Sociology of Education Association - 2017 Conference
$80 – $160
Sociology of Education Association - 2017 Conference

Sociology of Education Association - 2017 Conference

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Asilomar Conference Grounds

800 Asilomar Avenue

Pacific Grove, CA 93950

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2017 Annual Conference

Power and Schooling in the 21st Century

Conference Dates: February 24-26, 2017

Keynote Speakers:

  • Steven Brint, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside

  • Amanda Lewis, Professor of African American Studies and Sociology and Director, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, University of Illinois, Chicago

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What are my transportation and parking options getting to the event?

Parking is available free of charge at Asilomar for those who drive (they have parking lot maps at the registration desk). Attendees have several airport options: Monterey (MRY), San Jose (SJC) and San Francisco (SFO) are the most popular. From MRY, you can take a cab/Uber to Asilomar. From SJC or SFO, you can take the Monterey Airbus Shuttle. Many SEA attendees elect to rent a car, particularly when traveling in groups.

What housing and meal accomodations are available for the event?

A dedicated website is now available for attendees to book their hotel rooms online. Single- and double-occupancy rooms are available. SEA attendees may also use the online reservation system to request a roommate.

Meals begin with dinner on the arrival date and end with lunch on departure date, and all meals are included with your housing fee.

The per-person totals below are based on a 2-night stay beginning on February 24th, and include 3 meals per day and ALL applicable fees & taxes.

1. Single Occupancy - $573.98 per person

2. Double Occupancy - $389.24 per person

Here is more information about the lodging and meals at Asilomar.

What is the structure of the conference?

The conference starts on Friday afternoon and ends with lunch on Sunday. During that time there are a series of panel presentations (typically with 4-5 papers per panel) and a dedicated time slot for attendees to visit with poster presenters to discuss their research projects. There are also evening presentations by keynote speakers following the group dinners on Friday and Saturday. There are no concurrent sessions, which means everyone attends all of the sessions, which are held in the same room. This along with the shared meals and times for informal socializing during breaks and after the keynote sessions provides many opportunities for conference attendees and presenters to get to know each other. A link to this year's program will be available here. Information from past years is available here.

What is the theme of the conference?

This year's theme of "Power and Schooling in the 21st Century" will run throughout all presentations, including the two keynote addresses. Although the deadline for submissions has passed, here is the call for papers, which has more details about this year's theme:


Education has long involved power: the power to determine what is taught and learned, the power to include or exclude students, the power to compel students to attend school and taxpayers to financially support public education. These expressions of power have never been static, but rather contested and dynamic. As society has evolved in the U.S. and internationally—with the rise of global, knowledge and service economies, social movements that have challenged discriminatory and oppressive practices, and conflicts over elected governments’ proper span of authority in citizens’ lives—so too has the relationship between education and power evolved.

With individuals’ economic and life chances increasingly shaped by their educational attainment, relationships between power and schooling are manifold in these times. Power is negotiated in classrooms, on schoolyards, and in student-led organizations; among school, district and university faculty; between parents and teachers; between teacher unions, school districts and cities; between funders (both private and public) and school districts; between elected officials, voters and educators. How do individuals gain power within schools, and use their schooling as a tool of empowerment? How does one’s power outside of schools shape their power inside of schools to acquire, shape or use their own education? Who wins contests for power over schools’, districts’ and universities’ educational agendas, and what do such victories mean for students? What do such contests tell us about the state of society? How do social movements attempting to redistribute political power manifest in educational settings? These and other questions propel this year’s conference theme. We seek proposals that address these questions, as well as others that spring from relationships between power and schooling. We invite both theoretical and empirical contributions, and encourage submissions that utilize a wide array of data sources and methodologies. We welcome submissions that pertain to domestic and international education systems.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes. You can update your registration information at any time by going to your Eventbrite account.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. No paper ticket is needed.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact the SEA Conference Registrar, Jacob Hibel, at

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