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2012 MSSA Annual Conference Preliminary Program

38th Annual MSSA Conference

Sociology from the South:

Assessing the Past, Examining the Present

and Forecasting the Future of Southern Sociology

November 7-10, 2012    Mobile, Alabama

Program Chair:  Dr. Earl Wright, II   University of Cincinnati
(earl.wright@uc.edu)

The preliminary program for the 2012 meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association is now available. While every attempt will be made to not alter this program prior to the meeting, please be mindful that changes will be made as needed and the impacted party(ies) will be notified immediately.  If any revisions or corrections to the program are needed, please contact the Program Chair, Dr Earl Wright II, at the email address above.

2012 MSSA Annual Conference Preliminary Program

 

REMINDER #1: The deadline for pre-registration fees to be received by MSSA is October 15, 2012. Persons not pre-registered (Dues & Registration Fees) by that date will have their name and presentation information deleted from the final program.

Membership Renewal and Conference Registration Form 2012-2013

REMINDER #2: The last day to make hotel reservations is Monday, October 8, 2012.

Conference Site:  Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel

64 South Water St.
Mobil, Alabama  36602
251-438-4000

($135/night)

For Information on Reservations, Parking and Transportation see:

Renaissance Riverview Fact Sheet

MidSouth Soc Announcements and Final Call for Presenters

Greetings everyone!

The 2012 MSSA Annual Conference is nearly upon us, and the deadline for session organizers to send their sessions to Earl is fast approaching.  So, if you have not yet submitted your work for presentation, please contact a session organizer right away (or contact Earl if you can not identify an appropriate organizer) right away.  The list of session organizers is below.  The deadline for paper submissions is September 10.

The conference this year promises to be a good one and we’re getting very excited.  Mobile is always beautiful and makes for a wonderful fall location.  The list of sessions looks very interesting and we’re hearing about insightful and intriguing presentations in the works.  The dinner banquet has been scheduled on the evening of Friday, November 9, beginning at 6:30 this year and promises to be an exciting time to gather, explore and celebrate the winners of various awards.

Additionally, the deadline for preregistration is quickly approaching: October 8.  Although people attending the conference can register when they arrive, if you are an organizer or presenter you must be preregistered for the conference or your name will be dropped from the program.  The registration form can be found on the MSSA website’s Conference Registration page:

Finally, please don’t forget about the Stanford M. Lyman Memorial Scholarship which is open to any Ph.D. candidate working on a dissertation in sociological theory, symbolic interaction, race relations, law, or ethics.  Applications must be submitted by September 1 to Dr. Stan Hodges: stan.hodges@tamuk.edu

We hope everyone is doing well and look forward to seeing all of you at this year’s conference!!

 

Sociology from the South:
Assessing the Past, Examining the Present and Forecasting the Future
of Southern Sociology

November 7-10, 2012     –     Mobile Alabama

PAPER SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 10, 2012

If you are unable to locate an appropriate session below please forward your paper to: Earl Wright II (earl.wright@uc.edu)

SESSION ORGANIZERS

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL Presenters, Presiders, Discussants, and Session Organizers must be current members of MSSA and must pre-register for the conference by September 10, 2012.  Individuals not pre-registered for the conference by this date will not have their name or presentation information included in the final program.

MSSA Announcements and New Call for Conference Papers

Greetings everyone!   Although all manner of summer activities may beckon, I imagine that most of us are very much hard at work.  So, I’ve attempted to make this set of announcements quick.

  • First, the new membership, membership renewal and 2012 MSSA Annual Conference registration form (all one form) is now available on the website (Membership and Conference Form 2012-13).  Please print this out and send it in with your payment as soon as possible.  Remember, in order to remain on the program for the conference, your dues and registration must be received by September 15, 2012.
  • Second, in order to further increase the visibility of the organization, I have begun to move the MSSA Facebook presence from a “group” (which is typically not available for public viewing/input) to a “page” which allows for a wider audience.  In conjunction with the webpage, it will be a place where members and non-members alike can get information about the organization and its activities.  When you have an opportunity, please seek out the page (www.facebook.com/MidSouthSoc).  If you have ideas for content, I’d be very interested in hearing them; please feel free to contact me there on FB.  The previously established “group” will remain active for now, but as a place where somewhat less public conversations can occur.
  • Finally, and perhaps most important, I wanted to direct your attention to the latest call for papers.  There are still sessions with room for presenters, and we’d like to see those sessions as full as possible.  The full call for papers can be found at the website (2012 Annual Conference).  However, for quick access I’ve included the list of organizers and their contact email addresses below.  The Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel will be a wonderful setting for what should be a very exciting and stimulating conference.  Please encourage your colleagues and students to join you at the conference.
    If you are interested in presenting in a session please forward a submission form (see attachment) and an abstract of your paper directly to the organizer identified below.  The organizer will inform you about the acceptance of your paper.  If you are unable to locate an appropriate session below please forward your paper to: Earl Wright II (earl.wright@uc.edu)
As always, we wish everyone the very best in whatever ventures they’re pursuing.
- Dr. Tim Gongaware, MSSA Forum Editor and Webmaster

