CfP for SSSI 2017 – The Canadian Contributions to Symbolic Interaction #sssi #sociology

Dear Canadian SIers,

 As you may (or may not) be aware, the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction is hosting its annual meeting in Montreal this year. In honour of the Canadian location and in keeping with the SSSI conference theme:  “SSSI at 40: Reflecting on the Past, Engaging with the Present, Imagining the Future”, we have proposed a panel on the Canadian contributions to Symbolic Interaction. We would welcome contributions from established and emerging Canadian scholars who work in the tradition of SI to reflect on the history of SI in Canada and our contemporary contributions.  The link to the SSSI Call for Papers is below. Please submit abstracts to . 


Please put “SSSI Paper Submission” in the subject line. The deadline for abstract submissions is February 28, 2017. 


The Canadian Contributions to Symbolic Interaction

This session will provide a historical look at the contributions of Canadian scholars to the development of symbolic interaction in North America and highlight the work of contemporary Canadian symbolic interactionists. Although the scholarly community of Symbolic Interactionists in Canada is comparatively small, notable interactionists in Canada have made significant contributions to theorizing over the past thirty-five years and SI continues to have a strong presence in the landscape of Canadian sociology. Having developed alongside critical Marxist sociology and in the shadow of John Porter’s Vertical Mosaic, Symbolic Interactionism in Canada has taken on a decidedly pragmatist bent. Indeed, SI has become mainstream in the sociology of deviance in Canada and has found its way into the work of scholars positioned in cognate disciplines such as criminology. We envision this session as bringing together pioneers in Canadian SI with early career symbolic interactionists to discuss their perspectives on our shared intellectual heritage and the future of SI in Canada.


Questions or inquiries about the Canadian Contributions panel may be directed to Stacey Hannem ( or Carrie Sanders (



Stacey & Carrie


Stacey Hannem, PhD

Associate Professor & Department Chair

Department of Criminology 

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Johns, Denzin and Katovich Won 2017 Couch Center President’s Award

Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research is proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 President’s Award, the highest honor presented by Carl Couch Center to recognize individuals who have made sustaining contributions to social research.
Mark D. Johns won the 2017 President’s Award for his sustaining effort in
promoting the research of information technologies as extrapolated by Carl

Couch. One of his most outstanding achievements is editing the 2nd edition


publication in 2017, more than 20 years after the book’s initial

publication in 1996. His effort contributes to the longevity of Carl

Couch’s works in information technologies.
Norman K. Denzin and Michael Katovich won the 2017 President’s Award for
their sustaining works for more than 30 years in promoting the New Iowa

School of sociological thought. One of the most lasting achievements in

this endeavor of theirs is their work in publishing THE ROMANCE OF

DISCOVERY, by Carl Couch, more than 25 years after Couch penned the

manuscript. Their commitment to preserve and advance Couch’s scholarship

is recognized by this award.
The inaugural 2016 Couch Center President’s Award winners were Robert A.
Hintz, Jr. and Stephen G. Wieting.
For more information about Couch Center President’s Award, please contact
Shing-Ling Sarina Chen,

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Registration for Meeting of the MSS/Couch-Stone Symposium

Here are the links to register for the MSS Meetings in Milwaukee where the Couch-Stone Symposium will be held this year.

Here’s the direct link to the MSS registration page:

 Hotel link is:

 All registration information can also be found on the MSS page:

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Symbolic Interaction Vol.40(1) is OUT! #sssi #sociology

The first issue of Symbolic Interaction for 2017 has just been published. Please see the Table of Content below.



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CfP SSSI Annual Meeting 2017

The Call for Papers for the 2017 SSSI Annual meetings has just been published on our website. For the call, please go here:

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CfP EU SSSI Conference 2017 #sssi #socilogy

Call for papers for EU SSSI in Lodz in Poland:

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Remembering Robert Hintz, Jr. (1944 – 2016) #sssi #sociology #IowaSchool


Shing-Ling Sarina Chen

Robert Hintz, Jr., a formative member of the New Iowa School of Symbolic Interactionism, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 16, 2016. Bob  was 72 years old. Bob received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Iowa. As a graduate student, Bob studied under Carl Couch in the Department of Sociology, and became one of the key contributors of the formation of the New Iowa School, led by Couch.

One notable attribute of Bob’s work with Couch was Bob’s complete mastery of Couch’s scholarship. Areas of Couch’s scholarship spanned from Symbolic Interactionism and formal sociology, qualitative laboratory research, to information technologies. Most of Couch’s graduate students usually specialized in one or two areas of Couch’s scholarship, Bob was the only one who mastered all three areas of Couch’s works. Bob’s comprehensive mastery of Couch’s scholarship led Couch to invite him to co-edit, *Constructing Social Life: Readings in Behavorial Sociology From the Iowa School*, a foundational text of the New Iowa School, for publication in 1975. 

Bob had taught sociology at the university level for years before becoming a family counselor. He worked for Foundation 2 Youth Shelter in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for over 27 years, till his death. His colleagues at Foundation 2 remembered him for always providing an element of calm. He was appreciated for having a chill personality and a great sense of humor, along with a great source of knowledge. He was known for having a thoughtful approach to working with people in crisis. His colleagues believed that Bob had impacted many, many lives in the community for the better.

Other than his great work in family counselling, Bob remained active in academia as well. He published manuscripts, co-authored with members of the New Iowa School, Michael Katovich, Dan Miller and Steve Buban. Bob’s commitment to scholarship was best illustrated by his work editing the 2nd edition of *Constructing Social Life* for publication in 2015, forty years after the initial publication in 1975. He tirelessly updated each chapter to illustrate the utilities of this timeless masterpiece in studying contemporary social life. The book is widely used in both sociology and communication classes. Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research presented Bob the 2016 Couch Center President’s Award, the highest honor in the Couch Center, to acknowledge his sustaining effort in promoting the New Iowa School sociological thought that contributed to the longevity of the New Iowa School.

Bob was active in academic conferences. He was a fixture in the annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society, where I met him in 1985. Like any conference attendee, I was stunned time and time again by the astonishing insights offered by this quiet and calm person sitting in the audience. I sensed the incongruence of his calm demeanor and his spectacular comments. I often sought him out in the Midwest Sociological Meetings to obtain his guidance.

Bob’s colleagues in Foundation 2 as well as in the field of sociology would agree that they all had learned so much from Bob. Bob was a sage, intelligent, knowledgeable and resourceful. But most of all, Bob’s calmness touched on so many, as if he was saying to us, “Keep calm and carry on….” Bob will be greatly missed.

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