2011 Annual Meeting

2011 Meeting, March 31-April 2

Cleveland, Ohio
Hyatt Regency at the Arcade      (Room rate $142 plus tax, parking $22 per night valet or $20 self-park). Phone: 1-800-233-1234. Click for Hyatt Regency reservations

Conference rate for hotel ends MARCH 10, 2011

2011 Final Program

On-line Registration and Membership

2011 MEMBERSHIP FEES                                           2011 REGISTRATION FEES

Professional $55                                                               Professional $75
Student $25                                                                      Student $25
Emeritus/retired/unemployed $25                                      Undergraduate student attending only $10
Sustaining $75                                                                  Non-member $95
Lifetime $1,000

The conference theme this year is Pragmatism in Research and Education

What is the purpose of scientific inquiry? The characteristic idea of philosophical pragmatism is that ideas and practices should be judged in terms of their usefulness, workability, and practicality and that these are the criteria of their truth, rightness and value. Both classical Pragmatism and contemporary Neo-Pragmatism have had a deep impact on social science. It is a perspective that stresses the priority of action over vague principles. In deciding how to deal with any complex social problem a useful question to ask is what practical difference any specific theoretical distinction might make. As sociologists and social scientists, are we involved in a search for truth? Are we seeking consensus or agreement on the patterns and nature of human experience? What is it that we wish to discover about human interaction in research, practice, education, service, and involvement in both communities of scholarship and the real lived experience of human society? How important are “interpretive networks”? These questions suggest that a further exploration of our philosophy and practice might be useful. Better theorizing in the discipline will help us as we work to develop teaching and research as a complement and alternative to the dominant models of ‘disinterested’ social science, and to reframe research activities and address a broader range of concerns than traditional questions of scientific validity. Research, teaching, and other sessions might address the theoretical involvement in social amelioration. Or these sessions might investigate how political action, various social events, military engagements, civil society, criminality, religious rituals and faith traditions, community spaces, popular culture, artistic endeavors, and social media and the Internet further a pragmatic concern in the discipline of sociology. We welcome all proposals for papers and panels that bring scholarly and theoretical interests in pragmatism to bear on relevant concepts in the contemporary age. But we also welcome papers which authors may not necessarily feel fall into the main theme of the conference.

Keynote speaker: Jack A. Goldstone is the Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Jr. Professor at the George Mason School of Public Policy and an eminent scholar. His work on issues such as social movements, revolutions, and international politics has won him global acclaim. The author or co-author of nine books, Professor Goldstone is a leading authority on regional conflicts, has served on a U.S. Vice-Presidential Task Force on State Failure, and is a consultant to the U.S. State Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.


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