American Sociological Association

Summer 2017 Announcements

Summer 2017 Announcements


This year, in lieu of roundtables, we are piloting newly formed research clusters in the session slot immediately before the business meeting. The goal is to help create intellectual communities within the GATS section around particular themes—bringing graduate students, younger scholars, and senior scholars who work on similar topics together in a friendly, informal environment. We hope these will be spaces where members of the network can develop social networks, disseminate ideas and papers, and explore opportunities for collaboration. Each cluster will get a table where people will discuss and share their research or a particular paper, with the cluster "leader" deciding the format and whether to circulate papers beforehand. All of the cluster tables are open for any section member to join.

Here is a list of all of the clusters/leaders:



FYI -  A List of our upcoming sessions:

A.  Organizational meetings for new Research Clusters and Business Meeting.  

Research Clusters will meet before the business meeting at 9:30

Sun, August 13, 8:30  to 10:10am, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Level 5, 517C

B.  Diffusion in a Highly Stratified World-System

Sun, August 13, 10:30am to 12:10pm, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Level 5, 515A

C.  The Global, the Transnational, and the Historical

Sun, August 13, 12:30 to 2:10pm, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Level 5, 513F

Description:  If Global and Transnational Sociology (GTS) has reoriented our understanding of social relations across space, it has been less attentive to social relations over time. Yet “globalization” and “transnationalism” are not new. They extend far back to the age of formal empires. And current transnational forms or processes have emerged from complex histories of social conflict, struggle and power. In an effort to help overcome the “presentism” of GTS, this session highlights papers that put global and transnational forms, processes and relations in historical perspective. Papers historicize current transnational flows, forms and processes and elucidate differences between past and present transnational relations.

D. Thinking Beyond the Nation-State

Sun, August 13, 2:30 to 4:10pm, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Level 5, 515A

Description:  Much has been written about methodological nationalism—taking for granted that the world is and always will be organized around discrete nation-states. Many of the analytical and conceptual categories we use are permeated by these assumptions. But what would we see if we looked beyond the nation-state both analytically and programmatically, by connecting climate change in Calcutta to climate change in California, gang violence in El Salvador to gang violence in Los Angeles, or high infant mortality rates in Mexico with similarly poor health outcomes in New York City? This invited panel asks key scholars to re(consider) and revisit traditional understandings of race, gender, labor, economic production and social movements by thinking outside the nation-state box.

E. Joint Reception with Sociology of Culture and Sociology of Development Sections at Palais des congrès de Montréal at 7:30.

F. Cultural (Re)Imaginings of the World (cosponsored with Section on Sociology of Culture)

Mon, August 14, 4:30 to 6:10pm, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Level 5, 514A

Description:  This panel is about the role of culture and cultural institutions in (re) imagining the world. One out of every seven people in the world today is an international or internal migrant who moves by choice or by force. People live transnational lives but the social contract between citizen and state is not. This panel explores where the cultural building blocks come with which to imagine a world in which nations do not necessarily stop at their borders; to forge new understandings of citizenship, identity and belonging; and to create new institutions that respond more effectively to our world on the move.


3. ESSEX SOCIOLOGY and SAGE joint Cocktail Reception -- ASA 2017, 13 August7:30-9:30 pm

Department of Sociology at the University of Essex, in association with Sage Publishing, is holding a Cocktail Reception at Pointe-à-Callière Museum, 10 minute walk from the Conference Center and a great location.

 DateSunday 13 August 

Location:  L’Arrivage Bistro, Pointe-à-Callière Museum, Montreal

Time7:30pm – 9:30pm

Essex is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its Summer School, and Sage the launching of its Research Methods: Video Collection, to which several Essex Sociologists have contributed.