American Sociological Association


Each year, ASA’s president chooses a theme on which to focus some of the programming for the ASA Annual Meeting—a tradition that ensures our meetings reflect the rich diversity of perspectives and subject matter in our discipline. 2021 ASA President-Elect Aldon Morris has chosen the theme “Emancipatory Sociology: Rising to the Du Boisian Challenge.” Read the full theme statement

The 2021 Program Committee invites proposals for the invited session component portion of the annual meeting program. The portal for proposal submissions will open February 26, 2020. The submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern on April 15, 2020. The 2021 Program Committee is also seeking volunteers to organize sessions for the open submission regular paper topics. Learn more about volunteering

Members are encouraged to submit session proposals for the following invited session components of the program: 

  • 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) 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 2019-2020 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:

  •      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 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.

Deadline: The submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern on April 15, 2020.