“Sociology and the Public's Health”

Annual Meeting 2018

March 22-25, 2018

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis   Minneapolis, MN


The submission portal is currently open for undergraduate poster sessions and undergraduate round tables. 

Graduate and professional submissions have closed.

The call for papers will be sent by September 1, including a list of topics from which to choose. When members submit papers, they will select a session topic in which their paper best fits.  When selecting a topic, session types will also be selected; submitters will choose between Research, Teaching and Practice options. To submit:

  • Click on the topic session and type best fitting the content and intent of your submission
  • Complete the submission form and submit.

Submissions can be formal paper, roundtable, poster, or organized closed sessions

The submission form will include individual submissions to formal paper, roundtable, and poster sessions. Or, you may organize and submit closed sessions, workshops, and panels. For these last three types of submissions, the session organizer is required to submit in Meeting Savvy information about the session, such as a session title and names of participants and contact information for all presenters.

How will papers be assigned to sessions?

As we review submissions under each topic, members of the program committee and other volunteers with expertise in specific topic areas will group submissions into separate sessions, with a final review done by the Program Chair and the Student Director.

If you are interested in helping to organize sessions, email me at [email protected] In your note, include session topics from the list below which you wish to help organize (Note: if there are topics which you feel should be added to the list below, you may send these as well).

Thank you!

Marlynn May, 2018 Program Chair

 Important dates:

  • September 1, 2017: Online portal opens for all submissions.
  • October 31, 2017: Deadline for all submissions EXCEPT undergraduate poster and round table presentations.
  • December 1, 2017: Target date for the 2017 PRELIMINARY program to be posted online.
  • January 10, 2018: Deadline for undergraduate poster and round table presentation submissions.

 Submission guidelines:

  1. Begin by reviewing the program theme: “Sociology and the Public's Health”
  2. Renew your membership or join MSS. All presenters for MSS sessions must be a member of MSS and register for the conference.  
  3. Before entering the online portal, carefully review the information below regarding types of submission and method of submitting.
  4. Because MSS wants to accommodate as many participants as possible, individuals are limited to three appearances on the program.

Types of submissions:

Individual Presentations

We welcome submissions of individual papers, posters, or round table presentations on research and teaching topics related to sociology. In particular, we encourage submissions that address this year’s theme, “Sociology and the Public's Health”. When members submit papers, they will select a teaching, research or practice session topic where their paper best fits (see list at end).  They will also select a format from the list right below.

  1. Formal Paper Sessions: These formal sessions, the core of the annual meetings, include the presentation of completed papers. Though submissions are only an abstract, presenters must send completed papers to their session presider by March 1, 2018. Presiders may serve as discussants or may recruit others to do so. Individual papers will be grouped with papers of similar topics to form a complete session.
  2. Round table Sessions: This less formal and smaller session type is appropriate for presentation and discussion of research proposals, works in progress, or topics of special interest. A round table can involve presentations or conversation on shared interests.  Unfortunately, we cannot provide audio-visual.
  1. Poster presentations: Typically posters are visual presentations of research work illustrating a research question, methods and outcomes. Posters will be displayed during scheduled time slots and presenters will discuss their research with other meeting attendees.

Complete/Closed Sessions:

We accept proposals for workshops, complete panels, or other closed sessions on any sociological topic. For these sessions, organizers select topics and identify all presenters in advance of submitting their proposal. All presenters should agree to participate before the organizer submits a proposal. We welcome proposals for sessions in all subfields of sociology including research and teaching topics, as well as professional development sessions or workshops.  We encourage submissions that address this year’s theme, “Sociology and the Public's Health”.

  1. Closed Paper Session: These panels should have between 3 and 5 participants who present completed papers on a predetermined topic. Chosen presenters will send completed papers to their session organizer by March 1, 2018. Session organizers may serve as presiders and discussants or may recruit others to do so.
  2. 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.
  3. Author-Meets-Critics Session: An invited author and 2-4 invited critics participate in a lively discussion about a recently-published sociological work.
  4. Workshop: Workshops are often interactive professional development opportunities facilitated by organizers and are often participatory sessions. Workshops generally form around topics related to teaching, publishing, technology, data analysis, and administration .


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:

 Individual Presentations

  1. Session format: Formal paper, round table, or poster
  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, or 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.


2018 MSS Annual Meeting Proposed Session Topics


Sociology & Public’s Health/Immigration-Migration

  • Active Learning/Student Centered Learning
  • Aging and the Life Course
  • Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity
  • Animals and Society
  • Applied Sociology, Sociological Practice
  • Assessment of Learning and Pedagogy
  • Body and Embodiment
  • Books that Help Us Improve Professionally in…
  • Children and Youth
  • Choosing Textbooks for…
  • Community College Instruction
  • Community College: value and benefits in education
  • Community Engagement and the Classroom
  • Curriculum Design
  • Comparative and Historical Sociology
  • Concurrent Enrollment
  • Courts, Prisons, and the Legal System
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Culture and Popular Culture
  • Cultural Competency in Sociological and Public Health Practice
  • Demography, Population
  • Deviance
  • Difficult Topics: How to Approach Them
  • Disabilities
  • Diversity and Diverse Populations
  • Economic inequality, class, poverty
  • Education
  • Environment and Ecology
  • Environmental Health: Topics-Issues-Solutions
  • Epidemiology – Chronic Diseases
  • Epidemiology – infectious diseases
  • Epidemiology – Epidemics: Historical, Current and Future
  • Ethics
  • Family
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Gender
  • Gender & Health
  • Global and Transnational Sociology
  • Global and Transnational Immigration-Migration
  • Global and Transnational Public Health
  • Health and Health Care - Mental Health
  • Health and Health Care – Medical & Clinical
  • Health and Health Care – Public & Population Health
  • Healthy Aging
  • Health Equity & Inequity
  • Homelessness and Housing Insecurity
  • Human Rights
  • Intersectionalities (of race, class, gender, age, sexuality, etc.)
  • Social Determinants of Health (race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, sexuality)
  • Law
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Life Course
  • Masculinities
  • Media, Communication, Information Technologies, and New Social Media
  • Mentoring: Issues-Solutions
  • Organizations, Occupations and Work
  • Organizing and Involving Undergraduates
  • Peace, War, and Social Conflict
  • Political Sociology, Political Economy, Social Policy
  • Professional Portfolios
  • Professional Work in Different Institutional Settings
  • Public Engagement
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Community Based Participatory Research/Participatory Action Research
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Retention Strategies
  • Rural Sociology
  • Service and Project–based Learning
  • Sexualities
  • Social Change, Sociology of Development
  • Social Movements, Collective Behavior
  • Social Problems
  • Social Psychology 
  • Sport
  • Statistics
  • Stratification and Inequalities
  • Student Writing
  • Swapping Ideas
  • Symbolic Interaction
  • Teaching and Learning: Issues-Solutions
  • Technology and its uses: Pros and Cons
  • Theory
  • Urban Sociology, Community
  • Uses of film/media/News
  • Using the Internet
  • Work and Family