Pacific Sociological Association
2022 Conference  April 7-10
at the Sheraton, Sacramento California and online

Telling Our Stories: Collective Memory and Narratives of Race, Gender, and Community Identity

The study of collective memory is an interdisciplinary and intersectional nexus of several disciplines. Claimed by sociology, history, and cultural studies, each brings methodological and theoretical approaches enriching the panorama of dialogue in the field of memory studies. As sociologists how do we use the canon of our discipline, the theories that engage our discipline into that of memory and the collective consciousness of our society? How do we use memory as agency in disrupting power and systematic inequality, and as a tool for change and action? The Pacific Sociological Association 2022 meeting theme invites participants to engage in challenging of our histories, memories, new and old, we will explore macro and micro perspectives on individual and collective memory in our social world.  

Our collective memory has now begun to acknowledge difficult and traumatic past events:

  • The disappearance of native children in Canada’s boarding schools
  • The Tulsa Massacre
  • The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II
  • The Holocaust
  • Rape, abuse, incest, and other forms of sexual violence

How has memory of past events brought forward actions towards justice?

How has the narrative about the symbols of past injustices, monuments, names, and invisible historical events changed such that there is a retelling of the narrative?

How do we deal with questions of authenticity in reclaiming memory? Whose memory tells the story?

The 2022 PSA Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California will give our community a chance to reconnect and join in celebrating our return to an in-person gathering. We welcome your input and suggestions for panelists and topics for this meeting.

Wendy Ng, California State University East Bay
PSA President, 2022

Patricia Drew, California State University East Bay
Program Chair 2022

Click here to get to the online submission system, to submit to present at the 2022 conference. Full information on how to submit is on this page.

Graduate student, faculty, applied sociologist, and other regular submissions will close November 30, 2021. Undergraduate student submissions will close December 20, 2021. (These deadlines were extended.)

The 2022 PSA conference will be at the Sheraton in downtown Sacramento, California, Thursday, April 7 to Sunday, April 10; a portion will be online/virtual.

SAGE Publications has put together a resource page for social and behavioral scientists on the novel coronavirus, teaching/learning online, research related to pandemics, etc.

 Future PSA conferences confirmed:

2022: Sheraton, Sacramento, CA  Thursday, April 7 to Sunday, April 10
Theme:  Telling Our Stories: Collective Memory and Narratives of Race, Gender, and Community Identity
President: Wendy Ng, CSU East Bay
Vice President: Sharon Elise, CSU San Marcos
Program Chair: Patricia Drew, CSU East Bay
2023:  Hyatt Regency, Bellevue, WA  Thursday, March 30 to Sunday, April 2
Theme: TBA
President: Shirley A. Jackson, Portland State University
Vice President: TBA
Program Chair: TBA
2024: Marriott Mission Valley, San Diego, CA  Thursday, March 21 to Sunday, March 24
Theme: TBA
President:  TBA
Vice President: TBA
Program Chair: TBA


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