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January-March 2019

Invited Session Proposals Are Solicited for the 115th Annual Meeting

Deadline: March 15, 2019

The program for the 2020 Annual Meeting is now taking shape under the leadership of President-elect Christine Williams and the 2020 Program Committee. The theme of “Power, Inequality, and Resistance at Work” invites participation across the discipline and provides many opportunities to bring together a variety of sociological work in diverse formats.

Members are encouraged to submit session proposals for the following 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) 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. 

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Volunteers Needed

The 2020 Program Committee is seeking volunteers to organize sessions for the open submission regular paper topics. The deadline to volunteer is March 15, 2019. Volunteering does not guarantee an invitation to organize. Anyone volunteering to organize an open submission regular session must abide by the guidelines governing such work and meet the eligibility requirements. Learn more about volunteering at