About the AACS Annual Conference

AACS members come together once a year as applied, clinical, practicing, and public sociologists. In practice, we see our responsibility as having our work matter – having sociological ideas get used in the world to effect positive social change, or to help systems function as well as possible in their current forms. So how do we start making a difference? How about submitting creative sessions to this year’s annual conference!

You can share your research, policy work, teaching, activism, clinical experience, or other applications that are helping sociology to make a difference in the world and, hopefully, to be recognized for it. You are welcome to submit completed papers as well as works in progress, workshops, and panel discussions, all standard fare at conferences. But what we really want is for you think creatively about how to engage an audience, imagining yourself and your audience as participants in:

  • clinical practice
  • a policy-oriented think tank
  • a board of directors meeting
  • business or client relationships
  • negotiation of a research or evaluation study
  • an advisory role for a foundation, government agency, or non-profit
  • crafting a practice-oriented sociology department
  • data-based organizational decision-making
  • institutional research

Also, consider your co-presenters in creative ways. How about including service providers and practitioners, grant funding agency representatives, organizational clients in clinical relationships, board members, federal, state and local political officials? How about a mock accreditation panel with sociology department staff? How about a mock clinical negotiation or a negotiation with a granting agency about its funding priorities?

With these creative goals in mind, the AACS encourages interactive and informal formats rather than formal paper presentations.