MSSA Forum: 2011 Conference Call for Papers & Competition Announcements

SPEAK YOUR MIND

Greetings everyone, 

With spring almost upon us it is time to begin thinking about the 2011 MSSA Annual Conference (October 26-29 in Little Rock, Arkansas).  Now, I’m sure I’ll get grief for admitting this, but truth be told I wasn’t initially looking forward to going to Little Rock.  However, when I went to the mid-year meeting earlier this month, I had the chance to spend a few days exploring the area and had a fantastic time!  We are at a top notch hotel that is very nicely laid out with excellent service and staff.  The hotel is located right along the river that has a wonderful set of walking trails (which were enjoyable despite the snow coming down).  We are located downtown within walking distance of some incredible sites, intriguing museums and yummy places to eat.  Given all this as well as the many opportunities for other experiences being developed by Program Chair Mark Konty, I’m looking forward to going back this fall and I would encourage all of you to start thinking about how you’ll be participating in this year’s conference.  Below you will find announcements related to the conference including the Call for Papers as well as announcements/deadlines regarding the Graduate “Paper of Distinction” Award, the Undergraduate Paper Competition, the Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award and the Stanford Lyman Memorial Scholarship.

Looking forward to a fantastic spring.

Take care,
Tim Gongaware
MSSA Forum Editor &  Webmaster

Call for Papers

Southern Exceptionalism:
The Good, the Bad, and the “Peculiar”

October 26-29, 2011—Doubletree Hotel—Little Rock, AR

Send your abstracts to one of the area organizers listed below.  If you are not sure where to send your abstract please contact one of the organizers or contact me, Dr. Mark Konty, at mssa11@roadrunner.com

Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2011.

The Doubletree Hotel is located in downtown Little Rock, an area known for its music, pubs and food.  We are planning a private guided tour of the Clinton Library for Thursday evening.  For Friday’s President’s Reception I’m asking our musicians to bring instruments for a jam session that follows on the heels of a special panel on southern music.  You don’t want to miss the fun we’re going to have this year so get your abstracts in early.  If you have any questions check the website or contact the Program Chair, Dr. Mark Konty, at mssa11@roadrunner.com.

 

2011 GRADUATE STUDENT “PAPER OF DISTINCTION”AWARD

(Deadline: June 30, 2011)

The Mid-South Sociological Association invites the submission of student papers for the annual Graduate Student Paper Session and “Paper of Distinction” Award. The award process is open to graduate students who are members, or become members, of the Mid-South Sociological Association. Among the papers submitted, an award will be presented to any paper that is reviewed and evaluated as possessing a high level of originality and significant potential for contribution to the discipline. If such a paper is so identified, the author(s) will be presented with a “Paper of Distinction” award at the MSSA Banquet. The award will also include editorial review assistance from suitable persons so identified by the Vice President in coordination with the Editors of Sociological Spectrum.

Rules for the 2011 Award Process

Papers may be submitted by the graduate student or nominated by faculty, but in any case, each paper must be accompanied by a cover letter requesting consideration for the Graduate Student “Paper of Distinction” Award. The letter must include the title of the paper, author(s) of the paper, the school affiliation, telephone number, and email address (if available) of the author(s). The author’s name and title of the paper should be included on the title page only. The title of the paper must be repeated at the top of the first page of the text. Additionally:

  • The maximum length of an eligible paper shall be 25 double spaced pages of text, not counting abstract, reference, tables, and figures.
  • Papers may be co-authored with a maximum of three student authors, but no faculty.
  • Papers must not have been submitted for publication prior to submission for award consideration.

 Papers should be submitted as a Word document by email to Dr. David G. LoConto at dloconto@jsu.edu by June 30, 2011. If you have any questions regarding the competition, please feel free to contact Dr. LoConto at the email address above or by phone at (782)782-5621. To receive full recognition for participation, submission must meet deadlines and participants must present their papers to the 2011 Annual Meeting October 26-29 in Little Rock, AR. 

Students are strongly encouraged to seek faculty advice prior to submission of papers.

