Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) – New Website #sssi

The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction has a new website. Please click HERE or on the image below to visit the site.

http://symbolicinteraction.org/
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New Special Issue: ‘Special Issue:Celebrating and Interrogating the Blumerian Legacy’ #sssi #sociology #Blumer @sociologylens

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

An Embattled Yet Enduring Influence: Introduction to a Special Issue on Blumerian Symbolic Interactionism

ARTICLES

The Spirit of Blumer’s Method as a Guide to Sociological Discovery

Understanding Everyday Life: Generic Social Processes and the Pursuit of Transcontextuality

 

Open Access

Digitalization as “an Agent of Social Change” in a Supermarket Chain: Applying Blumer’s Theory of Industrialization in Contemporary Society

Character Problems as Collective Behavior

Cognition in Situations

A Blumerian Approach to Storytelling

REVIEW ESSAY

Leave Half the Honey: Two Books about Our Debt to Insects

BOOK REVIEWS

Reflections on Interactionist Institutional Orders

Beyond the Looking Glass, into the Web

Exploring the Work of Stories Is Critical to Understanding a Complex World

On Nothing as Something: Mourning, Grief, Loss, Lack, and Cultural Values

Teaching Symbolic Interactionism

The Contradictions of Community Courts

The Practice of Misrepresentation: On Hammersley’s Straw Man Criticism of Ethnomethodology


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Award Announcement: Bryant Keith Alexander, et al. Won 2020 Ellis-Bochner Award #sssi #awards

Award Announcement: Bryant Keith Alexander, et al. Won 2020 Ellis-Bochner Award

The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI), National Communication Association (NCA) Branch, is pleased to announce the winner of 2020 Ellis-Bochner Autoethnography and Personal Narrative Research Award.

Bryant Keith Alexander (Loyolay Marymount University), Ayshia Elizabeth Stephenson-Celadilla (Bunker Hill Community College), Katty Alhayek (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Porntip Israsena Twishime (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Timothy Sutton (independent scholar), Carmen Hernández Ojeda (independent scholar, Spain), and Claudio Moreira (University of Massachusetts Amherst) won the 2020 Ellis-Bochner Award with their work “‘I’m Sorry My Hair Is Blocking Your Smile’: A Performative Assemblage and Intercultural Dialogue on the Politics of Hair and Place.” The article places seven (7) diverse scholars across a range of racial, ethnic, cultural class, and career locations — into a critical dialogue about the politics of hair. The narratively constructed self-storying in which each coauthor engages, speaks provocatively and evocatively about personal triumph and struggle with cultural constructions of desire and disdain in which hair-the growing, cutting, styling, loss of hair-as well as the politics of hair on the body for both men and women become cultural capital with the investments of class, beauty, and shame.

SSSI-NCA Branch wishes to thank the hard work of the Ellis-Bochner Award Review Committee : Ron Pelias (Emeritus, Southern Illinois University), Christopher N. Poulos (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), Carol Rambo (University of Memphis), and Elissa Foster (DePaul University).

Ellis-Bochner Award is an annual competition established by the SSSI-NCA Branch to recognize best published article, essay, or book chapter in autoethnography and personal narrative Research.  Submissions are evaluated based on the quality of (1) originality; (2) creativity and quality of narration; (3) evocative writing; (4) engagement with human emotionality and subjectivity; and (5) significance of contribution to the field and/or to social justice.

For more information about Ellis-Bochner Award please contact John C. Pruit (Stephen F. Austin State University) at pruitjc@sfasu.edu.

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‘Symbolic Interactionism in Poland’ New Issue of Qualitative Sociology Review

New Thematic Issue of QSR is available now!!!

