European SSSI 2015: Reminder of Abstract Submission Deadline – April 10th

Reminder of the Abstract submission deadline: 10 April 2015  for the 6th European  Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction conference (EU-SSSI), “Working the Interactionist Tradition:  Contributions, Legacies and Prospects”, University of Salford MediaCityUK Campus  29 – 31 July 2015.  See

We look forward to seeing you in Salford.

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Getting from Salford to Europe #esssi2015 #tourism #sssi

Some of you may want to visit Europe after the conference’s close. Whilst there are plenty of flights from Manchester Airport to many European cities you might prefer using the train and make a couple of stop-overs on the way. When you decide to go by train, you will have to go via London St Pancras International where the Eurostar leaves to Brussels or Paris. Train tickets from Manchester to either destination go for about £100. Try Seat 61 for tickets.

London St Pancras is pretty much in the centre of London. A Travelodge nearby is a relatively cheap possibility to spend a night or more and explore London. The Eurostar from St Pancras International will take you to either Brussels or Paris. Whilst those two European Capitals have lots to offer they also are good hubs to other parts of Europe. From Brussels it is easy to take a train to places like Amsterdam, Aachen and Cologne; from Paris you you can go with the fast TGV train to Strasbourg and the South of France.

Whenever you plan to use a train in the UK and Europe book tickets in advance to save a substantial sum.

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Getting to Salford from Europe #sssi #sociology

Just as with the US and Canada – avoid London if you are flying. Manchester International Airport has budget airline connections to a large number of European cities. Even traditional airlines usually have affordable pricing if you can book far enough ahead. Given the cost of UK rail fares, it is likely to be cheaper for you to travel within your country to a connecting airport than to take an obvious flight to an airport in the London area and then come on by train. (This is slightly less true for London Luton, where you can get a rail connection via Sheffield or Nottingham to Manchester on a cheaper line.) If you want to travel by train, we recommend the excellent Seat 61 website Although this site is designed for UK travellers going abroad, it works just as well in reverse and explains to non-residents how they can buy affordable UK train tickets online. Finally, don’t forget that many European residents in the UK use express buses to travel to and from their own country. We haven’t found anything as good as Seat 61 so you are on your own for inquiries here, but Manchester is a big coach hub and you may well find this is the rock bottom deal.

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EuSSSI In Salford/Manchester – 29-31 July 2015 #sssi #conference #sociology

European -SSSI Conference 2015 Salford (Manchester), UK

The sixth conference of the European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (EU-SSSI), “Working the Interactionist Tradition: Contributions, Legacies and Prospects”, will be held at Salford, Greater Manchester, UK between 29th-31st July 2015.  Building on previous successful EU-SSSI conferences, most recently at Aalborg (2014) and Uppsala (2013), the meeting will provide a truly interdisciplinary forum for those using ethnographic and qualitative approaches to understand the social and cultural realities of contemporary societies. 


Our conference theme draws upon interactionism’s distinguished record and continuing vigour as a way of investigating the diversity, richness and complexity of contemporary social life.  


We welcome paper submissions from those working in any theoretical, methodological or substantive areas that work with, draw on, or challenge interactionist concepts, theories, methods, exemplars and figures or that apply and extend the perspective’s intellectual horizons. We encourage participation from researchers, scholars and students seeking to develop interactionist analyses of contemporary social and cultural domains, to understand interactionism’s intellectual history, and to assay the prospects for development of the perspective’s orienting principles.


We would like to encourage submissions from those working with interactionist approaches in established areas such as communication conduct, crime and deviance, education, embodiment, emotion, health and illness, identity, organizations and work, and urban life – and from those working in newer areas, such as digital cultures or with creative or innovative methods and techniques.  We are particularly keen to attract those who do not, customarily, regard themselves as interactionists in its traditional sense.   


Contributions from early-career and experienced researchers across a range of disciplines and substantive specialisms are welcomed. We hope to create a setting for intellectual exchange and constructive debate that will underline the accomplishments of interactionist perspectives and understandings in North American and European contexts. In particular, it offers an opportunity for new and established researchers to meet to discuss their ideas and findings in structured and informal settings.



Note to authors: Oral presentations will be 20 minutes long, and accommodated in thematic sessions of 3 to 4 presentations each. Please make sure that your abstract includes the paper title and names, affiliations and full contact details of all authors. Students wishing to participate in the student workshop should also send an abstract of their work. Send your abstract to:

Abstract submission deadline: 10 April 2015

Abstract decision date:  24 April 2015

Early booking rates end: 29 May 2015

Registration closes: 17 July 2015


Organizers: Greg Smith ( and Karen Staniland (, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford, Salford, Greater Manchester, M6 6PU, UK.


Further details: Are available from the conference website:

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EuSSSI conference, Salford, 29-31 July 2015: Planning your participation #sssi #sociology

This is the first in a series of blog posts intended to help you get the most out of your visit to Manchester by advising you on ways to managed the costs – and to take advantage of the opportunity to see some parts of the UK we usually hide from tourists, or to avoid the prices we usually charge them!

Getting to Salford from North America

The first rule for getting to Salford from the US or Canada is to avoid going through London. Although there are some affordable flights, you need to add on at least $300-$400 for the transfer unless you are very skilled at navigating UK rail ticket pricing. Manchester International Airport is linked directly to most major East Coast hubs plus Chicago with flights by United, Delta and American. Good options are also available via Dublin and Frankfurt – I am going to Chicago this summer from Manchester via Frankfurt which saves close on $200 on a direct flight for some reason. Other possibilities might be Birmingham or Glasgow: if you have to take a train on from either of these, the fares are much cheaper than starting from London. Once you get to Manchester Airport, you can get to Salford Quays by the new tramline for about $6.00, with one transfer at Cornbrook interchange.

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SSSI Notes Vol.43/3 is out

Our Newsletter Notes (Vol43/3) has just been published. Will Force has done an excellent job putting together information in preparation for the upcoming Couch/Stone Symposium in Florida (March), the European meetings in July and our Annual Meeting in August. The newsletter can be downloaded here:


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Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award 2015

The Carl Couch Center issues an international call for student-authored papers to be considered for Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award. The Couch Center welcomes both theoretical and empirical papers that apply symbolic interactionist approaches to internet studies.

Candidates should send a copy of their paper, with a 100-word abstract, electronically to Mark Johns at Application deadline is May 15, 2015. Notification of award will be sent by June 15.

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