The Executive Council of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction issues ‘Statement on Racism’ http://symbolicinteraction.org/sssi-statement-on-racism/ #sssi #racism #sociology

For the ‘Statement on Racism’ by the Executive Council of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction’ please click HERE.

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“Strange Days” (July 28 to 31) – Call for Participation #sssi #sociology #events

 “Strange Days Indeed:

Crisis, Change and Connection”

 

July 28-July 31

 

In an effort to create spaces for crucial conversations, camaraderie and intellectual exchange during this challenging time, the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction invites participants to a multi-day online social and professional event.  Registration information will follow, but the event is free and open to all, including non-SSSI members.

We welcome symbolic-interactionist talks and papers on any topic. In light of current events, we are particularly interested in conversations around racism and racial justice, policing and law enforcement, meanings of public/private space, public health and risk, and online interaction.

We are calling for:

Roundtable proposals: proposals must include a roundtable paper (maximum of 3500 words) and the names and email addresses of 4-6 participants.  Roundtables will occur via Zoom, and papers will be shared on Google Docs.

Mini-session abstracts:  detailed description of a 10-15 minute talk.  Mini-sessions will feature 2-3 speakers and will occur over Zoom.

“Video Volley” abstracts (detailed description of a conversation topic).  These may be discussion questions, informal descriptions of works-in-progress, ethnographic videography, or visual sociology items.

Video Volley sessions are for dynamic, asynchronous back-and-forth chat around common interests throughout the event.  They will be asynchronous video conversations occurring through the (very simple!) video-sharing program FlipGrid (available on iPhone, Android, PC and Mac).

Strange Days will also feature coffee klatches, cocktail hours, trivia events, and an open-mic night during the event.  (Please indicate whether you have interest in any/all of these activities in your submission.)

In order to plan a successful event in a very short time, we welcome submissions as soon as possible, but must adhere to a hard deadline of July 1stPlease specify in the subject line whether your submission is a roundtable proposal, a mini-session abstract, or a Video Volley abstract.

Please email all submissions and questions to: SSSIStrangeDays@gmail.com

 

 

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Festschrift for William Shaffir (in Qualitative Research) #sssi #sociology

Dear Friends and Colleagues
I just came across a Festschrift for William Shaffir published in Qualitative Research that you might be interested in. The Special Issue has been edited by Tony Puddephatt and Stephen Kleinknecht and includes contributions by Jacquelin Low, Scott Grills, Sherryl Kleinman, Efa Etoroma, Arthur McLuhan, Benjamin Kelly and Michael Ardojan, Julian Torelli, as well as Andrew Hathaway, Rory Sommers and Amir Mostagim.
The Festschrift can be accessed here
Best wishes
Dirk
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EU-SSSI Conference in Pisa cancelled :-( #sssi #sociology

Friends and Colleagues,

The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction regrets that it must
announce the cancelation of the 2020 EUSSSI/Couch-Stone meeting in Pisa,
Italy (June 29-July 3).  As we feel it is important that we not fuel any
irrational fears about the virus or overlook its very real impacts, we
recognize that this is the best course of action in promoting the social,
emotional, and physical health of our members as well as our global
community.  No decision has yet been made about rescheduling the meeting.

Best wishes

SSSI Executive Council

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Call for Award Nominations #sssi #sociology

The Call for Award Nominations is open. Please see the various categories and contacts below. (See awards page)

George Herbert Mead Award

The George Herbert Mead Award For Lifetime Achievement is given annually to recognize a scholar’s career contributions to the field of symbolic interactionism. Nominations are also open to those who have proposed scholars in the recent past, but a new nomination with supporting materials is required.

Submit nominating letters and relevant materials by March 1, 2020.

Chair: Dennis Waskul (dennis.waskul@mnsu.edu)

Members: Patrick Williams (subcultures@gmail.com) & Gary T. Marx (gtmarx@mit.edu)


Charles Horton Cooley Book Award

The Charles Horton Cooley Book Award Committee announces its call for nominations for the 2020 award.

This award is given annually to an author for a book that represents an important contribution to the perspective of symbolic interaction. To be eligible for the 2020 award, a nominated book should have a publication date between 2017 and 2019. Previously nominated works within this three-year publication period remain eligible but must be re-nominated.

