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Millennium Broadway Hotel

New York City, New York

February 26 - March 1, 2015

The “Crossing Borders” theme invites discussion of the social construction and social impacts of borders dividing individuals, groups, and nations.  It challenges us to explore how borders are created, how they can change, and the complex processes shaping whether, and how, they can be crossed – and with what consequences.

One type of border is political. Millions of people have crossed international borders in the past half century to come to the United States in one of the massive population movements of our time.  How has this enormous inflow shaped the lives of the migrants who have crossed borders — and transformed social, economic, political, and cultural institutions and patterns in American society?   What can recent research tell us, for example, about the pathways and barriers to immigrant inclusion in American society?  How has the presence of new immigrants changed America’s racial order, injected new dynamics into politics, and altered community institutions and neighborhoods?   How extensive and significant are migrants’ cross-border ties with their home societies?  What, for immigrants and for American society, are the ramifications of large numbers of undocumented residents? Other questions emerge when we put the U.S. in a wider context and look through a comparative lens. What, for instance, are the causes and consequences of border crossing in different immigrant receiving societies, including north of the U.S. border and across the Atlantic?

There are many other important borders that reflect significant social divisions, raising questions about their nature, social effects, and degree of permeability. There are borders based on class, ethnicity, race, gender, religion, and age, for example, and borders dividing those involved in institutions and organizations from those who are not. The theme can also focus attention on the value of crossing interdisciplinary borders, not only as a way to highlight distinctive sociological approaches to theoretical and empirical questions but also to reflect on what we can learn from other disciplines.

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New England Undergraduate Sociology Research Conference

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA

Friday, April 24, 2015

Each spring social science students from throughout New England come together to present their research at the New England Undergraduate Sociology Research Conference. The conference provides a supportive atmosphere for students to present one of their first professional papers.

The 41st New England Undergraduate Sociology Research Conference will be held at Bridgewater State University on Friday, April 24, 2015. We welcome undergraduate sociology students from throughout New England to present their research in a welcoming and supportive atmosphere. The conference provides a supportive atmosphere for students to present their first professional paper. 

If you are an undergraduate student interested in sociology, we welcome your participation. If you have research that you would like to share, we invite you to submit a proposal for presentation

Submitting a Paper for Presentation 
Papers for presentation can come from class assignments, senior theses, capstone projects, or research specifically conducted for this conference. Proposals will be considered on any topic of sociological interest, and they may be for individual, group, or poster presentations. Or, you may submit a proposal for a panel—a set of 3-5 separate presentations on a similar theme that will be grouped together in a single session. Click here for a description of presentation types.
We welcome the participation of undergraduate sociology students from throughout New England along with their friends, family, and supporters. 
  • To register, choose a registration category and complete the necessary information.
  • Students or group of students interested in presenting will be required to enter the title of your presentation or poster and a 150-250 word abstract along with some keywords to help the organizers plan the program.
  • Each registration will generate a personalized ticket that is required to attend the conference.
  • Lunch will be provided.
This conference provides a supportive atmosphere for students to present their research papers and posters.

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American Sociological Association 2015 ANNUAL MEETING: SEXUALITIES IN THE SOCIAL WORLd
110th ASA Annual Meeting
Chicago and the Palmer House Hilton hotels
Chicago, Illinois

August 22-25, 2015

Sex usually occurs in private and is seen as deeply personal, yet it is also profoundly social. Cultural norms and social institutions such as religion, education, mass media, law, and the military all affect what we do sexually with whom. These social forces also affect what is seen as beyond the bounds of legitimacy. Indeed, contemporary politics are full of contentious debates about abortion, sex education, same-sex marriage, pornography, sex work, sexual harassment, systematic rape as a weapon in wars, and female genital cutting. Given the importance of sexuality in people’s lives, and its relevance to many areas of sociology, I selected it as the theme for the 2015 annual meeting of the ASA. Let us gather to discuss a broad set of questions, including the following:

Please join me at our annual meeting in Chicago in August 2015 where our sessions will feature a full range of sociological topics in addition to showcasing exciting new research on sexualities across many subfields.

