American Sociological Association

Virtual Preconferences

Registration fees paid for preconferences will be refunded in full.  There is no cost to join an online preconference but registration for the alternative virtual engagement event is required. Information on how to access each preconference will be posted in the online program


All preconferences are scheduled for Friday, August 7, 2020.

The Psychosocial Turn: Multidimensional Perspectives on Politics, Society, and the Individual 
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PDT
This preconference on self, society and the ‘psychosocial’ is in its eighth year of operation on the day before ASA begins. Our plenary speaker this year is Nancy Chodorow, speaking about her new book “The Psychoanalytic Ear and the Sociological Eye”.  Panels throughout the day, some organized by Lynn Chancer and others by Lauren Langman, will focus on how sociological and psychological/psychoanalytic approaches can illuminate rising authoritarian tendencies nationally and internationally, as well as global crises involving climate change and reactions to coronavirus.  Specific panels will focus on sexuality, gender and the psychosocial; US politics from a psychosocial perspective; understanding race and class biases through psychosocial theory and research; and crime and the psychosocial.  Other panels will focus on contributions of thinkers including Eric Fromm and the Frankfurt School, Jessica Benjamin and Lynne Layton, as well as on ongoing research of diverse faculty and students across the country who bring – or are interested in bringing – a critical psychosocial lens to their research and analyses of structure and agency, the collectively political and the uniquely individual.  

  • Panel 1: Erich Fromm’s Escape from Freedom Today: Psychosocial Analysis and Authoritarian Populism 

Time: 8:30 -10:00 a.m. PDT
Speakers: Neil McLaughlin, McMaster University; Seth Abrutyn, University of British Columbia; Ilene Philipson, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles; Lynne Layton, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis; Adjunct Faculty, Community, Liberation, Indigenous and Eco-Psychologies, Pacifica Graduate Institute 

  • Panel 2 (Plenary Panel) : Psychosocial Theory and Practice Through the Work of Nancy Chodorow: Exploring The Psychoanalytic Ear and the Sociological Eye 

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT
Introduction: Christine Williams, University of Texas Austin, President, American Sociological Association (ASA) 
Plenary Speaker: Nancy Chodorow, Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Professor Emerita, University of California, Berkeley; Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
Commentators: Arlene Stein, Rutgers University; Lynn Chancer, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York 

  • Panel 3: The Psychosocial Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. PDT
Speakers: John Andrews, Vassar College; Sasha Roseneil, Dean, Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, University College of London; Catherine Silver, Emerita Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, Psychoanalyst; Lynn Chancer, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York; Josephine Barnett, Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

  • Panel 4: Psychosocial Research in International Contexts

Time: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. PDT
Speakers: Tony Jefferson, Professor Emeritus, Keele University, UK, “Stuart Hall, Psychosocial Studies and the Problem of Politics"; Matheus Capovilla Romanetto, University of São Paulo, Brazil, “Truth and Trust: Reason and Morals in Current Brazilian Politics”; Ilgin Yorukoglu, PhD Sociology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, “Acts of Belonging in Modern Societies: Sexuality, Immigration, Citizenship” (A Case Study of Berlin); David Smith, University of Kansas, “White Hostility: The US Experience. Class and Regional Patterns”

  • Panel 5: Race, Gender and the Psychosocial

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. PDT
Speakers: Tulio Custódio, University of São Paulo, "Per-verting the Black Maleness: Understanding the Categories of Existence and Performance”; Dean Ray, York University, "Stigma or Eroticization?: Narratives of HIV+ men and the HIV- men who f**k Them”; Andrew Shapiro, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, “Assimilation, Shame, and Struggles for Recognition in LGBTQ Movements"; Sarita Srivastava, Queen’s University, "You’re Calling Me a Racist: The Emotional Landscape of Racial Encounters”

Persistence and Resistance in the Academy: Addressing Inequality and Power to Increase Student Learning (Co-sponsored by the Section on Teaching and Learning and SAGE)
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT
The classroom is a space of power and resistance including resistance to group work, resistance to reading, resistance to sociological content, resistance to service learning, and more. Faculty also find themselves resisting against the power enacted in their lives including resistance to oversight, resistance to constraints, and resistance to change. Faculty members from racialized and/or oppressed groups can experience barriers to advancement in their career or both graduate students and undergraduate students may experience imposter syndrome as part of the resistance they face in the academy. As sociologists we know that there are times when resistance is necessary as a mobilization of power among the oppressed. Workshop organizers invite you to a conversation which will include roundtables, panels, and readings, where we will explore ways to reduce resistance that impedes learning and mobilize resistance to create positive change. Join us for an engaging and transformative experience!

