Thank you gift for Patricia Hulme

Over the past almost 6 years, Patricia Hulme has served as the Editorial Assistant of Symbolic Interaction ensuring the smooth running of the journal. To mark her service to the journal the SSSI Executive has presented Pat with a painting depicting an scene from an international cricket match by the Nottingham artists Mark Beavan. The photograph shows Pat and Mark.



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Deadline for 2017 Couch-Stone Symposium approaching #sssi #sociology

Fellow interactionists:

The deadline for submitting paper proposals for the 2017 Couch-Stone Symposium is Oct. 31.

The conference will be held March 30-April 2 in Milwaukee in conjunction with the Midwest Sociological Society conference. Our theme is “21st Century Interactionism.”

The submission portal for both conferences is here:

When you navigate to the list of research sessions, you will notice that 16 of them are designated Couch-Stone sessions. The portal doesn’t list the sessions organizers so here are the sessions with organizers listed:

Autobiographical Storytelling (Thomas DeGloma)

Collective Action, Collective Behavior (Daniel Martin)

Dennis Brissett Memorial Session: Sociology of Everyday Life (Janelle Wilson)

Internal Conversations (David Schweingruber)

Negotiated Orders (Stefan Timmermans)

Popular Culture (Deborah L. Burns)

Pragmatic Interaction (Peter Hall)

Public Sociology and Symbolic Interactionism (Michael Spivey)

Social Movements (Angie Carter)

Social Organization (Daniel Martin)

Social Problems (Joel Best)

Sociology of Emotions (Scott Harris)

Structural Symbolic Interactionism (Christopher Kelly & Shane Soboroff)

The Supernatural and Paranormal (Dennis Waskul & Marc Eaton)

Symbolic Interactionist Methods (Abdi Kusow)

Symbolic Interactionism: Theory & Research (Couch-Stone Symposium submissions that don’t fit another session) (David Schweingruber & Laurie Linhart)

You can address any questions or feedback to me or my co-organizer Laurie Linhart.

Best wishes,

Dave Schweingruber

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Call for Abstracts- Miniconference: The Future of Pragmatism and Symbolic Interaction #sssi #sociology


Miniconference: The Future of Pragmatism and Symbolic Interaction

Eastern Sociological Society Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, February 23 – 26, 2017

Scholars researching a variety of topics in different areas of sociological concern are increasingly drawing on pragmatist and interactionist traditions in new and exciting ways. We invite submissions pertaining to the broad range of work that falls under the banner of pragmatism and symbolic interaction, including but not limited to papers that address the following topics and themes:

• Pragmatist theory and methods

• Pragmatism and cultural sociology

• Meaning-making and reality maintenance

• Small groups and interactive dynamics

• Primary and secondary socialization

• Pragmatism in ethnographic research

• Narrative identity and autobiography

• The self and self-concept

• Self-other relations

• Foundational pragmatist theorists

• The social compartmentalization of space, time, identities, meanings, etc.

• Embodiment, agency, and identity

• Cognition and communication

• Symbolism and semiotics (including meaning-making with analogy, metaphor, physical gesture, etc.)

• Logics of action and cultural practices

Abstracts must be submitted by October 15, 2016. Please direct inquiries to Thomas DeGloma ( and Daina Harvey ( Submit a title and abstract of no more than 250 words, along with your name as it should appear in the ESS program, institutional affiliation and contact information, through the ESS online abstract submission system. In the “Submission Details” window, select “Paper” for “Type of Submission,” and select keyword: “Miniconference: Pragmatism and Symbolic Interaction” for “Select the topic area that best describes your submission.” 

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CfP for Qualitatives Conference 2017 #sssi

Lisa-Jo van den Scott has sent out the Call for Papers for the Qualitatives Conference 2017. Please see her mail below.


Hi Folks,


Just a reminder that the call for papers deadline for the Qualitative Analysis Conference, May 17-19 hosted by McMaster, is Monday, September 26th!  Please visit to submit your abstract.


The CFP is attached.  We welcome all qualitative research submissions.  Please let us know if you have any questions.


All the best,

Lisa-Jo (on behalf of the organizing team)



Conference Organizing Team

Dorothy Pawluch

Department of Sociology

McMaster University

Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott

Department of Sociology

Memorial University of Newfoundland

William Shaffir

Department of Sociology

McMaster University

Jeff van den Scott

School of Music

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Arthur McLuhan

Department of Sociology

York University

Carrie Sanders

Department of Criminology

Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford

Jennifer Hounsell

Department of Sociology

McMaster University

Deana Simonetto

Department of Sociology

McMaster University



Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott, Ph.D.

Department of Sociology

Memorial University of Newfoundland

230 Elizabeth Avenue

St. John’s, NL   

A1C 5S7      Canada

Office:  AA- 4067, (709) 864-8677





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Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction – Online Content

Dear Interactionists,

just a quick reminder about the web/social media presence of SSSI.

SSSI websites


SSSI Music Blog

Contributions to the SSSI Blog and the SSSI Music Blog are always welcome. Please do get in touch with me or the music blog manager J Sumerau.

Facebook Page (for information purposes)…/

Facebook Group (for discussions)




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SSSI 2017 Conference in Montréal #sssi #sociology

The 2016 meetings in Seattle are only just finished when the planning for the 2017 meetings in Montréal begins. We have just published the Call for Session proposals on our websites. Please click HERE to be directed to the site.

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WHY Not Join SSSI? #sociology #sssi

Why not join SSSI? Membership starts at $30 annually. That’s a bargain. You get access to our journal ‘Symbolic Interaction’ and become part of a network of the most friendly and helpful academic colleagues you can imagine. To join, please follow this link –

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