Paula England, New York University
ASA President and Chair, 2015 Annual Meeting Program Committee

  • Why has there been more progress toward gender equality in education and jobs than in heterosexual relations, where men still typically propose marriage, and women are more stigmatized than men for casual sex?
  • How are race and class inequalities affected by marriage markets in which preferences and segregation steer us toward intimate relationships, and thus economic sharing, with partners similar to ourselves?
  • Why have nonmarital births increased for 50 years, as much in good economic times as in the hard times that make men less marriageable? 
  • To what extent is bias against gay men and lesbians really a bias against gender nonconformity?
  • Why has public opinion on gay marriage shifted so quickly?
  • Why do typical parents believe that their own children are sexually naïve but that other children are hypersexual?
  • How are notions of sexual propriety marshaled in social movements, anti-colonial revolutions, state formation, and ethnic cleansing? 
  • How are cultural schema about sexuality reflected in the design of consumer goods such as movies, music, clothing, and drugs for sexual performance?
  • Has concern about the dangers of sex kept researchers from studying sexual pleasure as a stratification outcome?
  • How do patterns of the transmission of HIV illuminate network principles? 
  • How do gene/environment interactions affect sexual behavior?
  • What new data collection do we need for research on sexualities?
  • What theoretical perspectives are most useful in making sense of sexuality?
  • Can studying sexuality inform general social theories?

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SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS ANNUAL MEETING: Removing the Mask, Lifting the Veil:  Race, Class, and Gender in the 21st Century

65th Annual Meeting
August 21-23, 2015
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

Chicago, IL

We wear the mask that grins and lies,/ It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,-/… Nay, let them only see us, while/ We wear the mask.” Paul Laurence Dunbar 1896

“Surely there shall yet dawn some mighty morning to lift the Veil and set the prisoned free.“ 
W.E.B. Du Bois 1903

On January 20, 2009, with the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, perceptions were that his election was the first fruit of seeds sown during the 1960s to the present.  We were moving into the second decade of the 21st century, with an ambitious social, cultural, and economic agenda based on racial, ethnic, and gender equality.  For a majority of citizens, the mask of bigotry could be removed, and the veil of discrimination lifted.

Against this backdrop, the Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), American Crossroads, and Americans for Prosperity, alongside like-minded groups, effortlessly tapped into a thinly veiled sentiment of how to sustain and embolden inequality as an American virtue.  This was accomplished by calling for grassroots organizations to become confederates with political action committees to fight progressive legislation seeking to illuminate and redress financial concerns of the middle class, the provision of healthcare to the uninsured, and pathways to citizenship for undocumented children and adults.

Additionally, this political strategy built impasses via dog whistle sound bites against racial and sexual equality, and women’s reproductive rights.  In the face of this opposition, the Presidency was on display, as we watched a series of cloture skirmishes, filibusters, and obstructions to a forward-thinking agenda.  So, despite the veil being lifted, it appeared to stall and begin dropping, as homophobia, colorblindness, backstage racism, and economic inequality intensified.  For me as well as many others, removing the mask and lifting the veil had become one of the hardest tasks to begin as we remained cautious in “picking our battles,” hoping we have triaged correctly.

