Dear Colleagues,

Greetings to all from Atlanta.

As president of the Southwestern Social Science Association, the oldest interdisciplinary social science association in the United States, I welcome you. The last few years have been tumultuous: we had to cancel the 99th annual meeting due to the pandemic, and the hybrid format of the 100th meeting, in New Orleans in April 2021, made any celebration difficult. Despite a delay in celebrations in the centennial year, the centennial of the SSSA was a reality in San Antonio, the city where our organization had its origin. We celebrated the centennial with pomp and energy, as you can see from pictures of our thematic reception at sssaonline.org

The theme for the next meeting is Erosion of Democracy. In daily headlines, we see references to democracy being “swept under the rug” around the world. The weakening of democracy is a serious matter that warrants critical attention, and I encourage all academicians to research this topic and share their findings with colleagues, students, and the general public. Our 2023 annual conference will feature paper sessions, panels, poster sessions, roundtable discussions, and workshops. Our theme provides an excellent opportunity for members from Anthropology, Economics, History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies to share their expertise. We welcome you to enjoy research presentations in a broad range of disciplines from active faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate students and retired professionals.
Please stay safe and healthy until we meet again in Fort Worth. Good luck completing your 2022-2023 academic year, and kind regards to all.

Salli Vargis, M.Phil., Ph.D.
President, Southwestern Social Science Association
Professor of History
Associate Chair, Business & Cultural & Behavioral Sciences (Newton Campus)
Perimeter College, Georgia State University