Third Annual Public Sociology Graduate Conference
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Deadline: June 21, 2013
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 to our roundtable sessions. These roundtable sessions 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 also encourage submissions from outside the academy or related academic disciplines, as long as the submission is related to the overall “flavor” of public sociology.
In addition to an abstract, submitters must include a reflexive statement describing how their papers engage with public sociology. Abstracts and reflexive statements of no more than 500 words each, and a current CV, should be sent to email@example.com with “Conference Proposal” in the subject line by June 21, 2013. Please include the title, presenter’s name(s), institutional affiliation(s), contact information, A/V requests, and any special needs required. Abstracts and statements should be sent as Word documents (.doc or .docx).
The theme and flagship cause will be updated in the coming months, please check back regularly.