September/October 2015 Issue • Volume 43 • Issue 6

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Think Ahead to 2017!
Invited Session Proposals Are Solicited for the 112th Annual Meeting

August 12-15, 2017
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Deadlines are November 13, 2015, and February 5, 2016.

The substantive program for the 2017 Annual Meeting is now taking shape under the leadership of President-elect Michèle Lamont and the 2017 Program Committee. The theme of “Culture, Inequalities, and Social Inclusion across the Globe” 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 now encouraged to submit session proposals for the components of the program where participation is by invitation only. That is, proposals should include both the topic for this session and the name of individuals who will be invited to speak at the session. The process of submitting proposals is competitive. The Program Committee often has many more proposals than can be accepted, but we truly appreciate hearing from members. We recommend submitters confer with the members of the proposed session to ensure that they are available and ask them to submit a tentative paper or “talk” title. 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 2015.

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 2017 Annual Meeting program will achieve a high mark of excellence.

Six 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, 2015. 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, of importance to the discipline or of interest beyond whether in research or its application. 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 Montreal, Quebec Canada, as the site of the 2017 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 between 2013-2016 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, 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 reading lists, teaching materials (e.g., handouts, etc.), and to use the same teaching techniques they would use in advanced graduate courses. If you have cutting-edge methodological or theoretical knowledge in an important area, or know a colleague who has such expertise, submit a proposal for a course. Participants in courses register in advance and pay a small fee to cover cost of materials.

Guidelines for Session Proposals

Thematic Session, Special Session, and Regional Spotlight Session 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.

Deadlines. Proposals for Thematic Sessions are due by November 13, 2015. Proposals for all other sessions are due by February 5, 2016.

Submission. Proposals should be submitted through the online module located on the 2017 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.

The following list is illustrative of the types of topics the 2017 Program Committee would like to have on the table:

  • Maximizing sociology’s impact on social and cultural change
  • Destigmatization processes: new approaches for the study of social inclusion
  • Morality and inequality: an alternative to moral psychology
  • Spatial and symbolic boundaries: a new challenge for urban sociology
  • Occupational cultures and micro inequalities
  • The roles of institutions and cultural processes in health, illness, disabilityand help-seeking behaviors
  • The cultural turn in demography
  • When ethnoracial groups had “a culture:” beyond essentialism in the sociology of ethnicity and immigration
  • Meaning making and misery: recent developments in the study of extreme poverty
  • Culture in racial domination: competing paradigms
  • Financialization as culture
  • The interaction of political and cultural processes in opportunity hoarding and closure
  • Strengthening the dialogue between cultural analysis and population health
  • The relationship between network effects and cultural processes
  • The salience of religion as a dimension of group boundaries around the world
  • The co-evolution of cultural and economic sociology: how markets became cultural
  • Theorizing a cumulative program for the study of intersectionality
  • The boundedness of organizations and fields
  • Innovation, technology and social media as cultural divides
  • Narratives and emotions in the study of social movements: what is next?
  • The impact of neoliberalism on scripts of personhood
  • Decentering the West: The global south and the new cultural world order
  • Work and gender: how cultural scripts enable and constrain social change
  • The relationship between normativity, pleasure, and gender inequality
  • Empirical approaches to shifting cultures of sexual violence
  • Culture and labor: from resistance studies to the new sociology of work
  • Beyond social reproduction: culture and identity in the sociology of education and higher education
  • Globalization of the art world and inequalities
  • Globalization of evaluation and consequences for inequalities
  • Cultures of health and the challenges of class inclusion
  • Science, knowledge, and cultures of expertise
  • Narratives and institutions in the study of law and society
  • The Bourdieusian and post-Bourdieusian agendas: omnivoriousness, multiple forms of capital, and field analysis
  • Evaluation, standardization, rationalization, and the audit society
  • The persistent micro-dynamics of male and white privilege in academia
  • Beyond the sixties’ culture/structure binary: Sociology’s responses to behavioral economics and cognitive science
  • Methodological pluralism and the politics of methods

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