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Call for Abstracts

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Call for Papers

Call for Papers
The Western Social Science Association 63rd Annual Conference
March 30 - April 2, 2022 Denver, CO

We are writing to invite you to submit an abstract of a paper, panel, or roundtable for presentation in the Chronic Disease and Disability section of the Western Social Science Association 63rd Annual Conference March 30, 2022, through April 2, 2022, in Denver Colorado at the Hilton Denver City Center.

The Section on Chronic Disease and Disability (the precursor of the Society for Disability Studies) encourages research and papers on policies, problems, health issues, cultural representations, and experiences that involve people with disabilities and/or chronic illness. We hope you can join us in 2022 to present your latest work.

The WSSA conference provides an affordable opportunity to present at a peer-reviewed national conference. In addition to scholars, graduate students and junior faculty are particularly welcome because of their fresh perspectives. Mentors of junior faculty and graduate students are encouraged to offer joint papers. In addition, self advocates, community advocates, providers, and government agency personnel are especially welcome to submit proposals. If you can write a decent abstract relating to the presentation, it will be accepted subject to room.

Your abstract should be no more than 250 words and include the information requested on the online submission form.

All submitted attracts must be received online by December 1, 2021 for review.  To submit your abstract online, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Find our section, "Chronic Disease & Disability" at
  2. Click on the "Submit" button underneath the main point of contact information and submit your abstract.

If you need more information or have any questions, please contact Section Coordinator James G. Linn at, 615-415-6943.

Call for Papers
Before and After: Remembering the Past and Envisioning the Future
April 13-16, 2022 Chicago, IL

How to submit to MSS2022: 
All submitters must access the online portal by [/membership]logging in to the MSS website*. You do not have to be a member to submit to the annual meeting program. However, you will need a MSS profile. This requirement assists us in better communication with you, our potential presenters, throughout the process. Once you log in to the website, you will find the submission portal link on the "My Profile" page in the blue menu bar.

All submissions must be entered via the online portal. Once you enter the online portal, you will be prompted to enter specific information, including your session format, topic and abstract. Depending upon the session type, you may need to provide additional  information. You can find detailed instructions on how to submit on the MSS Submission Portal page.  Please be consistent with your MSS profile when entering email address(es) in your submission contact information

Call for Papers
Work and Occupations Mini Conference and Special Issue on
"Precarious Employment and Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic"

This call invites papers for a mini conference and subsequent special issue of Work and Occupations dedicated to precarious employment and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prospective contributors should submit a full paper as a single document to the conference organizers by November 15, 2021. We encourage submissions from scholars of different demographic backgrounds, nationalities, career stages, theoretical frames, and methodological orientations. All submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in part or in full. The conference organizers and special issue guest editors are Quan Mai (Rutgers University), Lijun Song (Vanderbilt University), and Rachel Donnelly (Vanderbilt University).

The authors of accepted papers will be invited to a virtual one-day mini conference where they will present their paper and receive feedback from conference organizers and other invited participants. The mini conference is scheduled to take place on Friday, January 21, 2022. Based on the conference organizers’ recommendations, discussions at the conference, and the fit with the special issue, the guest editors will invite a subset of authors to submit their papers to Work and Occupations with the expectation that their manuscripts will be published in the special issue if they pass the external peer-review process. The authors will be notified of editorial evaluations in September 2022. Last round revisions are due in early November 2022.

In recent decades, a wave of structural changes contributes to the troubling rise of precarious employment in both the developed and developing worlds. The adverse effects of precarious work extend beyond workers' employment-related dimensions such as pay, benefits, and job satisfaction. Emerging scholarship on this topic documents how this mode of employment generates significant negative consequences for various aspects of workers' lives, including their physical and mental health, prospects for social mobility, family life, and socioeconomic well-being more generally. 

Since late 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has been wreaking havoc on billions of workers' employment experiences across the globe and damaging their well-being and livelihoods. The impact of the pandemic is particularly profound among precariously employed workers in nonstandard employment arrangements, especially at a time when many countries have spent decades rolling back social safety nets. Precarious workers in healthcare, nursing homes, grocery and retail stores, transportation, and delivery have been unable to work remotely and had to interact closely with customers and patients often without sufficient safety measures. Workers in restaurants, bars, and movie theaters have been laid off and faced a reduction in benefits, adding great uncertainty to their already precarious working conditions. Many self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig-workers, and freelancers have been facing unemployment without being laid off as their contracts go unrenewed. With limited access to collective bargaining power and adequate protective measures, precarious workers have been exposed to higher risks of unfair treatment and exploitation. The pandemic also put workers in otherwise "good" jobs in precarious situations. Millions of high-skilled and high-paid workers in full-time positions have experienced precarity after being temporarily furloughed or forced to work on reduced hours, often for an unspecified amount of time. 