Please send nominating letters and copies of books to all three committee members by March 1, 2020.

Chair: Maggie Kusenbach (mkusenba@usf.edu), 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Department of Sociology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620

Members: Thaddeus Muller (t.muller@lancaster.ac.uk), 6 Gregson Road, Lancaster LA1 3DJ, UNITED KINGDOM

Eviatar Zerubavel (zerubave@sociology.rutgers.edu), 59 Independence Drive, East Brunswick, NJ 08816


Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award

The Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award is presented annually to the author of the best graduate student paper in the tradition of symbolic interaction. To be eligible for this award, authors must be enrolled in a graduate program. Submitted papers cannot have been accepted for publication at the time of this submission, although papers under review may be submitted. The winner of this award may submit the paper for publication in any appropriate journal, including but not limited to Symbolic Interaction.

Submit papers by March 1, 2020.

Chair: Vessela Misheva (Vessela.Misheva@soc.uu.se)

Members: J. E. Sumerau (jsumerau@ut.edu) & Max Papadantonakis (spirosmax@gmail.com)


SSSI Early-in-Career Award

The SSSI Early-in-Career Award Committee recognizes junior scholars’ contribution to the field of symbolic interaction and potential. The award specifically honors those scholars who have made significant contributions within the first ten years since the completion of their PhDs. Nominations are made through support letters sent (by SSSI members) to the chair of the award committee. Support letters should include the following information: the candidate’s most noteworthy research and publications thus far; contributions to symbolic interaction; and the candidate’s CV.

Submit nomination letters and relevant materials by March 1, 2020.

Chair: Xioli Tian (xltian@hku.hk)

Members: Robert Dingwall (robert.dingwall@ntlworld.com) & Stacey Hannem (shannem@wlu.ca)


Helena Lopata Mentor Excellence Award

The relationship between a student and a faculty member can have a profound, lifelong influence on both parties. Likewise, established and accomplished teacher-scholars can serve equally influential and encouraging roles for junior colleagues and provide crucial support for early and midcareer transitions. In sum, the mentoring relationship inspires, gives confidence, and culminates in valuable collegial relationships. The effective mentor serves as advisor, teacher, advocate, and role model. The SSSI Helena Lopata Mentor Excellence Award recognizes these important contributions to our society and craft. Nominees must be members of SSSI to be eligible for this award. We seek nominees who show evidence of: ¨ a sustained career as a beneficial role model; ¨ a sustained record of mentoring students and junior colleagues in acquiring the skills and resources necessary for career success; ¨ promoting successful and timely completion of students’ degree programs; ¨ supporting attendance and participation at conferences; ¨ imparting informed advice relating to career opportunities and choices; ¨ establishing opportunities for networking and professional connections; ¨ motivating students and junior colleagues about research and teaching activities; ¨ helping students and junior colleagues develop a range of talents including skills in research, teaching, professional presentations, writing, preparation of grant and fellowship applications, etc.; ¨ integrating students and junior colleagues into the broader culture of the SSSI. All nominations should include (a) a letter of nomination and, (b) multiple letters of support, ideally from people with different mentoring relations with the candidate, that testify to a sustained career of outstanding mentorship. Submit materials by March 1, 2020.

Chair: Beth Montemurro (eam15@psu.edu)

Members: Lisa-Jo van den Scott (lvandenscott@mun.ca) & Deana Simonetto (dsimonet@mail.ubc.ca)

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New SSSI Notes (Vol.47/3) Out Now! #sssi #sociology

The latest newsletter SSSI Notes (Vol47 No.3) has just been published. It has information about the forthcoming 2020 Annual Meeting at the University of Pisa in Italy as well as various items related to awards 2019, recently published books and much more.

To access the newsletter please click the image below.

