2012 Pacific Sociological Annual Meeting. Date:22-25.03.2012. Site: Harbor Island, San Diego, US. Deadline: 15.10.2011
Organiser: Pacific Sociological Association (PSA)
Topics: Three decades ago, Black feminist activists argued for an analysis of the situation of Black women that took seriously the ways in which their lives were affected by racial, gendered, and classed dynamics. Black feminist scholars did just that in developing the concept of intersectionality and elaborating an intersectional approach to knowledge production in the social sciences and humanities. This approach has transformed scholarship in many fields.
In sociology, scholars have sought to examine the simultaneous and multiplicative interaction of axes of inequality around class, race, gender, sexuality, age, religion, disability, citizenship. Scholars have reckoned not only with an intersectional approach to identity construction and enactment but also its application to understanding the social processes of interaction in organizations, social movements, and other institutional spheres, and the ways in which inequalities are produced, changed, and resisted. No longer is it simply Black feminist scholars doing this work, but many scholars in various areas within sociology have taken the challenge of working with this framework.
It is now time to examine the intersectional approach to assess its strengths and its weaknesses in theoretical argument, empirical research, policy development and implementation, and in the work
we do as teachers.
The 2012 meeting will focus on how intersectional approaches have been marshalled in various subfields of sociology and attempt to measure their success; how quantitative and qualitative methodologies have been enhanced and challenged by an intersectional perspective; how and why some axes of power been more fully explored than others; to what extent analyses of specific policy domains, such as immigration, corporate profittaking, crime, educational access, HIV/AIDS, civil rights, have usefully employed its insights; what works and what does not in teaching intersectionality. Submissions on all sociological topics are welcome. However, organizers are particularly interested in those related to the theme of the 2012 meetings.
Deadline: October 15, 2011