American Sociological Association

Types of Sessions

Regular Sessions

The announced Regular Session Topics listed in the Call for Papers are open to submission of full papers from members of the Association and other interested individuals. For these avenues to formal paper presentation, the Program Committee selects fairly broad topics, drawing upon the experience of past programs as well as suggestions from the membership, its own views of the discipline, and those topics it considers to be of timely and emerging interest in the field. This structure of fewer but wider categories is believed to broaden the scope of sessions and stimulate fruitful dialogue among related areas of specialization.

One benefit of this structure is that Regular Session organizers have the opportunity to organize more than one session, depending on the number and quality of submissions. An author’s chances of acceptance are thus enhanced, since organizers are less constrained by narrowly defined topics. All Regular Session topics are eligible for multiple sessions if warranted by the number and quality of submissions.

Regular Session organizers are expected to select for the program the best papers submitted to them. It is against ASA and Program Committee policy for organizers to recruit presenters selectively or to impose their own pre-planned themes on Regular Sessions.

Further, in order to assure wide participation in the program, it is Program Committee policy that organizers not give sole-authored papers in sessions they organize if they are to serve as presider or discussant in that session.

Regular Session organizers may construct sessions in the traditional paper-reading style or opt for a more interactive format. A traditional paper-reading session normally lists a session presider, four or five papers, and a discussant (optional). Interactive session formats vary, often pairing paper presentations, using more discussants, or having presenters discuss each other’s papers. In all cases, organizers are responsible for facilitating the session interaction.

A paper presentation on a Regular Session is classified as an authorship under the participation rules. Paper titles with authors' names and affiliations will be listed in the Program.

Section Sessions

All Association members with interests in special fields of sociology may join Sections; there are currently 52 Sections. Sections publish occasional newsletters, give awards, offer various networking opportunities, and sponsor program sessions and receptions during the Annual Meeting each year.

Each official ASA section receives a program allocation based on its membership as of September 30th each year. The chair or chair-elect of each section usually serves as the program chair and assists the section in determining what type of sessions will be sponsored and what topics will be announced. Section-sponsored sessions usually include formal paper-reading sessions and refereed roundtable sessions. The Section-sponsored sessions that are open to submissions are listed in the Call, along with the name and institutional affiliation of each session organizer.

All Section program activities are subject to the submission criteria, deadlines, and program policies outlined in the Call for Papers. All Section sessions will be one hour and 40 minutes in length, unless noted otherwise.

A presentation on a Section-sponsored paper session is classified as an authorship under the participation rules. Paper titles with authors' names and affiliations will be listed in the Program.

Section Refereed Roundtable sessions normally use a mini-session format: a topic identified for each table based on the submissions received, two to four paper presentations, and a presider to coordinate presentations and discussions. A Refereed Roundtable paper presentation is classified as an authorship under the participation rules. Table topics, table presiders, and paper titles with authors' names and affiliations will be listed in the Program.

Student Forum Sessions

For the 2017 Annual Meeting in Montréal, Québec the Student Forum Advisory Board is sponsoring 2 Student Panel Sessions and a Student Roundtable Session. These sessions are organized by student members and are listed as "Student Forum Sessions." Interested student authors should note that Student Forum Sessions operate under the same guidelines as Regular Sessions and are subject to the submission criteria, deadlines, and program policies listed in the ASA Call for Papers.

All submissions will be reviewed and approximately 8 papers (2 panels with 4 papers each) will be chosen for inclusion into one of the 2 Student Forum Sessions. Every effort will be made to accommodate the remaining papers into the Student Forum Roundtable Session.

To apply for the Student Forum Sessions, please submit your completed paper via the ASA website.  We encourage you to consider the theme for the 2017 Annual Meeting, “Culture, Inequalities, and Social Inclusion Across the Globe” for your paper submission. 

This open submission and review process for the 2017 meeting is designed to encourage quality student papers. Remember, out of the papers submitted, one paper will be chosen to receive the Student Forum Best Paper Award, which comes with a Travel Grant.

ASA Opportunities in Retirement Network

Lives in Sociology: Decision Making over the Lifecourse

Following upon the recent publication of the book, Journeys in Sociology: From First Encounters to Fulfilling Retirements, ASA-ORN is seeking papers that explore career related decision making over the life course.  Unlike traditional research papers, these papers will consist of personal stories written by retired sociologists and will focus on interactional experiences and turning points that shaped two life events:  the decision to become a sociologist and the decision to retire from a career in sociology.  Both contributors to the recently published book and non-contributors are invited to submit papers for this session.

Open Refereed Roundtables

Paper submissions for Open Topic Refereed Roundtables must meet the same submission criteria as for Regular Sessions. Open Refereed Roundtables use a mini-session format: a general topic identified for each table, two to four paper presentations, and a table presider to coordinate presentations and discussions. The roundtable organizer will group papers and tables by topic areas; submissions on all topics are welcome.

Roundtable sessions are held in meeting rooms set with 8-25 round tables that seat 10 people each.  Discussion proceeds simultaneously at all tables listed on each session.

An Open Refereed Roundtable paper presentation is classified as an authorship under the participation rules. Table topics, table presiders, and paper titles with authors' names and affiliations will be listed in the Program.

For information on roundtables sponsored by Sections, please see Section Sessions for details.

AV Restriction. No audio-visual or tape recording equipment is supplied or permitted at Open Refereed Roundtable Sessions.

