Call for Manuscripts, SWS Global Concerns Autoethnography Project

Announcement from SWS President, Josephine Beoku-Betts

Call for Manuscripts

SWS Global Concerns Autoethnography Project

Dear SWS Colleagues, Global Partners and Associates:

SWS and its Global Partners and Associates are requesting submissions for a co-edited autoethnography publication examining global portrayals of our lives as academics and practitioners in our particular social contexts during this traumatic period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In seeking autoethnographies, we are looking for pieces that are biographical with thick description and which incorporate both self-reflection and critical analysis of one’s experiences during this period. We welcome essays that are feminist, global, and/or intersectional in analytical approach. We welcome submissions from individuals at all career stages.

Questions for consideration may include but not be limited to:

  • How has COVID-19 affected your life and work as a feminist scholar/activist/practitioner? What challenges have you faced (e.g., the “new normal” of working remotely and participation in virtual meetings) and how have you navigated these experiences?
  • In what ways are you contributing as a feminist activist/scholar/practitioner to public discussions and debates about responses to COVID-19 in your particular context?
  • In what ways have current trends in digital activism impacted your engagement in feminist and social justice issues in your social environment?
  • What are the political and economic trends of this pandemic and how have they impacted the institution in which you work and its expectations of you?
  • What challenges have your students had to face (graduate) and (undergraduate) and how has your institution provided support to you as a faculty member?
  • What challenges have you as a student had to face and how has your institution provided support?
  • How have you navigated the present challenges in your retirement and how have you found support?
  • Given the infrastructure and resources of your place of work and social environment, what new demands have been put on you and what sort of support has been provided to meet these demands? To what extent were you able to challenge these demands and what was the response?
  • What best practices can you share about teaching online courses or courses converted from face-to-face to online during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • If you work in an administrative capacity, what challenges have you faced in budgetary decisions that may affect faculty lines, promotion and tenure schedules, hiring, student recruitment, and program development over the next few years?
  • What impact has the pandemic had on your work/life balance?

This publication project will target an academic and professional audience and all manuscripts should include scholarly references and follow  APA Style. Manuscripts should be between 10-15 double-spaced pages and 12 font size.  Please send along with your manuscript (1) a short bio of 100 words, including your current or most recent institutional affiliation and e-mail address, and (2) an abstract of 150 words.

Submissions should be in the English language and should be sent to Bandana Purkayastha ( ) as a Microsoft Word Document no later than August 28th, 2020. Please title your submission as Autoethnography.

Co-Editors of this project representing SWS and its Global Partners and Associates are: Josephine Beoku-Betts (Florida Atlantic University), Akosua Darkwah (University of Ghana), Melanie Heath (McMaster University), and Bandana Purkayastha (University of Connecticut).

We welcome your submissions and invite you to share this call for manuscripts among your professional networks.






SWS Writing Groups

Join SWS Members, Penny Harvey and Jasmine Hill for Writing Groups


For the latest information on the SWS Writing Groups, please visit the SWS MemberClicks Page for Writing Group details.

Jasmine Hill and Penny Harvey each hosting two Writing Group Sessions each week (Jasmine Hill’s are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30p pm Eastern Time and Penny Harvey’s are on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-1:30 pm Eastern Time). A special thank you to these SWS Student Members for organizing these efforts.

Please direct questions to Penny or Jasmine if you have specific questions about the Writing Groups. These groups are open to all who are interested in being a part of the SWS feminist community at this time. You do not need to be a member to participate, but you need to reach out to Jasmine or Penny for more details.

Jasmine Hill:

Penny Harvey:

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SWS Global Pandemic Reading Resources/Syllabus

Announcement from SWS President, Josephine Beoku-Betts 

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

SWS and its Global Partners and Associates are requesting submissions for a syllabus and reading resources list that explore the impact and implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic from a global, intersectional, and feminist perspective. Submissions can include both academic and non-academic resources and should be targeted for (1) graduate (2) undergraduate, and (3) community college courses taught in colleges and universities around the world.

We welcome ideas on best practices for small and large online classes and courses converted from face-to-face to online platforms. We also welcome opinion pieces on how you communicated and reassured your students experiencing trauma and stress in their particular social environments, and what coping and navigational strategies you used as an instructor or practitioner.

Topics for submission may include, but are not limited to, the local and global politics of COVID-19; defining epidemics and pandemics and tracing their history; considering the relationship of epidemics and pandemics to the family and household; gender-based violence; health (including emotional and mental well-being, bodily integrity); the economy and employment (agriculture, industry, retail and service work, care workers, etc.); science and technology as well as their uses; the media, including social media; religion and spirituality; criminal justice; migration, immigration, and refugee issues; law enforcement; work and occupations (including work/life balance); the environment and climate; interpersonal relationships; popular culture; and examining epidemics and pandemics in terms of the intersectional and social justice issues that encompass race, class, gender, nationality, age, sexuality, ethnicity, disability, etc.; caring for self and others; education and pedagogy (including homeschooling); and social action, activism, and advocacy.

