When registering for the conference (https://www.sssp1.org/2018_Annual_Meeting_Registration), consider attending an optional one-day workshop on Monday, August 13.  Brief descriptions are included below.

Abolitionist Theory and Practice Workshop (limit 50)

Monday, August 13, 9:00am–4:00pm, Location: Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
Registration Fee: $50 for employed registrants or $25 for unemployed/activist/student registrants

This one-day workshop will bring scholars and activists together in a general discussion of what abolitionism is, where it is heading, and how it can and cannot address various social problems.  Responding to the increased presence of abolitionist struggles across various fields of inquiry and social movements, we are gathering to elucidate and expand on abolitionist practices and thought.  To that end, this one-day workshop will have two goals.  The first is to focus on building the theory of abolition and to encourage a general discussion of the term among different schools of thought and from disparate historical perspectives.  The second goal is to engage the practical and empirical nature of abolitionist scholarship and activism.

Community-Based Participatory Action Research Workshop (limit 50)

Monday, August 13, 9:00am–4:00pm, Location: Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
Registration Fee: $75 for non-members or $25 for members

The Community Research and Development Division is hosting an interactive workshop for researchers who use or are interested in community-based participatory action research.  The workshop will (1) offer a foundational orientation to the purpose and process of CBPAR; and (2) provide a context within which CBPAR scholars, both new and old, can learn from each other and build a stronger network.  This one-day workshop will be divided into two sections. In the morning, section I will cover the following topics: (1) What is CBPAR and Why Do It?; (2) Capacity Building and Community Partnerships; and (3) CBPAR Methodology – Balancing Methodological Rigor with Community Need.  In the afternoon, section II will cover the following topics: (1) Data dissemination: To Whom, How, and Where; (2) Publishing and Funding: Challenges and Opportunities; and (3) Maintaining Partnerships and Building Steam.  The workshop will be collaboratively delivered by Drs. Charlotte Ryan, Felicia Sullivan, and Jessica Lucero.  The workshop will be interactive in nature and provide opportunities for attendees to discuss their CBPAR research ideas and receive feedback.  Workshop fee includes morning coffee.

Institutional Ethnography Workshop (limit 50)

Monday, August 13, 9:30am–4:00pm, Location: Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
Registration Fee: $50 for employed registrants or $25 for unemployed/activist/student registrants

The Institutional Ethnography Division is hosting an interactive workshop for all people who use or are interested in deepening their engagement with the alternative sociology, institutional ethnography (IE). This year, aligned with the conference theme (Abolitionist Approaches to Social Problems) and as a commitment to IE’s roots in feminist and community organizing, the workshop offers structured opportunities to engage applications of IE by activists and community organizers, as well as academics. Praxis International, founded by the late Dr. Ellen Pence, will open this year’s workshop to discuss the vision and impact of Institutional Analysis (IA). The IA is a practical process of analyzing institutions that develops an agenda for change to guide the reform of institutional processes that don’t work well for the people they’re intended to serve. Applied initially, and extensively, to the criminal case processing of domestic violence, IA is increasingly sought by activists for systems change in the areas of child protection and welfare, criminal case processing of sexual assault, reduction of disparity of impact and outcomes for marginalized populations, and more. This opening plenary will provide an opportunity to learn about IA’s roots in IE, its evolution as a tool for activists and practitioners to come together to identify and change problematic institutional practices, and successes and challenges in several recent IA projects seeking to make change in local communities.

The tentative schedule for the day will be as follows:

9:30am-11:00am Minute Talk and Q&A with Praxis International on Using Institutional Analysis to Organize for Systems Change

11:15am-12:30pm Interactive Work with Participants following a world cafe format and focusing on practical and methodological issues people experience. Conversations will be facilitated by activist, community organizing and academic experts.

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch (on your own)

1:30pm-3:30pm Fishbowl Presentation/Conversation with people who do/use IE in diverse ways (i.e., community organizers, activists and academics who are using this sociological approach in diverse settings, with diverse participants and to do a range of different things).

Writing and Publishing Workshop (limit 50)

Monday, August 13, 10:00am–3:30pm, Location: Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
Registration Fee: Free for SSSP members; $40 for employed non-SSSP members; or $20 for unemployed/activist/ students who are not SSSP members

The Social Problems Theory Division will offer a Writing and Publishing Workshop consisting of two sessions followed by a keynote address.  This workshop will provide attendees with an opportunity to discuss issues or problems of creating publishable work, and gain a greater understanding of the publishing process, by engaging in a dialogue with established scholars and editors.  Session one, Savvy Strategies for Writing and Publishing, is centered on effectively producing writing for audiences.  This session will focus on the craft of writing and its practical problems.  Session two, Expectations and Constraints of the Publishing Process, will feature editors in positions at presses and journals.  This session will focus on their perspective of publishing process.  The workshop will conclude with keynote speaker, Eviatar Zerubavel, whose work has focused on cognition and the pragmatic problems of writing.