“Symbolic Interactionism in Poland” edited by Krzysztof T. Konecki http://www.qualitativesociologyreview.org/ENG/volume55.php

In the Issue:
“Symbolic Interactionism in Poland. Inspirations and Development”
Krzysztof T. Konecki, Anna Kacperczyk

“Spatial and Temporal Dilemmas of Managers and Entrepreneurs. The Reconstruction of Neutralization Techniques”
Waldemar Dymarczyk

“Mobbing from the Standpoint of Symbolic Interactionism”
Piotr A. Chomczyński

“The Work of Sales Representatives in the Context of Interactions and Work with Emotions”
Beata Pawłowska

“Freelance Workers—Experiencing a Career Outside an Organization”
Piotr Miller

“The Social Organization of Merchants’ Activities. An Interactionist Study of Urban Marketplaces”
Lukasz Marciniak

“An Ethnographic Analysis of Escort Services in Poland: An Interactionist Approach”
Izabela Ślęzak

“How Non-Heteronormative Mothers Negotiate Meaning: Experiencing and Contextualizing Invisibility”
Magdalena Wojciechowska

“Body and Social Interaction—The Case of Dance. Symbolic Interactionist Perspective”
Dominika Byczkowska-Owczarek

“The Role of Sport in the Process of Negotiating Identity: Dealing with the Stigma of Disability by People with Acquired Bodily Dysfunctions”
Jakub Niedbalski

“The Interactive Dimension of Creating Cultural Artifacts Using Agile Methodologies”
Rafał Wiśniewski, Izabela Bukalska

“Revealing the Silenced Spots: The Influence of Thomas and Znaniecki on the Study of Marginalized Aspects of Social Life”
Anna Kacperczyk

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SSSI 2021 Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL – Call for Papers

Call for Papers

2021 Annual Meeting

Swissotel

Chicago, IL

August 5-8, 2021

The SSSI program planning committee is pleased to issue this call for papers that address this year’s theme or engage with any aspect of symbolic interaction.

“Socialization and Inequalities across the Life Course: New Directions for Interactionist Scholarship.”

The study of socialization processes — a central topic of research across distinct theoretical traditions in sociology in the mid-20th century — became a somewhat neglected research agenda in more recent decades due largely to widely shared criticisms of the concept of socialization itself (Guhin, Calarco, and Miller-Idriss 2020). But there is a growing body of research among scholars who see socialization as fruitfully salvageable. This scholarship implicates socialization processes across the life course in the dynamic reproduction of inequalities by race and ethnicity, social class, and gender and sexuality (e.g., Calarco 2018; Olsen 2019; Reyes 2018). This research is timely as it reveals key ways that socialization can contribute to various forms of race and class inequalities at a time when we are seeing global efforts to promote anti-racism and address persistent inequalities. In addition, scholars are examining how socialization animates social reproduction processes in ways that provide insights into how culture is produced in everyday life and routine interactions. Much of this work is firmly rooted in the symbolic interactionist tradition (e.g., Everitt 2018; Jenkins 2020; Nunn 2014; Vinson 2019).  Indeed, symbolic interactionist scholars offered an important contemporary alternative to functionalist studies of socialization in the mid-20th century, and now symbolic interaction is well-positioned to be a key part of a resurgence in socialization research and a conceptual reconsideration of socialization. Such a resurgence and reconsideration have the opportunity to bring socialization research into dialogue with two key areas of interest in mainstream sociology: social inequality and culture.     

We are especially interested in papers and complete sessions (3-4 papers) that engage with this conference theme by examining the role of socialization in reproducing or challenging inequalities by race and ethnicity, or the role socialization plays in racialization processes. We also welcome papers and complete sessions that engage with the conference theme including, but not limited to, topics such as:

Race, Microaggressions, and Implicit Biases                   Social Stratification & Social Class Gender Diversity and Identities                                       Anti-racism and Pedagogy

Cultural Transmission                                                           Organizations and Work      Healthcare and Health Inequalities               Selves and Identities              

Education and Formal Schooling                                Aging and Life Course Transitions

As always, we welcome and will accept papers that deal with any aspects of symbolic interactionism, including theory, methods, teaching, and SI analyses of all topics.           