 

2011 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION

(Deadline:  June 30, 2011)

The Mid-South Sociological Association invites the submission of student papers for its annual undergraduate student paper competition. The competition is open to students in the Mid-South Region and to other undergraduate students who are members of the Mid-South Sociological Association. A prize of $50 will be awarded for the best paper. The authors of the papers selected will be presented with certificates of merit after presentations of papers at the 2011 MSSA Annual Meeting.

Rules for the 2011 Competition

  • Each paper must be accompanied by a cover letter requesting participation in the undergraduate competition session. The letter must include the title of the paper, author(s) of the paper, the school affiliation, the email address and the telephone number of the author(s).
  • The maximum length of an eligible paper shall be 20 double-spaced pages of text, not counting abstract, references, tables, and figures.
  • Papers may be co-authored with a maximum of three student authors, but not by graduate students or faculty.
  • Papers must not have been submitted for publication prior to submission for this competition.

 Each of the submissions will be evaluated by a committee of scholars based on (1) originality, (2) contribution or potential contribution to the discipline, (3) clarity of arguments, and (4) mechanics (i.e. neatness, use of an appropriate format, grammar, spelling, etc.).  To receive full recognition for participation, submissions must meet deadlines and participants must present their papers at the 2011 meetings in Little Rock, AR (October 26-29, 2011).

Papers (in word format) should be submitted by email to Dr. Ruth Chananie-Hill at rchill@uni.edu by June 30, 2011. If you have any questions regarding the competition, please feel free to contact Dr. Chananie-Hill at the email address above or by phone at (319-273-7242).

Students are strongly encouraged to seek faculty advice prior to submission of papers.

 

The Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award

(Deadline: June 1, 2011)

The Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award was established in memory of Stan Lyman in order to honor MSSA members whose recently published work makes a significant contribution to the field of sociology. Please consider nominating one of your colleagues for this prestigious award. Keep in mind the following:

  • The book must be an original work (and can be sole authored or co-authored).
  • The work must have been published within the last three years (thus a book published between 2008 and 2010 is eligible).
  • Textbooks and edited editions are not eligible.
  • The author must be a current member in the Mid-South Sociological Association, and must have been a member for at least three years.

Be sure to include the following in your nomination:

  • The complete citation for the book (author/s, date published, title, publisher)
  • Author/s contact information (email, affiliation, phone number if possible).
  • Publisher contact information (e.g., contact person, phone number, and ISBN).
  • A brief description of the book and why you believe it should be nominated.

The deadline for submitting a book for consideration by the Book Selection Committee is June 1, 2011.  Nominations should be sent (via email) to:

Dr. Thomas J. Durant, Jr.
Louisiana State University
socdua@lsu.edu
Nominations may also be faxed (225-578- 5102), Attention: Thomas Durant

 

Stanford Lyman Memorial Scholarship
($1,000.00)

(Deadline: September 1, 2011)

Eligibility requirements:

  1. Ph.D. candidate working on a dissertation in sociological theory, symbolic interaction, race relations, law, or ethics.
  2. Applicant must be receiving the degree from an institution within the MSSA member states (see http://www.midsouthsoc.org/ for more information) or from an institution which has active MSSA student/faculty memberships.

Submission information:

Each applicant is to submit the following:

  1. Letter of introduction which includes a brief discussion of how the applicant’s work reflects Stanford Lyman’s tradition within sociology
    • Description of dissertation research project, such as a research proposal – approximately 5 pages,
    • Letter of support from the applicant’s dissertation committee chair which evaluates the dissertation project,
    • Timetable for completion of the dissertation and degree, and
    • Current vitae.
  2. Deadline September 1, 2011. The scholarship will be announced at the fall MSSA conference banquet, but the committee does reserve the right not to award the scholarship in any given year.
  3. Applications may be sent by mail or email (WORD attachment only) to the scholarship coordinator at the following address:

John Lynxwiler
Department of Sociology
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL 32816-1360
jlynxwil@mail.ucf.edu

For more information contact Professor Lynxwiler by email or 321-433-7960

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