Author Meets Critics Session

Author Meets Critic Sessions are designed to bring authors of recent books considered to be important contributions to the study of social problems and the advancement of social justice together with discussants chosen to provide different viewpoints.  Only books published during the previous two years from the conference meeting are eligible for nomination.  Only SSSP members may submit nominations; self-nominations are not accepted. No more than two (2) Author Meets Critics sessions will be offered by the Program Committee each year.  At the discretion of the Program Chair, the Committee may invite authors whose work is particularly relevant to the year’s theme.

Author Meets Critics Session proposals must be submitted to the Program Committee by the deadline date for the annual meeting.  Proposals must include:

  • Title of Book (include publisher and publication date)
  • Brief statement (about 200 words) about the book’s importance to the study of social problems and the advancement of social justice in general, as well as the relevance of the book for the annual meeting’s theme
  • Session Organizer(s)—authors cannot serve as session organizers
  • A list of potential critics, including their e-mail addresses
Video Conferencing at the Annual Meeting

As a rule, virtual presentations are not permitted at the annual meeting, but the Program Committee, in consultation with the President of the Board of Directors, will consider rare exceptions in instances where the circumstances preventing the participation of a presenter/panelist and the importance of their contribution are such as to warrant an exception.

If an exception is made, it will cost the Society approximately $200-$250 per room, per day.

Submitting Previously Published Papers

Papers are not eligible for presentation or division competitions or awards/scholarships/fellowships if they have been published or accepted for publication before being submitted for consideration.

Multiple Submissions of the Same Paper

Papers are not eligible if they have been presented previously at SSSP or presented or accepted for presentation at other professional meetings, unless they have been revised substantially with new data, findings, or theoretical contributions.

Excursions and Tours

Only tours organized by the Local Arrangements Committee in relative proximity to the meeting site will be permitted.  Individual attendees can make their own tour arrangements, if desired.