2021 Junior Theorists Symposium
Held over Zoom on August 6th (additional dates TBD)
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, February 19, 2021
We invite submissions of précis for the 15 th Junior Theorists Symposium ( JTS ). The symposium will be
held over Zoom on August 6th (additional dates TBD) prior to the 2021 ASA Virtual Annual Meeting.
The JTS is a conference featuring the work of up-and-coming sociologists, sponsored in part by the
Theory Section of the ASA. Since 2005, the conference has brought together early career sociologists
who engage in theoretical work, broadly defined.
It is our honor to announce that Jean Beaman (University of California, Santa Barbara), Gil Eyal
(Columbia University), and Frederick Wherry (Princeton University) will serve as discussants for this
year’s symposium. Kyle Green (SUNY Brockport) and Daniel Winchester (Purdue), winners of the
2019 Junior Theorist Award, and Neil Gong (University of Michigan and University of California, San
Diego), winner of the 2020 Junior Theorist Award will deliver keynote addresses. Finally, the
symposium will include an after-panel titled “Theorizing for Troubled Times,” with panelists Javier
Auyero (University of Texas, Austin), Jennifer Carlson (University of Arizona), Harvey Molotch (New
York University), Christina Simko (Williams), and Howard Winant (University of California, Santa
We invite all ABD graduate students, recent PhDs, postdocs, and assistant professors who received their
PhDs from 2017 onwards to submit up to a three-page précis (800-1000 words). The précis should
include the key theoretical contribution of the paper and a general outline of the argument. Successful
précis from last year’s symposium can be viewed here. Please note that the précis must be for a paper
that is not under review or forthcoming at a journal.
As in previous years, there is no pre-specified theme for the conference. Papers will be grouped into
sessions based on emergent themes and discussants’ areas of interest and expertise. We invite
submissions from all substantive areas of sociology, we especially encourage papers that are
works-in-progress and would benefit from the discussions at JTS.
Please remove all identifying information from your précis and submit it via this Google form . Sarah
Brothers (Yale) and Laura Halcomb (University of California, Santa Barbara) will review the
anonymized submissions. You can also contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The deadline is Friday, February 19th. By mid-March, we will extend up to 12 invitations to present at
JTS 2021. Please plan to share a full paper by July 6, 2021. Presenters will be asked to attend the
symposium in its entirety in order to hear fellow scholars’ work. Please plan accordingly