Stanford M. Lyman Memorial Scholarship and Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award

Greetings everyone.  We just wanted to make a couple important announcements.

First, we have a new coordinator for the Stanford M. Lyman Memorial Scholarship.  Dr. Stan Hodges has agreed to coordinate the scholarship for this year as the executive council works to identify someone to take on the next 4 year term (if you’re willing/able, please let someone on the Exec Cmte know).  Instructions for the scholarship are on the website, and applications for the scholarship are due on September 1, 2012.  Please forward all applications to:

Dr. Stan Hodges
Dept of Psychology and Sociology
Texas A & M University – Kingsville
MSC 177, 700 University Blvd.
Kingsville, TX 78363-8202
Email: stan.hodges@tamuk.edu

Additionally, we wanted to remind everyone that the deadline for nominations for the Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award is June 15, 2012.  Nominations should be sent (via email) to both:

Dr. Dennis R. McSeveney
University of New Orleans

dennis.mcseveney@uno.edu

and

Dr. Dennis Peck
University of Alabama
dpeck@as.ua.edu

Hope everyone’s summer months are off to a good start.

Take care,
Tim

Dr. Timothy B. Gongaware
MSSA Forum Editor and Webmaster


Special Issue of Sociological Spectrum Call for Papers

Gendered Experiences/Gendered Institutions:
A View from the American South

Printable Flyer

Sociological Spectrum invites papers for a special edition onGendered Experiences/Gendered Institutions: A View from the American South. Although the American South has been the subject of much scholarly attention, gender issues are often overlooked, or else gender/sex is included as one of many variables in analyses that do not address important nuances. Our purpose is to help fill that gap by providing another outlet for such nuanced approaches. Research on gender critically analyzes and investigates how gender structures our identities, experiences and institutions. This special edition seeks articles that address the micro, meso, and/or macro perspectives regarding gender as an organizing force. To this end we are soliciting research that focuses on inequalities faced by women and men (especially submissions on devalued masculinities or hegemonic masculinity), or in various cultural, political, and occupational capacities, as well as exploring intersections of gender with race, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexuality, age, and/or social class. Although our emphasis will be on southern gendered experiences and institutions, we encourage a broad a range of submissions in order to garner a greater collective presentation of research on gender in its many forms. Deadline for submission is November 15, 2012.

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • The rationale for research on gender in sociology
  • Definitions and conceptual models used to analyze gender
  • History of the development the sociology of gender
  • Gendered epistemology/methodology
  • Gender and sexual expressions
  • Gender and military involvement
  • Gender and deviance
  • Gender and leisure activities
  • Gender and violence
  • Gender and family structure
  • Gender and childhood socialization
  • Gender and occupational stratification
  • Gender and media
  • Gender and religion
  • Gender and politics
  • Gender and law
  • Gender and economy
  • Gender and education
  • Gender and sports
  • Gender and the state
  • Men and masculinities

Submissions will be peer reviewed. The selection criteria will involve: relevance to the theme, clarity of paper, intellectual significance and originality. Send an electronic copy of the manuscript as an email attachment, formatted in MS Word or WordPerfect to one of the special issue editors below. Authors should avoid placing any form of identification in the body of the manuscript except for the title page. Submissions should be in ASA citation format, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins. Additional author submission instructions can be found here: Taylor and Francis

Please direct inquiries and manuscript submissions to one of the guest editors below:

Ruth Chananie-Hill, Special Issue Editor
Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology
University of Northern Iowa
Baker Hall 356
Cedar Falls, IA 50613-0513
319-273-7242 rchill@uni.edu

Tina Deshotels, Special Issue Editor
Department of Sociology and Social Work
Jacksonville State University
327 Brewer Hall
Jacksonville, AL 36265
256-782-5350 tdeshotels@jsu.edu

Note:  Sociological Spectrum is the official journal of the Mid-South Sociological Association. This special issue is a project of the MSSA Women’s Caucus.