Resources for submission may include but not be limited to:

    1. Newspaper Articles
    2. Magazine Articles
    3. Scholarly Articles
    4. YouTube Videos
    5. Blogs
    6. Podcasts
    7. Other forms of Social Media
    8. Book Publications
    9. Poetry and the Spoken Word
    10. Ted Talks and Public Lectures
    11. Class Lectures
    12. Class Discussions (small and large groups)
    13. Class Assignments

Submissions will be accepted in the following languages through July 15th, 2020: English, French, Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish.

Please send your submissions to hara bastas, Chair, SWS International Committee, at ( along with a short bio of 100 words including your current, or most recent, institution and e-mail address. All submissions will be acknowledged in the final product.

A working group of SWSers led by the International Committee and some Global Partners and Associates will produce the syllabus and reading resources list. These will be posted on the SWS COVID-19 Global Concerns webpage and will be shared globally with other professional organizations and institutions selected by our global contacts. The objective is to make these resources available worldwide by August 2020 for course development, as well as professional and personal enrichment to our members, colleagues and friends. We welcome your participation and invite you to share this announcement with your professional networks.




SWS 2020 Summer Meeting – To Be Held Virtually


April 28, 2020

The 2020 SWS Summer Meeting in San Francisco will not be taking place as planned this August. As you may have heard already, the 2020 ASA Annual Meeting in San Francisco has been cancelled as a result of the global health crisis that we are facing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead of an in-person meeting, SWS will have a virtual meeting that will take place from August 7-10, 2020. We invite all current SWS Members to submit an abstract for the 2020 Summer Meeting. There will be no financial cost to you to participate, beyond the cost of being an SWS Member. We will ask for your pre-registration for the Summer Meeting via our membership management system, so that we can plan for your participation.

We are extending the deadline for submissions to June 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. We realize that this virtual platform may make it possible for more members to participate and we would like to give you a little bit extra time to organize a submission. We are now also incorporating an option for a research poster presentation session. Please see the end of this message for more information on roundtables and poster sessions.

This is a great time to gift SWS Membership to a student or colleague who would benefit from this virtual opportunity. Please email Barret at if you would like to learn more about gifting SWS Membership for 2020. The cost for gifted memberships: is $25 for Gifted Student Members and $55 for Gifted Non-Student Members.

Please visit: to submit a paper. You can also request to participate in the August “Critique Me” Programming, sponsored by the Career Development Committee, for those of you who are on the job market who would like to request support, and for those of you who would like to volunteer to offer support.

Thank you all for your support of the SWS feminist mission. We hope to see many of you this August at our virtual meeting.

We wish you and your families well.

Best wishes,

Barret Katuna, SWS Executive Officer

Josephine Beoku-Betts, SWS President

Marybeth Stalp, Program Committee Chair, 2020 SWS Summer Meeting

Submission Guidance

What is a Roundtable?

A Roundtable is a small gathering of individuals who are presenting their papers on topics that share a common theme. Roundtables are a great opportunity to present your research and to collect very helpful feedback from other presenters and attendees. If you are submitting an independent paper that is not linked to a Session or Workshop, you should submit your paper for a Roundtable. Roundtables have been 75 minutes in duration in the past. The time allotted for your Paper presentation will depend on the number of Roundtable presenters. We will have discussants for all roundtables.

What is a Poster Presentation? 

A poster presentation is a focused display of a research question, literature review, research methods, and results. Although not prominently featured in the sociological discipline, research posters are used throughout academia for sharing research with colleagues at conferences.

I Still Have Questions About Research Posters…

For those unfamiliar with academic research poster sessions, participants generally prepare a display consisting of a large poster or various sheets of information that can be pin-mounted onto a standing display board. For this online conference, a poster can be saved as a pdf file and submitted so that it can be shared virtually with conference attendees.

Poster Presentation Information and Assistance:


Sociology Conferences with Poster Sessions:


Psychology Conference with Poster Sessions:



SWS Votes to Endorse ASA’s Call to Higher Education Administrators Regarding Student Educational Progress During COVID-19

SWS Council has voted to endorse the American Sociological Association’s “A Call to Higher Education Administrators Regarding Student Educational Progress During COVID-19.” The call was first posted on April 22, 2020.
Please Click HERE to visit the ASA Website for the full details.
For a PDF of the Call, please click HERE.

ASA to Host Forum for Sociology Department Chairs – May 6, 2020

ASA Forum for Sociology Department Chairs

American Sociological Association Webinar
Wednesday May 6, 2020
3:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern / 12:00pm – 1:00pm Pacific
Registration is required.

