Meetings of Interest
Invitation to Missouri Sociological Association Conference October 2018
Meetings of Interest
Monday, July 09, 2018 01:47 PM

We have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the 2018 Missouri Sociological Association Conference, October 19th and 20th.  MSA is an organization that strives to highlight the professional and scholarly work of Sociologists in Missouri. My name is Sharon Squires and in October 2017 I became the president-elect for the organization. I am a University of Missouri Columbia alumni and I spent many an hour in the basement of the sociology building discussing Foucault. I left the state for several years and recently returned to teach Sociology at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. I was surprised to see that sociology seems to be in a state of decline in Missouri. Many universities have closed programs and others have kept sociology classes just to fill general education requirements.

This current state of affairs is the impetus behind the 2018 MSA conference theme “Sociology to the Future: Where do we go from here?" This conference explores where sociology is going as a discipline and how we can revitalize our neglected content area.  At the 2018 conference I invite you to join us in discussing the future of Sociology and how we can make ourselves relevant in the social discussion again.  The conference will explore some of the facts and fictions of the discipline as well as the current state of the discipline as a whole.  We will also explore dynamic and innovative teaching strategies. This year other presenters and I will be leading a workshop on teaching sociology. We will examine using humor, social media, green screen technology and online resources to energize contemporary classrooms.

We welcome and invite paper submissions from related social science fields doing research on Missouri as well. Part of planning for our future is rebuilding social science relationships. Specifically, anthropologist, social workers, political scientist and historians doing work on Missouri are also encouraged to submit proposals to the conference. If you are doing interesting sociological projects come out and share your information with your colleagues.