2022 SWS Winter Meeting
Thursday, January 27 – Sunday, January 30, 2022
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico
“Rethinking Feminist Sociologies in the Era of Global Pandemics”
SWS President-Elect, Roberta Villalón
Theme and Call for Papers:
The global pandemic unleashed by COVID-19 exacerbated pre-existing social inequalities while simultaneously generating intersecting issues across socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, geopolitical lines worldwide. As feminist sociologists, we were able to identify the inequalities that were intensified and were also ready to join forces with the many social movements devoted to dismantling systems and practices of oppression. However, we were frustrated with the arbitrariness of local, national, regional and international policy-making, the widespread resistance to be informed by science and the persistence of disciplinary and partisan fragmentation and mutual distrust, all of which delayed or prevented the imperative need of bridging across differences to collectively address a global threat to humanity. Moreover, we were puzzled with the ontological and epistemological crisis that the coronavirus presented: assumptions about the form and nature of social reality as well as existing theories of knowledge and research methodologies were put into deep questioning. In our 2022 Winter Meeting, we will reflect on how this complex crisis challenges feminist sociologies.
How should we rethink the way we do social science as feminist sociologists? How can feminist sociologists be more effective in advancing equity across geographical, political, economic, and intersecting social and cultural borders? How can feminist sociologists work together and learn from/with social movements activists and public forces? How can we best understand and also contribute to collective solidarities? How can feminist sociologies do better to restore current and prevent future crises? In this new historical time – one that has been described as the real beginning of the XXI century and labeled as ‘The Era of Global Pandemics’ by thinkers like Boaventura de Sousa Santos – we must urgently dismantle the forces that shaped history: from colonialism and capitalism (with its intimate accomplices, classism, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism and more) to the anthropocene. How can we update our feminist sociologies so that, instead of reacting to the inconsistencies of a new era, we can imagine a different future by shaping it proactively and creatively in the present? How could we engage with critical interdisciplinary and humanistic traditions to further enhance our modes of thinking and theorizing? In short, how can we imagine liberatory feminist sociologies in our times?
Join us in this joint reflection so that we can ensure that the relevance of feminist thought and practice becomes key to turning the page, end the era of extreme inequalities, and build alternative futures.
We welcome submissions for:
-Individual Papers for Panel Consideration
-Book Salons (preference of books published in 2020, 2021, or set to come out in 2022)
-Roundtables (in-person or virtual)
-Poster Sessions (in-person or virtual)
- Photo essays
- Poetry, theatre, scripts
- Media and Literary Criticisms
We welcome expressions of interest to serve as a Moderator as well.
SUBMISSION AND PARTICIPATION DETAILS
Submission Deadline: November 1st, 2021 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time
1) Individual Papers for Panel Consideration: A Panel is a space for multiple paper presentations on a common theme. Panels are a great place to share research that is nearing or in its final stages for manuscript submission. All submissions should include: (a) title of the paper, (b) name, affiliation, and contact information of author/s, (c) an abstract of approximately 300-400 words, (d) three keywords, and (e) a full paper. Panels will be led by a moderator and will last for 90 minutes.
2) Panel Proposals: Panel proposals must include (a) panel title, (b) abstract of panel’s theme (200-300 words), (c) first name, last name, institution, and email address of all presenters and panel organizer/moderator, (d) abstracts of the papers to be presented (200-300 hundred words), (e) three keywords. Panels are expected to include a maximum of four presentations and will last for 90 minutes to allow for Q&A.
3) Workshop Proposals: A Workshop is a space for people to participate in an interactive dialogue on a particular theme or topic led by a moderator. Submissions must include (a) workshop title, (b) abstract of workshops’s theme (300-400 words), (c) three keywords, (d) first name, last name, institution, and email address of organizer/s and moderator. Workshops will last for 90 minutes.
