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Call for Paper Session Proposals

The Program Committee is welcoming paper session proposals for the 2025 MSS Annual Meeting.

The deadline for proposals is July 16.

Have a great paper session idea that you would like to organize? Submit it for consideration to be shared with all potential conference participants. Approved sessions will appear as part of our paper submission portal so anyone can submit papers to your session.

Click Here to Submit a Paper Session Proposal

If you agree to organize a session, you will need to select papers from those submitted, attend the session, and either preside or select another presider. When you submit your session, you will need to be prepared with a title and short description (150 words or less). These will be used for paper submissions. All paper session submitters must have an active MSS profile.*

We will continue to offer the opportunity to created closed sessions, where organizers recruit the presenters outside of the MSS portal. This should be done through the submission portal that opens August 1.


*An "active MSS profile" means either a currently active membership or a "SUBMISSION PROFILE" member type. If you cannot access the portal and don't have a currently active membership, you will need to, at minimum, renew your membership at a "Submission Profile" level. This is a temporary membership type and will not bill you until January, when you'll need to purchase a membership to remain active. If you have any questions or trouble, reach out to us at [email protected].

2025 Submission Portal to Open August 1 and Close October 15

Due to an early meeting in 2025, the standard submission portal will open August 1 and close October 15 for all papers, panels, and workshops. Posters and 3MT submissions will be due December 20.


About the MSS

Founded in 1936, MSS is a membership organization of academic and applied sociologists as well as students of the discipline. About 2/3 of the 1300 members live in the Midwest, but membership is open to all; and about 1/3 of the members are from other parts of the nation and the world.

Organized in 1936, MSS held its first annual meeting in 1937. In 2011-12, MSS celebrated 75 years of scholarship and collegiality at our annual meetings in St. Louis and Minneapolis.

What We Do:
- Publish The Sociological Quarterly;
- Hold a four-day annual meeting each spring;
- Provide opportunities for leadership and committee work;
- Support a minority fellowship, several grant and award programs, and research by MSS members.

With the adoption of a long-range strategic plan, MSS is moving forward intentionally, to meet the challenges of the future.

We invite you to join us!

The Benefits of Membership

MSS members enjoy our journal, The Sociological Quarterly, a friendly but rigorous annual meeting, access to grants and awards, opportunities to learn and serve, and paths to enhanced leadership skills. 

MSS’s 1200 members differ in sociological specialty, location, ethnicity, gender and age [19 to 88!] – but coalesce around their fascination with sociology and their willingness to give back through voluntary service to MSS.

Last year, MSS distributed more than $28,000 to 165 MSS members through competitive awards for scholarly work, prizes for student paper competitions, research and travel grants, and a $10,000 minority fellowship through ASA.


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MSS Activities

MSS publishes up to 70 research articles each year in The Sociological Quarterly. Articles cover the entire spectrum of sociological research and inquiry and are often organized into symposiums or special issues. TSQ, as it is familiarly known, is currently edited by the team of Michael Long, Jonathan Coley and Andrew Fullerton, all at Oklahoma State University.

MSS annual meetings attract up to 1200 sociologists each year by offering nationally-known plenary speakers, intriguing paper sessions, invigorating roundtables, instructive workshops, and interactive poster sessions. Always held in a major Midwestern city, MSS annual meetings also include tours, social events, meet-ups and networking opportunities.  



Donations to MSS are used to provide scholarships to meetings, fund research grants, subsidize student attendance to meetings, award great achievements, and much more. When you donate, you can specify which area of need you would like to address. Thank you to all who make a contribution to MSS at any time of the year. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! 

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