New York State Sociological Association

67th Annual Meeting

November 15th & 16th

Nazareth College

Rochester, NY

"For the Common Good"

Social Justice, Multiple Sovereignties and Public Engagement

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Mahatma Gandhi has written about ever-expanding oceanic circles of community consciousness, which may be understood as concentric circles of citizenship and solidarity, beginning with the individual's duties, rights, and responsibilities to the local community in which they reside, to "higher" levels of community, e.g. regional, national, and global. "Citizenship" and "solidarity" here are not understood just as political, but also as social, economic, and moral. Where solidarity exists, members of different levels of community are bound together in a social relationship marked by a certain form of mutual concern. Members learn to care that they and their fellow members live well, where "living well" is understood in terms of every resident taking part in a flourishing community life. In our mutual striving for the "common good" as members of many levels of community, we think about achieving social justice at different levels of community life as well as about multiple kinds of sovereignties (e.g. popular sovereignty, land sovereignty, food sovereignty, water sovereignty, energy sovereignty, education sovereignty, and housing sovereignty). As members of the academy, whatever their standing (i.e., whether they are students, staff or faculty), seek to become socially responsible beings, they learn to engage with the public in their search for the "common good".  All papers dealing with various aspects of individual and group efforts for securing the common good, social justice, and multiple forms of sovereignty, as well as various kinds of public engagement (i.e., public sociology), are welcome. Papers on other topics will also be considered.




Full time/Professional: $85

Adjunct/Non Presenter: $45

Graduate Student: $25

Undergraduate Student: $10

(optional) Dinner prior to Friday Keynote with Dr. Bonilla-Silva- $25

(optional) Lunch prior to Saturday featured talk with Dr. Guptill- $20


Preliminary Schedule:

Friday, November 15th

Noon- registration opens (coffee & tea available)

1:00-2:20- Paper Sessions

2:30- 3:50- Paper Sessions

4:00-5:20- Paper Sessions

5:30-6pm Reception

6-7pm- Dinner

7:15- 8:30- Welcome, followed by keynote speaker Professor Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Duke University


Saturday, November 16th

8am- registration opens (coffee, tea, and a light continental breakfast will be provided)

8:40-10:00-Paper Sessions

10:10-11:30- Paper Sessions

11:40-1:00- Paper Sessions

1:00-1:30- Lunch

1:30-2:45 awards and luncheon speaker Amy Guptill, SUNY Brockport

3:00- NYSSA business meeting. All are welcome, those interested in the future are particularly encouraged to attend.

More detailed information about keynote speakers, registration, and lodging are forthcoming.

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Student Paper Award & Submission Information- click here

Parking and Lodging


Please be sure to request a Parking Pass

Park in LOT A

All activities are in the Shults Building- follow the signs and balloons


Hotel information coming soon!

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