The draft version of the Preliminary Program for this 2016 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society is now available and can be viewed here

Preliminary Program 2/10/16

Please read all of the information below and keep this in a safe place.  If you are not wondering about some of these things now, you probably will be later!

Searching the Program:  If you are a participant, you can find your sessions by searching the Index of Participants.  Because of the number of submissions, we were only able to accept at most one single authored/two coauthored papers per participant.  If you cannot find yourself, please email the committee at

Changes to Program: The committee worked diligently to honor requests and be sensitive to people’s time and space needs. The schedule may not be perfect for all, but we ask, if at all possible, that you go with your current session assignment.  If we have committed errors, double-booked, or if there is some truly urgent reason for change, you can email the committee at  PLEASE NOTE: Corrections will not be reflected in the online program until you receive notice that a new version is posted online.

AV Support: PowerPoint projectors and screens will be available for all regular sessions. You must bring your own laptop (and the connection cord if you have an Apple computer) — or arrange with someone else in your session to share theirs. Roundtable sessions will not have AV equipment, so we encourage the use of handouts at roundtables.

AccessParticipants with access requests should contact us at Please include “ACCESS” in the subject field.

Membership and Registration:  Unless you have received Presidential dispensation, ALL presenters in the discipline must be ESS members and must register for the meeting BY MARCH 5 to be included in the program.  Undergraduates whose institutions hold a Departmental Membership do not have to pay for ESS membership but all undergrads will have to register for the meeting at the nominal $10 Undergraduate rate. (Undergrads, your department chair can join with an institutional membership online at our website).  Non-sociologists may opt for a “non-member” registration.  Registration and Membership can be taken care of online through our membership portal at   Questions regarding the membership/registration requirements may be directed to

Hotel Reservations: The conference hotel is the Boston Park Plaza hotel.  Room rate is $189 plus taxes per night for a standard single or double.  ESS gets access to meeting space in the hotel by committing to a certain level of “room nights” from our attendees during the course of the conference.  If we do not hit that number, we pay a hefty charge to hold our conference there – so we ask that you support the society by staying in the hotel if at all possible. The cutoff date for reservations is February 24th – but don’t dally; it will fill up.  You can make your reservations through the Annual Meeting tab of the ESS website at

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Barbara Katz Rothman (ESS President) and Vilna Bashi Treitler (Program Chair)