Submission Process:

Please make your submission to the conference organizers by sending the following information to symbolic.interaction2021@gmail.com.

Deadline for submissions is February 26, 2021.

Paper Title

Abstract (maximum 250 words)

Author(s) Name(s) and Institutional Affiliation(s)

Contact email and phone number

Inquiries and questions can be directed to Judson Everitt at jeveritt@luc.edu or the email above.

Registration and Membership:

All members will be required to be members of SSSI at the time of the conference. Information about membership and registration will follow.

Program Planning Committee:

Judson Everitt, Vice President SSSI, Loyola University Chicago (Chair)

Tim Hallett, Past-Vice President SSSI, Indiana University

Lisa-Jo van den Scott, Vice President Elect SSSI, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Stephanie Peña-Alves, Treasurer SSSI, Rutgers University

Stacey Hannem, Chair SSSI Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Wilfrid Laurier University

Patrick McGinty, Past-President SSSI, Western Illinois University

Download CfP as PDF

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New articles, book reviews, and a review essay published in @sijournal #sssi #sociology

Over the past couple of weeks Symbolic Interaction (@sijournal) has published a number of articles, book reviews, and a review essay. The material relates to cognitive sociology, climate change, religion, and others. Head HERE to find out more.

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Latest Issue of SSSI Notes (Newsletter) (July 2020)

The latest issue of the newsletter of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, SSSI Notes, has been published HERE.

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2020 SSSI Awards #sssi #sociology

We had our Business Meeting yesterday where the winners of the 2020 Awards were announced. Please see below a list of the award winners. More information will be published in SSSI Notes (and here) later.

Congratulations to all the winners!

The George Herbert Mead Award: Professor Robert Dingwall (Nottingham Trent University)

Charles Horton Cooley Book Award: “Situational Breakdowns: Understanding Protest Violence and other Surprising Outcomes” by Anne Nassauer 

Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award: “’You Are First a Chinese Citizen, Then A Consumer’: Presenting and Balancing Identities Online as Chinese International Tourists” by Fangheyue Ma (University of South Florida)

Helena Lopata Mentor Excellence Award: J. Patrick Williams (National University Singapore)

Early-in-Career Award:J Sumerau (University of Tampa)

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2020 Results of the Election of Officers and Proposed Changes to the SSSI Constitution #sssi #sociology

The results of the recent election ballot have been reviewed by the Executive Council and the Council thanks the Nominations Committee for their tireless work to create the slate of nominees whose names were put before the society for consideration.  Additionally, we thank all who were nominated or self-nominated to serve the society.  The depth of commitment to the SSSI by its members is unparalleled and is an excellent measure of the vitality of the society.  As we look forward to the future with hope and optimism, it is clear that both the immediate and long-term futures of the society is secure in its active, dynamic membership.

Elected to three-year terms on the Publications, Membership and Communications Committee, from 2020-2023 are Jasmón Bailey (Maryland), Christopher Conner (Missouri), and Nicholas Baxter (Indiana-Kokomo).

Elected to the role of Vice President-elect in 2020-2021, Vice President in 2021-2022, and 2022-2023 as Past Vice President is Lisa-Jo van den Scott (Memorial University of Newfoundland).

Elected to serve as President-elect in 2020-2021, with their presidential year in office being 2021-2022, and 2022-2023 as Past President is Michael Borer (UNLV).

For the information of the membership of the society, all of the proposed changes to the Constitution of the SSSI passed by wide margins.  The proposed changes in Article II passed with 95% of returned ballots voting in the affirmative.  The proposed changes in Article VI passed with 95% of returned ballots voting in the affirmative.  The proposed changes in Appendix A passed with 97% of returned ballots voting in the affirmative.  The proposed changes in Appendix B passed with 99% of returned ballots voting in the affirmative.

Many thanks to all who participated in the election process.

Finally, congratulations to those individuals who will be serving the society for the next few years.  On behalf of the entire membership of the SSSI, we look forward to your service and the manner in which your contributions will continue to make SSSI the dynamic, engaged, and engaging professional society we know it to be.