Informal Discussion Roundtables

Informal roundtables offer opportunities for those who share conceptual, methodological, professional, or policy concerns to meet one another and to initiate and expand networks. These discussion sessions also are particularly valuable for those who are developing new ideas on formulating issues in new ways and who would like to explore these ideas or issues with colleagues who have similar interests.

An Informal Discussion Roundtable Session is usually comprised of 10-20 tables, each with a different discussion topic. Each table will seat ten people. Discussion proceeds simultaneously at all tables listed on each session. At each table the discussion leader will introduce the topic and facilitate discussion among all the participants at the table; no formal papers are to be presented.

These sessions are not intended to be avenues for formal paper presentation. Such papers should be submitted to organizers of Regular Sessions, Section sessions, or Open Refereed Roundtable sessions. Informal Discussion Roundtables are development and discussion opportunities and are considered to be informal sessions.

Informal Discussion Roundtable sessions are sponsored by the Program Committee and open to proposals on all topics. All submitted discussion summaries will be reviewed for possible inclusion in the program. If submissions warrant, multiple sessions will be organized.

Anyone wishing to propose a topic or issue for a discussion table should submit a 1-2 page summary describing the discussion topic/issue via the online submission system on the ASA website. The submitter is considered to be the discussion leader. The formal program listing will show the discussion topic at each table and the discussion leader’s name and affiliation.

Leading a discussion table does count as program participation, but it is not classified as a paper authorship.

For information on roundtables sponsored by Sections, please see Section Sessions for details.

AV Restriction. No audio-visual or tape recording equipment is supplied or permitted at Informal Discussion Roundtables.

Visual Media Poster Session

A poster presentation consists of an exhibit of materials reporting research activities or informational resources in visual and summary form. Poster presentations are a terrific platform for facilitating personal discussion of work with interested colleagues and allowing meeting attendees to browse current research at their own pace.  Research on submissions of all topics will be considered. We especially welcome displays using new media and multimedia applications to present the information in a visual format.

Each author will have access to a large 4’x8’ bulletin board upon which they can display important points from their research.  For those using new media applications, a limited number of LCD screens (with electrical power) are available by request in lieu of the bulletin board. Authors must provide their own device for connecting to the equipment (ASA will provide standard cabling). Wireless internet access (WiFi) will be available in the meeting space where the Poster Session will be held.

The displays will be judged by meeting attendees and roving judges. Visitors will also have an opportunity to speak with poster presentation authors during the dedicated time slot.

Anyone wishing to propose a poster session presentation should submit either a full paper with abstract, or a large 1-2 page abstract with an outline and/or links to online materials or the display presentation itself (including the visual media to be utilized). These materials must be submitted online via the online submission system on the ASA website.

Presentations during the session will be judged by the following criteria:

Composition

  • clear and engaging account of research
  • clear and engaging presentation

 

Presentation

  • well planned and organized
  • clear and easy to read or follow
  • quality of the images and visual media
  • effectively presented

Overall Quality

  • poster/display
  • delivery
  • relevance and importance of the work

 A presentation in a research poster session is classified as an authorship under the participation rules. Paper titles with authors’ names and affiliations will be listed in the online preliminary and printed Final Program.

Research Funding Opportunities and Data Resources Poster Session

These informal poster presentations provide information on funding resources, materials, and datasets available for researchers, including faculty and graduate students. This poster/exhibit session provides a unique opportunity for researchers to meet both representatives of major research funding institutions and principal investigators, researchers, and managers of large-scale datasets that are publicly available for research.  Each funding institution should provide a visual overview of research funding opportunities and the application process. Data resource representatives should display information about the featured datasets, their analytic potential, and issues relating to access and use. Representatives should be available during the 3-hour poster session timeslot to elaborate on their available resources. Tables will also be available to display any materials for distribution.

Posters at this session are presented in a combination of traditional posters on 4x8 boards and digital posters presented using 60 inch LCD screens.

Interested participants are invited to submit an abstract of 350 words or less describing your organization’s funding opportunities or dataset/s that will be presented during this poster session. These abstracts will be printed in the Final Program. If interested in using an LCD screen, briefly describe how the presentation of your poster would benefit from this type of visual media and how you intend to use it. Due to space limitations, we reserve the right to limit the number of posters from a single organization in this session. If you have questions about this poster session, please contact Nicole V. Amaya, nvamaya@asanet.org.

Deadline: March 15, 2017

Graduate Programs in Sociology

At this poster session, sociology graduate programs display information about their program, including application and admissions processes.  A representative from each graduate program is expected to be present during the Graduate Program Poster Session.  Attendees at the session include students who are participating in the ASA’s Undergraduate Honors Program -- a highly competitive program for outstanding students in sociology, many of whom are attending the Annual Meeting because they plan to apply to graduate school in the near future.  Undergraduate advisors also frequently attend in order to research programs of interest to their students.  After the Graduate Program Poster Session is over, the posters themselves remain on display throughout the remainder of the Annual Meeting.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to get an overview of graduate schools and for your department to do some free outreach in a cordial, inviting, and informative atmosphere. 

Interested graduate programs are encouraged to reserve display space immediately. Please do not delay, space is limited. If you have questions about the Graduate Programs in Sociology Poster Session, please contact Jaime Hecht, apap@asanet.org.

Deadline: March 15, 2017

 

Supporters

Pearson 2017
University of McGill Department of Sociology 2017
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Quebec Research Fund-Society and Culture
Federation for the Humanities
Concordia 2017
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