  • Keynote followed by Q and A, Why Won’t They Talk? 

Time: 10:00 -11:00 a.m. PDT
Speakers: Using Discussion to Facilitate Learning Even When Socially Distanced, Jay Howard, Butler University

  • Two Roundtables

Time:11:10 a.m. -12:00 p.m. PDT
Natascia Boeri: The Semester-Long Project: Motivating Students to Persist intheir Studies
Danielle MacCartney: Addressing Inequality and Power and Increase StudentLearning by Teaching from an Ethics of Care

  • Two Roundtables

Time: 12:10 - 1:00 p.m. PDT
Kathy Rowell: Teaching in the Time of Pandemic
Greg Kordsmeier: Black Lives Matter and Teaching Sociology

Exchanging Expertise: Research and Funding at the Intersection of the Computer, Information, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences 
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PDT
The increasing interconnectedness of technology and society offers tremendous opportunity for collaboration between computer and information scientists as well as social, behavioral, and economic scientists. Such collaborations enable us to build new technologies and understand the resulting societal impact of these technologies. Leadership at the National Science Foundation (NSF), through its Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) directorates, is exploring new ways to bring the research community together to address societal challenges and improve quality of life. Areas of interest include (a) identifying mutually beneficial research topics (e.g., reducing social disparities); (b) exploring new ways for researchers to collect, store, and share data; (c) training scientists to work at the convergence of the computer, information, social, behavioral, and economic sciences; and (d) forming new alliances with other agencies, industry, and non-profits to support these research, infrastructure, and workforce development efforts.  

Bringing together NSF leadership and experts from across disciplines, the purpose of this preconference is to engage sociologists in crafting a vision for enhanced collaboration between the computer, information, social, behavioral, and economic science communities. Through this preconference, participants will have an opportunity to: (a) think creatively about how sociologists’ work could be enhanced through engagement with computer and information scientists and engineers; (b) deepen understanding about NSF’s goals and existing programs that foster CISE-SBE collaboration; (c) build relationships with NSF leadership in both CISE and SBE; (d) inform next steps in CISE-SBE collaboration; and (e) strengthen their network across disciplinary boundaries in computer, information, social, behavioral, and economic sciences. The last 50 minutes of the preconference will be networking sessions to engage with fellow attendees and NSF staff.

New Debates in the Sociology of Finance
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. PDT

To access the the link to join this preconference, you must be registered for the ASA virtual engagement event. After registering, log in to your ASA account. Once logged in, click on Virtual Engagement Portal listed under the Annual Meeting header. Then click View the Online Program and you will be brought back to this page WITH logged-in status. Welcome Your Name will appear at the top of the page to show you are logged in.

The past two years have witnessed a crop of exceptional monographs in the sociology of finance, with great diversity and theoretical promise. These monographs are marked by the integration of contemporary themes in sociology such as power and inequality with longstanding categories in the sociology of finance such as models and algorithms. Thus, some books have considered how financialization has contributed to inequality, others have examined the political dimension of the bond market, as well as the Federal Reserve. Yet others have integrated the study of ethics with that of financial models, and some have examined how algorithms form crowds. This half-day preconference brings together seven book authors with the goal of presenting the core ideas in their monographs, debate their findings, and consider new directions for future research in the sociology of finance. 

Proposed schedule:

1:00 Welcome (Daniel Beunza)

1:05 The Macro Perspective (Presider, Alex Preda)
Sarah Quinn, American Bonds: How Credit Markets Shaped a Nation
Mitch Abolafia, Stewards of the Market: How the Federal Reserve Made Sense of the Financial Crisis

2:10 New Challenges (Presider, Alex Preda)
Ken-Hou Lin and Megan Tobias Neely, Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance
Christian Borch, Social Avalanche: Crowds, Cities and Financial Markets

3:15 Debates at the intersection (Presider, Megan Tobias Neely)
Neil Fligstein, The Banks Did It
Daniel Beunza, Taking the Floor: Models, Morals and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room 

4:20 Closing panel: Future monographs and avenues for the sociology of finance? (Presider, Pierre-Christian Fink)
Mitch Abolafia, Daniel Beunza, Neil Fligstein, Ken-Hou Lin, Megan Tobias Neely, Christian Borch, Eric Schwartz, Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, Sarah Quinn 

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