American Sociological Association

2020 Call for Invited Session Proposals

Call for Invited Session Proposals

Members are encouraged to submit session proposals for the following components of the program. Proposals for Invited Sessions are due March 15, 2019.  

  • Thematic Sessions explore the meeting theme. These sessions are broad in scope and endeavor to make the theme of the meeting come alive.
  • 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. 
  • Regional Spotlight Sessions provide opportunities to look at issues surrounding the host site for the Annual Meeting. With San Francisco, as the site of the 2020 Annual Meeting, there are many opportunities to develop interesting session topics with invited panelists.
  • Book Salons (formerly Author Meets Critics) 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 2018-2019 are eligible for nomination. Authors may not self-nominate.

Guidelines for Submitting Session Proposals
Thematic Sessions, Special Sessions, and Regional Spotlight Sessions Proposals must include:

  •      Designation of the session type: Thematic Session; Special Session; Regional Spotlight Session
  •      Working title for the session (15 words or less);
  •      Brief description of the substantive focus (250 words or less);
  •      Session Organizer(s)
  •      A list of potential participants and/or paper titles.

Book Salon (formerly Author Meets Critics) Session proposals must include:

  • Title of Book (include publisher and publication date)
  • Brief statement about the book’s importance to the discipline of sociology
  • Session Organizer(s)
  • List of potential critics
  • Self-nominations are not accepted

Organizer Eligibility
All session organizers must be current members of ASA at the time of submission. Students are not eligible to serve as sole organizers of invited sessions. Proposals for Invited Sessions are due March 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. 

Statement on Diversity
Much of the vitality of the ASA flows from its diverse membership. With this in mind, it is the policy of the ASA to include people of color, women, sociologists from small institutions or who work in government, business, and other applied settings, and international scholars in all of its programmatic activities and in the business of the Association.

To Submit
1. Log in with your ASA username and password at the ASA portal page.
2. Click on the link "2020 Session Organizer Volunteers and Member Proposals" listed under the Annual Meeting section.
3. Select "Submit a New Proposal."


2020 Kauffman
2020 University of Texas
2020 University of California Press
2019 Pearson