SWS-South

SWS-South

President’s Corner

Welcome to SWS-South!

If you are a new member or thinking about joining, please feel free to contact me about this wonderful organization. We are a strong network of scholars that work diligently to mentor and support all of our members.

We are a vibrant group that meets annually at the Southern Sociological Society meetings. At the annual meetings, we sponsor research presentations, teaching sessions, and professional workshops. We host a silent auction that takes place during a coffee and dessert reception. The proceeds from the auction go to a local organization serving women in need.

This welcoming group is committed to research and activism that supports the success of all women in society, as well as one another in a wide variety of professional settings (including awards for gender scholarship). You can become a member by contacting one of our Membership Co-chairs, Leslie Hossfeld or Penny Harvey.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me to become more involved or ask questions.

– Marni Brown, SWS-South President 2019-2021

mbrown30@ggc.edu

 

Penny Harvey (She/They) – Membership Chair

Penny is a PhD student at Georgia State University in Sociology with a concentration in Gender and Sexuality. In addition, to completing their PhD in Sociology, They are also doing a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Their areas of interest include: Gender, Sexuality, Sex, Identity, Culture, Social Psychology, Qualitative Methods, and Pedagogy.

SWS-S Call for Papers

Hi Everyone,

I am organizing a session on the Sociology of Reproduction for the 2020 Southern Sociological Society Conference. Please also share with anyone else who you think might be interested.

The Sociology of Reproduction is a growing area of specialization that uses sociological perspectives to study human reproduction, including topics such as infertility, pregnancy, birth, abortion, contraception, prenatal testing, assisted reproductive technologies, and more. It examines the ways gender identities, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability, geography, religion, citizenship and other forms of inequality intersect to shape reproduction in significant ways.

All paper submissions should include: (a) the title of the paper,* (b) name, affiliation, and email address for each author,* and (c) an extended abstract. Extended abstracts should be approximately 400-450 words and organized with the following three section headings: ObjectivesMethods, and Findings. These section headings may not apply to all submissions, so authors may modify as needed.

*Note that information provided here is what will appear in the program, so please include your name, affiliation, and contact information exactly as you want it to appear in the program.

Please submit materials by Wednesday, October 23, 2019 via email to Shannon K. Carter at skcarter@ucf.edu .

Thanks!

Shannon K. Carter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Central Florida

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Hi Everyone!

I am seeking papers for two potential SWS-S sessions at SSS in April. One session will be about trans activism in the South and one will be about butch/stud/masculine lesbian identities. The calls for both are attached. If you are working on a project in either of these areas, please submit your materials to me.
I would like to receive the materials (outlined in the two attached CFPs) by October 18, 2019. I can only have 4 to 5 presenters per panel, so I will let you know if your paper will be on the panel by the end of October, this way you can submit it to the SSS portal for another panel by the November 1, 2019 deadline if I do not have enough room for everyone.
Thanks so much!
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Paper Session Title: Gender, Sexualities, and Religion

This is a call for extended abstracts for a paper session focused on gender, sexualities, and religion sponsored by the Sociologists for Women in Society – South (SWS-S) at the 2020 Southern Sociological Society (SSS) Meeting. This session is broadly conceived and open to any papers using quantitative or qualitative methods that address some aspect of gender and/or sexualities and religion.

If you are interested in participating in this session, please submit your information in a Word document by Sunday, October 27, if not sooner, to Mandi N. Barringer (m.barringer@unf.edu). In your document please include:

  1. Each author’s name, affiliation, and position
  2. Contact information for each author
  3. Title of the paper
  4. Extended abstract (400-450 words) – Please note that the SSS guidelines suggest, if applicable, the abstract should be organized with the following section headings: objectives, methods, and findings.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

Best,

Mandi N. Barringer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology 
University of North Florida 
m.barringer@unf.edu
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Black Feminism: 2020 and Beyond

I am currently seeking paper submissions for a session on black feminist theory. Black feminist perspectives have been used to understand the history of gender relations, criminology, health behaviors, self-image, pop culture, and numerous other areas relevant to sociology. This session will focus on issues facing sociologists today and in the future. The overarching theme will be using black feminist theory to contextualize social issues ranging from #metoo, to black lives matter, to fat studies, to the future of the democratic party.

All paper submissions should include: (a) the title of the paper, * (b) 3 key words, * (c) first name, last name, institution, email, and position for each author, * and (d) an abstract up to 400 words long. Both empirical and theoretical pieces are welcome. *Note that information provided here is what will appear in the program, so please include your name, affiliation, and contact information exactly as you want it to appear in the program.

