Conferences and CALLs FOR PAPERS


Association for the study of african american life and history: At the crossroads of freedom and equality: The emancipation proclamation and the march on washington

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Jacksonville, Florida
October 2-6, 2013

The year 2013 marks two important anniversaries in the history of African Americans and the United States. On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation set the United States on the path of ending slavery. A wartime measure issued by President Abraham Lincoln, the proclamation freed relatively few slaves, but it fueled the fire of the enslaved to strike for their freedom. In many respects, Lincoln’s declaration simply acknowledged the epidemic of black self-emancipation – spread by black freedom crusaders like Harriet Tubman – that already had commenced beyond his control. Those in bondage increasingly streamed into the camps of the Union Army, reclaiming and asserting self-determination. The result, abolitionist Fredrick Douglass predicted, was that the war for the Union became a war against slavery. The actions of both Lincoln and the slaves made clear that the Civil War was in deed, as well as in theory, a struggle between the forces of slavery and emancipation. The full-scale dismantlement of the “peculiar institution” of human bondage had begun.

In 1963, a century later, America once again stood at the crossroads. Nine years earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court had outlawed racial segregation in public schools, but the nation had not yet committed itself to equality of citizenship. Segregation and innumerable other forms of discrimination made second-class citizenship the extra-constitutional status of non-whites. Another American president caught in the gale of racial change, John F. Kennedy, temporized over the legal and moral issue of his time. Like Lincoln before him, national concerns, and the growing momentum of black mass mobilization efforts, overrode his personal ambivalence toward demands for black civil rights. On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of Americans, blacks and whites, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, marched to the memorial of Abraham Lincoln, the author of the Emancipation Proclamation, in the continuing pursuit of equality of citizenship and self-determination. It was on this occasion that Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his celebrated “I Have a Dream” speech. Just as the Emancipation Proclamation had recognized the coming end of slavery, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom announced that the days of legal segregation in the United States were numbered.

Marking the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History invites papers, panels, and roundtables on these and related topics of black emancipation, freedom, justice and equality, and the movements that have sought to achieve these goals. Submissions may focus on the historical periods tied to the 2013 theme, their precursors and successors, and other past and contemporary moments across the breadth of African American history.

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Title IX Conference: Equality in Action

Southern Connecticut State University

New Haven, Connecticut
October 11, 2013

The purpose of this conference is to bring together academics, students, media, and sports personalities in a critical dialog and celebration of the profound impact that Title IX has had on American society, as part of the extended 40th anniversary celebration of Title IX nation-wide. Enacted in 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in “any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Since its passage, Title IX has helped usher a revolution in the perceived and actual role of women in sports and far, far beyond.  

"Equality in Action: The Enduring Legacy of Title IX,” to be held at Southern, on Friday, October 11th, 2013.   The purpose of this conference is to bring together academics, students, media, and sports personalities in a critical dialog and celebration of the profound impact that Title IX has had on American society, as part of the extended 40th anniversary celebration of Title IX nation-wide. Enacted in 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in “any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Since its passage, Title IX has helped usher a revolution in the perceived and actual role of women in sports and far, far beyond. 

This national conference will feature panels and guest speakers on subjects related to Title IX and gender equity.  Thus far, confirmed speakers include the following:  (1) Sally Jenkins, co-author of Pat Summit’s Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, A Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective; (2) Donna Lopiano, SCSU alumna and Founder and President of Sports Management Resources; (3) Debra Rolison, chemist and head of Naval Research Laboratory’s Advanced Electrochemical Materials; (4) Carol Stiff, SCSU alumna and Vice President of Programming and Acquisitions, ESPN; (5) Carolyn Vanacore: SCSU alumna, former SCSU coach, and SCSU Alum Foundation; (6) Susan Ware, historian and author of Title IX: A Brief History with Documents; and (7) Teresa C. Younger, Executive Director of CT Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.  Another speaker of note, whose invitation came as one result of the Title IX conference organizing, is Justice Sonia Sotomayor.  Her memoir, My Beloved World, is selected the Southern Common Read 2013.  Justice Sotomayor will speak a week and a half after the Title IX conference, on Monday, October 21st.

