Annual SSSI 2016 Conference in Seattle (CfP) #sssi #sociology

“Environment, Body, and Other Complex Systems in Symbolic Interactionism”

The Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

August 19-21, 2016

Seattle, Washington


Conference Theme 

The complexities of social life have been interactionism’s playground since the very earliest expressions of the perspective. Mead’s understanding and treatment of complex social systems, and the historical manner in which pragmatist scholars explored the complexities of large social and institutional forces have promoted the growth and development of symbolic interactionism in dynamic and robust ways. The theme for the 2016 Annual Meetings “Environment, Body, and Other Complex Systems in Symbolic Interactionism” is envisioned as one way contemporary symbolic interactionists can explore the dynamic and robust nature of our contemporary perspective relative to complex social and natural systems.

With respect to the environment and environments, the theme focuses our attention on the uniquely flexible manner in which the symbolic interactionist perspective can be used to explore human action and interactions within, as well as with respect to manipulations of, the natural world. However, not to be overlooked is the use of conceptual language within interactionism that invokes the complexities of larger systems, such as organizational environments. Other complex, systemic concerns might include climate change, disaster, war, migrations, droughts, natural resources and resource management, and issues associated with public versus private lands. Regardless of the specific application, it is the Meadian/pragmatist/interactionist analysis and exposition of the topical concern that is being sought.

Our physical bodies, also complex systems and part of the natural world, are also subject to treatment within the interactionist perspective. Even though Mead had a firm conceptual grasp on the nature of embodiment over a century ago, his treatments of embodied phenomenon do not invoke the same imagery or conceptual treatment as do environments and seemingly larger social systems. However in the contemporary social and behavioral sciences, we are still unlocking the complexities of neurocognition, the senses, gestures and gesticulations, habits, and activity and mind in space and time. Yet, all these contemporary concerns are reflected in the interactionist perspective and require our continued attention and analysis.

Together, the conference theme unites these seemingly distinct areas of inquiry through the reminder that even in the most mundane of settings, the symbolic interactionist perspective is a valuable resource in unpacking the complexity of symbols, meanings, intentions, actions, interactions, practices, and processes that are the building blocks of social life.

Call for Papers: 

Please send ALL paper proposals to If you would like your paper considered for a specific session (listed below), please identify that session in the email subject line. If your proposed paper does not fit any of the currently proposed sessions proposed, additional sessions are always being developed to reflect the paper proposals received. If you are willing to organize such a session please identify your willingness to do so in your submission email. The deadline for submission is April 15, 2016.

Collective Behavior

Cooley & Sociology

Deviance, Identities and the Life Course

Embodied Experiences in the Natural World

Human Interactions with the Supernatural and Divine

Identities in Transition

Interaction, Identity, and Gender

Interactionism and Online Pedagogies

Interactionist Analyses of Death and Dying

Mass Mediated Meaning

Online Bodies

Organizations and Organizational Communication

Performance Ethnography

Religion and Spirituality

The Self in a Digital Age

Social Cognition

The Sociology of Everyday Life

Space and Place in Symbolic Interactionism

Sport, Recreation and Leisure

Strategies for Teaching Symbolic Interactionism

SI & Environmental Sociology: Theoretical and Methodological Inheritances Symbolic Interaction, Community, and the Environment

Symbolic Interaction, Culture, and the Environment

Symbolic Interactionism and Natural Resource Management

Symbolic Interaction and the Non-Human Animal

Visual Methods and Analysis

War, Conflict and the Military


 Distinguished Lecturer: Joseph A. Kotarba

We are very pleased indeed to announce that Dr. Joseph Kotarba will be the SSSI Distinguished Lecturer at the 2016 Annual Conference. Dr. Kotarba is Professor of Sociology at Texas State University in San Marcos. The author of nine books and over 100 articles and essays, Joe has consolidated his broad interests in everyday life into a focus on culture. However, his first love remains the sociology of popular music, and it is that love which culminated in his book Baby Boomer Rock ‘n’ Roll Fans in 2013 for which he received the Charles Horton Cooley Award for Best Book from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. While his first love is music, Dr. Kotarba’s second love is the culture of medicine and he is presently writing a book on the evolving self-identity of the contemporary scientist in light of the movement towards translational, team science.   In addition to the Cooley Award as previously noted, Dr. Kotarba served as President of the SSSI in 1998, he received the SSSI’s George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009, and the Society’s Mentor Excellence Award in 2010.


The W Seattle Hotel

On the edge of the financial district in downtown Seattle the W Seattle is a contemporary, slightly edgy, luxury hotel property that reflects the vibrant technology and music culture of Seattle and is a fitting setting for our annual conference. Located at 1112 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101 the hotel is easily accessible by public transportation from Sea-Tac Airport. The facilities being used by the American Sociological Association (ASA) and Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) are within walking distance.

The W Seattle is providing a negotiated conference room rate of $229/night for single or double occupancy and $259/night for triple or quadruple occupancy and all rooms in the SSSI room block include guest room as well as meeting room internet access.

Rooms in the SSSI room block are available from August 15, 2016 through August 24, 2016. Reservations must be made by July 22, 2016 and may be made online at SSSI Room Block ( or by calling either the W Hotels Central Reservation service at 1-877-WHOTELS or the W Seattle property at 888-627-8552.

Conference Registration Fees and Banquet Ticket Information

Information about conference registration fees, society membership, and annual meeting banquet tickets can be found on the SSSI website, as that information becomes available.


Please contact SSSI President, Dr. Dennis Waskul (, or SSSI Vice-President, Dr. Patrick McGinty (


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Couch-Stone Symposium

Please see below the information for the Couch-Stone Symposium – April 21st to 23rd. more information on the event can be found on our website.