Please submit materials by October 28, 2019 via email to Jeannette Wade at jmwade1@ncat.edu

Best,

Jeannette M. Wade, PhD
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Assistant Professor of Sociology
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
College of Health and Human Sciences: Improving Lives, Enhancing Communities.
Department of Social Work and Sociology
Gibbs Hall 206D
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Hello Everyone,

I am organizing a session on Gender and Work for the 2020 Southern Sociological Society Conference in Jacksonville, FL. Please share with anyone else who you think might be interested in submitting a paper for this session!

This is a broadly focused session and I encourage submissions looking at how gender shapes workplaces in terms of identity, interaction, inequality, and institutional practices; how gender inequality at work is recreated or challenged; and how gender relations vary across occupational contexts, etc.

Please note the official submission guidelines from SSS:

All paper submissions should include: (a) the title of the paper (b) name, affiliation, and email address for each author, and (c) an extended abstract. Extended abstracts should be approximately 400-450 words and organized with the following three section headings: ObjectivesMethods, and Findings. These section headings may not apply to all submissions, so authors may modify as needed.

Please submit materials by Friday, October 25th 2019 via mailto Sarah Donley sdonley@jsu.edu.

Thanks!
Sarah

Sarah Donley, PhD
Assistant Professor
Sociology & Social Work
Jacksonville State University

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Panel Title: Reproductive Politics, Reproductive Justice, and the Child Welfare System

I am seeking papers for a session on Reproductive Politics, Reproductive Justice, and the Child Welfare System.  Sociology has turned more attention to reproduction and has refined analytical frameworks for understanding reproductive politics and reproductive justice, but often in the context of pregnancy, infertility, reproductive technologies, and childbirth.  This session will look at the ways that reproductive politics and reproductive justice operate specifically within the child welfare system, family court, foster care, and public adoption.

In your submission, please include the title of your paper, the names, affiliations, and contact information for each author, and an extended abstract.  Extended abstracts should be approximately 400-450 words and include a description of your objectives, data, and findings.  *Note that information provided here is what will appear in the program, so please include your name, affiliation, and contact information exactly as you want it to appear in the program.

Please submit materials by October 28, 2019 to Estye Fenton at efenton@uwa.edu.

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Southern Sociological Society – Jacksonville, FL: April 1-4, 2020
(SWS-South session on marginalized mothers/mothering)
This session will focus on research examining the lives of marginalized mothers/mothering. We have a wonderful network of scholars who have presented their work at SSS/SWS-S over the last five years. Research presented over the years has examined everything from marginalized mothers homeschooling, dealing with natural disasters, student mothers, program providers for cash assistance policing mothers, and more. We even published an edited volume of Advance in Gender Research based on work from these sessions. I would love to hear about your work and am happy to answer any questions.
To submit, please send the following to Tiffany Taylor (ttaylo36@kent.edu) by October 15, 2019:
1) Title of the Paper;
2) Name, Affiliation, Contact info for each author as you wish for them to appear in the program;
3) Abstract (about 425 words, including research questions, methods, findings).

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Hello!

My name is Ashley Vancil-Leap and I am organizing an SWS-S sponsored panel at the 2020 SSS Annual Meeting on teaching community-engaged courses with a feminist/activist lens. Please take a look at the session description below and email me at avleap@soc.msstate.edu if you are interested in serving as a panelist in this session.

This panel is designed to support interested attendees in service-learning course designs and advice from panels who have formerly taught community-engaged courses. Various topics related to teaching community-engage courses may be covered, but include: syllabus and assignment design, successes and challenges, and institutional support.

Please email me a paragraph or two about your experience teaching community-engaged (or service-learning) courses/assignments. In that description, please include a brief summary of what you would like to discuss during the panel. This can include your teaching pedagogy, sample syllabi, examples of assignments/activities, how you got institutional and/or community support, etc.

Please submit your description by October 15, 2019 via email to avleap@soc.msstate.edu .
Thank you,
Dr. Ashley Vancil-Leap

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Fat Studies/Body Politics
This session is dedicated to highlighting scholarship in the general theme of body politics/fat studies. In alignment with the conference theme of “Sociology in Action”, paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
· Fat Studies, Fat sexualities, Fatness & institutions, Fatness as an Identity,
· Bodies as they intersect with gender, sexuality, race, class, religion, ability,
· Body politics and activism, Colonizing and Decolonizing Bodies,
· Representation & visual culture, Dieting and Food as they relate to bodies,
· Fashion as it intersects with gender, sexuality, race, class, religion, ability, size,
· Disciplining/Policing bodies, Size Discrimination,
· Bodies, Borders, and Boundaries (Transnational Bodies)
All paper submissions should include: (a) the title of the paper,* (b) names, affiliations, and contact information for each author,* and (c) an extended abstract. Extended abstracts should be approximately 400-450 words and organized with the following three section headings: Objectives, Methods, and Findings. These section headings may not apply to all submissions, so authors may modify as needed. *Note that information provided here is what will appear in the program, so please include your name, affiliation, and contact information exactly as you want it to appear in the program.
Please submit materials by October 25, 2019 via email to lbyers2@vt.edu and aprohaska@ua.edu