The special issue aims to bring together cutting-edge studies from diverse disciplinary backgrounds on precarious work and well-being during the pandemic. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • the influence of employment precarity on workers’ risk of exposure to and infection with COVID-19; 
  • the influence of employment precarity on workers' mental, physical, and socioeconomic well-being; 
  • changes in employment precarity during the pandemic and subsequent short- and long-term consequences for well-being; 
  • the influence of employment precarity on workers’ healthcare accessibility and utilization; 
  • individual and family adaptations to the risks of unemployment and illness; 
  • the influence of employment precarity and risk of illness on social relationships between co-workers and between front-line workers and customers/patients; 
  • public policy adaptations to mitigate the risks of unemployment, precarious employment, and illness; 
  • employer and labor union interventions to mitigate the risks of unemployment and illness; and 
  • social disparities (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class) and global variations in all the above themes. 
Prospective contributors are welcome to consult with any of the conference organizers and guest editors about the potential fit of their projects. To submit your paper, please email it to by November 15, 2021.  
Call for Papers
17th International Conference on Social Stress Research
June 4-6, 2022 at the Kimpton Brice Hotel in Savannah, GA

We are now accepting submissions to be considered for the conference program. We will review full papers or extended abstracts (with sufficient evidence of the substance and scientific merit of the paper). Possible thematic sessions include: Stressors associated with COVID-19 Childhood/adolescent stress and adversity Work, occupational, and unemployment-related stressors Stress in family contexts Gender and stress processes Race, ethnicity, culture and discrimination stress Intersections of physical and mental health Catastrophic and traumatic stress LGBTQIA+ stressors Neighborhood contexts of stress Please email submissions by January 21, 2022 to

The conference will feature two keynote speakers: Melissa Milkie, Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga Tony Brown, Professor of Sociology at Rice University For more information, please visit our website at:

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Call for Proposals (Special Issues)

Call for Chapter Proposals
How Qualitative Data Analysis Happens
Moving Beyond "Themes Emerged"

We are pleased to announce the development of an Expanded Edition of the 2019 award-winning Taylor & Francis book, How Qualitative Data Analysis Happens: Moving Beyond “Themes Emerged”, edited by Áine Humble (Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada) and Elise Radina (Miami University, USA), and invite scholars to submit chapter proposals for this expanded edition.

In the 2019 book, qualitative scholars in the field of family science described how they analyzed their qualitative data for recently published work (mainly peer-reviewed journal articles published within the previous 5 years). Methodologies included grounded theory, content analysis, autoethnography, poetic inquiry, ethnography, and more. An e-resource supplemented the descriptions with visual aids such as screenshots of software program coding, photos of whiteboard discussions, and scribbled notes in the margins of Word documents. In her review of the book, O’Neil (2019) states that “the editors of this book succeed in their goal of making qualitative data analysis processes more transparent in a way that is compelling, engaging, and highly readable” (section 7).

The expanded version will include all new contributions and from a wider range of disciplines. We invite scholars studying various human experiences (basic research and applied research) in areas such as sociology, family studies and gerontology, education, and health and human performance (e.g., nursing, leisure studies, sports psychology) to submit chapter proposals based on work published between 2019 to 2021.

Similar to the first edition, we are looking for diversity in terms of methodologies and career progress (experienced scholars and new scholars represented as first authors), at least one chapter with an Indigenous focus, and at least one chapter involving a large research team. In addition to the broader range of topics identified above, we also seek more scholars outside of North America to be represented in this expanded version and to have one chapter describing mixed methods research (specifically, studies in which quantitative and qualitative data analysis are combined in the data analysis and interpretation process).

