World Social Science Association

Formerly the Western Social Science Association

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Sections and Affiliates

Sections and Affiliates

Program Chair for the WSSA 2022 Conference

Jussi Laine, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Multidisciplinary Border Studies

Docent of Human Geography

Karelian Institute of the University of Eastern Finland

Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies


Find, in the list below, a section/associate/affiliate Coordinator for your field of interest

The deadline to submit proposals for the 2022 conference will be January 20, 2022.

To submit

  • an individual paper, 
  • a panel of papers, 
  • a roundtable, 
  • or a workshop/demonstration/professional development event,

choose, below, the section for which you think your contribution would be most appropriate, click on the drop-down arrow, read the section-specific information, and the format definitions, then click on the "Start Submission" button. That will take you to the submission system. Sign in, if you already have a user account, or create a user account and then sign in. You will then fill out the submission form and submit it. 

Conference Policies

Everyone who plans to attend the conference needs to CLICK HERE and read these policies.

Interested in Affiliating or Associating?

Both Affiliates and Associates hold their meetings under the umbrella of the WSSA, and their members are treated as WSSA members as well as members of their own groups.  Affiliate groups have their own journal, business operations, and organizational structure. Associate groups have their own business operations and organizational structure. Current Affiliate groups are the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS), Association for Latin American, Chicano, Latinx & Iberian Studies (ALACLIS)Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), and the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE). Current Associate group is the Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT). If your group is interested in affiliating with the WSSA, please let us know. You may contact:

Larry A. Gould, PhD

WSSA Executive Director


If your section did not previously meet the definition of an affiliate or associate group, but has now met those definitions, please contact the Communications Director, Kate Herke to have your description changed in the list below.

Who Must Register?

Everyone who will attend the conference must register, including all presenters. See our "Registration" page for instructions on how to register, information about refunds, and the links to the on-line registration form.

A "PAPER" is one paper that goes to the Section that the user chooses. This can have multiple authors, but is only a single paper.

A “PANEL” is a group of papers with a similar theme that have been organized, by the person submitting, to make a unified session. They must already have all of the papers and authors' information available.

A "ROUNDTABLE” is an open session on a specified topic, with NO PAPERS, just the information about the people meeting to discuss. Information about all discussants must be included in the submission, along with a description of the topic.

A "WORKSHOP/TUTORIAL/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVENT" is a teaching or professional development event, lecture or demonstration that YOU will create and manage.

African/African-American Studies

This section adds to a commitment of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary academic excellence by highlighting Contemporary theories and research of African and African Americans. Scholarly discussions are presented on academic, social, economic, and historical issues that impact the African and African American experience in the United States. We accept contributions from any discipline that facilitates intellectual discussion on the history, culture, religion, politics, economics, arts, sociology, health, and the Diaspora of peoples of African descent as developed from experiences in both the old and new worlds.

George Kieh, Ph.D.

Title: Dean of Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs


Affiliation: Texas Southern University