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  1. 2019 Theme

    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.  2019 ASA President Mary Romero chose the theme “Engaging Social Justice for a Better World." Her conception of her theme is below. 

  2. 2019 Invited Sessions

    The preliminary roster of invited sessions is now available. Invited sessions are selected from content generated by the Program Committee and via member suggestions.

    Plenary Sessions are highlighted programs opposite which no other programming is scheduled. 

  3. Plenary Sessions

    DuBoisian Sociology and Social Justice
    W.E.B. Du Bois was at the forefront of framing sociological research using a social justice lens in developing research questions aimed at challenging oppressive social institutions. Combining rigorous scientific methodology with politically engaged scholarship, he shaped a significant branch of sociology that has largely been ignored in mainstream sociology. Panelist will discuss his lasting contributions to sociology and highlight the importance of pursuing social justice.

  4. Presidential Panels

    Stonewall At/After 50

  5. Thematic Sessions

    Engaging Community in Sociology

    Social justice emphasis in doing sociology involves engaging with communities impacted by social inequality. This panel explores the ways that sociologists engage neighborhoods, organizations, and other community structures that bring local, national or international members together to develop projects that embrace their needs and concerns.

    Participants: (Session Organizer) Mary Romero, Arizona State University; (Presider) Ashley Wood Doane, University of Hartford

  6. Special Sessions

    Puerto Rico and Climate Justice: Exploring the Intersections of Scholarship and Activism

  7. Regional Spotlight Sessions

    Street Ethnography: The Manhattan Nobody Knows
    Street ethnography is a highly complex undertaking. Embedded in the texture of everyday life, the sociological issues are largely emergent, and revealed through social observation that leads to the rendering of people, places, and social situations.

    The Manhattan Nobody Knows is a perfect example of this methodology. The author walked hundreds of miles through the borough, and spontaneously engaged people in impromptu conversations about their lives, observing and representing their everyday lives.

  8. Author Meets Critics

    Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (New York University Press, 2018) by Safiya Umoja Noble
    Participants: (Session Organizer) Brian Gran, Case Western Reserve University; (Presider) Cassi Pittman Claytor, Case Western Reserve University; (Critic) Charlton McIlwain, New York University; (Critic) Laura Robinson, Santa Clara University; (Critic) Daniel Laurison, Swarthmore College; (Author) Safiya Umoja Noble, University of Southern California