Austin 2017 Call For Papers


SSSA President’s Message

For nearly 100 years, the Southwestern Social Science Association has brought together professional scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates in the spirit of intellectual growth, collaboration, and collegiality. I invite you to join us for our 97th annual meeting in Austin, Texas, April 12-15, 2017, to avail yourself of both new and traditional formats for presenting research and discussing various aspects of academia. Our Austin meeting will feature panels, roundtables, workshops, and poster opportunities, in addition to a greatly expanded slate of interdisciplinary sessions. We warmly welcome presentations on any topic, period, and geographical area in Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology, Social Work, Women’s and Gender Studies, International Studies, Anthropology, and Psychology. Our general theme for 2017, “Social Sciences and Social Change,” encompasses an enormous array of subjects, methodologies, and analytical issues of interest across disciplines. The social sciences capture how and why change has happened and continues to happen, while also evincing and propelling social change. By way of studying the past and the present, and through pondering possible futures, the social sciences together have a vital role in promoting knowledge and understanding amid the complexity and transient aspects of today’s world. We hope that you will join us in Austin to share your work with a community of scholars and students at what is our annual celebration of the social sciences.

Best wishes, Patrick Barr-Melej, Ph.D. SSSA President (2016-17)

“Social Sciences and Social Change”
Plan Now to Attend the 98th Annual Meeting of the SOUTHWESTERN SOCIAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION April 12 – 15, 2017, Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX.

Go to for details concerning the meeting and new presentation
formats. Formal Submissions will be made on the Association’s submission website. All proposals WILL REQUIRE a complete abstract. Submission will require that ALL AUTHORS have a complete profile on the submission website at time of submission. Submissions due: October 21, 2016.

Please also note that we will encourage interdisciplinary panels. If you would like to propose an interdisciplinary panel, please submit it as a panel through the submission website. If you have a paper that you believe would be a good option for one of our interdisciplinary themes (or one not already identified below) please submit to the interdisciplinary section. Finally, WE NEED VOLUNTEERS. On the submission page there is a link to volunteer to be a paper mentor for a workshopping roundtable. We will try to match our seasoned members with those newer in their career to enable didactic interaction about a paper.

Call for Papers

Laura Wilhelm, Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada – Reno

Steve Moog, Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas – Fayetteville

Soumya Sivakumar, School of Business Administration, Marymount University

Jeffrey Hankins, Department of History, Louisiana Tech University

International Studies
Syed Serajul Islam, Department of Political Science, Lakehead University – Canada

Political Science
Jennifer Horan, Department of Public and International Affairs,
University of North Carolina — Wilmington

Tracy Dietz, College of Business, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle, #311160, Denton, TX, 76203-5017

Social Work
Christine James, Rutgers University

Carson Mencken, Department of Sociology, Baylor University, One Bear Place, Box 97326, Waco, TX 76798

Women’s and Gender Studies
D’Lane Compton, Department of Sociology, University of New Orleans

Interdisciplinary and Thematic Sessions
Lydia Andrade, Department of Government & International Affairs, Administration Bldg 369, The University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway. San Antonio, TX, 78209

Topics may include but are not limited to:

• Factors of Social Change
• Communication in a New Era
• Gender
• New Understandings of Health and Community
• Energy and the Environment
• Career Implications of the Modern Educational Environment
• Sustainable Communities

General Program Director
Tracy Dietz, College of Business, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle, #311160, Denton, TX, 76203-5017