2012 Annual Meeting

Join us in Pittsburgh, PA,

for the annual North Central Sociological Association meeting
April 12-15, 2012


2012 Final Program for Pittsburgh (click to view)

If you have any questions about whether your paper submission
please contact Joyce Lucke at

2012 Conference Registration Fees:

professional   $75
student  $25
high school workshop   $100
undergraduate student group from one institution  $100

Dear Colleague–
As the deadline for submissions approaches, I would like to extend a personal invitation to you to participate in our April 2012 conference in Pittsburgh.   This event is of great importance to the health and vitality of our association, and each participant adds something unique and significant.The theme of the conference, “Renewing Sociology: Living Traditions and Creative Beginnings,” offers a framework within which we can affirm the value of our collective endeavor, share our insights and concerns, and celebrate one another’s achievements in teaching, research, service, applied sociology and social advocacy.Even if you do not submit something for the program, I hope you will attend the conference and will encourage others to do so.   April in the Three Rivers city should be beautiful, and we can anticipate new buds and blossoms and green happenings within our own discipline as well.
Yours cordially, Larry Nichols, NCSA President 2011-12

Library of Social Science Book Exhibit

This year’s Annual Meeting of the North Central Sociological Association will feature a special book exhibit organized and managed by the LIBRARY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE. The exhibit will provide a comprehensive collection of the latest and most significant titles in the field and will contribute substantiallyto the excitement and intellectual value of our meeting. The book exhibit will be open throughout the conference. Please stop by early and often, say hello to book exhibit manager Mei Ha Chan—and browse to your heart’s content. All books are on sale at special, discounted rates.  Flyer at 2012 Book Exhibit

A special thank you to Taylor & Francis, the publishers of the NCSA journal Sociological Focus.

They are sponsoring the student reception on Friday from 3:45-5:00 in Ballroom 1,

and they have donated the lanyards for all our participants this year.

The conference theme in 2012 is:
Sociology, like other fields of learning, must continually reinvent itself in order to remain viable and relevant in ever changing social, intellectual and professional contexts.  Through this ongoing process of renewal, the discipline is able to attract new generations of educators, scholars, activists and practitioners, while contributing to the quality of life in society.   This dynamic has been evident in recent decades in many forms, including the emergence of new theoretical paradigms (e.g., postmodernism, the narrative turn) and methodological approaches (e.g., mapping, visual sociology), new sections in professional associations (e.g., sociology of emotions, cultural sociology), and the wide-ranging debate over “public sociology” and applications of sociological knowledge.
Such change, however, does not mean the wholesale abandonment of longstanding concerns in the field.    To the contrary, contemporary sociologists, like their earlier counterparts in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, address the issues of social power, solidarity, social justice, and social change as well as the most appropriate methods of social scientific research and the best pedagogical techniques.  As long as sociology endures as a distinctive field of learning, such traditional themes will remain crucial.
The North Central Sociological Association invites its members and guests to examine the issue of renewal of our field at the 2012 conference in Pittsburgh.   This broad and inclusive theme can be addressed from a multitude of directions that combine constructive critique with innovative proposals for the creative development.    Within each specialty area, we can examine efforts to revitalize historical ideas, issues or methodologies, as well as efforts to launch innovative paradigms and practices.  In the manner of Norbert Wiley’s “semiotic self,” we can dialogue with our past selves for the sake of creating a future identity.   We hope you will find this an exciting prospect.
More information will be posted as the meeting draws closer.


Note: the 2013 NCSA meeting will be in Indianapolis, IN
the 2014 NCSA meeting will be in Cincinnati, OH

The Marriott Pittsburgh City Center is located directly across from CONSOL Energy Center and just steps from the heart of the business district. Pittsburgh Airport (PIT) is just 18 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, PA. The conference rate is $140 per night (plus tax) for single or double occupancy and a parking fee of $26 per day for valet and $22 per day for self-parking. This room rate will be available for evenings of Wednesday, April 11 through Sunday, April 15, 2012. Room tax is 14% (subject to change). A $20 charge for each additional person will be assessed. The rate is guaranteed from November 15, 2011 until March 20, 2012. The hotel may honor the conference rate after this date if rooms are available. To guarantee a room and at this rate, make your reservations early.
For reservations:

Call Marriot Pittsburgh City Center 412-471-4000 (Monday-Friday 8 am – 5 pm) or Marriot 24 hr reservation 888-456-6600

Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pitdt-pittsburgh-marriott-city-center

2012 Ruth and John Useem Plenary Address to be delivered by
Daniel Myers, University of Notre Dame
Daniel J. Myers is Professor of Sociology, Vice President, and Associate Provost at the University of Notre Dame.  His current research examines racial rioting in the 1960′s and 1970′s, deterministic and stochastic models of diffusion for collective violence, mathematical models of collective action, media coverage of protests, demonstrations, and riots, and game theoretic analyses of small group negotiation.  He has published many books and articles primarily focused on social movements, the diffusion of social phenomena, social psychology, and urban politics.  These include: Toward a More Perfect Union: The Governance of Metropolitan American (with Ralph Conant), Social Psychology Identity Work in Social Movements (with Jo Regger and Rachel Einwohner).  He is currently leading a comprehensive re-assessment of U.S. race-related rioting in the 1960s funded by two grants from the National Science Foundation. (with John DeLamater), and), and Identity Work in Social Movements (with Jo Regger and Rachel Einwohner).  He is currently leading a comprehensive re-assessment of U.S. race-related rioting in the 1960s funded by two grants from the National Science Foundation.Myers has been particularly active in the social movements and collective behavior scholarly area, serving as the editor of Mobilization and founding the Center for the Study of Social Movements at Notre Dame which organizes the annual John D. McCarthy Lifetime Achievement Award and Distinguished Lecture, and the annual Young Scholars in Social Movements Conference.Most recently, he has been named Vice President and Associate Provost at Notre Dame, following an appointment as Director of Faculty Development and Research in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and then Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Letters, where he guided a rapid expansion of the social science division, the creation of the Center for Social Research, and strategic advances in the college’s research programs. A popular and innovative teacher who has been particularly active in leading undergraduate research, Myers has won the Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Teaching—the College of Arts and Letters’ highest teaching honor.

© 2010 North Central Sociological Association Suffusion theme by Sayontan Sinha