2012 Stanford Lyman Book Award – Call for Nominations

Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award

 (Deadline: June 15, 2012)

 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 in 2009 or later is eligible).
    • Textbooks and edited editions are not eligible.
    • The author must be a current member of 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 15, 2012. Nominations should be sent (via email) to both:

Dr. Dennis R. McSeveney
University of New Orleans

dennis.mcseveney@uno.edu

and

Dr. Dennis Peck
University of Alabama
dpeck@as.ua.edu

2012 MSSA Annual Conference Updated Call for Papers

For those who may have missed the announcements, information on the 2012 Graduate Paper of Distinction as well as the 2012 Undergraduate Paper Competition are available on the MSSA website (www.midsouthsoc.org).  Additionally, President-Elect and Program Chair, Dr. Earl Wright, has recently sent out an update to the 2012 MSSA Annual Meeting Call for Papers which I have included below.  Details about the hotel and making reservations can also be found on the website.

Sociology from the South: Assessing the Past, Examining the Present and Forecasting the Future of Southern Sociology

 November 7-10, 2012

Mobile, Alabama

CALL FOR PAPERS

DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 1, 2012

If you are interested in presenting in a session below please forward a submission form (see attachment) and an abstract of your paper directly to the organizer.  The organizer will inform you about the acceptance of your paper.

If you are unable to locate an appropriate session below please forward your paper to:

Earl Wright II (earl.wright@uc.edu)

SESSION ORGANIZERS

All requests must be made on the submission form (see the website) to be considered. The form should be 1) completed; 2) saved to your personal computer; and 3) emailed as an attachment directly to the session organizer. If you are unable to complete the submission form via this process contact the session organizer to obtain a fax number or postal address to be used as an alternative submission method.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL Presenters, Presiders, Discussants, and Session Organizers must be current members of MSSA and must pre-register for the conference by September 15, 2012.  Individuals not pre-registered for the conference by this date will not have their name or presentation information included in the final program.

 

2012 MSSA Undergraduate Student Paper Competition

MID-SOUTH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

2012 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION

(Printable Flyer: 2012 Undergraduate Paper Competition)

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, or become 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 2012 MSSA Annual Meeting. 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.).

 

Rules for the 2012 Competition

Papers may be submitted by the undergraduate student or nominated by faculty, but in any case, each paper must be accompanied by a cover letter[1] requesting consideration for the MSSA Undergraduate Student Paper Competition. The letter must include the title of the paper, author(s) of the paper, the school affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address of the author(s). In addition, author(s) must submit the name and contact information of a faculty sponsor from their institution. The author’s name and title of the paper should be included on the title page only in order to prepare for an anonymous judging process. The title of the paper must be repeated at the top of the first page of the text. Furthermore:

  • The maximum length of an eligible paper shall be 20 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 graduate students or faculty.
  • Papers must not have been submitted for publication prior to submission for award consideration.
  • Author(s) must identify a faculty sponsor from their institution. Students are encouraged to seek faculty feedback on their papers prior to submission.
  • Author(s) are encouraged to seek conference travel funding through their department, or other sources such as the AKD Travel Award program: http://sites.google.com/site/alphakappadeltainternational/Home/student-travel
  • To receive full recognition for participation, submission must meet deadlines, participants must be members of MSSA and registered for the annual meetings, must present their papers at the 2012 Annual Meeting November 7-10 in Mobile, AL, and they must attend the banquet where winners will be recognized[2]: http://www.midsouthsoc.org/

Papers should be submitted as a Word document (or rich text file [.rtf]) by email to Dr. DeMond Miller, Vice President-Elect, MSSA, at millerd@rowan.edu by July 15, 2012. If you have any questions regarding the competition, please contact Dr. Miller at the email address above or by phone at 856-256-4500 ext. 3517.

Non-competition options: Students may also elect to submit their papers to a) a special non-competition student session [3] (indicate this in cover letter); or b) a regular session as identified in the MSSA Call for Papers: http://www.midsouthsoc.org/about-2/2012-annual-conference/ Please choose only one of the three options – competition, non-competition student session, or regular session. Faculty interested in organizing an all-student paper session should contact MSSA President-Elect, Dr. Earl Wright II at wrighte4@ucmail.uc.edu

[1]This information should be submitted via email along with the paper submission.