– Patrick McGinty, SSSI President (2019-2020)

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The Executive Council of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction issues ‘Statement on Racism’ http://symbolicinteraction.org/sssi-statement-on-racism/ #sssi #racism #sociology

For the ‘Statement on Racism’ by the Executive Council of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction’ please click HERE.

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“Strange Days” (July 28 to 31) – Call for Participation #sssi #sociology #events

 “Strange Days Indeed:

Crisis, Change and Connection”

 

July 28-July 31

 

In an effort to create spaces for crucial conversations, camaraderie and intellectual exchange during this challenging time, the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction invites participants to a multi-day online social and professional event.  Registration information will follow, but the event is free and open to all, including non-SSSI members.

We welcome symbolic-interactionist talks and papers on any topic. In light of current events, we are particularly interested in conversations around racism and racial justice, policing and law enforcement, meanings of public/private space, public health and risk, and online interaction.

We are calling for:

Roundtable proposals: proposals must include a roundtable paper (maximum of 3500 words) and the names and email addresses of 4-6 participants.  Roundtables will occur via Zoom, and papers will be shared on Google Docs.

Mini-session abstracts:  detailed description of a 10-15 minute talk.  Mini-sessions will feature 2-3 speakers and will occur over Zoom.

“Video Volley” abstracts (detailed description of a conversation topic).  These may be discussion questions, informal descriptions of works-in-progress, ethnographic videography, or visual sociology items.

Video Volley sessions are for dynamic, asynchronous back-and-forth chat around common interests throughout the event.  They will be asynchronous video conversations occurring through the (very simple!) video-sharing program FlipGrid (available on iPhone, Android, PC and Mac).

Strange Days will also feature coffee klatches, cocktail hours, trivia events, and an open-mic night during the event.  (Please indicate whether you have interest in any/all of these activities in your submission.)

In order to plan a successful event in a very short time, we welcome submissions as soon as possible, but must adhere to a hard deadline of July 1stPlease specify in the subject line whether your submission is a roundtable proposal, a mini-session abstract, or a Video Volley abstract.

Please email all submissions and questions to: SSSIStrangeDays@gmail.com

 

 

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Festschrift for William Shaffir (in Qualitative Research) #sssi #sociology

Dear Friends and Colleagues
I just came across a Festschrift for William Shaffir published in Qualitative Research that you might be interested in. The Special Issue has been edited by Tony Puddephatt and Stephen Kleinknecht and includes contributions by Jacquelin Low, Scott Grills, Sherryl Kleinman, Efa Etoroma, Arthur McLuhan, Benjamin Kelly and Michael Ardojan, Julian Torelli, as well as Andrew Hathaway, Rory Sommers and Amir Mostagim.
The Festschrift can be accessed here
Best wishes
Dirk
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EU-SSSI Conference in Pisa cancelled :-( #sssi #sociology

Friends and Colleagues,

The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction regrets that it must
announce the cancelation of the 2020 EUSSSI/Couch-Stone meeting in Pisa,
Italy (June 29-July 3).  As we feel it is important that we not fuel any
irrational fears about the virus or overlook its very real impacts, we
recognize that this is the best course of action in promoting the social,
emotional, and physical health of our members as well as our global
community.  No decision has yet been made about rescheduling the meeting.

Best wishes

SSSI Executive Council

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Call for Award Nominations #sssi #sociology

The Call for Award Nominations is open. Please see the various categories and contacts below. (See awards page)

George Herbert Mead Award

The George Herbert Mead Award For Lifetime Achievement is given annually to recognize a scholar’s career contributions to the field of symbolic interactionism. Nominations are also open to those who have proposed scholars in the recent past, but a new nomination with supporting materials is required.

Submit nominating letters and relevant materials by March 1, 2020.

