Midwest Sociological Society 2019 Annual Meeting

April 17-20, 2019
Hyatt Regency Chicago   Chicago, IL
The submission portal will open September 1 for all session types.
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, please send an email to [email protected]. In your note, include session topics from the list below which you wish to help organize.
Thank you!

 Important dates:

  • September 1: Online portal opens for all submissions.
  • October 31: Deadline for all submissions EXCEPT undergraduate poster and round table presentations. 
  • December 20: Target date to notify accepted presenters via email.  
  • February 1: Deadline for submission of undergraduate posters and round tables
  • 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: “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.


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
  • Bodies and Embodiment
  • Campus Climate
  • Children and Youth
  • Citizenship
  • Community Based Participatory Research/Participatory Action Research
  • 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
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Culture including Popular Culture
  • Cultural Competency
  • Curriculum Design
  • 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
  • Family
  • Femininities
  • Food & Nutrition, including Food Insecurity
  • Gender and Sex
  • 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
  • LGBTQQIA Studies
  • Life Course
  • Marxism and Marxist Sociology
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Media, Communication and Information Technologies
  • Medical Sociology
  • Mental Health
  • Methodologies
  • 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 Work
  • 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
  • Work and Family