Virtual Conference

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 - 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 conference is not live - it is an online website, somewhat interactive, but not requiring anyone to be in front of their computer at any particular time of day. 

Papers/videos/PowerPoints, etc., submitted by registered "attendees", are posted on the virtual site, divided into our usual sections, and are available for all registered participants to see and comment on. 

The submissions portal for the virtual conference closed at midnight, CDT, June 8, 2020.
Persons who had already registered for the in-person conference, prior to March 10, were advised several times of various options for the handling of their already-paid fees.  Those options were explained as shown below.  The option to make any request regarding those fees closed after May 30, 2020.
  --------------------------Send an email with that information, by May 26, to  $50 of the original fee will be used as registration for the virtual conference,  and 90% of the remainder will be refunded.  The requests to be registered for the virtual conference will be honored immediately.  The requests for refunds WILL be honored, but will NOT be processed immediately - until refunds to WSSA are received from expenditures made before the in-person conference was converted to virtual, payments are suspended, since the WSSA funds are depleted even below operating funds.  Your request, emailed to is all that needs to be done - once received, you will automatically be registered for the virtual conference.  No individual notices will be sent, but group notices of registration will be sent periodically, within 10 days after we receive the request.

For  already-registered persons who wish to push their fees to next year's conference, instead of asking for a refund, --------------------------Send an email, by May 30, with that information to  We will respond within one week, with instructions for transferring your registration information. 

For  already-registered persons who wish to cancel their registration and receive a 90% refund of their fees, send an email with that information, by May 30, to  The requests for refunds WILL be honored, but will NOT be processed immediately - until refunds to WSSA are received from expenditures made before the in-person conference was converted to virtual, payments are suspended, since the WSSA funds are depleted even below operating funds.  Your request, emailed to is all that needs to be done.  When we once again havve the money to make the refund payments, the payment will be made to the credit card you used furing your registration.  Your refund should appear on the next credit card statement following processing.

For people who had been accepted to the conference and had not yet registered for the face-to-face conference, but do intend to participate in the virtual conference - the link to the registration for the virtual conference appears below.  Registration for the virtual conference ends on May 26.

For people who had not applied to the in-person conference, but who do wish to participate in the virtual conference, you would use the link below to register, by May 26.


Registration for the WSSA 2020 Virtual Conference ended May 26. 

 Link to register for virtual conference 
Do NOT use if you already pre-registered for the face-to-face conference in Portland.  IF you wish to apply part of your already-paid registration fees to the virtual conference, send an email to  




The 62nd Annual Conference will take place 
April 1-4, 2020, in Portland, OR

 Conference Hotel :
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront 
Last day to reserve a room at the conference rate is March 7. 
After March 7, the regular rate will be charged.

For further hotel information, and a link to reserve a room at the conference rate, click here.

The deadline for submission of abstracts and contact information for proposed papers/panels/roundtables to be submitted, to the Section Coordinator of the appropriate section, was December 7.

Refunds of registration fees are available to persons who pre-registered for the conference, then learned that their papers were not accepted.  Refunds for this reason must be requested within two weeks of notification that the paper was not accepted.    Send request, with copy of notification, to  See "Refund Policy", below, for information on other refunds.

About the Conference Program

For the convenience of the participants, the conference program, as it will be printed, will be available here for download by late February, 2020.  Iterations of the program will be updated daily on the conference's mobile app during the conference.  The final, complete, official program will be available online, with all deletions, additions, and changes included, sometime in late April, 2020.

While at the conference, attendees are encouraged to take advantage of our mobile program app.  There will be a limited number of printed programs available at the conference registration desk, but they will not include changes made after the program is sent to the publisher at the end of January.   The mobile app will be completely up-to-date as the conference begins, and will be updated daily during the conference, with changes in rooms, times, and panel participants.

2020 Program Chair

Mary Jo Tippeconnic Fox, Ph.D. (Comanche/Cherokee) 
Research Professor, American Indian Studies
Affiliate Faculty, Gender and Women’s Studies
The University of Arizona
PO Box 210076
Richard P. Harvill Bldg. (#76), Rm. # 224
Tucson AZ  85721




It is the policy of the Western Social Science Association that video recording and/or voice recording are not allowed during any breakout session, without the explicit consent of the presenter(s).  The Western Social Science Association considers all presentations made during the conference to be copyright protected and only the presenter of the paper can give consent for the presentation to be digitally recorded.

Any person found to be recording a presenter, without explicit consent, will be asked to stop the process of recording.  If that individual refuses to stop the recording, they will be asked to leave the session.  If the individual refuses to leave the session, hotel security will be contacted.

Additionally, all space leased from the host hotel for events listed in the program of events is considered to be private space.  The space is open for all registered attendees of the conference.  No individuals, other than hotel staff, may enter or remain in space leased by the Western Social Science Association without an officially issued Western Social Science Association identification.

The Western Social Science Association has the authority to issue complimentary name badges to accredited journalists, invited plenary speakers, and/or other people who have not been required to pay for a conference registration.

From the Scholar's Choice  

To : Annual Meeting Presenters and Authors: The Western Social Science Association has again arranged with The Scholar’s Choice to manage the combined book exhibit for our annual conference taking place April 1-4 in Portland, OR. It may be possible for your recently-published books to be included in their display. Please refer to the guidelines below: “Any members interested in having their book displayed at the upcoming WSSA meeting should contact their publisher as soon as possible to see if they would be willing to send the book for the exhibit. Requests from the presses will be accepted until March 10th or until the table space has filled. The Scholar’s Choice displays on behalf of the publishers and all requests must come from them, not the individual authors. If they don’t already have it, the press may request the appropriate paperwork by emailing Mary Lynn Howe at

New & Renewing Members: Please Note

Conference registration confers membership, making all conference registrants members of the Association. As always, membership will continue to include subscriptions to the Social Science Journal and the WSSA News.

Membership Only

If you are not able to attend the conference, but wish to retain your subscriptions to the Social Science Journal and the WSSA Newsletter, and your rights to vote in elections for Board Officers and Members, to participate in the annual Business Meeting, and to vote on matters set before the membership for decision, there is a membership-only option.  To choose that option, fill out the Membership-only online form, or click here to download the paper Subscription Membership-only form to mail, with a check or money order.

Disability Accessibility Services

WSSA will make every reasonable effort to arrange for motorized scooters, sign-language interpreters, sighted guides, and other communication avenues for conference registrants who need them. WSSA cannot support any ADA requests for support which are not directly related to the activities of the conference.  
This includes, but is not limited to, guided tours, activities and other events which may be provided by a third party affiliated with but not primarily a part of the WSSA conference (e.g., tours and trips provided by affiliates and sections, local universities, etc.).  Please email the Meeting Services staff ( by no later than March 1 of the conference year to identify the accommodation that you need. The Meeting Services staff will contact you to discuss needs and possible arrangements. 

Related Announcements

If your organization would like to post an announcement about an upcoming event or conference that will be of interest to WSSA members, please contact the Communications Director, Kate Herke.  Appropriate announcements will be posted under the "Other Organizations' Upcoming Conferences" link, below the "Conferences" tab.

Refund Policy
Requests for refunds of conference registration must be made in writing, to the Conference Manager, at

  • Requests made by February 29 will receive approximately 90% of the amount originally paid (amount paid, minus the amount that the credit card companies will charge us to make the refund). 
  • Requests made by March 7 will receive approximately 80% of the amount originally paid (amount paid, minus both the amount that the credit card companies charged us for the original transaction, and the amount they will charge us to make the refund).
  • Requests made by March 14 will receive approximately 75% of the amount originally paid.
  • Requests made by March 22 will receive approximately 50% of the amount originally paid.
  • No refunds will be made after March 22.