Chair: Dennis Waskul (dennis.waskul@mnsu.edu)

Members: Patrick Williams (subcultures@gmail.com) & Gary T. Marx (gtmarx@mit.edu)


Charles Horton Cooley Book Award

The Charles Horton Cooley Book Award Committee announces its call for nominations for the 2020 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 2020 award, a nominated book should have a publication date between 2017 and 2019. 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 by March 1, 2020.

Chair: Maggie Kusenbach (mkusenba@usf.edu), 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Department of Sociology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620

Members: Thaddeus Muller (t.muller@lancaster.ac.uk), 6 Gregson Road, Lancaster LA1 3DJ, UNITED KINGDOM

Eviatar Zerubavel (zerubave@sociology.rutgers.edu), 59 Independence Drive, East Brunswick, NJ 08816


Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award

The Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award is presented annually to the author of the best graduate student paper in the tradition of symbolic interaction. To be eligible for this award, authors must be enrolled in a graduate program. Submitted papers cannot have been accepted for publication at the time of this submission, although papers under review may be submitted. The winner of this award may submit the paper for publication in any appropriate journal, including but not limited to Symbolic Interaction.

Submit papers by March 1, 2020.

Chair: Vessela Misheva (Vessela.Misheva@soc.uu.se)

Members: J. E. Sumerau (jsumerau@ut.edu) & Max Papadantonakis (spirosmax@gmail.com)


SSSI Early-in-Career Award

The SSSI Early-in-Career Award Committee recognizes junior scholars’ contribution to the field of symbolic interaction and potential. The award specifically honors those scholars who have made significant contributions within the first ten years since the completion of their PhDs. Nominations are made through support letters sent (by SSSI members) to the chair of the award committee. Support letters should include the following information: the candidate’s most noteworthy research and publications thus far; contributions to symbolic interaction; and the candidate’s CV.

Submit nomination letters and relevant materials by March 1, 2020.

Chair: Xioli Tian (xltian@hku.hk)

Members: Robert Dingwall (robert.dingwall@ntlworld.com) & Stacey Hannem (shannem@wlu.ca)


Helena Lopata Mentor Excellence Award

The relationship between a student and a faculty member can have a profound, lifelong influence on both parties. Likewise, established and accomplished teacher-scholars can serve equally influential and encouraging roles for junior colleagues and provide crucial support for early and midcareer transitions. In sum, the mentoring relationship inspires, gives confidence, and culminates in valuable collegial relationships. The effective mentor serves as advisor, teacher, advocate, and role model. The SSSI Helena Lopata Mentor Excellence Award recognizes these important contributions to our society and craft. Nominees must be members of SSSI to be eligible for this award. We seek nominees who show evidence of: ¨ a sustained career as a beneficial role model; ¨ a sustained record of mentoring students and junior colleagues in acquiring the skills and resources necessary for career success; ¨ promoting successful and timely completion of students’ degree programs; ¨ supporting attendance and participation at conferences; ¨ imparting informed advice relating to career opportunities and choices; ¨ establishing opportunities for networking and professional connections; ¨ motivating students and junior colleagues about research and teaching activities; ¨ helping students and junior colleagues develop a range of talents including skills in research, teaching, professional presentations, writing, preparation of grant and fellowship applications, etc.; ¨ integrating students and junior colleagues into the broader culture of the SSSI. All nominations should include (a) a letter of nomination and, (b) multiple letters of support, ideally from people with different mentoring relations with the candidate, that testify to a sustained career of outstanding mentorship. Submit materials by March 1, 2020.

Chair: Beth Montemurro (eam15@psu.edu)

Members: Lisa-Jo van den Scott (lvandenscott@mun.ca) & Deana Simonetto (dsimonet@mail.ubc.ca)

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New SSSI Notes (Vol.47/3) Out Now! #sssi #sociology

The latest newsletter SSSI Notes (Vol47 No.3) has just been published. It has information about the forthcoming 2020 Annual Meeting at the University of Pisa in Italy as well as various items related to awards 2019, recently published books and much more.