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First Lund Qualitative Research Summer School 2020 #sssi #sociology

First Lund Qualitative Research Summer School 2020 (pdf)

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2020 EUSSSI Pisa/Italy – Call for Sessions #sssi #sociology #conference

IDENTITIES, BOUNDARIES AND SOCIAL DIVISIONS

RECONCILING COMPETING FRAMES

 

(June 29th – July 2nd, 2020 – University of Pisa, Italy)

Call for Sessions

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Theme of the Conference

In today’s societies, the demand for recognition and integration of individual and collective identities carrying different characters from established social and cultural models is generating social conflict, often worrying and disturbing. One of the reactions that appears to be more widespread is that of closure. From the construction of (new) walls to the closure of ports and borders, resistance to the acceptance of diversity is taking on new and unexpected forms, which cross a great number of phenomena. The resurgence of gender-based violence, and of stigmatization processes based on race, ethnicity, sexual, political and religious inclinations of people, are new mirrors of previous forms of segmentation and social and cultural division. Furthermore, we cannot forget that the economic crisis of the last 10 years is still manifesting its effects in many countries, such as the expansion of the poor and of marginal groups, which are located near social borders based on the difficulty of access to social resources that would guarantee a more dignified life. The anger and discontent that accompany these processes of new segregations and social and cultural confinements, are not adequately listened to and interpreted by the political classes, and in many European countries feelings of closure and mistrust begin to prevail; events and phenomena such as Brexit, sovereignty, the rise of populisms, however different, show different faces of the same process oriented to the enhancement of national, political and cultural identities instead of the search for relationships and negotiation. At the same time, there are processes that signal the need, by many groups, to go beyond the new social divisions, to generate new forms of dialogue and openness, in a word, of reconciling cultural visions and the diverse social positions that seem in competition with one another. Many, especially young people, but also adults and the elderly, prefer to go beyond the borders, and move in search of new opportunities so that their characteristics and skills are effectively recognized and valued. In many geographical areas we are witnessing the spread of social and political movements from below that promote styles of participation and social integration based on meeting and enhancing diversity; on the sensitivity to overcoming old and new selfishness and social divisions, evoking the need for innovative forms of coexistence, based on the recognition of social and civil rights, on the realization of ever higher levels of social justice, on the enhancement of common goods and local welfare and community. This also implies recognizing the importance that conflict can have in the dynamics of interaction, but to discover forms of overcoming or, at least, sublimation of the dynamics of division and conflicting competition.

In this framework, Symbolic Interactionism constitutes one of the theoretical and empirical frameworks able to analyze these phenomena, to interpret their scope and effects in people’s lives, and also to signal its relevance both on an empirical and theoretical level. Symbolic Interactionism can respond with its dual vocation and perspective oriented to grasping social processes in the depths of their making and unfolding starting from social and symbolic interactions, and at the same time oriented to enhancing those dimensions of existence that promote the recognition of rights, the attention to the least and the vulnerable, the overcoming of social boundaries and divisions and the reconciliation of competing perspectives in the dynamics of continuous negotiation and renegotiation of new and sustainable social equilibria.

Sessions Proposals

We invite researchers, senior and junior scholars, and PhD candidates, to send us their proposal for panels/sessions. We encourage the submission of complete thematic panels (max 5 papers per session, each session will be 1:30 hours at maximum) about topics such as Identities, Boundaries and Social Divisions by:

  • gender, race, ages, social classes, social stratification: borders in human groups
  • mobility, migrations, social integration: geographical borders
  • welfare policies, social work, social services: borders in policies
  • Europe, Brexit and European Union: borders in Europe
  • conflicts, violence and war: borders in international relations
  • poverty, vulnerability, discomfort: borders in accessing resources
  • populism, right, left: borders in politics
  • religions, radicalization processes, secularization: borders in religions
  • Social networks, technology and world wide web: borders and digital divide
  • bureaucratization and power: borders in social and public institutions
  • pollution and climate change: borders in environment

We accept both theoretical and methodological proposals: we’re interested in any aspects of symbolic interactionism.  We also encourage other sessions related to Symbolic Interactionism or Grounded Theory, sessions which may not fit directly into the conference theme but nonethless promote fresh thinking and reflection.

