Association of Black Sociologists
October 13 – October 16
52ND ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF BLACK SOCIOLOGISTS
IN SERVICE TO THE CITY
Sociology as a discipline can claim a tradition of social justice and public sociology because of the work carried out by Black sociologists. The Black sociological tradition has been at the forefront of theoretical, methodological, pedagogical, and epistemological innovation. The work of Black sociologists has been integral to keeping the discipline relevant and moving it forward.
For the first time since 2019, we will convene in person in Chicago. Convening in this city with this theme is an ode to the history of our beloved ABS. One of the first formal convenings of the Association of Black Sociologists (then referred to as the Caucus of Black Sociologists) took place in the city of Chicago.
Since its founding, the Association of Black Sociologists has centered and elevated Black voices, Black liberation, Black pain, Black joy, and Black existence. Rather than being guided by a central question, this year’s conference is guided by a central theme of recentering the Black Sociological Tradition. The Black sociological tradition is marked by service, social justice, and public sociology. The ways Black Sociologists carry out the Black Sociological tradition are as diverse as the diaspora. However, the common thread that holds it all together is the focus on work that serves and uplifts. This conference will be the first time in many moons that the organization has partnered with a community organization in a convening city to carry out an ABS-sponsored service project.