To access the newsletter please click the image below.

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First Lund Qualitative Research Summer School 2020 #sssi #sociology

First Lund Qualitative Research Summer School 2020 (pdf)

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2020 EUSSSI Pisa/Italy – Call for Sessions #sssi #sociology #conference

IDENTITIES, BOUNDARIES AND SOCIAL DIVISIONS

RECONCILING COMPETING FRAMES

 

(June 29th – July 2nd, 2020 – University of Pisa, Italy)

Call for Sessions

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Theme of the Conference

In today’s societies, the demand for recognition and integration of individual and collective identities carrying different characters from established social and cultural models is generating social conflict, often worrying and disturbing. One of the reactions that appears to be more widespread is that of closure. From the construction of (new) walls to the closure of ports and borders, resistance to the acceptance of diversity is taking on new and unexpected forms, which cross a great number of phenomena. The resurgence of gender-based violence, and of stigmatization processes based on race, ethnicity, sexual, political and religious inclinations of people, are new mirrors of previous forms of segmentation and social and cultural division. Furthermore, we cannot forget that the economic crisis of the last 10 years is still manifesting its effects in many countries, such as the expansion of the poor and of marginal groups, which are located near social borders based on the difficulty of access to social resources that would guarantee a more dignified life. The anger and discontent that accompany these processes of new segregations and social and cultural confinements, are not adequately listened to and interpreted by the political classes, and in many European countries feelings of closure and mistrust begin to prevail; events and phenomena such as Brexit, sovereignty, the rise of populisms, however different, show different faces of the same process oriented to the enhancement of national, political and cultural identities instead of the search for relationships and negotiation. At the same time, there are processes that signal the need, by many groups, to go beyond the new social divisions, to generate new forms of dialogue and openness, in a word, of reconciling cultural visions and the diverse social positions that seem in competition with one another. Many, especially young people, but also adults and the elderly, prefer to go beyond the borders, and move in search of new opportunities so that their characteristics and skills are effectively recognized and valued. In many geographical areas we are witnessing the spread of social and political movements from below that promote styles of participation and social integration based on meeting and enhancing diversity; on the sensitivity to overcoming old and new selfishness and social divisions, evoking the need for innovative forms of coexistence, based on the recognition of social and civil rights, on the realization of ever higher levels of social justice, on the enhancement of common goods and local welfare and community. This also implies recognizing the importance that conflict can have in the dynamics of interaction, but to discover forms of overcoming or, at least, sublimation of the dynamics of division and conflicting competition.

In this framework, Symbolic Interactionism constitutes one of the theoretical and empirical frameworks able to analyze these phenomena, to interpret their scope and effects in people’s lives, and also to signal its relevance both on an empirical and theoretical level. Symbolic Interactionism can respond with its dual vocation and perspective oriented to grasping social processes in the depths of their making and unfolding starting from social and symbolic interactions, and at the same time oriented to enhancing those dimensions of existence that promote the recognition of rights, the attention to the least and the vulnerable, the overcoming of social boundaries and divisions and the reconciliation of competing perspectives in the dynamics of continuous negotiation and renegotiation of new and sustainable social equilibria.

Sessions Proposals

We invite researchers, senior and junior scholars, and PhD candidates, to send us their proposal for panels/sessions. We encourage the submission of complete thematic panels (max 5 papers per session, each session will be 1:30 hours at maximum) about topics such as Identities, Boundaries and Social Divisions by:

  • gender, race, ages, social classes, social stratification: borders in human groups
  • mobility, migrations, social integration: geographical borders
  • welfare policies, social work, social services: borders in policies
  • Europe, Brexit and European Union: borders in Europe
  • conflicts, violence and war: borders in international relations
  • poverty, vulnerability, discomfort: borders in accessing resources
  • populism, right, left: borders in politics
  • religions, radicalization processes, secularization: borders in religions
  • Social networks, technology and world wide web: borders and digital divide
  • bureaucratization and power: borders in social and public institutions
  • pollution and climate change: borders in environment

We accept both theoretical and methodological proposals: we’re interested in any aspects of symbolic interactionism.  We also encourage other sessions related to Symbolic Interactionism or Grounded Theory, sessions which may not fit directly into the conference theme but nonethless promote fresh thinking and reflection.