The hotel is grumbling that we haven’t booked enough rooms yet.  So just a reminder that:  The Symposium runs from April 21st to 23rd and reservations can be made at or by calling 1-800-716-6199.  Special pricing runs for a limited time and the code to get the special rate is:  CBI-GFC14687.  Lastly, folks can reserve their Symposium tickets here:–nanaimo/couch-stone-symposium/?mode=search

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CfP EU SSSI 2016 in Topola, Bulgaria

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Charles Horton Cooley Book Award – Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

Nominations due March 2, 2016

The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction announces its call for nominations for the 2016 Charles Horton Cooley Book 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 2016 award, a nominated book should have a publication date between 2013 and 2015. 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.

Thomas DeGloma (Committee Chair)

Department of Sociology

Hunter College, CUNY

695 Park Avenue, 16th Floor Hunter West
New York, NY 10065


Stacey Hannem

Department of Criminology

Wilfrid Laurier University

73 George Street

Brantford, Ontario, Canada

N3T 2Y3


Gregory Smith

Directorate of Social Sciences

School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences

Allerton Building

University of Salford

Salford M6 6PU


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CFP Qualitative Analysis Conference

The 33rd Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: 
Visual Research Methods and Visual Ethnographies
Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario: May 11-13 2016
Abstract submission deadline: December 15, 2015
Visual research methods and visual ethnographies have burgeoned over the past decade. As leading visual researcher Gillian Rose recently put it: “One of the most striking developments across the social sciences in the past decade has been the growth of research methods using visual materials” (Rose, 2014, p. 24). This attention to visuals can be seen in the steady rise of conferences, scholarly associations, publications, special issues of journals, and Handbooks on visual research methods (e.g. McAllister, 2011; Rose, 2011; Pink, 2007, 2012; Mitchell, 2011; Margolis & Pauwels, 2011; Tinkler, 2012).
The fields of visual methods and visual ethnographies are incredibly wide and can include many forms of visual methods, and visual materials, and a diverse array of methodological, epistemological, and ontological approaches. Visual materials can include, for example, photographs, films, artifacts, collages, visual diaries, web based media, maps, diagrams, graphic novels. Some well-known visual methods are: participatory video, photo voice, photo elicitation, video walks, as well as research participants drawing, mapping, and co-producing visual depictions of everyday lives. Visual material can be generated by the researcher, by research participants, or both in collaboration; and visuals can be found, elicited, made, or be a combination of all of these depending on one’s epistemological and ontological moorings.  Visual methods can be used as all stages of the research processes from fieldwork to the sharing of research outputs through visual medium.
This year’s 33rd Qualitative Analysis Conference focuses on exploring, sharing, and critically reflecting on visual research methods and visual ethnographies. We encourage contributions from the social sciences and the humanities as well as interventions from artists, filmmakers, and artist-researchers. Submissions are invited on (but not limited to) the following themes:
·       Visual methods and fieldwork
·       Visual ethnographies
·       Visual methods and sensory methods
·       Visuals and data analysis
·       Visual and meaning making
·       Epistemological and ontological issues in visual research 
·       Participatory research and visual research
·       Visual research methods and social justice
·       Photo elicitation
·       Participatory video
·       Visual research and documentary film making
·       Visual research methods and affect
·       Visual research methods and research relationships
·       Teaching visual research methods
·       Visual research and ethical issues
While this year’s theme highlights visual research methods and visual ethnographies, we encourage submissions from people conducting qualitative research and interpretive analysis more generally. Submissions from novice and experienced researchers are welcomed. We are keen to include graduate students as presenters and as participants. There will be more announcements regarding Keynote and Featured speakers, and special sessions to follow.
Abstracts can be submitted online If you have anyquestions, please contact us at
Andrea Doucet, Brock University
Lisa-Jo van den Scott, Brock University
Nancy Cook, Brock University
Jennifer Rowsell, Brock University
Deana Simonetto, McMaster University
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2015 NCA George Herbert Mead Lecture by Michael Ian Borer (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

via Sarina Chen on the SSSI Mailinglist


Michael Ian Borer (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) gave 2015 George Herbert Mead Lecture during the annual convention of National Communication Association (NCA), November 19-22, Rio Conference Center, Las Vegas,NV.  Borer’s lecture was presided by Denise Polk (West Chester University). Borer’s lecture is entitled, “Sensuous Knowledge and the Rise of Aesthetic Urbanism.”  In the lecture, Borer indicates that cities are dense sensory environments.  He notes that cities are chock full of distinctive smells, sounds, and tastes, as well as visual and tactile stimuli, each needing interpretation and subsequently endowed with a range of symbolic meanings.

In order to recognize the sensuous ways that cities communicate with those who live, work, or play within them, Borer argues that we need to attune our bodies-as instruments of knowledge and power-to the production and consumption of aesthetic urban experiences.  Borer discusses classical and contemporary symbolic interactionism-broadly defined-provides analyticaland methodological support for such an endeavor.

George Herbert Mead Lecture Series is an annual presentation established by the branch unit of Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) in NCA conventions since 2008.  The purpose of the lecture series is to promote the study of symbolic interactionism in the field of communication.

The lecture serves to engage dialogues, discussions, and collaboration efforts between sociologists and communication researchers.  NCA is the oldest academic organization in the field of communication, with a membership of more than 9000 worldwide.  NCA Convention is attended by more than 5000 scholars, researchers, practitioners and students in the field of communication annually.  Past Mead Lecture presenters include Michael Katovich (2008), Gary Alan Fine (2009), Kathy Charmaz (2010), Christopher Faircloth (2011), Carolyn Ellis (2012), Natalia Ruiz-Junco (2013).


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SSSI Notes Newsletter OUT! #sssi #sociology

The latest SSSI Newsletter has just been published on our website.

You can download it here.—latest-newsletter

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