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Emotional Labor & Non-Promotional Work

I am currently seeking papers for a session on Emotional Labor and Non-Promotional Work. This session will focus on the ways in which individuals engage in emotional labor and non-promotional tasks as well as how these behaviors and their outcomes intersect with gender, class, race, and ethnicity. Of particular interest are the types of “non-promotable” tasks that individuals engage in and the level of visibility or impact that these activities have on career advancement and associated workplace inequalities.

All paper submissions should include: (a) the title of the paper,* (b) name, affiliation, and email address for each author,* and (c) an extended abstract. Extended abstracts should be approximately 400-450 words and organized with the following three section headings: Objectives, Methods, and Findings. These section headings may not apply to all submissions, so authors may modify as needed.

*Note that information provided here is what will appear in the program, so please include your name, affiliation, and contact information exactly as you want it to appear in the program.

Please submit materials by October 28th via email to Naomi Simmons at naomi.simmons@newberry.edu

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Get a Helping Hand! The 411 on Research Institutions

Do you work at a research-focused institution and have some insight you’d like to share with graduate students and junior faculty? If so, I am organizing a panel discussion in conjunction with the Hand Mentoring program to help make connections and offer guidance on a broad variety of topics. Of particular interest are individuals who might be able to lend some guidance about navigating the job market as well as those who can speak about moving from graduate student to junior faculty.

All panel submissions should include: (a) name, affiliation, and email address for each presenter,* and (b) an extended abstract. Extended abstracts should be approximately 400-450 words and should include: an overview of the type of institution you’re at and a summary of the experiences you would like to share.

Please submit materials by October 28th via email to naomi.simmons@newberry.edu

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Call for Abstracts on “Social Reproduction Theory and Life under Capitalism.” Paper session for 2020 Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting.
Please submit abstracts to Natascia Boeri, natascia_boeri@bloomfield.edu, by Sunday, Oct. 13.
Social reproduction theory has gained traction in the past decade as socialist feminist scholars have returned to and reworked this theory to examine life under capitalism. Social reproduction has always sought to explain how the daily and generational reproductive aspects of life, commonly understood as outside the economic exchange, are in fact vital for the production of value in capitalism. Recent iterations of this approach have expanded beyond analyses of gender and class to include other socio-cultural positions and historical processes, such as sexuality, race, and colonialism, and so have opened up new areas for critical sociological inquiry. This panel seeks papers that engage with social reproduction theory. Of particular interest are papers that apply this framework to understudied areas in the social reproduction literature, including criminal justice system, disability studies, environmentalism, public policy, sexual and reproductive health rights, and social movements, to name a few.

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Get a Helping Hand! The 411 on Teaching Institutions

Do you work at a teaching-focused institution and have some insight you’d like to share with graduate students and junior faculty? If so, I am organizing a panel discussion in conjunction with the Hand Mentoring program and the Committee on Sociology in Small and Community Colleges to help make connections and offer guidance on a broad variety of teaching-related topics. I’m looking for individuals who can speak about the hiring process (how to give a great class presentation!), planning and prepping heavy teaching loads (4/4, 5/5 oh my!), navigating the tenure and promotion process (my published chapter counts less than my teaching evaluations?!), and anything else you think might be worthwhile.

All panel submissions should include: (a) name, affiliation, and email address for each presenter,* and (b) an extended abstract. Extended abstracts should be approximately 400-450 words and should include: an overview of the type of institution you’re at and a summary of your experiences at a teaching-focused institution and the guidance you would like to speak about.

Please submit materials by October 28th via email to naomi.simmons@newberry.edu

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Resources & Announcements

SWS South Meeting Photos

The photos from the SSS 2019 meetings are now available. They are all posted Tracy E. Ore’s website in a private gallery available through the link here.

To download high resolution photos, first click on the image. The image will then open and you will see an icon menu on the bottom of the page. Click on the down arrow and the photo will download. The downloads are free.

Special thanks to Tracy for taking these pictures and sharing them with SWS.

Donations

You can make a donation here. The largest contributor will get two years of SWS-South membership FREE. If we raise $200.00, I will personally match that donation.
Marni Brown, SWS-South President 2019-2021

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About Us

SOCIOLOGISTS FOR WOMEN IN SOCIETY (SWS) is an international organization of social scientists. Members include undergraduate and graduate students, university and college faculty, researchers in business and government, freelance writers, and journalists. SWS members share expertise and dedication to attaining social equality for women and minorities.