Keywords:

Identity

Human groups

Deviance

Stigma

Relations and interactions

Communication and Social Media

Social Justice

Social Policies

Social Work

Ethnography, Grounded Theory

Interaction

Culture

Symbols

Politics

 

Proposals should contain:

  • Title of the panel/session
  • Contact information for a session organizer (name, institution, email)
  • Abstract (maximum 500 words)
  • Keywords

Deadlines:

November 20th, 2019: call for sessions

December 31st, 2019: call for sessions deadline

January 20th, 2020: sessions and panels acceptance

 

Decisions will be communicated to the corresponding organizer before

January 21st, 2020

 

Proposals have to be sent both to Andrea Salvini (andrea.salvini@unipi.it) and Irene Psaroudakis (irene.psaroudakis@sp.unipi.it)

 

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2020 EUSSSI Conference in Pisa/Italy (29 June to 2 July) #sssi #sociology #conference

IDENTITIES, BOUNDARIES AND SOCIAL DIVISIONS

RECONCILING COMPETING FRAMES

 

COUCH-STONE 2020 – X EUSSSI CONFERENCE

(June 29th –July 2nd, 2020 – University of Pisa, Italy)

 

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From June 29th to July 2nd, 2020, the Centre for Advanced Studies in Symbolic Interactionism and Grounded Theory – Department of Political Sciences, University of Pisa, will organize the Couch-Stone 2020 – X EUSSSI Conference.

 

The 2020 Pisa Conference is the result of the combination of two conferences with a long tradition in the history of Symbolic Interactionism: the Couch-Stone Conference, 2020 Edition, and the X European Conference of the SSSI.

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The event, exactly ten years after the first EUSSSI Conference, which took place exactly at the University of Pisa, should not be considered as a mere celebration, but as a fundamental opportunity to meet up with the most well-known scholars of Symbolic Interaction and Grounded Theory from Europe, America, and around the world, a group that can address the challenges of contemporary society and is open to, and can open up, the future. After a decade, the return to Pisa is a concrete sign of Symbolic Interactionisms’ ability to take root in contexts beyond the United States, to dialogue with other theoretical traditions, and to combine with other cultural traditions. Therefore, the Conference will be a three-day meeting, exchange of reflections, and experiences of people – scholars, but not only – in the perspective of Symbolic Interactionism: its past, present and future, by adopting an open perspective of dialogue and negotiation between different fields and references, against any closure.

The topic of openness vs. closure invokes the core issue of the Conference.

The theme “Identities, Boundaries and Social Divisions. Reconciling Competing Frames” reflects contemporary questions about identity, closure, separation, and the developing needs of society.

The demand for recognition and integration of individual and collective identities carrying different characters from established social and cultural models is generating reactions characterized by closure and conflict. Consequences are the increasing of new borders (social barriers), and the resurgence of stigmatization, segregation, and segmentation processes, based on cultural divisions. If the socio-economic crisis provoked these dynamics, phenomena such as Brexit and the rise of populisms are some outcomes to promote national, political and cultural identities. Nevertheless, at the same time, we recognize that there is a need to generate new forms of dialogue and openness, to reconcile cultural visions and social positions that are diverse and in competition. Internationally, we are witnessing the spread of social and political movements from below that promote styles of participation and social integration based on meeting and enhancing diversity, evoking the need for innovative forms of coexistence, based on recognition (of social and civil rights, on the realization of ever higher levels of social justice, on the enhancement of common goods and local welfare and community).

It’s in this framework that the theoretical and methodological suggestions of Symbolic Interactionism can be helpful to analyze these processes, to interpret their scope and effects in people’s lives, and to understand their relevance.

