WSSA's 2020 virtual conference, "2020 Juried Proceedings of the Western Social Science Association", went live on June 18, 2020.
Individual passwords were sent to all registered participants, along with the URL for the conference site, on June 18, 19, 20, and 21. Those passwords enable the participants to view the entire site and to comment on all of the presentations. The site will remain open only to registered participants through September 30, 2020.
The site will be opened to public viewing on October 1, 2020, at which time the comment function will be disabled. The public will be able to view the site, and to view all comments made through September 30, 2020, but will not be able to post new comments. The site will remain open to public viewing for 1 year, through September 30, 2021.
Many WSSA members donated their expected refunds, from their registration for the in-person conference, to help defray the expenses caused by converting an in-person conference to a virtual format. The names of those donors, and their photos, are displayed in the lower half of the landing page of the virtual conference. WSSA is very grateful to those donors; their donations were critical in allowing the no-money-at-the-time Association to bring you the virtual conference.
The WSSA's 2020 Virtual Conference (one-time replacement for the scheduled Portland conference) will NOT be live - it will be a website containing the presentations of all paid registrants whose work has been accepted for the virtual conference, and all paid registrants may comment on any presentation. These presentations may be formatted as papers, as videos, or as PowerPoints. They will be divided into our usual sections, but the sections will not be divided into panels. The presentations will be searchable by section, author, and keyword. There will also pages with the other information usually provided in our programs, including information about award honorees. More information, and instructions, can be found in the "Read More" full article, which contains the Call for Papers and Presentations.