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Preparing for ASA 2015

This year’s American Sociological Association Annual Meeting takes place in Chicago, and our Sociology team is gearing up. The 110th Annual Meeting will bring together over 6,000 sociologists nationwide for four days of lectures, sessions, and networking with some of the top figures in the field. This year’s theme is “Sexualities in the Social World,” but each section will be exploring many of today’s most difficult questions.

How can you discover some of the best new scholarship in the field? The ASA Awards Ceremony & Presidential Address Plenary is a great opportunity to find out. Several of our authors will receive awards at the meeting this year including Mara Loveman, author of National Colors: Racial Classification and the State in Latin America (2015 Best Scholarly Book Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Global and Transnational Sociology; 2015 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the American Sociological Association Section Political Sociology Section; 2015 Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities); Fatma Muge Gocek, author of Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009 (2015 Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book, Sociology of Culture Section, American Sociological Association); Christine B.N. Chin, author of Cosmopolitan Sex Workers: Women and Migration in a Global City (2015 Political Economy of the World System Distinguished Book Award, American Sociological Association); and Alison Brysk, author of Speaking Rights to Power: Constructing Political Will.

What’s trending the the field in general, and in various sub-disciplines? The conference section schedule has a variety of programs on various work, and several publishers will be displaying their newest publications. For example, the ASA’s Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change teamed with Oxford in the recent publication, Climate Change and Society. New textbooks also offer insight into the needs of the next generation of researchers, such as The Process of Social Research by Jeff Dixon, Royce Singleton and Bruce Straits; Exploring Inequality by Jenny Stuber; Exploring Masculinities by CJ Pascoe and Tristan Bridges; and Race and Racisms: Brief Edition by Tanya Golash-Boza.

Have questions for us? We’ll be at booth 409/411/413 in the exhibit hall with our latest books, journals, and online resources in sociology. Don’t forget to follow @OUPAcademic on Twitter using #ASA15.

Finally, the most important questions. Cubs or Sox? Lou Malnati’s or Giordano’s? We’ve put together a map of things to do, see, and eat in your spare time, so take off that conference badge and put down that poster—it’s time to explore the Windy City!

We look forward to seeing you all in Chicago!

Image Credit: “Chicago Skyline” by Fernando Garcia. CC BY NC 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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