Keywords:

Identity

Human groups

Deviance

Stigma

Relations and interactions

Communication and Social Media

Social Justice

Social Policies

Social Work

Ethnography, Grounded Theory

Interaction

Culture

Symbols

Politics

 

Proposals should contain:

  • Title of the panel/session
  • Contact information for a session organizer (name, institution, email)
  • Abstract (maximum 500 words)
  • Keywords

Deadlines:

November 20th, 2019: call for sessions

December 31st, 2019: call for sessions deadline

January 20th, 2020: sessions and panels acceptance

 

Decisions will be communicated to the corresponding organizer before

January 21st, 2020

 

Proposals have to be sent both to Andrea Salvini (andrea.salvini@unipi.it) and Irene Psaroudakis (irene.psaroudakis@sp.unipi.it)

 

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2020 EUSSSI Conference in Pisa/Italy (29 June to 2 July) #sssi #sociology #conference

IDENTITIES, BOUNDARIES AND SOCIAL DIVISIONS

RECONCILING COMPETING FRAMES

 

COUCH-STONE 2020 – X EUSSSI CONFERENCE

(June 29th –July 2nd, 2020 – University of Pisa, Italy)

 

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From June 29th to July 2nd, 2020, the Centre for Advanced Studies in Symbolic Interactionism and Grounded Theory – Department of Political Sciences, University of Pisa, will organize the Couch-Stone 2020 – X EUSSSI Conference.

 

The 2020 Pisa Conference is the result of the combination of two conferences with a long tradition in the history of Symbolic Interactionism: the Couch-Stone Conference, 2020 Edition, and the X European Conference of the SSSI.

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The event, exactly ten years after the first EUSSSI Conference, which took place exactly at the University of Pisa, should not be considered as a mere celebration, but as a fundamental opportunity to meet up with the most well-known scholars of Symbolic Interaction and Grounded Theory from Europe, America, and around the world, a group that can address the challenges of contemporary society and is open to, and can open up, the future. After a decade, the return to Pisa is a concrete sign of Symbolic Interactionisms’ ability to take root in contexts beyond the United States, to dialogue with other theoretical traditions, and to combine with other cultural traditions. Therefore, the Conference will be a three-day meeting, exchange of reflections, and experiences of people – scholars, but not only – in the perspective of Symbolic Interactionism: its past, present and future, by adopting an open perspective of dialogue and negotiation between different fields and references, against any closure.

The topic of openness vs. closure invokes the core issue of the Conference.

The theme “Identities, Boundaries and Social Divisions. Reconciling Competing Frames” reflects contemporary questions about identity, closure, separation, and the developing needs of society.

The demand for recognition and integration of individual and collective identities carrying different characters from established social and cultural models is generating reactions characterized by closure and conflict. Consequences are the increasing of new borders (social barriers), and the resurgence of stigmatization, segregation, and segmentation processes, based on cultural divisions. If the socio-economic crisis provoked these dynamics, phenomena such as Brexit and the rise of populisms are some outcomes to promote national, political and cultural identities. Nevertheless, at the same time, we recognize that there is a need to generate new forms of dialogue and openness, to reconcile cultural visions and social positions that are diverse and in competition. Internationally, we are witnessing the spread of social and political movements from below that promote styles of participation and social integration based on meeting and enhancing diversity, evoking the need for innovative forms of coexistence, based on recognition (of social and civil rights, on the realization of ever higher levels of social justice, on the enhancement of common goods and local welfare and community).

It’s in this framework that the theoretical and methodological suggestions of Symbolic Interactionism can be helpful to analyze these processes, to interpret their scope and effects in people’s lives, and to understand their relevance.

In this sense, the 2020 Pisa Conference is an invitation to dialogue, to confrontation, to affirm the importance of reconciliation between different points of view and between different cultural frames, aspects that are very much needed both in Europe and in the United States, as well as in all other parts of the world.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

Call for sessions/panels

  • November 25th, 2019: call for sessions
  • December 31th, 2019: call for sessions deadline
  • January 20th, 2020: sessions and panels acceptance

Call for papers

  • February 1st, 2020: call for papers
  • March 15th, 2020: call for papers deadline
  • March 31st, 2020: papers acceptance

Program and Registration

  • April 1st, 2020: draft program
  • April 1st, 2020: registration
  • June 20th, 2020: end of regular registration.
  • June 21st, late registration and final program

 

REGISTRATION FEES

Regular Registration:

 

SSSI MEMBERS:

Undergraduate, Post-graduate students: FREE

PhD student: 50 EUR

Researchers and Assistant Professor: 75 EUR

Associate and Full Professor: 100 EUR

Professionals, Institutions: 150 EUR

 

SSSI NON MEMBERS:

Undergraduate, Post-graduate students: 20 EUR

PhD student: 75 EUR

Researchers and Assistant Professor: 120 EUR

Associate and Full Professor: 175 EUR

Professionals, Institutions: 225 EUR

 

Late Registration:

SSSI MEMBERS:

Undergraduate, Post-graduate students: 10 EUR

PhD student: 70 EUR

Researchers and Assistant Professor: 105 EUR

Associate and Full Professor: 150 EUR

Professionals, Institutions: 225 EUR

 

SSSI NON MEMBERS:

Undergraduate, Post-graduate students: 30 EUR

PhD student: 100 EUR

Researchers and Assistant Professor: 155 EUR

Associate and Full Professor: 240 EUR

Professionals, Institutions: 315 EUR

 

ALL PRESENTERS MUST BE SSSI MEMBERS

The Website of the Conference will be: http://grounded-theory.sp.unipi.it/

The Website is under construction, it will be ready for Christmas, 2020!

 

For further information, please, write to:

Andrea Salvini (andrea.salvini@unipi.it), Irene Psaroudakis (irene.psaroudakis@sp.unipi.it)

 

 

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Call for Contributions – SSSI NOTES

The next issue of SSSI Notes will be available in mid-November. If you have any announcements about books, conferences, grants, awards, related organizations, or other relevant information please send it to me via e-mail (william.force@wne.edu) by Monday, November 11. Please include submissions as Word attachments limited to 500 words. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

– William Force (SSSI Notes, Editor)

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CfP Troubled Pearson’s Industries (book chapters) #sssi #psychiatry

A member of our society has asked me to distribute a call for papers with regard to a book he is editing.

Troubled Persons Industries: The Expansion of Psychiatric Categories beyond Psychiatry  

Call for abstracts and chapters 

Martin Harbusch & Alison Fixsen 

We are looking for authors, who focus on (non-)psychiatric contexts of everyday life from a (critical) sociological approach. This could be empirical-based reconstructions of the use of psychiatric categories in professional (non-)psychiatric contexts; analysis of social developments, such as trends toward self-diagnosis; the contextual power aspects of the victim role; or the multiplication of “troubled persons” agents and agencies via the internet. We also seeking theoretical chapters, which focus on these or other contexts in a more abstract way and connect to the classical theoretical debate around mental health and illness.  
 
Proposed Dates of this volume:  
– Deadline for the abstracts: December 2nd 2019 
– Deadline to get positive response: December 30th 2019 
– Deadline for the articles: May 30th 2020 
– Deadline for the edited final Version: October 2020
– Date of Publication: December 2020  
Please send your abstracts (max. 300 words; title of the proposed chapter and main arguments/discussion points) up to the 2nd December to:  
 
Martin Harbusch and Alison Fixsen: (martin.harbusch@uni-kassel.de; a.fixsen@westminster.ac.uk
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Halloween Candy Contamination legends #sssi

As Halloween creeps up on us, Joel Best‘s research on Halloween Candy Contamination is discussed in The Washington Post. „THC, cyanide and razor blades: How sketchy urban myths taught parents to fear Halloween candy“ – https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/10/23/thc-cyanide-razor-blades-how-sketchy-urban-myths-taught-parents-fear-halloween-candy/

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Final Programme SSSI 2019 in New York City – #sssi #sociology

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Click Here for the Detailed SSSI 2019 Program

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For the detailed program (pdf) please click HERE!

Program Planning Committee
Stacey Hannem, Vice President SSSI, Wilfrid Laurier University (Chair)
Thaddeus Muller, Past-Vice President SSSI, Lancaster University
Tim Hallett, Vice President elect SSSI, Indiana University Bloomington
Lisa-Jo van den Scott, Treasurer SSSI, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Thomas DeGloma, Past-President SSSI, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center

Thank you to all of our student volunteers at the registration desk and to the Couch family for their continued support of student attendance at SSSI!

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The George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement #sssi #sociology

The George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement is given annually to recognize a scholar’s career contributions to the field of symbolic interactionism. Nominations are also open to those who have proposed scholars in the recent past, but a new nomination with supporting materials is required.

Submit nominating letters and relevant materials to the committee chair and members by June 30, 2019.

