2016 Annual Meeting


My Day Job: Politics and Pedagogy in Academia


For most of us, what we present at meetings like the ESS is our art, our life, our valued work.  And what we do to pay the mortgage, put shoes on the kids, get the money to go to meetings like this, is teach.  Some of us — more and more of us — are doing our teaching as piece work, course by course, and as in pre-union days, without any ‘benefits.’  As courses move online, for some that work –like old style garment industry piecework — is done in our homes, one corner of our living space used for production, providing our own supplies, laptops now rather than sewing machines. For others, luckier, teaching is done as a full time job with full benefits, from a solid college or university base, whether on-line, in person or both, doing our 10 community college courses a year, or our 6 or so undergraduate courses, or even just a lovely one or two doctoral courses, or whatever mix we’ve worked out for ourselves.  But that teaching, our day job, most often slips under the radar when we meet as professional sociologists.  The 2016 meeting will have a special focus on the current state of colleges and universities.

We particularly encourage the development of mini-conferences, three or more sessions around a specific theme. Anyone interested in developing a mini-conference should please get in touch with the program committee as quickly as possible with a deadline of August 1.

Paper submissions and session proposals are due by October 31, 2015.  Read the full call here.

Questions, suggestions, program ideas should be sent to: