Call for Papers 2020

Call for Papers 2020 Virginia Social Science Association (VSSA)

Annual Research Conference

Saturday, March 21,  2020

Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA


Celebrating our 93rd year, The Virginia Social Science Association (VSSA) is Virginia’s longest serving association of academics.  As a multi-disciplinary organization, we welcome the full range of scholars and researchers from across all of the social sciences. Accordingly, we welcome panel and paper submissions from any and all social science disciplines and on any subject. This is a tremendous opportunity for scholars and students whose work bridges the boundaries of disciplinary restrictions, who seek to test their findings among interdisciplinary peers, or who simply wish to test the waters of research as they enter the academic world. All proposals that broadly suggest “social science” are welcome.

Please submit paper and panel proposals no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 27, 2020.

Click here to access submission form

Best Paper Submission Requirements

Undergraduate & Graduate


Note:  Papers will be considered for an award ONLY if the paper is accepted into the conference — be sure to complete the proposal process as outlined above.  Winners must be present at the conference to receive their award.

(1) Maximum length (text and notes): 25 standard double-spaced pages

(2) Letter of support/endorsement from a faculty member 

(3) Cover page that includes the following information:

– Title of paper

– Name of author

– College/university

– Graduate or undergraduate and/or year in school

– Major

– Contact information:  phone, email, mailing address

– Name and email address of the faculty member endorsing the paper 

(4) ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (letter of support & paper) should be uploaded

together, at once, using this link no later than 5:00 PM on February 28, 2020.

For additional information on registering for the 2020 VSSA Conference at Virginia State University, please visit

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