CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Midwest Sociological Society 2020 Annual Meeting

"Sustainable Sociology"

April 2-5, 2020

Hilton Omaha - Omaha, NE


The MSS invites submissions for the 2020 Annual Meeting beginning September 3, 2019. The submission deadline for regular members is November 1, 2019; undergraduate submissions are due January 15, 2020. Submissions can take a variety of forms, including formal papers, posters, teaching techniques, workshops, panels, organized closed sessions, and other alternative presentation formats such as Innovative Presentations powered by PechaKucha, 3-Minute Theses, and Lightning Talks. We also welcome submissions for Author Meets Critic and Academics Meet Activists sessions. And, new this year – volunteer to participate on panels by submitting via the “Panel Participant” option. For more information, see the Session Types page and the List of Session Topics.

All submissions must be made via the online submission system. The online form will guide you through the steps required to submit. When members submit, they will select a topic and session type best fitting their submission. To submit, log in or create a profile to access the MSS member portal and then begin the submission process! Individuals who present at the MSS meeting must be MSS members and be registered for the conference.

Submitters should prepare the following information prior to starting the online submission process.

  • Session title and description (if closed session, workshop, or panel)
  • Names and contact information for presenters/participants
  • Paper title and abstract (if formal paper, poster, teaching technique, or alternative format)

The submitter will receive acknowledgement upon successful submission. Because MSS wants to accommodate as many participants as possible, individuals are limited to three appearances on the program. After the submission deadline, voluntary session organizers (VSOs) review submissions to each topic and group submissions into separate sessions, with a final review done by the Program Chair, Student Director and Meeting Systems Coordinator. If you are interested in helping to organize sessions, please complete the VSO interest form.  Thank you!

The participation portal opens September 3, 2019 and closes November 1, 2019. 

We very much look forward to seeing you in Omaha!

Julie Pelton, 2020 Program Chair and President-Elect
Michael Miner, 2020 Student Director

Important dates:

  • September 3: Online portal opens for all submissions.
  • November 1: Deadline for all submissions EXCEPT undergraduate posters, undergraduate round tables and undergraduate 3 Minute Thesis entries.
  • December 20: Target date to notify accepted presenters via email.  
  • January 10: Deadline for submission of undergraduate posters, undergraduate round tables and undergraduate 3 Minute Thesis entries.
  • February 10: Target date for online publication of final program, with days, times, and room assignments to be announced at this time.
  • March 9: Advance registration closes; Last day for discounted hotel reservations.

How to submit:

All submissions must be entered via the online portal. Once you enter the online portal, you will be prompted to enter the information listed below. Please be consistent with your MSS profile when entering email address(es) in your submission contact information.


Individual Presentations

  1. Session format: Formal paper, round table, poster, teaching technique, panel participant, Pecha Kucha, Lightning Talks, 3MT.
  2. Session topic: Select one from the lists below.
  3. Abstract (150 word target): For research papers and proposals, the abstract should detail the status of data collection and the status of your data analysis.  Edit carefully. The abstract reflects your scholarship and determines the paper’s acceptance in the session.

 Complete/Closed Sessions

  1. Session format: Closed paper, panel, author-meets-critics, academics-meet-activists, workshop.
  2. Title of the session
  3. Brief abstract for the session (no more than 150 words)
  4. Name, affiliation, and email of session organizer
  5. Names, affiliations, and emails of all presenters (Note to organizers: All presenters must be a member of MSS and register for the conference to be on the final conference program.)
  6. Titles of the individual presentations
  7. For co-authored papers: include all authors, starting with the first.