American Sociological Association


Registration for the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, August 6-10, will open next week with fees that are significantly reduced compared to our in-person meetings. Council is pleased to offer these reduced registration fees at a time when we are also offering substantial reduction on membership dues (up to 30 percent) through the Pick Your Own Sponsorship program.  

The Virtual Annual Meeting is taking shape in exciting ways, with a rich array of programming and opportunities for social engagement and networking. Just like the in-person Annual Meeting, producing the virtual event has costs associated with it. However, Council made careful decisions regarding the delivery of the meeting to keep the registration fee as low as possible, while enabling ASA to provide a high-quality experience and to support other association activities in ways that the Annual Meeting always does. For example, Council decided not to purchase an expensive virtual meeting platform. Instead, we will be using the same system we used in 2020, but with some upgrades and enhancements that will improve core functionality and security and provide seamless integration with Zoom. 

Reduced price registration and membership, combined with the elimination of cost for travel and lodging, will allow for broader participation in the meeting. In addition, we will be offering an expanded number of registration waivers for students through the Student Forum Travel Fund process and for non-students through the Annual Meeting Travel Fund process. 

   Contingent Faculty (Part-Time) $50
   Secondary School Teacher$50
   Community College Faculty$50
   Retired Sociologist$50
   Not Employed Sociologist$50
   Outside the U.S.$150
   Contingent Faculty (Part-Time)$115
   Secondary School Teacher$115
   Community College Faculty$115

Registration Policies

  • All participants are required to register.
  • Registration is required to join sessions online.
  • Refund requests must be submitted via email to Refunds will be issued, minus a 10% processing charge. Refund requests received after July 15, 2021 may not be granted.

Anti-Harassment Policy

ASA reminds everyone: ASA meetings are convened for the purposes of professional development and scholarly educational interchange in the spirit of free inquiry and free expression. Harassment of meeting participants undermines the principle of equity at the heart of these professional fora and is inconsistent with the principles of free inquiry and free expression. Consequently, harassment is considered by ASA to be a serious form of professional misconduct. The following Anti-Harassment Policy outlines expectations for all those who attend or participate in ASA meetings. It reminds ASA meeting participants that all professional academic ethics and norms apply as standards of behavior and interaction at these meetings.

Purpose. ASA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming conference environment for all participants, free from harassment based on age, race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, religion, language, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, disability, health conditions, socioeconomic status, marital status, domestic status, or parental status (hereafter, simply harassment). “Participant” in this policy refers to anyone present at ASA meetings, including staff, contractors, vendors, exhibitors, venue staff, ASA members, and all other attendees.

Expected Behavior. All participants at ASA meetings are expected to abide by this Anti-Harassment Policy in all meeting venues, both in-person and virtual, including ancillary events as well as official and unofficial social gatherings.
•    Follow the norms of professional respect that are necessary to promote the conditions for free academic interchange.
•    If you witness potential harm to a meeting participant, be proactive in helping to mitigate or avoid that harm.
•    At in-person events, alert venue security personnel or law enforcement if you see a situation in which someone might be in imminent physical danger. For online meetings, alert law enforcement. 

Unacceptable Behavior. Harassment of any participant is unethical behavior under the American Sociological Association Code of Ethics. Harassment may consist of a single intense and severe act or of multiple persistent or pervasive acts which are demeaning, abusive, or offensive, or create a hostile professional or workplace environment. Harassment may include sexual solicitation, physical advance, or verbal or non-verbal conduct that is sexual in nature; it may also include threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts; circulation of written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility toward an individual or group; epithets, slurs, or negative stereotyping based on group identity.
Participants are encouraged to immediately report instances of harassment to the ASA Executive Officer, Nancy Kidd, at, (646) 408-9063 or to the Director of Meeting Services, Michelle Randall, at Reports will be treated as confidential. Violations of this policy may lead to removal from the meeting.  To read the American Sociological Association Code of Ethics in its entirety, visit and follow the link to Ethics.

Recording and Social Media Use

Preamble. During the ASA Virtual Annual Meeting, presenters may record presentations and provide links to ASA. ASA will make the links to the recordings available online. ASA itself, or through its contractors, may take photographs and background roll footage that may capture images of you as you attend or present at event sessions. As ASA must obtain permission from the subjects of any photographs or footage that ASA might display publicly, this agreement serves two purposes: (1) it provides ASA with your permission to make the link to your presentation available to others for future viewing (this permission is finite in duration); and (2) it provides ASA with permission to publicly display your image as captured in the event broadcast, photographs and background roll footage ASA captures during the event  (this permission is generally irrevocable except if you would like to request ASA to refrain from using your image from promotional materials). ASA will be able to use these photographs and footage for all purposes and in any format (e.g., print, online, etc.) to further its mission. 

This agreement does not require you to give up any rights to your presentation. You will retain ownership of all rights to your presentation. Secondly, you will retain all rights to your voice and likeness. You will just be providing ASA permission to use your voice and likeness as captured in images and footage taken by ASA or its contractors.

Recording and Social Media Use. The American Sociological Association (“ASA”), through itself or its contractors, may photograph, broadcast and/or record all or portions of the events and functions at the Annual Meeting, including through audio and video recording, web streaming and photography, for the production of material distributed for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to educational, archival, commercial or promotional purposes (collectively known as the “Material”).  By registering for the Annual Meeting, you irrevocably grant the ASA, its assignees and licensees permission to capture your image, likeness, name, biographical information, actions, performance, voice, conversations, quotes and material spoken (collectively, “Likeness”) through photography, video, or any other means, and publish, exhibit, display, reproduce, translate, modify, edit or otherwise use perpetually throughout the world, in all media now and hereafter known or devised, in whole or in part, your Likeness as captured in the Material.   If you would like to decline permission for ASA to use your Likeness in the Material that is distributed for promotional purposes, you can request, in writing to, to be excluded and ASA will make a good faith effort to remove you from any of the Material that is published or otherwise publicly shared for promotional purposes.  You understand and agree that all rights to the Material vests solely in ASA and that the ASA shall be the sole owner throughout the universe and in perpetuity of any and all rights in and to any and all works containing the Material, in whole or in part, for all purposes whatsoever and in any manner or media including, without limitation, radio or other audio broadcast, television or other video broadcast, podcasts, online video platforms, printed works, DVD, online publishing, social media, correspondence, email and any other publishing or distribution services.

In addition, if you record a virtual presentation for the Annual Meeting and provide a link to ASA, you acknowledge and agree to permit ASA to display and share the link containing your intellectual property and Likeness, and keep the link active for viewing until September 30, 2021.

You should be aware that recording by attendees during open sessions is a possibility as well as posting material discussing or relating to the Annual Meeting on social media.  ASA requests that all attendees respect their colleagues and behave responsibly when engaging in recording and social media activities. ASA does not take responsibility for the manner in which attendees use privately recorded material. As a general rule, Annual Meeting sessions also are open to the press, who may report on discussions, quote participants and publish other information made available during the session. 




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