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Please pass this on to interested others and Relevant Lists. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting August 18-21, Anaheim, CA Eric Boria and Ric Brown are organizing the roundtables for the Marxist Section at the ASA this year and am putting out a call for papers for this August in Anaheim, California. The Primary Organizer is Eric. Please either contact him at email@example.com or apply via the ASA website (details below). The SMxS believes that Marxism should be approached in a creative, rather than dogmatic way, and sees aspects of Marxist perspectives as intersecting with a wide range of topics in social science. A roundtable proposal means that the author making the proposal would like to make a presentation (data analysis, preliminary findings, ideas, theoretical discussion, proposals for research, debate) on a particular topic while also encouraging others of similar interest to make presentations and participate in the discussion. A paper proposal for a roundtable is more suitable for someone who has a presentation (data analysis, preliminary findings, ideas, theoretical discussion, proposals for research, etc.) but who would rather have that paper incorporated into an existing roundtable, preferably of similar topics, rather than having the roundtable organized around their topic. Typically, a roundtable session lasts about an hour. Graduate students often find that making a presentation at a roundtable session is less intimidating than at a regular session. But the roundtable session is a legitimate ASA session, and grad students can find the experience of making a presentation at the ASA a valuable activity. The roundtable size has ranged from three to twenty five participants. They are generally very useful because they provide an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with others who have similar interests. Furthermore, the SMxS will probably be able to help subsidize housing for some graduate students during the conference by reserving a suite as has been done in years past. This year, the co-organizers for the roundtable sessions are Eric Boria firstname.lastname@example.org and Ric Brown email@example.com Marxist sociology is not limited to the study of Marxist theory, but is relevant in a wide variety of other topics. Marxist/Critical theory provides a useful tool to understand most of the subject areas within the discipline of sociology. The following list of former Marxist Section topics shows the wide range of its application. If you have a paper that takes a critical view of any of the following topics, or a topic not listed below, feel free to submit. Marxist Perspectives on: Race and the Production of Sociological Knowledge; Feminism Today; Marx and Cultural Studies; Authority and Fascism; Postmodernity; Popular Culture; The Critique of Culture; Music, Performance, Cinema; The Production of Space and the Everyday; New Forms of Control; The Domination of Nature; Globalization after the Seattle WTO Meeting; Welfare Reform and the new Work Ethic; Critical Theory and the Frankfurt School; History of Marxism; Radical Critiques of Marxism; Marx and Marxism in North American Sociology Remarks on "Recent" Works by Antonio Negri, Stuart Hall, Dorthy E. Smith, Henri Lefebvre, J. Habermas EO Wright, Stanley Aronowitz, Arato and Cohen, Rosemary Hennessy, etc. Globalism or Imperialism--New World Alignments; Ethnic War and Nationalism; Right Wing Extremism and Political-Economic Crisis; The Prospects for Systemic Fascism; The Future of Health Care under Capitalism; "War against Drugs or War against Working Class Youth?" The Rapid Growth of Incarceration in the U.S.; The Resurgence of Coerced Labor (Prison, Welfare, etc.) Issues in Political Economy; Marxist Approaches to Racism; Biology, Ideology and Social Theory; Assessing a Century of Marxism; Who Should Be the Working Class' "Person of the Century?" Grassroots Organizing and the Marxist Project and any other topic, whether more data oriented or theory oriented. Remember, the above list is to encourage a diverse range of applicants, not to limit the papers to these topics. Coherent roundtables will be put together from the submissions we get. What we need are proposals, rather than completely polished papers. Please get them together, as either Roundtable topics or single papers, and submit them to one or both of us at the e-mails listed above. The roundtable session is a wonderful forum to meet in one room and exchange ideas (as well as meet the faces behind the e-mails!) These are some of the best events of the whole ASA convention. It is important for the cohesion and development of the SMxS as well as to maintain a radical-critical voice within sociology. So again, everyone, including grad students, is invited to participate. But we have a close deadline and need to put this all together soon. So please try to respond by January 25th if possible. This year submission is easy using the online submission process. Online electronic submission can be accessed via the ASA website at http://www.asanet.org/convention/2001/onlinesub.html. All authors are encouraged to utilize this easy submission process. Authors can also send their papers directly to me via email. The online submission service will send an acknowledgement of receipt. Make sure you receive this acknowledgement. Thank you, and hope to see you in Anaheim. Eric Boria firstname.lastname@example.org -- ________________________________________________________________________________________ Ric Brown Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies B.A. Program in Cultural Studies Department of Social Science Email: email@example.com Dekalb Hall, 3rd fl. URL: http://www.geocities.com/brbgc Pratt Institute Phone: 1.718.636.3600 ext.2709 Brooklyn, N.Y. 11205 Fax: 1.718.636.3573 ________________________________________________________________________________________