[2] In cases of financial difficulty, a limited number of free banquet tickets may be provided for those who submit papers for competition. Email rchill@uni.edu for details.

[3] Note: non-competition student authors still need to identify a faculty sponsor.

2012 MSSA Graduate Student Paper of Distinction Award

MID-SOUTH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

2012 GRADUATE STUDENT
“PAPER OF DISTINCTION” AWARD

(Printable Flyer: 2012 Graduate Student Paper Award)

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, which includes a $50 stipend toward the cost of your conference hotel room(1). 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 2012 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(2) 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, mailing address, telephone number, and email address of the author(s). In addition, author(s) must submit the name and contact information of a faculty sponsor from their institution. The author’s name and title of the paper should be included on the title page only in order to prepare for an anonymous judging process. The title of the paper must be repeated at the top of the first page of the text. Furthermore:

  •  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.
  • Author(s) must identify a faculty sponsor from their institution. Students are encouraged to seek faculty feedback on their papers prior to submission.
  • Author(s) are encouraged to seek conference travel funding through their department, or other sources such as the AKD Travel Award program: http://sites.google.com/site/alphakappadeltainternational/Home/student-travel
  • To receive full recognition for participation, submission must meet deadlines, participants must be members of MSSA and registered for the annual meetings, must present their papers at the 2012 Annual Meeting November 7-10 in Mobile, AL, and they must attend the banquet where winners will be recognized(3): http://www.midsouthsoc.org/

Papers should be submitted as a Word document (or rich text file [.rtf]) by email to Dr. Ruth Chananie-Hill, Vice President, MSSA, at rchill@uni.edu by July 15, 2012. 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.

Non-competition options: Students may also elect to submit their papers to a) a special non-competition student session (4) (indicate this in cover letter); or b) a regular session as identified in the MSSA Call for Papers: http://www.midsouthsoc.org/about-2/2012-annual-conference/ Please choose only one of the three options – competition, non-competition student session, or regular session.

  1. Award winner(s) must be registered at the official conference hotel and registered members of MSSA in order to receive the monetary stipend.
  2. This information should be submitted via email along with the paper submission.
  3. In cases of financial difficulty, a limited number of free banquet tickets may be provided for those who submit papers for competition. Email rchill@uni.edu for details.
  4. Note: non-competition student authors still need to identify a faculty sponsor.

2011 MSSA Conference is almost here!!

We’re now only 20 days away from the start of the 2011 MidSouth Sociological Association’s Annual Conference in Little Rock, AR (October 26-29). It looks to be an exciting program with thought provoking sessions, panels and papers as well as special speakers and exciting excursions.  You can peruse the preliminary program on the website at: http://www.midsouthsoc.org/about-2/2011-conference/   
As we’re so near the conference date, it seemed appropriate to remind everone of a few upcoming deadlines:

Conference Registration.  First, although you can certainly register on site, to save a bit of money we would encourage you to preregister for the conference.  The membership dues and conference registration form is located at the following link for the MSSA webpage Membership and Conference.  Registration forms are to be sent to Sec-Treas. Jamie Baird and must be postmarked by Friday, October 7THAT’S TOMORROW.

Hotel Reservations.   Again, you can obviously reserve a room at any time before the conference (based on availability, of course).  However, to ensure that you get a room and get it at the conference rate for the hotel you’ll need to make your reservation before Tuesday, October 11THAT’S NEXT WEEK.  Reservations can be made by following this link: http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/L/LITMBDT-SSA-20111025/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG 
or, by calling the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel directly at 501-372-4371.  Be sure to use the group code: SSA.

Audio-Visual Equipment:  Finally, Program Chair, Mark Konty, has asked me to remind all presenters to contact him immediately with any requests for audio visual equipment.  He can be reached at: MSSA11@roadrunner.com.  Mark may not be able to meet all requests, but there is no way he can fill requests that aren’t made.

I’m certainly looking forward to this conference.  The membership has contributed to making this a fascinating program, the Program Chair has arranged for interesting speakers and activities, the location is incredible and there will be ample opportunities for stimulating experiences of all kinds.

Take care,
Tim Gongaware
MSSA Forum Editor/Webmaster