Facts and Fictions:
Narratives of Inequality and Difference
2019 Annual Meeting
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Boston, MA
March 14-17, 2019



The ESS welcomes submissions, drawing on every methodology, addressing any and all issues of interest to sociologists. The 2019 meeting will have a special focus on “Facts and Fictions: Narratives of Inequality and Difference”.

Fact, not fiction: Immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than those born in the U.S.  Fact, not fiction: “Emily” and “Greg” are more employable than “Lakisha” and “Jamal.”  Fact, not fiction: An average woman’s salary is approximately 80% of an average man’s.

Facts are central to sociology. From the collection and construction of facts to critical analyses of how facts are interpreted, sociologists engage in a variety of ways with information about the social world.  Given the contemporary political climate of attacks on the value of scientific methodologies, scientific evidence, and scientific interpretation, how do we as sociologists effectively and responsibly bring facts into public narratives?  Whether it is in our classroom teaching, on our social media posts or in the scholarly papers we publish, how do we work with facts?  How might we ensure that the facts we uncover, construct, interpret, and critique are used for the public good, especially to address the pressing issues of social inequality and exclusion that surround us?    

This is only a partial list of the questions that have evolved from the issues that have defined sociology as a social scientific discipline. No doubt there are others.  We look forward to submissions that will fill the missing links. Although the ESS especially encourages submissions related to this year’s theme, we welcome submissions on all sociological topics. Potential methods and formats include

  • individual papers (please include abstracts of 250 words or less; longer drafts are also welcome via email to the program committee)
  • 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

Paper submissions and session proposals are due by October 30, 2018.

Submit your proposal here: http://www.meetingsavvy.org/ess

Proposals for mini-conferences are encouraged by July 9, 2018.

Questions should be sent to easterns2019@gmail.com

Program Committee: Nazli Kibria, ESS President; Jessica Simes, Program Chair, Boston University.