Chair:​    Scott Grills, Brandon University grills@brandonu.ca

Members:​  Magdalena Wojciechowska, University of Lodz wojciechowska.ms@gmail.com
Sam Hillyard, Durham University sam.hillyard@durham.ac.uk

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Registration for 2019 Annual Meetings of #SSSI is Open #sociology #conferences

Information about the 2019 Annual Meetings of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) can be found on the Society’s website. Registration for the Conference is now open. Please use the following link to register.

https://form.jotform.com/70505517214246

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Couch-Stone Symposium 2019 – Program #sssi #sociology

2019 Couch-­‐Stone Symposium

‘Teaching and Symbolic Interactionism”

 

An annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction May 16-­‐18, 2019

Hilton Des Moines Downtown, 435 Park Street Des Moines, Iowa

The last chance to reserve rooms at Hilton Des Moines Downtown is today (May 9).
The hotel reservations page is here:

 

Co­‐Organizers

Laurie Linhart, Des Moines Area Community College

David Schweingruber, Iowa State University

 

Student Directors

Steve Beeman, Iowa State University David W. Wahl, Iowa State University

 

This year’s Couch-­‐Stone Symposium will address such questions as: How should Symbolic Interactionism  be  taught  in  the  undergraduate  classroom?  How  can  the  Symbolic Interactionist perspective improve any college course? How should we be passing along Symbolic Interactionism to the next generation of scholars? How can Symbolic Interactionist research on teaching and learning inform our practice?

The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction is an international community of scholars whose scholarship employs and examines the perspective of Symbolic Interactionism. The Society publishes a quarterly journal, Symbolic Interaction, which was founded in 1977.

The Couch-­‐Stone Symposium is one of two annual meetings of SSSI (the other being held simultaneously with ASA). It was named for two interactionist sociologists who were instrumental   in   founding   SSSI,   both   scholars   at   Midwestern   universities:   Carl   Couch (University of Iowa) and Gregory Stone (University of Minnesota). The original symposium, called the “Minnesota Symposium on Symbolic Interaction,” was held in Stone’s home in June 1974.

 

Thursday, May 16, 2-­‐3:30 p.m.

General Paper Session I

Schedule of Events

“Why and How We Are Studying Internal Conversations” David Schweingruber, Iowa State University

“Internal Conversations in Sexual Self Construction.” David W. Wahl, Iowa State University

“Asexual Bingo -­‐   Identity Exploration & Confirmation Within Contemporary Society” Antonio Ball, Iowa State University

“Women Who Drink” Susan Stewart

 

Thursday, May 16, 3:45-­‐5:15 p.m.

 

Featured Speaker

“Helping People Grieve: Teaching Theory as a Matter of Life and Death” Nancy Berns, Drake University

 

Thursday, May 16, 5:45-­‐7 p.m.

Welcome reception with cash bar and appetizers

 

Friday, May 17, 7-­‐8 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

 

Friday, May 17, 8:15-­‐9:45 a.m.

 

General Paper Session II

“Money Work in Gambling Worlds” Steve Beeman, Iowa State University

“Role exit: Narrating the end to a life without parole sentence” Danqing Yu, Iowa State University

“Gender as an Inhabited Institution”

Alyssa Place, Indiana University–Bloomington Jennifer Lee, Indiana University–Bloomington Tim Hallett, Indiana University–Bloomington

“Reverential Degradation in the Patriarchy: Reinforcing the Patriarchy in Celebrity Fan

Letters”

David W. Wahl, Iowa State University

“Role exit: Narrating the end to a life without parole sentence” Laurie Linhart, Des Moines Area Community College

 

Friday, May 17, 10-­‐11:30 a.m.

 

Featured Speaker

“Keep it Active: Teaching Symbolic Interactionism in Introductory Courses” Maxine Atkinson, North Carolina State University

 

Friday, May 17, 11:30-­‐1 p.m.

 

Lunch

 

Lunch Option #1: Continuing conversation with Maxine Atkinson

Lunch Option #2: Conversation with Scott Harris, editor of Symbolic Interaction

 

Friday, May 17, 1:15-­‐2:45 p.m.

Featured Speaker

“Teaching with Symbolic Interaction: Meeting Them Where They Are” Kerry Ferris, Northern Illinois University

 

Friday, May 17, 3-­‐4 p.m.

