Public sociology is an approach to engaging social problems and sociological topics that transcends the academy. It is not aligned with any particular theory, method, or subject. Rather, it is situated on the borderlands of academia, activism, and policy, reaching beyond the audience of professional sociologists to more directly engage public discourses, political and institutional change, and social empowerment. We seek:
Graduate student submissions that practice public sociology related to any topic, including but not limited to age, race, gender, class, sexualities, work, communication and media, education, families, organizations, institutions, collective behavior, social justice, human rights, and political, economic, and civil societies.
We especially encourage submissions related to the theme of “Rethinking Migration and Development: An Examination of Inequality and Mobility,” including but not limited to international migration, forced migration, gentrification, development projects and policies, ethnic enclaves, multiculturalism, citizenship, social movements, intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
We also encourage undergraduates to submit. Roundtables will provide an opportunity for advanced undergraduate students to share works related to public sociology, while also receiving valuable feedback from peers and advanced graduate students.
Finally, we encourage submissions from outside the academy or related academic disciplines, as long as the submission is related to the overall “flavor” of public sociology.
The conference will feature several types of sessions and opportunities for submitters:
Paper sessions (open to graduate students and submissions from outside the academy)
Poster sessions (open to all)
Undergraduate roundtables (open to undergraduates)
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