September/October 2012 Issue • Volume 40 • Issue 7

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Think Ahead to 2014!

Invited Session Proposals Are Solicited for the
109th Annual Meeting Program!

The substantive program for the 2014 Annual Meeting in San Francisco is now taking shape under the leadership of President-elect Annette Lareau and the 2014 Program Committee. The theme of “Hard Times: The Impact of Economic Inequality on Families and Individuals” invites participation across the discipline and provides many opportunities to bring together a variety of sociological work in diverse formats.

The spectrum of sessions on the Annual Meeting program reflects the ASA’s commitment to facilitate intellectual communication and the transmission of knowledge, information, and skills relevant to the field of sociology and aligned social sciences.

At this time members are encouraged to submit session proposals for the components of the program where participation is by invitation only. That is, proposals should include both the topic for this session and the name of individuals who will be invited to speak at the session. Those who wish to volunteer to serve as organizers for Regular Session topics, which are open to paper submissions, should watch for an announcement in mid-December 2013.

The ASA meeting is a program of the members, by the members, for the members. But a meeting of this size and scope requires advance planning. Think ahead and propose session topics and organizers now. With the collective input of ASA members, the 2014 Annual Meeting program will achieve a high mark of excellence.

There are six different types of invited sessions:

Thematic Sessions examine the meeting theme. These sessions are broad in scope and endeavor to make the theme of the meeting come alive. Ideas for Thematic Sessions are due by November 13, 2012. The ASA Program Committee works actively on these sessions, but proposals from members are welcome.

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. Proposals for sessions co-sponsored with sister sociological associations are usually accommodated under this component.

Regional Spotlight Sessions provide opportunities to look at issues pertinent to the host site for the Annual Meeting. With San Francisco, California, as the site of the 2014 Annual Meeting, there are many opportunities to develop interesting session topics with invited panelists, as well as ideas for local tours and site visits.

Author Meets Critic 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 2010-2013 are eligible for nomination. Only ASA members may submit nominations; self-nominations are not acceptable.

Workshops offer practical advice or instruction to sociologists at every professional level.  The categories for workshops are: departmental leadership and management, professional development, teaching, and policy and research.  Proposals should include a title, a description of the workshop activities, and the name of one workshop organizer (other workshop leaders can be listed in the program description). Workshop proposals are reviewed by the Program Committee and accepted workshops and organizers are listed in the Annual Meeting program. Workshops are open to all attendees; no fees are involved.

Courses are designed to keep sociologists abreast of recent scholarly trends and developments. These intensive sessions are led by instructors who have expertise in a given field. Course instructors are urged to prepare reading lists, teaching materials (e.g., handouts, etc.), and to use the same sort of techniques they would use in advanced courses. If you have advanced methodological, pedagogical, or theoretical knowledge in an important area, submit a proposal for a course. Participants in courses register in advance and pay a small fee to cover the cost of materials.

Guidelines for Session Proposals

Thematic Sessions, Special Sessions, and Regional Spotlight Sessions Proposals must include:

Author Meets Critics Session proposals must include:

Workshop proposals must include:

Course proposals must include:

Organizer Eligibility. All session organizers must be members of ASA. Students are not eligible to serve as sole organizers of invited sessions.

Deadlines. Proposals for Thematic Sessions are due by November 13, 2012. Proposals for all other sessions are due by February 5, 2013.

Submission. Proposals should be submitted through the online module located on the 2014 Annual Meeting website. The module will ensure the proper transmission of proposals to the Program Committee–do not mail or e-mail proposals directly to Program Committee members.

Inquiries. Send questions or comments to or call the ASA Meetings Department at (202) 383-9005 x305. 

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