The American Sociological Association has a new press release telling the press they can register for the August meetings in Denver. The press release includes a list of sessions, presumably sessions ASA thinks journalists might be interested in. Here are the session highlights:
• Creating Workplace Gender Equality
• Global Warming and the Prospects for Real Utopias
• Real Utopian Visions of Health Care
• Is Marriage Part of a Utopian Future?
• Building a Better K-12 Education System
• Assessing the Impact of Social Networking and Mobile Internet Access
• Contemporary LGBT Sexualities and Social Justice
• Obstacles to Utopia: Race, Gender, Class, and Election 2012
• Islamic Utopias
While a number of these sessions are tied to the Utopian theme of the conference, these sessions appear to promoting another message: “Hey media types, we sociologists study and discuss relevant and hip topics!” This is not necessarily a bad idea; earlier this year, there was a newspaper back and forth in Britain about whether sociologists were really tackling the economic crisis. More broadly, sociologists don’t have the same kind of public clout as economists or psychologists so it makes sense to try to promote the field and its research.