Session Types Available for the MSS Annual Meeting

We welcome all submissions with a sociological focus. In particular, we encourage submissions that address this year’s theme.

Open sessions are available for individuals submitting their own work for presentation. These submissions will be organized into small groups for official presentation. 

Closed/complete sessions proposals are available for workshops, complete panels or other closed sessions on any sociological topic. For these sessions, organizers select topics and identify all presenters in advance of submitting their proposal. All presenters should agree to participate before the organizer submits a proposal. We welcome proposals for sessions in all subfields of sociology including research and teaching topics, as well as professional development sessions or workshops.

Individual Formal Paper Session

These formal sessions include the presentation of completed papers. Though presenters only submit an abstract, completed papers should be sent to session presiders by March 1. Presiders may serve as discussants or may recruit others to do so. Individual papers will be grouped with papers of similar topics to form a complete session. 

Closed Paper Session 

These sessions should have between three and five participants who present completed papers on a predetermined topic. Chosen presenters will send completed papers to their session organizer by March 1. Session organizers may serve as presiders and discussants or may recruit others to do so. This is a closed session submission.

Roundtable Sessions

This less formal and smaller session type is appropriate for presentation and discussion of research proposals, works in progress, or topics of special interest. A roundtable can involve presentations or conversation on shared interests. Unlike formal paper presentations, roundtables focus on discussion among participants. Audio-visual not available. 

*NEW*  Research Restart Roundtables (RRR)

Has the pandemic negatively impacted your research program? Are you in the early stages of a new project? Consider submitting an abstract for the Research Restart Roundtables at the 2022 MSS in Chicago. This new format gives scholars who are in the early research stages a formal opportunity to present their research. These roundtables provide a low stress opportunity to receive feedback on initial research ideas, pilot studies, and other works in progress. The pandemic has slowed or derailed a lot of our research plans in the last year and a half, and the Research Restart Roundtables create a supportive space for you to get back on track. Audio-visual not available. 

Teaching Techniques

Submit your Good Ideas for Teaching Sociology (GIFTS). Rather than presenting scholarship on teaching and learning (SoTL) these submissions are  5-7 minute presentations which focus on a teaching technique and its implementation in the classroom. We encourage submissions from all levels of teaching, from high school to community college to four year institutions. 

Panel Session*

Organizers will invite three to five panelists to present on a shared area of expertise or interest. While panelists make formal presentations, they are generally not the empirical reports that predominate in paper sessions. The organizer moderates discussion between the panelists and with the audience. This is a closed session submission. Audio-visual must be requested in advance.

Author-Meets-Critics Session

An invited author and three to five invited critics participate in a lively discussion about a recently-published sociological work. This is a closed session submission. Audio-visual must be requested in advance.

Academics-Meet-Activists Session

Similar to Author-Meets-Critic session, an invited activist or organization and academic(s) discuss the intersections of academic research and activist initiatives around social movement/social justice issues. This is a closed session submission. Audio-visual must be requested in advance.


Workshops are often interactive professional development opportunities facilitated by organizers and are often participatory sessions. Workshops generally form around topics related to teaching, publishing, technology, data analysis, and administration. This is a closed session submission.

Poster Presentations 

Posters are visual presentations of research work illustrating a research question, methods and outcomes. Posters will be displayed during scheduled time slots and presenters will discuss their research with other meeting attendees. Audio-visual not available. 

Innovative Presentations, powered by Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha literally means “chit-chat” or “the sound of conversation” in Japanese. It is a strictly timed, 6 minute and 40 second PowerPoint presentation which involves showing 20 slides for 20 seconds each while the presenter talks. The short timeframe necessitates that presenters be focused, precise and creative in conveying their ideas and/or argument. Background, examples and “How To’s” available at  

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition for Graduate and Undergraduate Students  

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition that challenges students to describe their research topic and its significance in just 3 minutes to a general audience. 3MT was developed by the University of Queensland (UQ) and has spread to over 18 countries and 200 universities worldwide. Students are allowed to use one static slide, and no additional transitions, animation, embedded video, or props. Presentations are all spoken word, and exclude songs and theatrical performances Background, examples, and “How To’s” available at Students who participate in 3MT will receive rules and instructions for the competition from the session presider. The competition is judged and prizes are awarded!  

*If you are interested in providing your expertise as a panelist, you are invited to submit to the "Panel Participant" option.

Panel Participant

A submission of this type provides the planning team with information that you are willing to serve as a member of a panel on a topic pertaining to your area(s) of expertise. By submitting to this, you are putting your name on a list of experts, on a range of topics, for us to use in helping closed session panel organizers and the conference planning team find people who can be added to fill panels. We invite all conference participants to submit their names for consideration, by indicating areas of expertise they would be willing to share in a panel format, so that we can build a database of people willing to be added to panels for this year's conference. This submission type is not the same as other submissions in terms of follow-up, communication, and inclusion on the program. If you submit to this type, and organizers would like to add you to a panel session, you will be contacted by the program team between mid-November to mid-January to further clarify the details of that participation. Otherwise, you will not hear from us regarding this particular submission. Information will not carryover from year to year, so please consider re-submitting next year if you are not contacted.