SSSI 2019 – New York, Preliminary Programme Published

We have just published the preliminary programme for the SSSI 2019 Meetings in New York. Please see the programme below and on our website.

Thank you Stacey Hannem and team for putting it together!

2019 Annual Meetings of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

New York, NY
August 9-11, 2019
Westin New York at Times Square

Power, Structure, and Intersectionality in Symbolic Interaction

At a Glance:

Friday, August 9

8:00 – 9:00 Continental Breakfast & Registration

8:30 – 10:00 Publications Committee Meeting

9:00 – 10:15 Concurrent Sessions

10:30 – 11:45 Concurrent Sessions

11:45 – 1:00 Lunch Break (on your own)

1:00 – 2:15 Concurrent Sessions

2:30 – 3:45 Concurrent Sessions

4:00 – 5:30 Opening Plenary: Lonnie Athens


Saturday, August 10

8:00 – 9:00 Continental Breakfast & Registration

8:30 – 10:00 Executive Committee Meeting

9:00 – 10:15 Concurrent Sessions

10:30 – 11:45 Concurrent Sessions

11:45 – 1:00 Lunch Break (on your own)

1:00 – 2:15 Concurrent Sessions

2:30 – 3:45 SSSI Annual Members’ Meeting

4:00 – 5:30 Distinguished Lecture: Patricia Hill Collins
6:00 – 7:00 Cocktail Reception
7:00 – 9:00 Annual Awards Banquet


Sunday, August 11

8:30 – 9:45 Concurrent Sessions

10:00 – 11:15 Concurrent Sessions

11:15 – 12:30 Lunch Break (on your own)

12:30 – 1:45 Concurrent Sessions

2:00 – 3:15 Concurrent Sessions

Friday, August 9 — 9:00-10:15       Concurrent Sessions

  Constructing Meaning in Contemporary Life
Lawrence T. Nichols,

West Virginia University

Claims, Contexts, and Conflict: Toward an Integral Constructionism
Nicole Blanchett Neheli,

Sheridan College

Quantifying Quality: The Search for Qualitative Analytics and the Value of a Digital Story
Amelia Blume,

University of Arizona

Highlighting the Human: Emotional Mechanisms in Global Pharmaceutical Social Media Marketing
Marzena Woinska,

City University of New York

“It’s About Managing Cell-Nanoparticle Interactions”: The Cultural Meaning of Cancer Nanotechnology


  Symbolic Interactionism and the Resurgent Interest in Organization and Management (Part 1)
Scott Grills,

Brandon University

The Interactionist Advantage: Examining Management in Everyday Life
Dirk vom Lehn,

King’s College London

Digitization and the Transformation of Market Relationships: The Example of Tesco Supermarkets
Nahoko Kameo,

New York University

The Concept of Career in Interactionism and Organization Studies
Patrick W. Watson,

Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Frankenstein’s Freeway: Future Scenario Planning in Local Government as a “Thought Experiment”


  Power in Micro-Interactions
Greg Smith

Christopher Birbeck,

University of Salford, UK

Directive Dominance and Empowerment in Restorative Justice Meetings
Keirnan Gordan,

University of New England

Timothy Curry,

Ohio State University

Deference, Demeanor, and the Naming of the Harriman Glacier: An Interaction Ritual Analysis of John Muir and the Harriman Alaska Expedition of 1899
Veronica Manlow,

Brooklyn College

Christopher Ferree,

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Interactional Processes in Organizations: The Grammar and Rhetoric of Salesmanship
Jillian Crocker,

SUNY, Old Westbury

Needy or Picky? Imagined and Expressed Client Preferences in Volunteer Constructions of Self


Friday, August 9 — 10:30–11:45     Concurrent Sessions

  Symbolic Interactionist Perspectives on Institutions and Structure
Alexander Kinney,

University of Arizona

Which Came First: Institutions or Action: Provisional Institutions in the Transforming Cannabis Industry Field
Amelia Hawbaker,

Indiana University

Institutions and Interactions in Medicine: The Case of Labour and Delivery
Nik Lampe,

Shannon K. Carter,

Lindsay A. Taliaferro,

University of Central Florida

Accountability Structures in Transgender Healthcare Experience
Alexander I. Stingl,

Independent Social Research Foundation Fellow / Collège d’études mondiales

Projecting the Interactions of Vicarious Prenatal Control Technologies – Remaking the Surrogate Womb in Transnational Law, Technological Embodiment, and Neocolonial Surveillance


  Power & Narrative Control
Amanda Lancia,

McMaster University

Policing and the “New Visibility”: Framing and Impression Management Techniques Used by Police in the Carding Debate
Melissa Powell-Williams,

Augusta University

Blue Lives Matter: Relinquishing and Reclaiming Narrative Control in the “Post-Ferguson” Era
Thaddeus Muller,

