CfP – ESSSI15 in Salford Manchester #sssi


Contributions, Legacies, and Prospects

The University of Salford, Manchester • MediaCityUK Campus

29–31 July 2015

We welcome submissions from scholars using interactionist approaches

in established fields including communication, crime and

deviance, education, embodiment, emotion, health and illness,

identity, organisations and work, and urban life—as well as from

those working in newer areas, such as digital cultures, or those

deploying innovative methods and techniques.

To include a wider range of sessions the call for papers has been

extended to 1st June 2015.

The MediaCityUK Campus is at the heart of six global BBC

departments and a mass of independent creative, digital and media

organisations. It is a short walk to the Lowry theatre and gallery,

Imperial War Museum North and the Manchester United football

ground. There are many shops, bars, and restaurants nearby.

Interactionism has a distinguished record as a vigorous way of

investigating the diversity, richness and complexity of contemporary

social life. This will be a truly interdisciplinary forum for those

using interactionist approaches to understand the social and

cultural realities of contemporary societies.

Join us!

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SSSI Election #sssi

Dear SSSI Members –


It is election time!  Please take a moment and vote for President-Elect, Vice President-Elect and Publications Committee member.  Here is the link to the ballot: .  The election will close on Tuesday, May 12.


Also, a reminder to submit your paper proposals for our annual meeting in Chicago by Sunday, April 30.  Here is the link to the call for papers:


Best wishes


Laurie Linhart, Secretary

Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction


Laurie J. Linhart, Ph.D.
Faculty, Sociology
Des Moines Area Community College, Building 2, 6A
2006 S. Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny IA USA  50023
Tel:  +515 988-4810
Fax:  +515 965-7301


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Interested in organizing Couch/Stone Symposium 2016? #sssi

Hello SSSI members,

If anyone is interested in organizing a Couch Stone Symposium for winter/spring 2016, please send me a brief proposal by Friday, April 24, 2015.

These meetings can be large or small, and more or less thematically focused, depending on the organizer’s interests and resources. Either way, a timely call for papers must go out to all members.

Best wishes,



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



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Call for Papers – Social Psychology Quarterly 

Call for Papers

Special Issue of Social Psychology Quarterly

Methodological Advances and Applications in Social Psychology

As social psychologists work to advance theory, theyoften are limited by their methodological toolbox. In response, researchers search for or develop new methodological approaches. Importantly, social psychologists have addressed this issue from both quantitative and qualitative orientations. Many theoretical questions also have motivated the growing use of mixed-methods. There has not been a “focused” outlet for these methodological developments within social psychology

This special issue provides an outlet for showcasing new methodological approaches, share how methodologies commonly used in other disciplines can be adapted to social psychological investigations, and provide empirical examples of the application of new methods for social psychologists. The special issue will primarily include manuscripts that focus on the link between social psychological theory and methodological developments. As the focus is on methodological issues, the manuscriptswould not include lengthy theoretical development, but rather outline the theoretical issues at stake and why the methodological approach advances our empirical understanding of the theory. The special issue will also provide an outlet for research notes that demonstrate the use of a methodological technique to address a social psychological research question and would be shorter.

The special issue calls for papers that advance our understanding and application of quantitative applications and formulations, qualitative strategies and developments, and the use of mixed approaches to address theoretically driven social psychological questions in new ways. We envision papers that:

• Demonstrate the application of a method to a theoretical question in social psychology. The relationship between theory and method could focus on how the method advances our theoretical understanding, or how the theoretical question has pushed the methodological advancement.
• New methodological approaches in social psychology.
• Application of a method from another field to address a social psychological issue.
• Advancement and refinements in methodological applications currently used in social psychology.

Examples of topics might include:

• Use of media, including visual, electronic and social media to measure social phenomena 
• Reflexive narratives, advances in conversationanalysis, grounded theory, ethnography, or discourse analysis
• Network applications
• Experimental advancements and extensions, including field experiments and online experiments
• Online survey techniques 
• Neuroscience applications
• Methodological problems/issues/debates as they relate to social psychological theory and empirical data, including their limitations
• New statistical approaches, e.g. Bayesian models, Response Surface Analysis, etc.
• Digital science applications
• Big data

The deadline for submitting papers is December 15, 2015. The usual ASA requirements for submission apply (see “Notice for Contributors”). Papers may be submitted at  Please indicate in a cover letter that you would like your submission to be considered for the special issue. Prospective authors should feel free to communicate with the coeditors ( or or special issuequalitative and quantitative editors Kathy Charmaz ( and Jane Sell (j-sell@tamu.eduabout the appropriateness of their papers.

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Update by SSSI President 


Dear SSSI members,


I have a few updates and reminders for you today.


1) Please find a call for papers for a special issue of Social Psychology Quarterly in the attachment to this email. The theme of the special issue is:

“Methodological Advances and Applications in Social Psychology.”


2) You have one more day (until April 1, 5 p.m.) to nominate colleagues for our various leaderships positions (president-elect, vice-president-elect, publications committee member) and for our SSSI awards (career, best student paper, mentoring, early-in-career). Please refer to the latest newsletter for details.


3) The submission deadline for abstracts for our annual meeting in August in Chicago is April 30, 2015. The call for abstracts can be found on our website.


4) Abstract submissions are also accepted for the European SSSI meeting in Salford, until April 10, 2015.


5) I have received a number of suggestions from members for naming the two SSSI awards that are unnamed at this point: Mentor Excellence Award, and Early-In-Career Award. I’d like to ask everyone who has already made a suggestion, and anyone who would like to make a new one, to send me a 1-2 paragraph description/justification which the Executive Committee will consider before making a decision.


6) Unfortunately, we have lost our host for the SSSI-listserv, meaning the listserv is currently inactive. I will keep you posted on whether and when it will reopen.


7) This is your last reminder to renew your 2015 SSSI membership. Going forward, we will only send email updates to active members.


Best wishes to everyone around the world,




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







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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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