Quick Note on the Blog

When we started this blog 18 months ago or so, the idea was to provide a site where SSSI could publicise and disseminate information about information in a more dynamic way than through a website. As you know the SSSI-blog runs alongside the blog for the journal and a SSSIMusic Blog with the latter one being the least active at the moment.  The readership of the blog varies from 2 a day to 100 a day. Readers primarily seem to be based in North America but depending on the topic we also have a good number of readers from Europe, including the UK, Germany, Slovenia and Russia, Australia and China.

On the SIJournal Blog, if time allows, I try to post a short piece of information about a new publication in the journal or on Early View every Tuesday. The readership is marginally higher than on the SSSI Blog; post like the one written by Gregory Thompson the other day accumulates about 50 views within 3 days. The geographical spread of posts on the SIJournal Blog is very similar to that on the SSSI Blog.

The SSSIMusic Blog is a curious one. We post very rarely there. Joe Kotarba has made some effort to get it going and together with Maggie Kusenbach we have tried to find somebody to run this blog – sadly unsuccessfully but we keep trying. It is noteworthy however that whenever a post is published here we immediately get about 20 people reading it and over the course of a week more than 100 people have at least looked at it.

In a world of viral marketing campaigns and YouTube clips receiving millions of views within hours the clicks and views of our blog appear tiny in comparison. Yet, considering the size of our Society the numbers are not that small. There also is the possibility that over time the number of readers will increase which hopefully would influence interest in the Society and the journal as well.

@dirkvl

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Call for Papers – 2015 Qualitatives with EXTENDED Deadline

Please see below a Call for Papers for 2015. I would imagine that a good number of SSSI members might be interested in this. The call was sent out by Stefan Kleinknecht.

Hello everyone,

As the abstract submission deadline for the 2015 Qualitatives is one week away (Friday, October 24th), we want to remind you about the conference and share some updates.  It will be held at Brescia University College at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada from June 24 to 26, 2015.  The theme of the 2014 Qualitatives is: The Craft of Qualitative Inquiry.

We also have some updates to share (with more to follow):

Keynote Address: We are pleased to announce that Janet Chan (The University of New South Wales, Australia) will be presenting the Keynote Address.

Featured Speakers: We are also pleased to announce that Christopher Schneider (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Will van den Hoonaard (Atlantic Centre for Qualitative Research and Analysis, Saint Thomas University) will be attending as Featured Speakers.

 

Abstract Submissions: We invite you to submit an abstract (one for each author and co-author) at http://ww.qualitatives.ca/submit-abstract

 by December 12th, 2014 (extended from October 24th)

Conference Website: www.qualitatives.ca

Please see the attached Call for Papers document for the full conference announcement, and send it along to anyone you feel might be interested in this event.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at thequalitatives@gmail.com.

 

Sincerely,

Steve, Carrie, Lisa-Jo, and Tony

 

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Quick Note on the SSSI Blog – #sssi

When we started this blog 18 months ago or so, the idea was to provide a site where SSSI could publicise and disseminate information about information in a more dynamic way than through a website. As you know the SSSI-blog runs alongside the blog for the journal and a SSSIMusic Blog with the latter one being the least active at the moment.  The readership of the blog varies from 2 a day to 100 a day. Readers primarily seem to be based in North America but depending on the topic we also have a good number of readers from Europe, including the UK, Germany, Slovenia and Russia, Australia and China.

On the SIJournal Blog, if time allows, I try to post a short piece of information about a new publication in the journal or on Early View every Tuesday. The readership is marginally higher than on the SSSI Blog; post like the one written by Gregory Thompson the other day accumulates about 50 views within 3 days. The geographical spread of posts on the SIJournal Blog is very similar to that on the SSSI Blog.

The SSSIMusic Blog is a curious one. We post very rarely there. Joe Kotarba has made some effort to get it going and together with Maggie Kusenbach we have tried to find somebody to run this blog – sadly unsuccessfully but we keep trying. It is noteworthy however that whenever a post is published here we immediately get about 20 people reading it and over the course of a week more than 100 people have at least looked at it.

In a world of viral marketing campaigns and YouTube clips receiving millions of views within hours the clicks and views of our blog appear tiny in comparison. Yet, considering the size of our Society the numbers are not that small. There also is the possibility that over time the number of readers will increase which hopefully would influence interest in the Society and the journal as well.

@dirkvl

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Fall 2014 SSSI Newletter – SSSI Notes Fall 2014

The 2014 Fall newsletter SSSI Notes has been published on the website of the Society. You can also download it SSSI Notes – Fall 2014.

Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

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Book Review ‘Understanding Drug Worlds’ by Arthur McLuhan out on Early View

In 2012 Patricia Adler, Peter Adler and Patrick O’Brien published “Drugs and the American Dream: An Anthology” with John Wiley & Sons. This edited volume now has been reviewed by Arthur McLuhan who describes the anthology as “a most enabling anthology on drug worlds”. 

mcluhan

McLuhan particularly highlights that Adler, Adler and O’Brien’s book is theory driven rather than guided by a structure based on the different substances covered. Thus, the volume gains in sociological coherence and helps to cultivate students’ sociological eyes. His review now is out on Early View of Symbolic Interaction.

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Couch Stone Symposium 2015 – Call for Submissions #sssi

Dear SSSI Members,

 

Here is a friendly reminder that the deadline for abstract submission for the next Couch Stone Symposium, to be held in sunny St. Pete, Florida, in March 2015, is coming up in less than 3 weeks, on NOVEMBER 15, 2014! Please see the call for papers (attached and below) for details. We welcome submission from all members, and we will offer a number of student travel stipends after papers have been accepted.   

 

Please stay tuned for the Fall 2014 SSSI Newsletter, forthcoming in just a few days, with much more information … including a call for sessions for our next summer meeting in Chicago 2015 (deadline December 1, 2014).

  

All the best,

 

Maggie Kusenbach

President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

Associate Professor and Graduate Director

Department of Sociology

University of South Florida

4202 East Fowler Avenue CPR 107

Tampa, FL 33620

office: (813) 974 2595

fax: (813) 974 6455

email: mkusenba@usf.edu

website: http://sociology.usf.edu

 

 

Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

COUCH STONE SYMPOSIUM 2015

St. Petersburg, Florida, Hampton Inn & Suites

March 13 & 14 (Friday & Saturday)

 

Tools of the Trade:

Advancing Qualitative Inquiry and Analysis

 

 

Call for Papers

The current broad popularity of qualitative work in academic departments around the world has produced new challenges and opportunities for symbolic interactionists as well as others working within interpretive traditions. This conference aims to explore how innovations and new collaborations in qualitative methods of research and analysis might further advance the quality and relevance of our work, both inside and outside sociology, inside and outside academia.

For this conference we welcome submissions that focus on data collection, data analysis, and theorizing within interpretive sociology in general and symbolic interaction in particular. We are especially interested in works that problematize and challenge boundaries, such as those between micro and macro approaches, qualitative and quantitative methods, theory and method, research and application, and other constructed binary oppositions.

Invited topics include (but are not limited to):

ethnography — qualitative interviews & oral history — spatial and mobile methods — social media, archival & found data — feminist, queer & critical methods — sensuous methods (including visual) — ethnomethodology & conversation analysis — historical & cross-cultural/indigenous methods — applied & participatory methods — mixed & interdisciplinary methods — alternative methods & forms of writing — grounded theory, narrative analysis, analytic induction & other forms of analysis

 

Submission Deadline:

November 15, 2014

 

Extended abstracts of proposed conference papers (400-600 words, Microsoft Word or PDF document) must be emailed to Maggie Cobb at usfcouchstone@gmail.com. On a cover page, include paper title, name and rank (faculty or student) of all authors with affiliations, and contact information. Notifications of acceptance will be given by December 1, 2014.

 

Due to limited space, submission is restricted to one paper (single or co-authored) per participant. Less developed work will be grouped in roundtable sessions. In addition to plenary, paper, and roundtable sessions, we will offer a series of methods workshops by established scholars, as well as a number of social events.

 

Conference participation is free for current SSSI members. To become a SSSI member, go to: https://sites.google.com/site/sssinteraction/home/membership-journal. All other participants must pay a $50 registration fee (banquet only: $25). Donations by senior members are welcome and will be applied toward student travel stipends.

 

Information about hotel accommodations, student travel stipends, conference program and so on is forthcoming on the conference website: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/couch_stone/. For any questions, contact Maggie Cobb at usfcouchstone@gmail.com

 

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Call for Contributions to SSSI Newsletter – SSSI Notes #sssi

The November issue of SSSI Notes will be available in early November. If you have any announcements about books, conferences, grants, awards, related organizations, or other relevant information please send a short description to my editorial assistant, Melina Constantine Miseo via e-mail (melina.constantinemiseo@wne.edu) by Friday, October 31. Please include submissions as Word attachments limited to 250 words. Feel free to contact me (wforce@wne.edu) or Melina with questions.

 

- William Force (SSSI Notes, Editor)

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