In this sense, the 2020 Pisa Conference is an invitation to dialogue, to confrontation, to affirm the importance of reconciliation between different points of view and between different cultural frames, aspects that are very much needed both in Europe and in the United States, as well as in all other parts of the world.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

Call for sessions/panels

  • November 25th, 2019: call for sessions
  • December 31th, 2019: call for sessions deadline
  • January 20th, 2020: sessions and panels acceptance

Call for papers

  • February 1st, 2020: call for papers
  • March 15th, 2020: call for papers deadline
  • March 31st, 2020: papers acceptance

Program and Registration

  • April 1st, 2020: draft program
  • April 1st, 2020: registration
  • June 20th, 2020: end of regular registration.
  • June 21st, late registration and final program

 

REGISTRATION FEES

Regular Registration:

 

SSSI MEMBERS:

Undergraduate, Post-graduate students: FREE

PhD student: 50 EUR

Researchers and Assistant Professor: 75 EUR

Associate and Full Professor: 100 EUR

Professionals, Institutions: 150 EUR

 

SSSI NON MEMBERS:

Undergraduate, Post-graduate students: 20 EUR

PhD student: 75 EUR

Researchers and Assistant Professor: 120 EUR

Associate and Full Professor: 175 EUR

Professionals, Institutions: 225 EUR

 

Late Registration:

SSSI MEMBERS:

Undergraduate, Post-graduate students: 10 EUR

PhD student: 70 EUR

Researchers and Assistant Professor: 105 EUR

Associate and Full Professor: 150 EUR

Professionals, Institutions: 225 EUR

 

SSSI NON MEMBERS:

Undergraduate, Post-graduate students: 30 EUR

PhD student: 100 EUR

Researchers and Assistant Professor: 155 EUR

Associate and Full Professor: 240 EUR

Professionals, Institutions: 315 EUR

 

ALL PRESENTERS MUST BE SSSI MEMBERS

The Website of the Conference will be: http://grounded-theory.sp.unipi.it/

The Website is under construction, it will be ready for Christmas, 2020!

 

For further information, please, write to:

Andrea Salvini (andrea.salvini@unipi.it), Irene Psaroudakis (irene.psaroudakis@sp.unipi.it)

 

 

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Call for Contributions – SSSI NOTES

The next issue of SSSI Notes will be available in mid-November. If you have any announcements about books, conferences, grants, awards, related organizations, or other relevant information please send it to me via e-mail (william.force@wne.edu) by Monday, November 11. Please include submissions as Word attachments limited to 500 words. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

– William Force (SSSI Notes, Editor)

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CfP Troubled Pearson’s Industries (book chapters) #sssi #psychiatry

A member of our society has asked me to distribute a call for papers with regard to a book he is editing.

Troubled Persons Industries: The Expansion of Psychiatric Categories beyond Psychiatry  

Call for abstracts and chapters 

Martin Harbusch & Alison Fixsen 

We are looking for authors, who focus on (non-)psychiatric contexts of everyday life from a (critical) sociological approach. This could be empirical-based reconstructions of the use of psychiatric categories in professional (non-)psychiatric contexts; analysis of social developments, such as trends toward self-diagnosis; the contextual power aspects of the victim role; or the multiplication of “troubled persons” agents and agencies via the internet. We also seeking theoretical chapters, which focus on these or other contexts in a more abstract way and connect to the classical theoretical debate around mental health and illness.  
 
Proposed Dates of this volume:  
– Deadline for the abstracts: December 2nd 2019 
– Deadline to get positive response: December 30th 2019 
– Deadline for the articles: May 30th 2020 
– Deadline for the edited final Version: October 2020
– Date of Publication: December 2020  
Please send your abstracts (max. 300 words; title of the proposed chapter and main arguments/discussion points) up to the 2nd December to:  
 
Martin Harbusch and Alison Fixsen: (martin.harbusch@uni-kassel.de; a.fixsen@westminster.ac.uk
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