The Pacific Sociological Association’s 92nd Annual Conference

The New Normal and the Redefinition of Deviance

Wednesday, March 17 to Sunday March 21, 2021

**VIRTUAL due to COVID-19 conditions**
President: Sharon K. Davis, University of La Verne
Vice President: Gary Hytrek, CSU Long Beach
Program Chair: Marcia Marx, CSU San Bernardino
Submissions to present are closed.
Life in the United States today can be described as a sociological field experience that is ever changing regularly surprising.  Driven by political forces and uncertainties, many aspects of our taken-for-granted lives have been profoundly impacted.  Women, ethnic minorities, the poor, immigrants, the educated, people with diverse sexualities, individuals with mental challenges, and people with physical disabilities, to name a few, have found themselves to be the targets of political leaders who wish to control them through renewed labeling, oppression, and exclusion.  The use of slogans, name calling, and rudeness unfolds in the media and impacts our daily lives.  Are we witness to the deconstruction of a society or growing pains that will lead us to a more equitable new order? 

These are some of the many factors that influenced the choice of the theme of the PSA 2021 Annual Meeting, “The New Normal and the Redefinition of Deviance”.  As sociologists, we may not have anticipated some of these developments, but we must now study, understand, and explain them to ourselves and to others.  It is the hope that the theme captures and reflects these dynamic, challenging and exciting times in which we live.  More than ever, our sociological enterprise is relevant.  As educated social scientists, we study the past, document the present, and shape the future.  Our knowledge and leadership are profoundly needed.                                                                                                            —2021 President Sharon K. Davis

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: TBA
President: Wendy Ng, CSU East Bay
Vice President: Sharon Elise, CSU San Marcos
Program Chair: TBA
2023:  Hyatt Regency, Bellevue, WA  Thursday, March 30 to Sunday, April 2
Theme: TBA
President: Augustine Kposowa, UC Riverside
Vice President: Shirley A. Jackson, Portland State University
Program Chair: TBA
2024: We are working to re-book for San Diego!


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