012 Annual Meeting program will achieve a high mark of excellence.

There are six different types of invited sessions:


Denver, Colorado,
Location of the 2012 Annual Meeting

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 1312 2010. 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 Denver, CO, as the site of the 2012 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 during 2009-2011 are eligible for nomination. Only ASA members may submit nominations; self-nominations are not acceptable.

Workshops provide practical advice or instruction to sociologists at every professional level. Topics focus on careers and professional growth, academic department strategies, research skills and use of major datasets, teaching challenges, publishing advice and tips, grant opportunities and grant writing skills, enhanced teaching of standard courses, ethical issues, and more. If you have tried a pedagogical approach that has been effective, developed insightful career advice, or have wisdom to share about using sociology in applied and research settings, please volunteer to organize and lead a workshop. Workshops are open to all attendees; no fees are involved.

Didactic Seminars are designed to keep sociologists abreast of recent scholarly trends and developments. These intensive sessions are led by expert instructors who are considered to be at the forefront of a given field. Seminar instructors are urged to prepare reading lists, teaching materials (e.g., handouts, etc.), and to use the same sort of techniques they would use in advanced graduate seminars. If you have cutting-edge methodological or theoretical knowledge in an important area, or know a colleague who has such expertise, please submit a proposal for a seminar. Participants in didactic seminars register in advance and pay a small fee to cover cost of materials.

Guidelines for Session Proposals

Thematic Sessions, Special Sessions, and Regional Spotlight Sessions Proposals must include:

Author Meets Critics Session proposals must include:

Workshop proposals must include:

Didactic Seminar 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 12, 2010. Proposals for all other sessions are due by February 4, 2011.

Submission. Proposals should be submitted through the online module located on the 2012 Annual Meeting website. The module will ensure the proper transmission of proposals to the Program Committee–do not mail or e-mail proposals directly to Program Committee members. logo

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