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Welcome to the MSS 2015 Annual Meeting Submission Portal page!

Before you go any further, please STOP!  Are you an MSS member?
Only MSS members may submit session proposals for the MSS Annual Meeting.

If you want to propose a session and you are NOT YET a member of MSS, please join MSS now.  You can learn more about MSS membership and join MSS at the membership page.
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2015 MSS Annual Meeting                                          March 26-29   Kansas City Marriott Downtown

If you are a member of MSS in good standing, we invite you to submit your session proposal through the submission portal below, but first - please review these submission helps:

Before you enter the portal:
​​▪▪Review the conference theme: Inside the portal, you will be asked to indicate whether your session is a thematic session.
▪▪Review the session types below, and decide which format best fits your session.
​▪▪Review the broad topic areas below and decide which topic best describes your session.
▪▪Have on hand 
  • the name, 
  • email  address
  • and affiiliation of your co-organizer(s), if any.
▪▪Take time to thoughtfully compose and have on hand: 
  • a descriptive session title, 
  • and a brief, 1-2 sentence explanation of your session, to attract the most appropriate submissions.
Session Types

• Author Meets Critics.

• Paper Session: These formal sessions, the core of our annual meetings, include the presentation of completed papers and a
discussant’s constructive feedback. Prospective presenters will submit a two-page abstract to the session organizers who will choose
the four or five papers best serving the focus of the session. Chosen presenters will send the completed papers to the discussant by
March 1, 2015. Organizers generally serve as the presider and discussant or may recruit others to do so.

• Panel Session: Organizers will invite three to five panelists to present on a shared area of expertise or interest. While panelists
make formal presentations, they are generally not the empirical reports that predominate in paper sessions. The organizer moderates
discussion between the panelists and with the audience. We welcome panel sessions on all subfields of sociology. In keeping with
this year’s theme, “Sociology and Its Publics: The Next Generation,” we encourage sessions on public engagement in teaching,
community-based research, and public sociology.

• Workshop: Interactive professional development opportunities facilitated by organizers are often participatory sessions.
Workshops generally include topics related to teaching, writing, publishing, technology or analysis. Workshops are encouraged to
have an emphasis on teaching and learning. Thematic workshops on teaching and learning are especially welcomed.

• Roundtable: These less formal and smaller groupings are appropriate for presentation and discussion of research proposals, works
in progress or topics of special interest. Whether a given table group involves presentations or conversation on shared interests, there is no audio-visual, only handouts. A small number of colleagues around a round table can provide valuable feedback and generate
great ideas.
Broad Topic Areas
  • Applied Sociology, Sociological Practice
  • Comparative and Historical
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Culture and Popular Culture 
  • Demography, Population
  • Deviance
  • Disabilities
  • Education 
  • Environment and Ecology
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Global and Transnational Sociology
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration, Migration
  • Law
  • Life Course
  • Media, Communication, Information Technologies, and New Social Media
  • Medicine, Health, Health Care, Mental Health
  • Organizations, Occupations and Work
  • Peace, War, and Social Conflict
  • Political Sociology, Political Economy, Social Policy
  • Public Engagement 
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Research Methods, Statistics
  • Rural Sociology
  • Sexualities
  • Social Change, Sociology of Development
  • Social Movements, Collective Behavior
  • Social Psychology and Symbolic Interaction
  • Sport
  • Stratification and Inequalities
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Theory
  • Urban Sociology, Community
  • OTHER [IF proposing a session that does not fit any of the above broad topics, please email chair to inquire, BEFORE you submit.]

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