Midwest Sociological Society 2019 Annual Meeting

"Queering / Querying Bodies"

April 17-20, 2019
Hyatt Regency Chicago   Chicago, IL

The call for papers will be sent on or about 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 - or a number of new session types!
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. Additional session types are outlined below, including Innovative Presentations powered by PechaKucha, 3-Minute Theses, Democracy Cafes and TEDx-like Lightning Talks. In all sessions and formats, the primary emphasis will be on dialogue.

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, Student Director and Meeting Systems Coordinator. If you are interested in helping to organize sessions, please complete the VSO interest form.  Thank you! 

Important dates:

  • September 4: Online portal opens for all submissions.
  • October 31: Deadline for all submissions EXCEPT undergraduate posters, undergraduate round tables and undergraduate 3 Minute Thesis entries.
  • December 28: Target date to notify accepted presenters via email.  
  • January 15: Deadline for submission of undergraduate posters, undergraduate round tables and undergraduate 3 Minute Thesis entries.
  • February 10: Target date for announcement of final program, with days, times, and room assignments to be announced at this time.
  • March 23: Advance registration closes; Last day for discounted hotel reservations.

 Submission guidelines:

  1. Begin by reviewing the program theme: “Queering / Querying Bodies”
  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:

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, “Queering / Querying Bodies”. 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. 

  • 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, 2019. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Innovative Presentations, powered by Pecha Kucha
PechaKucha literally means “chit-chat” or “the sound of conversation” in Japanese. It is a strictly timed, 6 minute and 40 second PowerPoint presentation which involves showing 20 slides for 20 seconds each while the presenter talks. The short timeframe necessitates that presenters be focused, precise and creative in conveying their ideas and/or argument.
  • Lightning Talks
Like PechaKucha, Lightning Talks are timed talks which are no more than 5 minutes long. They can be used to describe a specific finding, technique, project, and/or data or to share particularly important information. Unlike PechaKucha, they should have only a couple of slides, if any. They intentionally are focused and succinct rather than comprehensive. 

Background, Examples and “How To’s”
  • Democracy Cafes
Democracy Cafes arose out of politics and are intended to create a forum for open discussion across a range of perspectives. We adapt them here with the purposes of discussing specific sociological issues, concerns, methodologies, and theories/theoretical approaches. They are intentionally democratic; the facilitator’s role is to ensure that everyone has a chance to share their perspectives during the session. Speakers’ roles are to be thoughtful, rigorous, open and empathetic to alternative views. Mutual understanding, rather than consensus, is the goal.
Background, Examples and “How To’s”

  • Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition for Graduate and Undergraduate Students
As described by Illinois State University: https://grad.illinoisstate.edu/academics/three-minute-thesis/
History of the 3MT
3MT was developed by the University of Queensland (UQ) and has spread to over 18 countries and 200 universities worldwide. UQ owns the rights to the program and branding of the logo while providing extensive resources to host local competitions. In the United States 3MT is fast growing and has expanded to regional competitions (e.g. Midwest Association of Graduate Schools) and potentially to a national competition at the annual Council of Graduate Schools meeting. UQ has expanded their Australian competition to the Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition to include Australia, New Zealand, and a select number of Asian institutions.
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition that challenges master's and Ph.D. students to describe their research topic and its significance in just 3 minutes to a general audience. 3MT seeks to enhance the profile of graduate students both within university communities and the wider community. 3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 3MT is not designed to trivialize or "dumb-down" research, but rather encourage students to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries.
Students are allowed to use one static slide, and no additional transitions, animation, video, or props. Presentations are all spoken word, and exclude songs and theatrical performances.
  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or movement of any description; the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final.
Judging criteria
Comprehension and content
  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation, or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
Engagement and communication
  • Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation? Was it clear, legible, and concise?
  • The decision of the judging panel is final.
During the Conference, we will host an initial competition with the finalists competing in a final round in one of the most prominent sessions of the conference.

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, “Queering / Querying Bodies”.

  • 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, 2019. Session organizers may serve as presiders and discussants 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.
  • Author-Meets-Critics Session: An invited author and 2-4 invited critics participate in a lively discussion about a recently-published sociological work.
  • 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.
  • CLOSED SESSION Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition for Graduate and Undergraduate Students  (see description above)
  • CLOSED SESSION Innovative Presentations Powered by Pecha Kucha (see description above)
  • CLOSED SESSION Lightening Talks (see description above)

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.

2019 MSS Annual Meeting Proposed Session Topics

  • Active Learning/Student Centered Learning
  • Aging and the Life Course
  • Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco
  • Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity
  • Animals and Society
  • Applied Sociology and Sociological Practice
  • Assessment of Learning and Pedagogy
  • Big Data
  • Bodies and Embodiment
  • Campus Climate
  • Children and Youth
  • Citizenship
  • Collective Behavior and Social Movements
  • Community, Rural and Urban Sociology
  • Community College and High School Issues, including Instruction
  • Community Engagement and Service Learning
  • Comparative and Historical Sociology
  • Consumers and Consumption
  • Courts, Police, Prisons and the Legal System
  • Curriculum Design
  • Death and Dying
  • Femininities
  • LGBTQQIA Studies
  • Life Course
  • Marxism and Marxist Sociology
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Sex Work
  • Community Based Participatory Research/Participatory Action Research
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Culture including Popular Culture
  • Cultural Competency
  • Demography and Population
  • Disabilities
  • Diversity and Diverse Populations
  • Economic Sociology
  • Economic Inequality, Social Class and Poverty
  • Education
  • Emotions
  • Environment and Ecology
  • Environmental Health: Topics-Issues-Solutions
  • Ethics
  • Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis
  • Evolution, Biology and Society
  • Families
  • Food & Nutrition, including Food Insecurity
  • Gender
  • Gender & Health
  • Global and Transnational Sociology
  • Global, Transnational and Intra-national Immigration and Migration
  • Global, Transnational and National Public Health
  • Health and Health Care, including
  • Health Equity and Inequity
  • Homelessness and Housing Insecurity
  • Human Rights
  • Human Trafficking
  • Identity
  • Intersectionalities of Race, Class, Gender, Age, Sexuality, Disability and the Like
  • Labor and Labor Movements
  • LatinX, including LatinX Chicago
  • Law
  • Media, Communication and Information Technologies
  • Medical Sociology
  • Mental Health
  • Methodologies
  • Military
  • Organizations, Occupations and Work
  • Peace, War and Social Conflict
  • Political Sociology, Political Economy and Social Policy
  • Professional Issues, Including in Different Institutional Settings
  • Public Sociology
  • Queer Studies, including Theory
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Research Methods
  • Retention Strategies
  • Sex
  • Sexualities
  • Sexual Harassment and Assault
  • Social Change
  • Social Construction of Deviance
  • Social Media
  • Social Movements and Collective Behavior
  • Social Problems
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Development
  • Sports
  • Statistics
  • Student Engagement and Writing
  • Symbolic Interaction
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Technology
  • Theory
  • Trauma
  • Visual Sociology
  • Whiteness
  • Work and Family