University of Lancaster

Medical Experts, Moral Entrepreneurship, and Normalisation: The Case of Opioid Painkillers in the United States
Thomas Conroy,

Lehman College, CUNY

Media and Power in a Politically Fraught World: Rep. Ilhan Omar and the Discourse of Divided Loyalties


  Symbolic Interactionist Perspectives on Pornography
Jennifer Whitmer,

California State University, Stanislaus

So Wet: Affective Labor, Self-Presentation, and Desire at Adult Conventions
Emily Coombes

Jonathan Jimenez

Andrea Dassopoulos,

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Porn Tourism and Porn Fandom at the Adult Entertainment Expo
Travis Snow,

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Not all Incest is Treated Equal: A Content Analysis of Accounts Given by Incest Pornography Users


Friday, August 9 — 1:00-2:15         Concurrent Sessions

  Revising, Refreshing and Renewing Interactionist Theory
Daniel Morrison

Natalia Juiz-Runco

Patrick McGinty

A Case for Pragmatic Interactionism
Steve Beeman

David Schweingruber

David W. Wahl,

Iowa State University

Self-Processes in Internal Conversations
Ken’ichi Yamaguchi,

Fukuyama City University

Awareness Context and Recognition: Through a Case Study on “Dialogue” Between Different Ethnic Peoples
Gary D. Jaworski,

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Thomas C. Schelling and the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”


  Self and Object
Morana Alač,

University of California, San Diego

Talking to a Toaster: On the Notions of Body and Space in Everyday Interaction with Digital Voice Assistants
Michael Ian Borer,

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The Thing and I: Existential Sociology and Meaningful Objects
Nancy Berns,

Drake University

Returning Home and Reclaiming Places: Exploring the Meanings and Emotion Attached to Spaces and Things After Loss
Nicolas P. Simon

Eastern Connecticut State University

What are you wearing? The Symbolic Value of a School Logo


  Making Meaning: Micro and Mediated Interactions
Caroline Erb-Medina,

City University of New York

Tastes Better in Real Life: Social Media’s Effects on Perceptions of Taste in Sweets
Julie B.Wiest,

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Meaning Making on Twitter Amid #Fancon Fallout
William Ryan Force,

Western New England University

After the Algorithm: Tattooing, Social Media, and Information Control
Aliraza Javaid,

University of East London

Making Love: Symbolic Interactionism, Romantic and Queer Love

Friday, August 9 — 2:30-3:45         Concurrent Sessions

  Identity Politics and Extremism
Henriette Frees Esholdt,

Lund University

“Completely Ordinary Girl”: Firsthand Narrative from a Swedish Syrian Traveller who Joined Islamic State
Simon Gottschalk,

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

From Insult to Injury: The Switches of Extreme Violence in Online White Supremacist Networks
Luke Roach,

Cardiff University

“Giving Identity to” Identity Politics: Exploring the Power of In Situ Identity Re-Specification in Twitter Interaction Involving Hate Speech and Counter Speech
Paul Joosse,

University of Hong Kong

Incredulous Onlookers and the Charismatic Miracle: Toward an Interactionist Theory of Charismatic Power


Chair: Nicolas Simon,

Eastern Connecticut State University

“The Next Generation”: Outstanding Symbolic Interactionist Undergraduate Papers

Organizers: Tara Nguyen and Nicolas Simon, Eastern Connecticut State University

Hyun A Lee

Advisor: Joong-Hwan Oh,

Hunter College, CUNY

#HimToo versus #MeToo? A Case study on men’s rights activism to dismantle the anti-feminist label


Nicholas Kuzmochka

Advisor: Lisa-Jo van den Scott,

Memorial University of Newfoundland

What Rhymes with Gay?: Using a Reflexive Approach to Analyze Spoken Word Poetry as a Cultural Tool for Queer Men
Michelle Shen,

Barnard College of Columbia University 

Race and Interactions with Medicine in Chronic Illness
Tara Nguyen,

Eastern Connecticut State University

Communities Unite: An Autoethnography of the Resistance to Gentrification in Chinatown, Boston