Teaching Paper Session I

“Mass Background Participant Observation as a Class Assignment” David Schweingruber, Iowa State University, Angie Carter, Michigan Technical University, Andres Lopez, Oregon State University

“Teaching Social Inequality and Addressing the So-­‐What Question from a Symbolic Interactionist Perspective”, Fangheyue Ma, University of South Florida

 

Friday, May 17, 4-­‐5:30 p.m.

 

Panel—Passing on Our Interactionist Inheritance: Teaching Graduate Students and Advanced

Undergraduates

Tim Hallett, Indiana University–Bloomington David Schweingruber, Iowa State University Julie B. Wiest, West Chester University

 

Friday, May 17, 6-­‐8:30 p.m.

 

SSSI Banquet

 

Saturday, May 18, 7-­‐8 a.m.

 

Continental Breakfast

 

Saturday, May 18, 8:15-­‐9:45 a.m.

 

General Paper Session III

“Burlesque Boys: Constructing Masculinity in Burlesque” Rebecca Haroldson, Iowa State University

Exploring Issues of Inequality in the American Tattooing Industry Deborah Burns, Iowa State University

“Transverse Interactions on the Mississippi River” Nicholas Baxter, Indiana University–Kokomo

“Emigration on the Go: Toward a Theory Spontaneity” Abdi Kusow, Iowa State University

“Reframing, Recalibrating, and Refocusing: Putting A Happy Face on Meth Cooks” Jacob H. Erickson, Iowa State University

 

Saturday, May 18, 10-­‐11:30 a.m.

 

Teaching Paper Session II

 

“‘I just had emergency surgery!’: Faculty assessments of students’ emotional displays in excuse making” Kimberly M. Baker, University of Northern Iowa, Kamryn Warren, University of Northern Iowa

“A Moment of Mindlessness: Teaching Categorization in the Undergraduate S.I. Classroom” Julie B. Wiest, West Chester University

“A Hybrid Model: Half Lecture, Half Independent Study” Scott Harris, St. Louis University

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Couch-Stone Symposium 2019 – De Moines (May 16 – 18)

Fellow Interactionists:

The Couch-Stone Symposium in Des Moines is just two weeks away (May 16-18). Our theme is “Teaching & Symbolic Interactionism.”

Highlights will include:

• Nancy Berns’ address on “Helping People Grieve: Teaching Theory as a Matter of Life and Death” (Thursday afternoon)

• Maxine Atkinson’s address on “Keep it Active: Teaching Symbolic Interactionism in Introductory Courses” (Friday morning)

• Kerry Ferris’ address on “Teaching with Symbolic Interaction: Meeting Them Where They Are” (Friday afternoon)

• SSSI Banquet (Friday evening)

• Paper sessions related to teaching and to general topics

If you’re planning on attending but haven’t yet reserved a room at the Hilton Des Moines Downtown, please do so by Wednesday, May 1 using this link:

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Also, if you are attending but haven’t been in touch with the organizers, please let us know at couchstone2019@gmail.com

We will be contacting all attendees later this week to ask what meals you will be attending.

Co-Organizers:
Laurie Linhart, Des Moines Area Community College
David Schweingruber, Iowa State University

Student Directors:
Steve Beeman, Iowa State University
David W. Wahl, Iowa State University

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Vacancy: Associate Prof Digital Sociology at University of St Gallen #sssi #sociology

Associate Professor of Digital Sociology (75%) at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland. From the job description: the successful candidate will be a “qualitative social researcher with experience in mixed methodology”. The deadline for applications is May 20, 2019.

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Call for Papers 2019 Couch/Stone Symposium #sssi #sociology

2019 Couch/Stone Symposium

‘Teaching and Symbolic Interactionism’

Des Moines, Iowa

May 16th to 18th

How should Symbolic Interactionism be taught in the undergraduate classroom? How can the Symbolic Interactionist perspective improve any college course? How should we be passing along Symbolic Interactionism to the next generation of scholars? How can Symbolic Interactionist research on teaching and learning inform our practice? We hope to address all these issues in the upcoming Couch-Stone Symposium on “Teaching and Symbolic Interactionism.”