What became clear to me, was if Dunbar felt we werewearing the mask that grins and lies in the 19th century, and Du Bois felt “the problem of the 20th century was the color line,” the disenfranchised we of the 21st  century are persons of color, lesbian, gay, and transgendered, naturalized, unemployed, middle-class, and the poor.  For example, a June 2014 Catalyst articlereports that Women of Color must reduce their ambitions due to bias.  The 2010 Census confirmed that Women of Color still make substantially less than White women, thereby delaying their social mobility.  Both they and their male counterparts, in turn, have been hit especially hard by the near depression and recession.  While Latinas/os and immigrant-rights activists could claim a small victory when President Obama issued an Executive Order in 2012 in support of the Dream Act, immigration legislation has been postponed again, and Latinas/os, too, suffer economic woes much more severe than whites’.  Scientific research funding is under attack as never before, making it much more difficult for Academics of Color to publish and to advance in their profession, and the lesbian, gay, transgender, and queer communities continue to work for marriage equality.  The delicate political coalitions that have been formed by these groups around parallel social agendas implode and explode as significant change continues to be elusive, despite the 239 years of incremental progressive change since the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Consequently, as suddenly and decisively as Obama’s election and the electoral directive arrived, he and it were faced with contests that left constituents for and of change bereft and asking: How do we remove the mask and lift the veil? What are consequences of doing so? How will they benefit a society in need of repair and reconciliation? On the other hand, I along with others ponder whether expanding our 50 years (1964-2014) of laboring to locate and eradicate separate, but imbalanced precepts within our democratic society, will cause many to keep the mask in place and never lift the veil.  Then again, the words of Dunbar and DuBois echo in our minds as we continue to contemplate removing the mask and lifting the veil.

In preparing to convene our 2015 meeting in Chicago, we invite scholars, scholar-activists and practitioners to examine the issues of race, gender, and class in the first decade and a half of 21stcentury to locate avenues to continue the progressive work they have begun, by investigating fractures in building a culture free of “isms.”  As scholars in pursuit of a just society, what we offer at this time of historical change may alter the most pressing problems carried across centuries.

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Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

Atlanta, Georgia

September 23-27, 2015


Over the past century, African American life, history, and culture have become major forces in the United States and the world. In 1915, few could have imagined that African Americans in music, art, and literature would become appreciated by the global community. Fewer still could have predicted the prominence achieved by African Americans, as well as other people of African descent, in shaping world politics, war, and diplomacy. Indeed, it was nearly universally believed that Africans and people of African descent had played no role in the unfolding of history and were a threat to American civilization itself. A century later, few can deny the centrality of African Americans in the making of American history.

This transformation is the result of effort, not chance. Confident that their struggles mattered in human history, black scholars, artists, athletes, and leaders self-consciously used their talents to change how the world viewed African Americans. The New Negro of the post-World War I era made modernity their own and gave the world a cornucopia of cultural gifts, including jazz, poetry based on the black vernacular, and an appreciation of African art. African American athletes dominated individual and team sports transforming baseball, track-and-field, football, boxing, and basketball. In a wave of social movements, African American activism transformed race relations, challenged American foreign policy, and became the American conscience on human rights.

While the spotlight often shines on individuals, this movement is the product of organization, of institutions and institution-builders who gave direction to effort. The National Urban League promoted the Harlem Renaissance. The preservation of the black past became the mission of Arturo Schomburg and Jesse Moorland, leading to the rise of the Schomburg Research Center in Black Culture and Howard University's Moor- land-Spingarn Research Center. The vision of Margaret Boroughs and others led to the African American museum movement, leading to the creation of black museums throughout the nation, culminating with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Student activism of the 1960s resulted in the Black Studies Movement and the creation of black professional associations, including the National Council of Black Studies, and a host of doctoral programs at major American universities.

At the dawn of these strivings and at all points along the road, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) has played a vital role. When he founded the Association in 1915, Carter G. Woodson labored under the belief that historical truth would crush falsehoods and usher in a new era of equality, opportunity, and racial democracy, and it has been its charge for a century. In honor of this milestone, ASALH has selected "A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture" as the 2015 National Black History theme.

Deadline for submission of proposals as follow:
- Individual papers deadline is March 1st.
- Early Bird panel deadline is March 15th.
- Panel Session deadline is March 30th.

All proposals must be submitted electronically to ASALH through the All Academic online system which will be available for submission on December 1. For complete panels that are submitted by March 15, day and time preferences will be given on a first come first served basis.

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The Centennial Annual Meeting and Conference Program Co-Chairs
Cornelius Bynum, Ph.D.: and Lionel Kimble, Ph.D.:
Academic Program Committee Coordinator:

All participants must be members by April 2nd and registered by July 3rd. There are no refunds for membership dues and none for registration fees after August 3rd, 2015.