The Call for Papers for our 50th Annual Conference is Now Live!
Submit Papers Using Our Online Portal Here
Submission Deadline: September 2, 2024.

Conference Theme: “Social Change and Resistance: Looking Back to Move Forward”
This theme is intended to establish a reflective yet celebratory atmosphere for the meeting as we commemorate our 50th Annual Conference. The MSSA was established in 1975 to honor the work of sociologists in the mid-south region and to create a more inclusive space for research and publication, especially for historically marginalized populations. We would like us to rededicate ourselves to the initial organizational goals of the association and revitalize it by focusing on research, advocacy, and praxis that center on social change and various forms of resistance. We encourage you to submit a panel, paper, roundtable or workshop that incorporates this year’s theme or is sociological or interdisciplinary in nature – all topics are welcome.

This year we are hosting a Theory Mini-Conference. The Theory Mini-Conference will situate present circumstances at the intersection of the past and the future. We invite submissions that interrogate whether and how opportunities still remain (or might be at the brink of opening up) for humans to identify and resist increasingly problematic trends in social life and social structure, and to influence or shape future trends that allow for greater and constructive agency

Our fully Virtual Post-Conference is also returning this year. Submit your sessions for both/either in-person and/or virtual sessions.

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For help with our online portal, please refer to the step-by-step submission instructions.


The Spring 2024 edition of the Forum Newsletter is available here.


Theresa Davidson, MSSA President
Melencia Johnson, MSSA President-Elect
Erin Rider, MSSA Secretary-Treasurer

Organizational Identity Statement

The Mid-South Sociological Association, Inc. (MSSA, Inc.), founded in 1975, is a 501-C-(3) non-profit organization providing both professional support to, and a forum for sociologists who teach, conduct research and reside in the Mid-South region of the US. Through its publications, annual conference, academic support and collegial networks, MSSA, Inc. promotes the advancement of sociological research, the diffusion of knowledge, innovative service and teaching.  From its inception, MSSA, Inc has been and continues to be committed to mentoring and enabling the growth of the next generation of sociologists in the value of high-quality research and engagement, and ethical, professional service.

Organization Inclusion Statement

The Mid-South Sociological Association Inc. embraces diversity and promotes inclusion by recruiting, including, and valuing people of all races, genders and gender identities, sexualities, ethnicities, religions, economic and employment statuses, abilities, and other dimensions. The MSSA celebrates all expressions of diversity and identity and strives to provide an environment conducive to free expression of ideas without fear of judgment in any way. Moreover, the MSSA does not tolerate any action from any member or conference participant that encourages or promotes hatred and/or intolerance in any form. Further, to the extent that the Board determines that it is not detrimental to the best interests (financial and otherwise) of the association, the MSSA will use the economic power of the annual conferences and other activities to select locations and enter into agreements with businesses that have policies and practices that reflect the values of the MSSA.

Contact MSSA:
Theresa Davidson, President