SWS 2021 Winter Meeting – January 28 – 31, 2021 – Announcing Virtual Platform for 2021

50 Years of SWS:
Embracing the Past, Analyzing the Present, Anticipating the Future
President-Elect, Mignon R. Moore
Photo of President-Elect, Mignon R. Moore
January 27 – January 31, 2021

To Be Hosted on: ePly Virtual Venue supported by MemberClicks


Program Committee Chair: S.L. Crawley

Program Committee Members: Paulina García-Del Moral, Ashley Green, Rebecca Hanson, Erica Hill-Yates, Tristen Kade, Barret Katuna, Zakiya Luna, Ana Rael, Natasha Santana

Theme and Call for Papers: The 2021 Winter Meeting will commemorate 50 years of SWS!  Our programming will focus on the contributions to and impact that SWS has made on the discipline of sociology as we celebrate the progress we have made. It will also look towards the future by exploring how to build and retain connections to one another in ways that will make everyone in our community feel visible, included and heard. We will emphasize three areas: (a) gender non-binary and trans scholars, and how to make their experiences and sociological research on these areas visibly important to the organization and beyond; (b) race and ethnicity, looking intersectionally when considering the experiences of women in society; and (c) social class and the needs of scholars from under-resourced institutions or who have limited economic means. We will consider ways they can participate more fully in the life of the organization. Gender, race and class continue to be at the forefront of considerations that must be attended to for SWS to continue to grow and flourish in the 21st century. We will honor and build on the foundational work of those who established the organization, while we recognize and work on those issues that will help SWS reach its full potential.

While the 2021 Winter Meeting Program Committee welcomes all suggestions for Workshops and Sessions, we will prioritize submissions that focus on the following issues:

  • LGBTQ Communities
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Gender & COVID/Experiences in Quarantine
  • Gender & the 2020 Election
  • Young Feminist Leadership and Activism in Current Political Times
  • The Future of Feminism
  • Social Justice at the Border
  • Other particularly timely social justice topics

50 Years of SWS: Embracing the Past, Analyzing the Present, Anticipating the Future

We are accepting proposals for Roundtables, Sessions, and Book Salons. As usual, we will have opportunities for networking and mentoring built into the program with a significant emphasis placed on welcoming new SWS members via our Hand Program. This will be facilitated by the SWS Membership Committee.


Click HERE or go to this direct link to go to the form: https://sws.memberclicks.net/wintersubmission2021#/

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time

Submission Types:

1) Individual Abstracts for Roundtable Consideration:

A Roundtable is a small gathering of individuals who are presenting on-going research on topics that share a common theme. Roundtables are a great opportunity to receive feedback from other presenters and attendees. Your abstract may reflect a work in progress, a finished paper, or ideas you would like more feedback on as you continue to collect data or refine your argument/contribution. You may submit extended abstracts of individual papers for inclusion in a Roundtable that will have a maximum of 4 individual presenters in a timeframe of 90 minutes. Abstracts will be organized into Roundtables by Program Committee Members on the basis of common themes. Each Roundtable Session 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 Roundtable Session.

All submissions should include: (a) title of the paper, (b) names, affiliations, and contact information for each author, (c) an extended abstract of approximately 300-400 words, and (d) 3 keywords. Roundtables will have a maximum of 4 papers, one moderator, and will last for 90 minutes.

2) Individual Papers for Session Consideration: A Session is a space for multiple paper presentations or a dialogue on a common theme. Sessions 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) names, affiliations, and contact information for each author, (c) an abstract of approximately 300-400 words, (d) 3 keywords, and (e) a full paper. Sessions will have a maximum of 4 papers, one moderator, and will last for 90 minutes.

3) Full Session/Workshop Proposals: We are accepting submissions for a full Session or Workshop. Proposals will include a title, abstract, and the names of 4-6 participants who will present papers or participate in a discussion led by a moderator. All complete Session/Workshop proposals must include the names of all proposed presenters/panelists. Abstracts (max. 450 words) should detail the theme of the proposed Session or Workshop. As background information, a Workshop is a space for people to participate in an interactive dialogue on a particular theme or topic, while a Session is a space for multiple paper presentations or a dialogue on a common theme.

If an SWS Committee or Committees in collaboration are submitting a joint proposal, please include this information in the title. Submissions must include full details (submission title, submission type, abstract, exactly three keywords, first name, last name, institution, and email address) for all participants. Participants include the presider and organizer, in addition to the presenters or panelists, and discussant, if included. Sessions and Workshops will last for 90 minutes. The recommendation is that no more than 4 presentations will be included in each Workshop or Session to allow for adequate time.

4) New in 2020!! Book Salons: If you published a book in 2019 or 2020, you are encouraged to submit your book for consideration in a Book Salon. Each Book Salon will feature 3 books in one 90 minute Session. There will be a set of organizing questions and 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 from all SWS members, including self-nominations. The Program Committee will work on the organization of the Book Salons and we ask that you submit the following: (a) title of book, (b) publisher, (c) date of publication, (d) author or authors, and (e) book summary that can be taken directly from the publisher’s website. Preference will be given to books that are published by SWS members. All books must include some focus on gender.

5) 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.

*PLEASE NOTE that information provided here–through the submission portal–will appear exactly as it is entered. Therefore, in submission titles, your name, and institution, please make sure that the way you enter this information is exactly how you would like for it to appear in the program. 

Join/Renew SWS Membership 

Only current SWS members can submit via the MemberClicks submission system. The 2021 Membership Year began on November 1, 2020. Note that you must renew your SWS membership for 2021 to participate in 2021 Winter Meeting programming. 


All program participants (presenters, presiders, discussants, panelists, moderators, etc.) must be registered for the 2021 Winter Meeting by January 10, 2021. The Pre-Registration System will open by November 20, 2020.

Limitations on Program Appearances

Because time slots are limited, participants may serve in no more than two presentation roles (author of a paper, panel participant, workshop leader, etc.). There are no restrictions on the number of times a participant may serve as a moderator or Session presider.


Please direct questions about submissions and participation to Barret Katuna, Executive Officer, at swseo.barretkatuna@outlook.com