Increasing mobility and reducing inequality:
What guidance is provided by sociological research?

Welcome to the 2017 Summer Meeting of the Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility (RC28) of the International Sociological Association (ISA). The theme of the conference is increasing mobility and reducing inequality: What guidance is provided by sociological research?

The meeting takes place in New York City, on August 8 (Tuesday) – 10 (Thursday), 2017. It is organized by the  Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy,  the Center for the Study of Wealth and Inequality, and the Department of Sociology at Columbia University.

Conference Announcements 

-The twitter handle is RC28_NYC. It’s in these announcements that will be posted on the web page. It is useful to subscribe because we’ll keep using it during the conference to provide updates about the conference.

-The conference starts on the 1st floor of the Columbia law school. Enter at the 116th Street door.

-Registration tables are set up just inside the 116th Street door.

-Pastries, juice, bagels and coffee will be available from 8:00am in the main hall

-The sessions tomorrow begin at 8:30am

-The rooms for the parallel sessions are 102A & B, 104, 105, 106, 107.

-On the wall by every room you will see the program for the day.

-We are asking presiders to organize the sessions so that discussion follows each paper, which has been our norm.

-There will be coffee and refreshments again in the main hall of the law school.

-Everyone needs to wear your lanyard. The waiters will be checking lanyards before they serve coffee and food.

-Please remember that Columbia is on the #1 IRT. Don’t take the #2 or #3, only because they will greatly lengthen your walk. You must change at 96th street.

-All the papers that we’ve received are online. The password for accessing all the papers is on p. 3 of the printed program. If you lose the password, ask anyone with a red name tag or look in the online program.

-The back of the printed program has the names of the first author of every paper.

-Lunch: There’s a list of recommendations on a sheet inserted in the program. We will also have information on a banner in the main registration area.

Wednesday Notes

-There is also a short social event that takes place at the end of the last session on Wednesday (and before the conference dinner). There will be a tour of the Columbia Morningside campus. It will start in Low Library at the information center which is right inside the door of Low Library. Those of us who overflow the capacity of the available tour guides are invited to take a walk with some of us to view Columbia’s new campus in Manhattanville.

Important dates

Registration and Pre-Conference Reception:   Evening of August 7.

Abstract submission opens December 15, 2016
Abstract submission deadline February 15, 2017
Acceptance of abstracts March 15, 2017
Online registration February 23 – August 1, 2017
Travel award application deadline April 1st or May 5, 2017
Travel award decision May 1st or May 26, 2017
Conference program available online July 11, 2017 
Final paper submission deadline August 1, 2017
Conference Registration and Reception Evening of August 7, 2017
Conference August 8–10, 2017