Call for Papers
The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Call for papers
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 11:02 AM

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) invites submissions for the 71st Annual Meeting, to be held August 6-8, 2021, at the Swissôtel Chicago in Chicago, IL. The program theme selected by President Corey Dolgon is Revolutionary Sociology: Truth, Healing, Reparations and Restructuring. We are excited to be adding up to 60 virtual sessions in addition to our in-person sessions. Virtual session submissions are limited to individuals unable to attend the in-person meeting. Papers or extended abstracts for presentations must be submitted to in-person sessions or virtual sessions via our online submission process no later than 11:59p.m. (Eastern Time) on January 15, 2021.

SSSP is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems. If you are involved in scholarship or action in pursuit of a just society nationally or internationally, you belong in the SSSP. You will meet others engaged in research to find the causes and consequences of social problems, as well as others seeking to apply existing scholarship to the formulation of social policies. For more information contact [email protected] or visit

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is pleased to announce the 2021 Student Paper Competitions and Outstanding Scholarship Awards. In order to be considered for any of the Student Paper Competitions, applicants are required to submit their papers through the Annual Meeting Call for Papers, no later than 11:59p.m. (Eastern Time) on January 15, 2021. This will ensure that winning papers are both designated and included in the program. Please note that students may only submit to one division and that each division has its own deadline and submission process. For information contact [email protected] or visit

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is soliciting applications for the 2021 Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Fellowship. Persons identified as American Indian/Alaska Native, Arab/Middle Eastern/North African, Asian/Asian-American, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from one of the aforementioned groups, accepted into an accredited doctoral program in any one of the social and/or behavioral sciences are invited to apply for the $15,000 fellowship. Two students will be funded. Applications must be received in their entirety no later than no later than 11:59p.m. (Eastern Time) on February 1, 2021. Applicants will be notified of the results by July 15, 2021. All applicants must be a current SSSP member at the time of their application. With the exception of DACA students, who are also eligible, applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Contact Dr. Anthony A. Peguero, Chair, with questions concerning the fellowship: [email protected] or visit

Call for Papers: HJSR 2021 Special Issue 43: Aging in Community
Monday, September 14, 2020 11:40 AM

The term ‘successful aging’ is most commonly associated with the work of Rowe and Kahn (1987, 1998). In the 1980’s, a shift in the demographics of aging in the United States grew apparent when the first of the baby boomers began to reach their third decade of life. Researchers and legislators became concerned with the impact this would have on our social, economic and health care systems (Quadagno, 2008). “In 1985, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation assembled a group of scholars … to develop the conceptual basis for a new gerontology (Rowe & Kahn, 1998, p. xii).” This effort resulted in a series of coordinated research projects that looked at the biological, physical, social and mental factors that influence how people age.

For this issue of HJSR, we are interested in looking beyond individualistic qualities that influence how a person ages. We seek to explore how the structural contexts of community affect the experience of growing old. For the purposes of this exploration, community is defined as a group of people living in a shared location or having a particular characteristic in common.

Key themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Social connectedness
  • Racial resistance and resilience and aging
  • Implications of culture, family or identity
  • Models for increasing interdependence and improving quality of life
  • Family and informal caregiving
  • Re-imagining aging, late life and end of life
  • Innovation in medical, behavioral or social services

We seek work that considers culture, community, and access to systems that support connections and quality of life. While we are interested in work on aging across communities, we particularly encourage submissions from those researching aging in rural or Indigenous contexts.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, November 15, 2020

Research Manuscripts: 12-point font, double-spaced, and generally not exceed 8500 words. Commentaries, creative writing, or poetry should not exceed 3000 words.

For submission details: