2023 SWS Summer Meeting – Message from Melanie Heath and Mary Osirim, SWS Co-Presidents

Dear SWS Members:

We are delighted to inform you about our plans for the SWS 2023 Summer Meeting, which will include two parts this year. First, we will have an in-person meeting in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown from August 19 – 20, 2023. We are grateful that the American Sociological Association has provided this meeting space for us at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Second, we will have a virtual Students’ Research Symposium to be held in September 2023.

Given the many competing events of the American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting (August 17th-21st) and other sociological meetings during this period (e.g., ABS, SSSP, etc.), we decided to streamline the offerings of our Summer Meeting to enable our members to participate in all the phenomenal programming taking place in Philadelphia this August. This year, our in-person meeting will consist of several workshops that consider the “stages in the life cycle of a sociologist,” from milestones in the life of a graduate student through preparing for retirement, for example, as an academic or an applied sociologist.

We have asked our Committee Chairs to plan the workshops for the Summer Meeting in response to member needs that they have identified through their SWS Committee work. For this reason, we will not have an open call for submissions for the 2023 Summer Meeting.

If you have an idea for a workshop, we do encourage you to reach out to the appropriate Committee Chair in March and early April as we have asked for Committee Chairs to submit their ideas to us by May 1, 2023.

Please note that all participants who are facilitators/presenters must be able to attend the meeting in Philadelphia – in person. We will not have the resources in place for virtual participation at the 2023 Summer Meeting in Philadelphia.

In addition to featuring workshops, our Summer Meetings will include presentations from our 2022 SWS Feminist Activist Awardee, Georgiann Davis, and Honorary Feminist Sociologist, Sharon Harley, as well as our Reception and Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening, August 20. We will provide information about the virtual Students’ Research Symposium a bit later this spring.

We look forward to welcoming you to Philadelphia this August!


Melanie Heath and Mary Osirim, SWS Co-Presidents