Crossing Borders
2015 Annual Meeting
Millennium Broadway Hotel
New York, New York
February 26-March 1, 2015


The online abstract submission system for the ESS annual meeting is now open at or through the website at The ESS welcomes submissions, drawing on every methodology, addressing any and all issues of interest to sociologists.  In addition, the 2015 meeting will have a special focus on “Crossing Borders.”

The “Crossing Borders” theme invites discussion of the social construction and social impacts of borders dividing individuals, groups, and nations.  It challenges us to explore how borders are created, how they can change, and the complex processes shaping whether, and how, they can be crossed – and with what consequences.

One type of border is political. Millions of people have crossed international borders in the past half century to come to the United States in one of the massive population movements of our time.  How has this enormous inflow shaped the lives of the migrants who have crossed borders — and transformed social, economic, political, and cultural institutions and patterns in American society?   What can recent research tell us, for example, about the pathways and barriers to immigrant inclusion in American society?  How has the presence of new immigrants changed America’s racial order, injected new dynamics into politics, and altered community institutions and neighborhoods?   How extensive and significant are migrants’ cross-border ties with their home societies?  What, for immigrants and for American society, are the ramifications of large numbers of undocumented residents? Other questions emerge when we put the U.S. in a wider context and look through a comparative lens. What, for instance, are the causes and consequences of border crossing in different immigrant receiving societies, including north of the U.S. border and across the Atlantic?

There are many other important borders that reflect significant social divisions, raising questions about their nature, social effects, and degree of permeability. There are borders based on class, ethnicity, race, gender, religion, and age, for example, and borders dividing those involved in institutions and organizations from those who are not. The theme can also focus attention on the value of crossing interdisciplinary borders, not only as a way to highlight distinctive sociological approaches to theoretical and empirical questions but also to reflect on what we can learn from other disciplines.

We hope that scholars who participate in the meeting will bring a broad range of additional questions and approaches to issues raised by a focus on crossing borders.  Although the ESS particularly encourages submissions related to this year’s theme, we welcome submissions on all sociological topics, drawing on all methods and formats, including:

  • Individual papers (please include abstracts of 250 words or less)
  • Wholly constituted sessions (with names and affiliations of all presenters)
  • Thematic conversations (panels of two or more scholars engaged in debate or exchange)
  • Workshops on specific topics and techniques
  • Special sessions organized around prominent scholars and their work
  • Roundtable and poster session presentations

Abstracts for paper presentations and session proposals are due by October 31, 2014.

Questions should be sent to

Program Committee:  Thomas DeGloma (Chair), Nancy Foner (President), Nazli Kibria (Vice-President), Mike Owen Benediksson, Margaret Chin, Erica Chito Childs, Mark Halling, Philip Kasinitz, Howard Lune, Pamela Stone, Iddo Tavory, Van Tran