We are seeking:

Papers on all aspects of the scholarship of teaching and learning

Proposals to organize panels related to the conference theme

Papers for open paper sessions

Proposals to organize sessions

 

Please email submissions to couchstone2019@gmail.com by April 13th, 2019.

Please email submissions to couchstone2019@gmail.com

Preferred deadline to assist us in organizing sessions: March 30, 2019.

We will definitely accept papers submitted by: April 13, 2019.

 

Registration is free and most meals are included!

For Hotel Reservations please click HERE!

 

Co-Organizers:           Laurie Linhart, Des Moines Area Community Colleg

                                    David Schweingruber, Iowa State University

 

Student Directors:     Steve Beeman, Iowa State University

                                    David W. Wahl, Iowa State University

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2019 Annual Meetings of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction #sssi #sociology

New York, NY

August 9-11, 2019

Westin New York at Times Square

The Program Planning Committee of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction is pleased to call for papers that address this year’s conference theme or that engage with any other aspect of symbolic interaction: “Power, Structure, and Intersectionality in Symbolic Interaction” Symbolic Interactionism has long been plagued (fairly or unfairly) with accusations of having an astructural bias and failing to adequately engage with the dynamics of power. Many symbolic interactionist scholars have defended the SI perspective against this charge and some have put forward explicit arguments for interactionist conceptions of both structure and power (see, notably, Fine and Kleinmann, 1983; Prus, 1999; Athens 2015). However, the “myth” of the astructural bias has continued to loom over SI and has had a marginalizing effect on the perspective (McGinty 2016). Current sociopolitical concerns about identity, representation, and marginality are ripe for analyses rooted in the SI tradition: analyses which attend carefully and explicitly to issues of power, structure, and intersectionalities. Indeed, these concerns involve many of the “underdog” groups that symbolic interactionists, as ethnographers and qualitative researchers of the margins, have long been concerned with. The theme of this year’s annual meeting encourages symbolic interactionists to face the criticisms of astructural bias head-on and to engage with issues of power, diversity, social structure, and conflict as they are interactionally realized and experienced by individuals and groups and implicated in social life.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Patricia Hill Collins, Distinguished University Professor Emerita in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland, will present the SSSI 2019 Distinguished Lecture: “Not Just Ideas: Intersectionality and Epistemic Resistance.” The Distinguished Lecture will take place on Saturday, August 10 at 4:00, and be followed by the annual SSSI Awards Banquet.

We encourage the submission of individual papers and complete thematic panels (3-4 papers) that engage with the conference theme including, but not limited to, such topics as: Gender Relations, Social stratification, Gender, Diversity, and Identity Power in ethnographic research, Race and Racialization, Media and power in discourse, Sexualities, Stigma, and Marginalization, Domination and Subordination, Self and Identity in the Context of Power Relations, Conflict in social life, Social institutions and power, Agency and constraint.

As always, we are also interested in and will accept papers and panels that engage with any and all aspects of symbolic interactionism, including theory, method, pedagogy, and symbolic interactionist analyses of any and all substantive topics.

Submission Process: Please make your submission to the conference organizers by sending the following information to symbolic.interaction2019@gmail.com

Deadline Extended to May 1, 2019

Paper

Title

Abstract (maximum 250 words)

Author(s) Name(s) and Institutional Affiliation(s)

Contact email and telephone number

If you are submitting a complete thematic panel, please include a panel title as well as individual information for all presenters and their papers.

Inquiries and questions may be addressed directly to Stacey Hannem at shannem@wlu.ca or at the email above.

Accommodations and Planning to Attend: A limited number of rooms has been reserved at the Westin New York at Times Square for conference attendees at a special rate of $255 (single/double occupancy), $285 (triple occupancy), and $315 (quad occupancy). To access this rate you must book your room by July 18, 2019.

Click Here to Book the group rate with Westin Times Square New York

Registration and Membership:

All presenters will be required to be members of SSSI at the time of the conference. Information about Membership and Conference Registration will follow.

Program Planning Committee Stacey Hannem, Vice President SSSI, Wilfrid Laurier University (Chair)

Thaddeus Muller, Past-Vice President SSSI, Lancaster University

Tim Hallett, Vice President elect SSSI, Indiana University Bloomington

Lisa-Jo van den Scott, Treasurer SSSI, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Thomas DeGloma, Past-President SSSI, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center

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