Department chairs are on the front lines of higher education’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ASA invites sociology department chairs to a virtual forum to discuss how to navigate the challenges of leading a department during this crisis. The forum is an opportunity to share resources, ideas, and support with your peers. It will be led by Jacqueline Johnson, Department Chair at Adelphi University; Jennifer Randles, Department Chair at California State University, Fresno; and Eric Wright, Department Chair at Georgia State University.
Register Now
Can’t make the live webinar? Registrants will have access to the recording on Zoom and on the ASA website.

For more information, contact Teresa Ciabattari, PhD, Director of Research, Professional Development, and Academic Affairs, at 202-247-9840 or

Congratulations to SWS Members, Cassaundra Rodriguez and Shantel Buggs, 2020 Career Enhancement Fellows – Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Congratulations to SWS Members, Cassaundra Rodriguez and Shantel Buggs, who have been named 2020 Career Enhancement Fellows by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Fellowship, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, creates career development opportunities for selected faculty fellows with promising research projects.

More information on the 32 Fellows named and their current appointments can be found in the press release bellow or online at

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Recognize Exceptional Faculty

with 2020 Career Enhancement Fellowships

Awards Foster Career Development Opportunity for Tenured, Adjunct Faculty in the Humanities and the Arts


PRINCETON, NJ (April 23, 2020) – The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has named 32 new Career Enhancement Fellows—10 junior faculty members who will receive 12-month Fellowships, 20 who will receive six-month Fellowships, and two who will receive six-month Adjunct Faculty Fellowships.

The Career Enhancement Fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, seeks to increase the presence of underrepresented junior and other faculty members in the arts and humanities by creating career development opportunities for selected Fellows with promising research projects. The program provides Fellows with a six-month or one-year sabbatical stipend (up to $30,000); a research, travel, or publication stipend (up to $1,500); mentoring; and participation in a professional development retreat.

Career Enhancement Adjunct Faculty Fellows are awarded a six-month stipend (up to $10,000) and matched with a mentor from a professional network of tenured former Career Enhancement Fellows.

Of the 2020 Career Enhancement Fellows, 53 percent were also Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows—scholars previously supported by Mellon Foundation grants during their college years. Each of these programs bolsters the movement of scholars through the graduate pipeline and into the professoriate.

The 2020 Career Enhancement Fellows represent top institutions from across the country. Fellows work in such disciplines as African American and diaspora studies, English, LGBTQ studies, political science, sociology, and musicology. (Full list of Fellows, institutions, and departments below.)

Administered at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation since 2001, the Career Enhancement Fellowship has

supported more than 400 junior faculty members, creating a robust network of scholars committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities.



About the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation ( identifies and develops the nation’s best minds to meet its most critical challenges. The Foundation supports its Fellows as the next generation of leaders shaping American society.



Career Enhancement Fellows, 2020

12-Month Fellows

Juliann Anesi • University of California, Los Angeles • gender studies

Maria Firmino-Castillo • University of California, Riverside • critical dance studies

Armando García University of California, Riverside • English

Joshua Guzmán • University of California, Los Angeles • gender studies

Aria Halliday • University of Kentucky • gender and women’s studies, African American and Africana studies

Renee Hudson • Chapman University • English

Desireé Melonas • Birmingham-Southern College • political science

Cassaundra Rodriguez • University of Nevada, Las Vegas • sociology

Jesús Smith • Lawrence University • ethnic studies

Frederick Staidum Loyola University Chicago • English


6-Month Fellows

Maya Berry • University of North Carolina • African, African-American and diaspora studies

Henryatta Ballah • Washington & Lee University • history

Shantel Buggs • Florida State University • sociology

Nicole Burrowes • Rutgers University • history

Kwami Coleman • New York University, Gallatin School • musicology

Tatiana Cruz • Lesley University • American history

Crystal Donkor • State University of New York, New Paltz • English

Elizabeth Ellis • New York University • history

Chris Eng • Washington University in St. Louis • Asian and Asian-American studies, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies

Christy Erving • Vanderbilt University • sociology

Jonathan Howard • Boston College • English

Z’étoile Imma • Tulane University • English and Africana studies

Grace Johnson • University of Pennsylvania • Africana studies

Yalidy Matos • Rutgers University, New Brunswick • political science and Latino and Caribbean studies

Amaka Okechukwu • George Mason University • sociology and anthropology

Elva Orozco Mendoza • Texas Christian University • political science

Mecca Sullivan • Bryn Mawr College • English

Ester Trujillo • DePaul University • Latin American and Latino studies

Melissa Valle • Rutgers University • sociology and anthropology, African American and African studies

Matthew Velasco • Cornell University • anthropology

Sylvia Zamora • Loyola Marymount University • sociology

Adjunct Faculty Fellows

Quin’Nita Cobbins-Modica • Gonzaga University • history

Conor Reed • City University of New York, Brooklyn College • Africana studies and American studies

Can This Time at Home Help Your Marriage? By Barbara J. Risman

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