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