Theme 


Sociology and Its Publics: The Next Generation


Recent calls for more public and engaged sociology have helped inspire, vindicate, and legitimate the work of rank-and-file sociologists everywhere.

Some in the field have seen the attention to public engagement as mere matters of outreach, activism, and dissemination of social scientific research. Others, especially those of us in organizations like the MSS, have come to realize that the challenge of engagement raises much deeper, more unsettling questions about sociology itself: What is this discipline? Why and for whom do we do sociology? And how can we do it better?

With the explosion of new media, political attacks on the social sciences, and the ongoing transformations of higher education, these questions about sociological practice and its relation to different audiences and publics have become more salient and significant than ever before.

The 2015 MSS conference theme is intended to encourage Midwest sociologists—no matter what their topics of interest or intended contributions—to reflect upon these questions in Kansas City, and in doing so contribute to the rejuvenation and continued revitalization of our field and craft. 

See you in Kansas City!

Doug Hartmann, President-Elect / Program Chair
Erin Hoekstra, Student Director / Program Assistant


Session Submission Deadline - Aug. 31, 2014
          NOTE:  Deadline extended to Sept. 11  !!!
Questions about the program? Contact Program Chair Doug Hartmann and his student director, Erin Hoekstra, by email.
2015 MSS Annual Meeting                                          March 26-29   Kansas City Marriott Downtown

2015 Annual Meeting LINKS
Questions about the program? Contact Program Chair Doug Hartmann and his student director, Erin Hoekstra, by email.
Call for session proposals 

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Planning for the 2015 Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting is underway! 

This year’s theme, “Sociology and Its Publics: The Next Generation,” encourages exploration of sociological practice and its relation to different audiences and publics. We particularly invite sessions that reflexively examine the discipline itself as well as issues related to public engagement, teaching and learning, and community-based research.

Members of MSS are warmly invited to organize a session for our March 26-29 Annual Meetings in Kansas City, Missouri. Sessions related to the conference theme are particularly encouraged as well as sessions on established sociological subfields (See a full list on the submission portal page). Please note: This is a call for session organizers only, not for individual papers. A call for papers will be issued in September after we have organized the sessions.

Before the August 31 deadline [NOW extended to Sept. 11]  for session proposals, please
Explore our theme,above.
Enter the  submission portal to propose your formal paper session, panel session, roundtable, workshops, or author-meet-critics session.
Renew your membership for 2015 early.

We look forward to seeing you in Kansas City!


Doug Hartmann, President-Elect / Program Chair
Erin Hoekstra, Student Director / Program Assistant


Session Submission Deadline - Sept. 11, 2014

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