Conference Circuit: The Science of Society

The American Sociological Association’s 110th Annual Meeting heads to Chicago this weekend.

The American Sociological Association’s 110th Annual Meeting heads to Chicago this weekend.

Thousands interested in the scientific study of society will make their way to the Windy City in the upcoming days to share knowledge and new trends in sociology research and practice.

Association: American Sociological Association

Conference: 110th ASA Annual Meeting

Venue: Hilton Chicago and Hilton Palmer House

Location: Chicago

The American Sociological Association’s 110th Annual Meeting kicks off on Saturday. This year’s theme, “Sexualities in the Social World,” will show the importance of research by sociologists in illuminating how social norms and social inequalities affect what behavior is acceptable and who partners with whom. Three other items worth noting:

City spotlight. The meeting’s location will be the subject of several regional spotlight sessions. Leading sociologists will present research on and discuss topics related to Chicago, including public education, social inequality, criminal justice, migration, and gentrification. Tours to offsite locations will take attendees to local landmarks like Wrigley Field and the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Knowledge center. The exhibit hall will feature The Hub, ASA’s social media booth. In addition to informal technology training modules, The Hub will include a cyber cafe, dedicated tech-training stations, and the ASA Bookstore. Items for sale there: logoed metal water bottles, ear buds, and power banks.

Job hunt. For an additional fee, the ASA Employment Service assists sociologists and prospective employers by providing convenient opportunities for interviewers and job seekers to meet in a neutral, monitored environment for initial short interviews during the meeting. Appointments are set up online using an interactive scheduling calendar.

Monitor the meeting from afar through the usual social channels—Facebook and Twitter (#asa15).

Samantha Whitehorne

By Samantha Whitehorne

Samantha Whitehorne is editor-in-chief of Associations Now. MORE

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