Department of Sociology, Boston University

April 17, 2020

The Department of Sociology at Boston University invites research presentations on the topic of race and ethnicity in global perspectives. Presentations will be part of a day-long junior scholar symposium showcasing the work of doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows, or assistant professors from historically underrepresented groups in the academy.

Global perspectives in sociological study encompass a wide range of topics including migration, health and well-being, crime, and the geopolitical and economic consequences of colonialism. Much of this research focuses explicitly or implicitly on racial or ethnic hierarchies, identities, and/or politics. This panel will bring together emerging scholars and senior scholar discussants to explore the complex ways that race and ethnicity is experienced, understood, and theorized cross-nationally, including how race and ethnicity shapes life chances worldwide.

Invited junior scholars will be guests of the Department of Sociology from Thursday April 16th through the morning of Saturday, April 18th. All travel expenses will be covered by Boston University. On Friday, April 17th junior scholars will present their research on thematically-organized panels, each with an eminent scholar discussant. Invited scholars will also participate in thematic research roundtables, featuring the work of Boston University sociology graduate students.

The events begin with the department’s Annual Morris Lecture on Thursday afternoon, followed by dinner. The 2020 Morris Lecture features a keynote address by Dr. Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council and Harold F. Linder Chair in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study.

What to Submit:

·         A 300-word abstract describing your proposed research presentation, including argument, significance and contribution to the topic of race and ethnicity in global perspectives.

·         A cover letter that summarizes one’s professional interests and goals, including a description of how the abstract is connected to one’s broader research agenda; indicates progress toward completion of the dissertation; and discusses one’s contribution to making the academy a more inclusive environment.

·         Current CV

Where and When to Submit:

Materials should be uploaded in PDF format to by January 15, 2020. Participants will be notified of acceptance in mid-February, 2020.

Questions may be addressed to Professor Heather Schoenfeld (

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