Back from the Canadian Soc meetings, and it was much better than I expected. The Author Meets Critics session I participated in was a unique opportunity to discuss ideas about the role of political institutions in social change and their relationship to social movements. The reception was a nice chance to meet a few new people and say hello to some others I hadn’t seen in a while. It also reminded me just how small the Canadian sociology world is, as the reception for all of sociology was smaller than the receptions for the ASA section receptions I have attended.
In the past, the Canadian meetings left me feeling like I had shown up to the prom without a date, but this time I had plenty of socializing to do. It probably was not the fault of the meetings; I think it just takes a while to build up networks in a new place. But the best part of all is that I heard that in the business meeting, the association voted to raise our membership fees to hire a web designer. Though I had nothing to do with it, I will count it as yet another Scatterplot victory.