September/October 2014 Issue • Volume 42 • Issue 7

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Think Ahead to 2016!

Invited Session Proposals Solicited for the 111th Annual Meeting

Deadlines are November 13, 2014 and February 5, 2015

The substantive program for the 2016 Annual Meeting is now taking shape under the leadership of President-Elect Ruth Milkman and the 2016 Program Committee. The theme of “Rethinking Social Movements: Can Changing the Conversation Change the World?” 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.

Members are encouraged to submit session proposals for all components of the 2016 program where participation is by invitation only. Proposals should include both the topic for a session and the names of individuals who could be invited to speak at the session. This process of submitting proposals is highly competitive. The Program Committee often has many more proposals than can be accepted, but it appreciates hearing ideas from members. We recommend submitters confer with the members of the proposed session to ensure they are available and ask them to submit a tentative paper or “talk” title.

Members who wish to volunteer to serve as organizers for 2016 Regular Session topics, (i.e., open to paper submission process), should watch for an announcement in mid-December 2014.

All ASA Annual Meetings are programs of the members, by the members, and for the members. But a meeting of its size and scope requires advance planning. Think ahead and propose session topics and organizers for 2016 now. With the collective input of ASA members, the 2016 Annual Meeting program will achieve a high mark of excellence.

The six different types of invited sessions

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 13, 2014.

Special Sessions focus on new areas of sociological work or other timely topics that 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 broad interest. 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 Seattle, Washington, as the site of the 2016 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 2012-2015 are eligible for nomination. Only ASA members may submit nominations; self-nominations are not accepted.

Workshops provide practical advice or instruction to sociologists at every professional level. The categories for workshops are: department leadership and management; professional development; teaching; and policy and research. 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.

Courses 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. Course instructors are urged to prepare, teaching materials (e.g., handouts and reading lists), and to use the same teaching techniques they would use in advanced courses. 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 course. Participants in courses register in advance and pay a small fee to cover cost of materials.

Guidelines for the Session Proposals

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

Author Meets Critics Session proposals must include:

Workshop proposals must include:

Course 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.

Submission. Proposals should be submitted through the link located on the 2016 Annual Meeting website. Submission via the E-mail Link will ensure the proper transmission of proposals to the Program Committee; do not mail or e-mail proposals directly to Program Committee members or the President-Elect, Ruth Milkman.

Deadline: Proposals for Thematic Sessions are due by November 13, 2014. Proposals for all other sessions are due by February 5, 2015.

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