1. The function of Sociology as a science is to bring about that which is hidden. Pierre Bourdieu

Missouri Sociological Association

  1. 2019 Conference  - Call for Papers

2019 Conference Location: 
Lincoln University, Jefferson City Missouri
The conference will be held in the campus of Lincoln University.  We are still working our the room details. 
Tentative program
Saturday Guest speaker - Sociologist and Community Activist LaRohnda Wilson. 
Working lunch on Sociology careers - Dr. Troy Lepper - Sociologist and Diversity workshop coordinator. 
Student posters
Parking and Maps
There is ample free parking in front of MLK Hall. I have attached a parking identification note for you to put in your car.

Theme: Sociology- Connecting the Dots

This year the conference is going to address some pressing issues facing our discipline.  What is sociology’s role in contemporary society? How can sociologist be useful in this ever changing social reality. How are we connecting the dots and what are sociologist doing in realtime outside the classroom to make a difference in society. Last year we announced the Dr. Rex Campbell Award for scholar activism. This award was created for senior scholars who have made lasting contributions to the discipline. This year we will focus on young scholars and how they are taking their sociology to the streets.

Save the Date

October 5th 2019 Conference

Sociology: Connecting the Dots

Fake News
White Supremacy
Me Too

The 2019 Conference will be held in Jefferson City on the Campus of Lincoln University. We are currently working on programing & times and we will post update information when available.

Contact Us

We are an organization under construction. We welcome comments, suggestions and any information related to sociology in Missouri. 

2019 President:  Sharon Squires E-mail SquiresS@LincolnU.EDU

Journal: Patrick Fontaine E-mail pefontane@gmail.com

Student Papers and Contest: Christina Webster Email: cwebster@stchas.edu

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Copyright May 2018

Sociology: Connecting the Dots

At this year’s conference we celebrate the diversity in Sociology scholarship. This year’s theme represents the our attempt to showcase the range of research, careers, and professional scholarship in the state.  Sociologists all over the state are studying everything from American values and norms to Zenophobia and we invite you to come out and share your work.

Our society is changing, the traditional norms, symbols, roles, and cultural expectations are all in transition. How do we explain the changes and connect the dots in our discipline? How are we addressing the issue of cultural integration? (changes in one part of culture leading to changes in other parts)  How are people coping with these social changes? This is the most connected generation in history, yet current recent research suggests that this is the loneliness generation on record, according to self reports. How are we discussing the role, integration, and impact of technology in current cultural development? 

This year we would also like to focus on the socio-political climate and the long term consequences of our political dialog. Has the social contract changed?  What can/should sociologist do when the president is a racist? 

We also acknowledge the interconnectedness of the social sciences in service to communities, so we also welcome papers from disciplines like Education, Political Science, Anthropology, Psychology, CJ, Social Work and related social science areas. The only requirement is that the topic of the work must be related to Missouri, or Missouri communities.

We especially encourage papers from new faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students. We also welcome submissions from sociologist working in the field or in diverse fields. We are always interested in exploring the practical applications of our discipline. We also accept posters and we encourage you to check out the student’s information page on student awards and prizes.

We are always looking for officers, conference coordinators and MSA board members.  

We are working on revitalizing the MSA conference. We wish to make it a resource destination for Sociologist in the state. In 2019 we will be incorporating additional workshops, and training sessions related to teaching sociology, career options, technology in the classroom and research. Anyone wishing to lead a workshop please let us know.  We will also incorporate a fun and interactive Friday evening event. 

Your participation is essential to helping us reach our goals.

Call for Papers

Conference Details

  1. 1.Conference Dates: October 4th (business meeting) and October 5th conference sessions (free parking)

  2. 2.Paper Submission Deadline: September 10th 2019

  3. 3.Saturday 10/5 - Registration runs from 8am to 8:30 am

  4. 4.Conference begins at 8:30am

  5. 5.Lunch will be at noon (On your own)

  6. 6.Specific rooms TBA - Your specific presentation time & room will be announced after September 10th.