Inquiries can be sent to either Áine Humble ( or Elise Radina (

Please send chapter proposals to Áine Humble ( by December 31, 2021. Chapter proposals will consist of (a) a PDF copy of the work that was published between 2019–2021), and (b) a Word document (no more than two pages) describing what will be covered in the chapter, with suggestions for supplemental material that could be included in the e-resource. We are particularly interested in hearing from people who have demonstrated an interest in reflecting deeply about their data analysis. If you have previously published or presented about qualitative data analysis, please also let us know this in your proposal.

Authors who are invited to submit a full chapter (20 pages, approximately 6000 words) will be notified by April 1, 2022, and they will have 6 months to submit their final draft. This book is scheduled to be published in 2024.

Call for Proposals
Moral Panics in the Covid-19 Pandemic

Deadline to submit a 500 to 750-word abstract: October 31, 2021

Submit via email to:


The concept of moral panic emerged thanks to the seminal work of Stanley Cohen and other scholars in the field of radical criminology about five decades ago. Over such decades, the notion of moral panic and its sociological models have known periods of alternating fortune, have been applied in a range of empirical cases, and entered the popular and journalistic discourse. Then, in recent years, the notion has received renovated theoretical and empirical attention and has been linked to different theories and approaches like, among others, risk, moral regulation, discourse analysis, figurational sociology, sociology of emotions, social problems sociology. These recent contributions have confirmed that the notion and its models are well suited to analyze crises, changes, and transformations in our contemporary societies. However, academic attention to moral panics related to a specific topic or situation or social category has often consisted of disconnected or isolated contributions, with little or no conversation between scholars.

An opportunity to analyze a social situation of rapid social transformations and the moral panics related to them is constituted by the Covid-19 pandemic. This will allow moral panic scholars to write contributions connected among them by a defined theme and to engage in a conversation about the strengths and weaknesses of the concept using empirical cases related to the same topic.


Call for abstracts for an edited volume

With these aims and this theoretical background in mind, we are calling for chapter proposals, which will explore the relevance of the notion of moral panic in analyzing societal reactions related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has raised collective reactions toward specific social situations, social categories, and groups, which can be read through the lenses of the moral panic concept and models. Moral panics emerged not only during the first months of the Covid-19 outbreak (e.g., the so-called “runner hunt”) but also later up to now (e.g., the spasmodic media attention toward the emergence of new virus variants or the moral condemnation against the “careless holiday-makers”).


How can the concept of moral panic and its models explain these societal reactions? This question will guide our analyses, which will take account of the different social, national, political, economic, organizational, and cultural contexts in which such moral panics emerged.

The book aims to hold in view both theoretical and methodological debates and empirical studies by focusing on pandemic moral panics.

We aim to solicit writing that, analyzing the societal reactions that emerged during the Covid-19 pandemic, could utilize not only classical approaches to moral panic analysis but also more recent trends which consider risk (Critcher 2008), fear (Furedi 2011), anxiety (Hier 2011), moral regulation (Critcher 2009; Hunt 2011), social problems (Best 2011) as analytic categories.

We are seeking contributions with empirical and theoretical rigor and originality from scholars who belong to different fields: sociology, media studies, criminology, cultural studies, journalism studies, politics, and history.


Topics may include:

  • Sociological or interdisciplinary analysis of Covid-19 moral panics;
  • Socio-historical and/or comparative analysis of moral panics related to the Covid-19 pandemic and other pandemics;
  • Examination of contemporary moral panics related to the lockdown and/or other preventive measures;
  • Analysis of the role of different organizations in pandemic-related moral panics;
  • Moral panics related to the medical and pharmaceutical industrial complex in pandemic times.
  • Media panics concerning the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Theoretical contributions on moral panics and pandemics
  • Analysis of grassroots panics in pandemic times
  • Groups of interest, groups of pressure and Covid-19 pandemic’s moral panics
  • Global and local panics in the Covid-19 pandemic and relations with the political-economic assets.
  • Good panics and pandemic social transformation
  • Moral panics concerning gender and sexuality issues in the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Family, children, Covid-19 and moral panics.
  • ...

The proposal will be submitted for consideration to Routledge's The COVID-19 Pandemic Series as the series editor has already expressed an interest in the volume.


September 1, 2021: Circulate CFP

October 31, 2021: Submission of abstracts (500-750 words) deadline. Email abstracts to

November 20, 2021: Decision for acceptance of abstract after editorial review.

November 30, 2021: Submission of edited volume proposal to the publisher for external review.