SWS-SOUTH is a regional organization serving the same purposes as, and in liaison with, the international SWS organization. Our membership is comprised of scholars from universities and institutions in the South that are actively engaged in studying and teaching about the issues that affect women. Members network within the organization as a means of increasing their success in this pursuit.

We hold meetings annually in conjunction with the Southern Sociological Society (SSS). Between annual SWS-South meetings, our bi-annual newsletter and our listserv are the primary means of communication and of keeping our network alive and vigorous. If you are not a member, please join today!

Click here for a copy of our bylaws.

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Awards

SWS-South gives out awards!

As an organization, SWS-South grants one award each year for gender scholarship, rotating between two different awards during odd and even years. Please read below for details regarding these awards and the nomination process.

2018 and even years

Early Career Gender Scholar Award

Junior scholars who are making a noteworthy contribution to our understanding of the sociology of gender will have an opportunity to apply for the Early Career Gender Scholar Award! Nominees should have authored groundbreaking work (that can include articles and/or a book) that advances the scholarship of gender. As a “career” award, the awards committee will make decisions based on the nominee’s career thus far. While the award is for a gender scholar, consistent with trends in gender scholarship, intersectional work is welcomed.

Eligibility: Assistant professors, postdoctoral scholars, contingent faculty, research associates, or other early career scholars who earned their Ph.D. within the last six years are eligible for this award. Nominees may come from the applicant or from a third party nominator and are due January 15, [even years]. Nominees must be affiliated with SWS-South (if not a current member join here).

Nominations: Nominations are submitted electronically and packets should include the following:

  • One nomination letter detailing the merits of the nominee’s work,
  • A copy of any articles or books* to be considered for the award,
  • A current CV of the nominee.

*Books, but not articles will be returned to the nominator. Please provide electronic versions of books if at all possible.

The award winner will receive a plaque and a one-year membership to SWS-South. In addition, the winner will be featured in the following year’s SWS-South newsletter and will be invited to present their work in a special SWS-South session at the following annual meeting.

2019 and odd years

Graduate Student Paper Award on the Study of Gender

This paper award will be given in odd-numbered years to the best current paper written by a graduate student in the field of the sociology of gender. The purpose of this award is to encourage graduate student scholarship focused on gender and to facilitate the publication process for the student. SWS-South will appoint a mentor who will be available to assist the winning student in preparing the paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Eligibility: The paper may be co-authored, but only by another graduate student. Faculty-graduate student papers are not eligible. Papers that have previously appeared in publication are not eligible. Nomination packets are to be sent to the SWS-South Awards Committee Chair by January 15, [odd years]. Nominees must be affiliated with SWS-South (if not a current member join here).

Nominations: Nominations are submitted electronically and packets should include the following:

  • One nomination letter detailing the merits of the nominee’s work,
  • A copy of the paper to be considered for the award,
  • A current CV of the nominee.

The award winner will be recognized at the SWS-South business meeting with a check for $300.00, a plaque, and a one-year membership to SWS-South. An article about the winner’s work will appear in the association’s newsletter, and the recipient will be invited to present their work in a special SWS-South session at the following annual meeting.

Join SWS-South

Thank you for your interest in joining SWS-South!

Please Note: Membership to SWS-South does not include membership in the National organization.

For your convenience, you can join two different ways.

Electronically
Fill out a membership form. Then pay your membership fee via PayPal.

By Mail
Download a membership form and mail it in with your membership fees to:
Dr. Cheri Chambers
Saint Leo University
Newport News Office
One Bayport Way, Suite 101
Newport News, VA 23606

Membership Fees

*New/Contingent/Student memberships

Please contact Penny Harvey, our Membership Chair, with any inquiries regarding your membership status. In addition, we encourage you to email Sandra Godwin to be added to the listserv. New newsletters and a few other events are announced on the list; otherwise, it is not a high volume list.

Welcome to SWS South!

 

Contact Us

President
Marni Brown; Georgia Gwinnett College

Vice-President
Brianna Turgeon; Jacksonville State University

Secretary
Lyla Byers; Virginia Tech

Treasurer
Cheri Chambers; Saint Leo University

Membership Chair
Penny Harvey; Georgia State University

Awards Chair
Andrea Hunt; University of North Alabama

Vision Committee Chair
Mandi Barringer; University of North Florida

Southern Hand Coordinator
Naomi Simmons; Newberry College

Newsletter Editor
Ashley Vancil-Leap; Mississippi State University

SWS National Liaison
Roni Wiener

Electronic List Keeper
Sandra Godwin; Georgia College & State University

Webmanager
Kara Whaley