2022 Conference Theme and Information

Pacific Sociological Association 2022 Conference Theme

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

***Proposals to present at the conference are open now via the 2022 CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS page***

Graduate student, faculty, applied sociologist, and other regular submissions will close November 30, 2021. Undergraduate student submissions will close December 20, 2021.

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

The Sheraton Grand has renovated its HVAC systems, has hand sanitizer stations in public areas, and has enhanced cleaning protocols. PSA will implement further safety practices as recommended/required at the time of the conference. 

You can book your room at the Sheraton through this link. PSA’s special rates are $159 for rooms for one or two people and one bedroom suites, $184 for three people rooms, and $209 for rooms for four people.

Rates are available for a few days before and after the conference.

The Sheraton Grand Sacramento is built around the old public market building, designed by Julia Morgan, the first licensed woman architect in California. It opened in 1923. It is located within easy walking distance of the Capitol and the riverfront and Old Sacramento areas, with a wide variety of restaurants and drinking spots nearby.

The Sheraton Grand is on the UniteHere union for hotel service workers Fair Hotel  (“please patronize”) list.

Pictures of the hotel and rooms

Sacramento offers many things to do.  It has a racially and ethnically diverse population, and is the fastest growing city in California. Older neighborhoods near the city center feature various styles of housing, from Victorian to modern, and tree-lined streets.

For those driving, Sacramento is on I-80 and just off I-5.  Parking at the hotel is currently $25/day for offsite, $32/day for valet.

Two intercity bus companies serve Sacramento: Greyhound and MegaBus

The Amtrak passenger train station is close to the hotel. Four Amtrak lines serve Sacramento: the Capitol Corridor to/from the Bay Area, the San Joaquins to/from the Central Valley, the Coast Starlight north to Seattle and south to Los Angeles, and the California Zephyr east to Reno, Salt Lake, Denver, and beyond. In addition, Amtrak Thruway motorcoaches connect from other areas.

The Sacramento international airport (SMF) is about 10 miles from downtown and the hotel. There is a Green Line regional transit bus between the airport and downtown. Airlines flying to/from Sacramento are Southwest, Delta, United, Spirit, American,  Alaska, Air Canada, Frontier, Jet Blue, Aeromexico, Hawaiian, Horizon, Volaris, Contour, and Boutique, with many nonstop flights to/from various destinations.