Call for Papers

“Putting Sociology to Work”—59th Meeting of the New York State Sociological Association (NYSSA)
Call for Papers
Siena College is pleased to host the 59th annual meeting of the New York State Sociological Association (NYSSA) October 14-15, 20011.  Located in Loudonville, just outside Albany, the Siena campus is easily accessible by auto from I-87 and I-90 and by train via Amtrak.
Conference Theme:  This year’s conference theme, “Putting Sociology to Work,” places our emphasis on the application of sociological knowledge to the solution of local, national, and global problems.  If you or your students have been working to solve social problems, we encourage you to share your experience with the NYSSA members attending our conference.  Of course, papers or presentations on other sociological topics will be welcome as well.
Submit an Abstract:  We welcome presentations employing a wide range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches.  Please submit an abstract of 250 words or less to no later than September 15, 2011.  Be sure to mention any special equipment or arrangements you will need to make your presentation successful.  We will make every effort to include your presentation in our program.
Films and Posters:  In addition to standard presentations, we welcome posters displaying sociological projects.  All posters should be delivered to the registration desk Friday afternoon will be on display throughout the conference.  If you have made a film or video on a sociological theme, we would be delighted to show it during the conference.  Send a description of your film, the approximate running time, and the format you will be using.
Student Participation:  NYSSA has traditionally encouraged participation by undergraduate and graduate students.  Student presentations are integrated into the regular conference proceedings.  Our conference provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn first-hand about the variety of concerns and approaches included under the sociological banner.  To stimulate student participation the association presents a cash award to the best undergraduate and graduate student papers.
Registration:  Registration forms for the 2011 NYSSA annual meeting can be found at  Discounted rates are available for those submitting their registration before October 1.
Keynote Speaker:  Friday night’s keynote speaker will be Dr. James W. Loewen, the acclaimed author of Lies My Teacher Told Me and several other books.  Loewen holds the Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University and taught for twenty years at the University of Vermont.  His special interest is the teaching of history in American schools.  He has traveled the country giving public lectures and workshops for teachers, demonstrating techniques they can use to counteract the misinformation and lack of coverage given to Native Americans, African Americans, women, the labor movement, and other marginalized groups.  In addition, he has testified as an expert witness in more than 50 legal cases involving civil rights, voting rights, and employment discrimination.  In keeping with the conference theme of “Putting Sociology to Work,” his keynote address is titled, “”Using Sociology to Push Back.”  A complete biography and bibliography can be found at 
Accommodations:  Three motels located within three miles of the Siena Campus will provide special conference rates for NYSSA members.  Information on these motels can be found at  Be sure to ask for the Siena College/NYSSA rate when making your reservation.
Directions to Siena College:  The Siena College campus is located in Loudonville on Route 9(Loudon Rd.) approximately two miles north of Albany.  For driving directions, go to Siena College website:  Conference registration and most sessions will be held in the Sarazen Student Union, centrally located on the Siena College campus.  Go to the Siena College website for a campus map.  The Sarazen Student Union is #25 on the map.
Shuttle Service:  A shuttle will be provided from the Albany/Rensselaer Amtrak station to the Siena campus and from the campus to local motels for those conference registrants who request it in advance.  Please send e-mail to indicating your time of arrival and the number in your group.

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