AHS 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Injustice, Exploitation, Racism, and the
Activist Foundations of Sociology
October 8-12, 2014 at the Wyndham Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio
Call for Papers, Presentations and Sessions
Social “development” often only deepens structural processes that perpetuate injustice, exploitation, and racism. American slavery provided cause for a racist ideology that may have clouded people’s vision, but it could not conceal the violence and exploitation at its core. In the early days of industrial production, the direct social relations between workers and owners enabled the worker to see the contribution of their own poverty to both the property and the pockets of the owner. Today, racial inequality continues with great effect in a “color-blind” system “without racists.” Today, poverty often appears to be more about neglect, than active exploitation. Few can trace their dispossession to the accumulations of others, while those who accumulate insulate themselves from those who bear the cost of their good fortune.
The activist foundation of sociology resides in the good work of founders – Addams, DuBois, Marx, Fanon, de Beauvoir, Lee, and so many others – who challenged illusions to address structural injustices. It resides in the thousands of students who are drawn into sociology classrooms because they have come to see that the social world is not as it appears. And it resides in intellectual work that identifies and documents the social conditions hidden beneath the veneer of our public discourse.
If a more just world lies in our future, then future generations will look back and shake their heads over our barbarism. Between us and that improved future vision is a lot of good work that will assess, challenge, and dismantle the systems, processes, and ideologies that perpetuate our current inhumanity. Sociologists might not lead such a transformation, but some fraction of them (AHS members at least) will be there to inquire, to study, to document, to inform, to agitate, and to teach of the promises and perils in change and the inadequacies of current conditions.
Papers and session topics that build from this foundation are encouraged, but we welcome all submissions of interest to sociologists and humanists.
Abstracts for papers, presentations or requests to organize a session should be submitted by July 15, 2014 to the Program Chair, Mary Erdmans firstname.lastname@example.org . Inquiries or programming suggestions should be sent to the 2014 AHS President, Stephen Adair email@example.com
The program from the 2013 Conference, Racism - Capitalism / Crisis - Resistance, held October 9-13 at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia is available here.
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