4) Book Salons: If you published a book in 2020 or 2021, or it is set to come out in 2022, you are encouraged to submit your book for consideration in a Book Salon. Each Book Salon will feature three books in one 90 minute session. The Program Committee will group book submissions, develop a set of organizing questions and assign a moderator. The audience benefits from listening to the authors discuss their motivations, methods and content of their work. There will also be time for questions and comments from the audience. The Program Committee welcomes nominations of books from all SWS members, including self-nominations. Submissions must include: (a) title of book, (b) publisher, (c) date of publication, (d) author/s, and (e) book summary that can be taken directly from the publisher’s website. All books are expected to make a significant contribution to the field of feminist sociology. Edited volumes are also accepted.
5) Individual Abstracts for Roundtable Consideration (in-person or virtual): A Roundtable is a small gathering of individuals who are presenting ongoing research on topics that share a common theme. Roundtables are a great opportunity to receive feedback from other presenters and attendees. Your abstract should reflect a work in progress or ideas you would like more feedback on as you continue to collect data or refine your argument/contribution. Abstracts will be organized into Roundtables by the Program Committee Members on the basis of common themes. Each Roundtable will have a moderator who will review the abstracts ahead of time, serve as the timekeeper, and help to facilitate the question and answer portion of the 90 minute session. You may submit an abstract for in-person OR virtual roundtables. Submissions must include: (a) title of the paper, (b) name, affiliation, and contact information of author/s, (c) an extended abstract of 300-400 words, and (d) three keywords.
6) Poster Sessions (in-person or virtual): A poster presentation is a focused display of a project that foregrounds (a) research questions/hypotheses, (b)research methods, (c) main findings/research highlights, and (d) contribution to the topic’s literature. Research posters will be displayed at the conference and made available electronically for viewing. Poster authors will have a set time scheduled to discuss their research informally with the audience. You can select to present a poster in-person OR virtually.
7) Open Format: Open format submissions are expected to contribute to “rethinking feminists sociologies” through means that are less conventional in the sociological sphere. In recognition that other formats and methodologies can be of great value for our discipline, we welcome these presentations. The Program Committee will schedule these presentations thematically, individually or together with other types of submissions. Authors of the submissions are expected to attend the presentations to provide context and have a constructive dialogue with the audience. You may submit:
- Photo essays;
- Poetry, theatre, scripts;
- Media and Literary Criticisms; OR
Open Format submissions must include (a) title of the submission, (b) name, affiliation, and contact information of author/s, (c) a 200-300 word abstract that articulates how this submission contributes to the conference theme, and (d) three keywords.
8) Interest in Serving as a Moderator for a Session, Book Salon, or Roundtable: We need moderators to make this program a success! A moderator reviews pertinent materials (abstract, paper, or book) in advance of the meeting, ensures that all presenters have an equal amount of time to present, and facilitates conversation during the question-and-answer portion of the session. All SWS members are encouraged to volunteer for this service if they feel that they have expertise in a particular area and they would like to help facilitate conversation. Those interested in serving as a moderator will be asked to include (a) name, (b) affiliation, (c) contact information and (d) 3 keywords describing their areas of expertise.
Join/Renew SWS Membership
Only current SWS members can submit via the MemberClicks submission system. The 2022 Membership Year starts on November 1, 2021.
In the meantime, if you would like to request a free 2021 sponsored membership that will expire on December 31, 2021, please fill out this form.
All program participants (presenters, presiders, discussants, panelists, moderators, etc.) must be registered for the 2022 Winter Meeting by January 10, 2022. Stay tuned for the opening of the registration system.
On-Site registration will be available, but those who are on the program must pre-register.
Limitations on Program Appearances
Because time slots are limited, participants may serve in no more than two presentation roles (author of a paper in a panel or roundtable, poster or open format presenter, workshop leader). There are no restrictions on the number of times a participant may serve as a moderator or session organizer.
Please direct questions about submissions and participation to Barret Katuna, Executive Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org