opportunities: conferences

Request for Presenters at the John Dewey Democracy and Education Centennial Conference

Democracy and Education Centennial Conference

The John Dewey Democracy and Education Centennial Conference will take place just before the AERA 2016 meeting in Washington DC — April 7-8, 2016 at the Thurgood Marshall Center. The John Dewey Society is very interested in having scholars from URBAN participate in the Centennial conference. If you are interested in presenting or putting together an URBAN session (panel, symposium, something more creative, etc.), please email Jerusha Conner ( with your name and a rough idea of what you might present by October 27th. Continue reading

URBAN Sessions at ASA and SSSP

The URBAN scholar-activist network’s publications committee has drafted guidelines to aid editors and reviewers of sociological journals and conference papers in assessing community- based research submissions. The guidelines are also intended to support community-based researchers who are presenting studies for critical reviews. Members of the URBAN publications committee will present these guidelines for discussion at multiple events at the 2015 meeting of the American Sociological Association from August 22-25 as well as at the 2015 meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems from August 21-23.  Both conferences will be held in Chicago, IL.  The Chairs of the Boston and Los Angeles URBAN nodes are speakers in several of the sessions at ASA.  Stop by to learn more and get involved with URBAN at the local level!

A full schedule of sessions planned for the ASA annual meeting can be accessed here!

Apply to Host an URBAN Roundtable at ASA 2015

URBAN is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring a set of roundtables on collaborative, community-based research at the 2015 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Chicago.  These roundtables will be in conjunction with the Section of Sociological Practice and Public Sociology.

The roundtables are intended to serve as working sessions in which scholars/practitioners will discuss ongoing work, identify common areas of interest, establish ongoing communication, and hopefully set an agenda for ongoing collaboration. Continue reading

Collaborative Research Conference

The Urban Research Based Action Network (URBAN) has received a grant from the American Educational Research Association to host a conference on “Collaborative Research for Action and Equity in Education.” This invitation-only, working conference will be held April 30th – May 1st at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to the conference, five working groups are preparing presentations and materials to be discussed “workshop-style” with other conference participants. The five working groups will focus on Advocacy, Neutrality and Collaborative, Equity-oriented Research; Practices of Collaborative Research; Critical Participatory Policy/Organizing Working Group; Ethical Issues in Collaborative Social Science Research; and Institutional Supports for Collaborative Research. After the conference, the products from each working group will be compiled into a cohesive format to share with the broader community.

UAA Pre-conference Workshop

The Urban Affairs Association will host a pre-conference workshop on urban education policy advocacy on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.  Entitled Connecting Research to Urban Education Activism, this workshop will bring together scholar activists who are conducting or want to conduct research in one of the areas listed below and related areas. Participants will briefly discuss their research, identify others who are conducting similar research, explore ways to support and collaborate with activists, and identify venues for disseminating the work in ways that reach audiences beyond the academy.  In addition, the workshop discussants will describe strategies for navigating the academic tenure/promotion system while engaging in policy advocacy and direct engagement outside of the academy.  Continue reading

Philly Node Launch and Symposia at AERA 2014

The URBAN Philadelphia Node will officially launch at the  2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Philadelphia!  Descriptions of the sessions that the Philadelphia Node will host are offered below.  Check the conference website for complete and up-to-date information on these and all other conference sessions and events.  Click here for a list of other URBAN hosted events at this year’s AERA meeting. Continue reading