January 15, 2022: Edits and feedback on the proposal returned to authors

March 30, 2022: Authors submit full chapters to the editors for internal review

April 30, 2022: Editors send comments to the authors for revisions.

May 30, 2022: Authors send revised chapters to the editors.

July 1, 2022: Editors review chapter submissions, revise the full manuscript, send it back to the authors for another round of revisions

July 15, 2022: Authors send revised chapters to the editors.

July 30, 2022: Editors review chapter submissions, revise the full manuscript, send it back to the authors for another round of revisions.

August 15, 2022: Authors send final revised chapters to the editors.

September 1, 2022: Complete final draft of the book goes to the publisher.

Completed manuscript in press: October-November, 2022


12th Annual Conference for Assistant Professors

Registration is now open for the 12th annual conference for assistant professors. Click here for details: 

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46th MSSA Annual Meeting

The hybrid 46th MSSA Annual Meeting will be held October 21th – 23rd in Charlotte, North Carolina, and virtually. Please see call for participation at Call for Participation – Mid-South Sociological Association Inc. ( 

Our deadline for submission is October 15, 2021    

In addition to the variety of cutting-edge topics (as evidenced by the below call for participation), quality of networking and mentorship, and innovative meeting venues MSSA rewards excellence of our members through numerous monetary awards, including:         

  • Graduate Student Paper of Distinction Award
  • Undergraduate Paper Award
  • Stanford Lyman Memorial scholarship
  • Stanford Lyman Book Award
  • Committee for Racial and Ethnic Minorities Travel/Registration Scholarship
  • Women, Gender, and Sexualities Committee Travel/Registration Scholarship

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Virtual Conferences

Race Reckoning and Remedy 
Global Meeting on Law and Society
Lisbon, 2022

EXTENDED DEADLINE: The 2022 Program Committee and Executive Office have extended the submissions deadline for the 2022 Global Meeting on Law & Society, which will take place in Lisbon, Portugal & virtually from July 13-16, 2022. The new deadline to submit a session or abstract is Monday, November 22, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. ET.

Next year’s meeting marks the 7th global meeting on Law & Society. The meeting will be hosted at ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon with organizational support from DINÂMIA’CET and CIES at ISCTE.

The conference is organized in partnership between LSA and other sociolegal associations around the world, including the Research Committee on Sociology of Law, the Asian Law and Society Association, the African Law and Society Network, the Socio-Legal Studies Association, the Canadian Law and Society Association, the Japanese Association of the Sociology of Law, the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, the Brazilian Network on Empirical Legal Studies, the Brazilian Association for the Sociology of Law, and the Sociology of Law and Justice Section of the Portuguese Association of Sociology.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are currently planning for a hybrid meeting format, with some events taking place in-person in Lisbon, and other sessions taking place virtually through an online platform. More information about our 2022 conference format is detailed below and in our FAQs page available on our website!

Reimagining Our Worlds from Below: Transnational Conversations on Resistance, Movements and Transformations 
A Free Virtual SSSP Global Connections Outreach Conference  
February 22 to 24, 2022 

The Covid-19 pandemic has made more evident persistent, systemic inequalities that are rooted in and shaped by ideological, economic, political, social, and cultural structures. However, there are other transnational concerns that exacerbate these inequalities, including dwindling natural resources, expanding conflicts, increasing authoritarianism, and widening wealth gaps. Amid all these, a deeper awareness of the damage of colonial and imperialistic histories has been emerging, making obvious that Western/Euro/American-centric solutions are no longer viable, and are, in fact, sources of social problems.  

In response to the challenges these old and new realities, the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is hosting a free virtual international conference. It aims to provide a platform for scholars, activists, practitioners, students, professionals, governmental entities, non-profit organizations, and civil society from all over the world to network, share experiences and learn from each other across boundaries – as we reimagine forms of resistance, movements, and solutions to the unconscionable historic and existential challenges we face on our planet.  

We heartily invite you to join the conversation. Participation from the Global South and the South within the North is especially encouraged. More information and the call for papers will be available soon on our conference website.  

Organized by the SSSP Transnational Initiatives Committee & Ad hoc Transnational Virtual Initiatives Committee 

Co-hosted by the Environmental and Climate Justice Hub in the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies at the University of CaliforniaSanta Barbara.  

Point persons: Diana Therese M. Veloso & Pattie Thomas 

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