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Indigenous Enslavement and Incarceration in North America

Gilder Lehrman Center’s 14th Annual International Conference

Luce Hall Auditorium, Yale University
34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut
November 15-16, 2013

Studies of indigenous slavery have multiplied in the past decade, changing not only the ways we think about slavery, but also race, citizenship, and nation. This conference intends to bring together some of this exciting new work and to trace its effects on and within Native American communities. It does so self-consciously in its expressed focus on slavery and incarceration. Such an emphasis, we hope, connects the exciting work done in early American history with contemporary investigations into incarceration and prison studies.

The Honorable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register at:


Baltimore Hilton Hotel

Baltimore, Maryland

February 20-23, 2014

Work is central to collective life. But which work is recognized and valued? Paid jobs are only part of the picture. People also work to find and keep jobs and homes; to nurture others; to build communities; to access services; and more. Migrants and refugees work to sustain transnational families and build new lives. People work to establish and transform identities, protect privileges, and resist the indignities of marginalization. They work to make change. Children work, in the informal economy, as well as at home, in school, and in their communities. Many people have long worked in shadow economies; some have begun to create new kinds of local economies. And new technologies are producing novel forms of work that are only beginning to be understood.

A job description directs attention to some parts of a job and not others. Carework is valued in the abstract, but is rarely written into policy. Much of the work that sustains North American lives is performed elsewhere by workers who remain largely unacknowledged. The work that racial and ethnic group members do to resist oppression and prejudice is recognized within their communities, but is invisible to many in dominant groups. What kinds of change might be possible if these efforts were seen more clearly? This year, we invite submissions that re-examine this “generous” concept of work broaden its initial conceptualization, and reflect on its continuing relevance and transnational dimensions. In a time of ongoing economic transformation, studies of invisible, unpaid, unacknowledged, and under-valued work can contribute to scholarship, policies, and politics that take account of the full range of activities that sustain people’s everyday lives.

Information on travel awards, hotel, and call for papers can be found here.


New England Undergraduate Sociology Research Conference

Bryant University

Smithfield, Rhode Island

Friday, April 19, 2013

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 2013 conference will be held on Friday, April 19th, in the Bello Center for Information and Technology, on the campus of Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

If you are an undergraduate student interested in the social sciences, and if you expect to have research that you would like to share in April, please consider submitting an abstract by March 15th, 2012. A wide variety of presentation types are invited- including traditional academic papers, multimedia presentations, and trifold or easel posters.

To learn more about the conference or to submit a proposal (an abstract is acceptable), please visit Please note that registration is required, but free. Questions can be directed to: Prof. Gregg Carter (


American Sociological Association 2014 ANNUAL MEETING: hard Times: The impact of Economic Inequality On Families and individuals 
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco, California
August 15-17, 2014

America is a land of inequality. Moreover, the scope of economic inequality has grown sharply in recent decades. Since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008, in particular, many Americans have lost ground. Its consequences have been particularly harsh for families with children.

With the theme, “Hard Times: The Impact of Economic Inequality on Families and Individuals,” President Annette Lareau draws attention to the multiple ways in which inequality reverberates throughout American society and the world.

The program will highlight social science research documenting the breadth and depth of economic inequality and the consequences for virtually every sphere of social life: education, health, family life, work, political participation, neighborhood life, religion, and experiences with the criminal justice system. Of course, the ramifications of economic inequality are not equally shared. The program will examine variations in economic inequality by race and ethnicity, gender, and immigrant status. Particular attention will be paid to social class differences in daily life.

Our focus will not simply be on the impact of income inequality, but also the accumulation of debt and the consolidation of income into wealth. In addition to examining the poor and middle-class, special attention will also be paid to the experiences of the very wealthy. Hence, the program takes a broad view of economic inequality.

The focus on “Hard Times” also seeks to understand the lasting consequences of being raised in times of economic uncertainty. Furthermore, it will critically examine programs of change, whether in the form of social movements or policy interventions. Finally, since the ASA is a professional society, the conference will include a series of workshops aimed at strengthening sociologists’ facility at sharing their research with the public.

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