Joseph Kotarba

Interactionist Views on Conflict, Politics, and Power in Contemporary Music

Organizer: Joseph Kotarba, Texas State University

Vessela Misheva,

Uppsala University, Sweden

Popular Music and the Destruction of Shame
Andrea Salvini,

University of Pisa, Italy

Singing in a Gospel Choir: From Leisure to Protest
Christopher J. Schneider,

Brandon University, Canada

“A Scary Time for Men and Boys”: Protest Music in the #MeToo Era
J. Sumerau,

University of Tampa

The Politics of LGTB Representation in Contemporary Music



Friday, August 9 — 4:00-5:30         Opening Plenary

Lonnie Athens,

Seton Hall University

Why Mead Rather than Park Became Known as the Progenitor of Interactionism


Although many sociologists have written about the development of the sociological perspective, known as “interactionism, a critically important questions for understanding its emergence remains scarcely examined. Why did George Herbert Mead become known as its progenitor rather than Robert E. Park? To oversimplify, Mead became anointed as the progenitor of interactionism instead of Park for two main two reasons.  First, Herbert Blumer proved to be a far more effective champion of Mead’s thought than Everett Hughes proved to be of Park’s ideas in sociology. Blumer’s greater effectiveness in performing this role was primarily due to a stronger desire to carry the banner for a new sociological perspective, more personal charisma and verbal adroitness, and much closer connection to Chicago School of Sociology during its golden era than Hughes had. His lack of lack of desire to carry the banner for a sociological perspective, absence of personal charisma and verbal adroitness, as well as his want of closer ties to the original Chicago school of sociology, would have made him a very unlikely figure in American sociology to play this historic role. The second reason that Mead became known as its progenitor instead of Park is that starting in the 1950’s and continuing to this day, his reputation has been tainted by specious charges of racism.  Among other things, Park was charged with promoting biological determinism, depicting blacks as an inferior race, advocating the use of rote memory in teaching them, working as a race-broker for Booker T. Washington, promoting conservative thinking in American sociology, ignoring the operation of dominace and power in social relations, and failing to secure for W. E. B. Du Bois, an academic position at the University of Chicago and ignoring his work.


Saturday, August 10 — 9:00-10:15 Concurrent Sessions

  Masculinities and Power
John C. Pruit

Amanda G. Pruit,

Stephen F. Austin State University

Harassment, Masculinity, and Status Silencing in Academia
Beth Montemurro,

Penn State University, Abington

Knowledge is Power: Hetero-masculinity and Learning about Sex
Alicia M. Walker,

Missouri State University

“They All say I’m the Best She’s Ever Had”: Men’s Participation in Outside Partnerships as Validation of Masculinity
David J. Hutson,

Penn State University, Abington

Embodiment, Race, and Muscularity: Body Image and Identity among Black Men Bodybuilders


  Symbolic Interactionist Perspectives on Class and Stratification
Guõmundur Oddsson,

University of Akureyri, Iceland

Unmarking Class in Iceland
Jack Thornton,

Grinnell College

Concerts: Inclusivity and Ideology in the Construction of a Student-Run Music Scene
Shekinah Hoffman,

University of Nevada Las Vegas

“What, was I supposed to give up my career?”: The Working Worlds of Women in Casino Gaming Management
Vessela Misheva, Uppsala University, Poland Addams’ Non-Positivistic Sociological Paradigm


  Identity and Power in the Context of Qualitative Research
Henriette Frees Esholdt,

Lund University, Sweden

Narrative Silence: Reflections on “Failed” Interviews with Relatives of Persons Involved in Salafi-Jihadism
Beata Pawlowska,

University of Lodz, Poland

Friend or Foe? Doing Ethnographic Research in the Context of Accessing Data and Uncloaking the Researcher’s Identity
Marco Marzano,

University of Bergamo, Italy

Symbolic Interactionism and the Revival of Covert Research
Kapriskie Seide

Linda Liska Belgrave,

University of Miami

Parasites or Partners: Able-bodied Researchers and Teachers in Disability Studies


  Producing and Participating in Leisure Worlds
Christopher Becker,

Independent Researcher

Martha Copp,

East Tennessee State University

Imitation City: Condensed Anti-Urbanism in Grant Theft Auto 5
Stacey E. Lom,

University of Central Arkansas

Magic, Fantasy, and Nostalgia: Crafting Utopian Experiences at Walt Disney World
Mara Rosenberg,

Grinnell College

Idollators and their Real Girls
Alexander D. Hoppe,

University of Pennsylvania

Coordinating Transnational Futurework in Fashion Design


Saturday, August 10 — 10:30-11:45     Concurrent Sessions

  Symbolic Interactionism and the Resurgent Interest in Organization and Management (Part 2)
Robert Dingwall,

Dingwall Enterprises Ltd., Nottingham, UK

Formality in the Interactional Study of Organizations
Timothy Hallett,

Indiana University

Inhabited Institutionalism, Organizational Studies, and Management
Patrick McGinty,

Western Illinois University

Power, Control, and the Organizational Black Box: Management and the Public Nature of Private
Dawn R. Norris,

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Symbolic Interactionism, Social Status, and Social Structure: The Case of Job Loss


  Queer Identities and Spaces
Christopher T. Connor

Eden Sarkisian,

Knox College


Ad Astra per Aspera: Queer Narratives from Kansas and Beyond
Angel Blanchard,

Knox College

Whitewashed Pride: Finding Queer Spaces for People of Color
Helana Darwin,

Stony Brook University

Rethinking Sexual Orientation in the Gender Borderland
Aliraza Javaid,

University of East London

Stigmas as Ghosts: the Multiple Stigmas of Being Queer, Muslim and Single


  Millennial Experiences in Higher Education
Candace M. Evans,

University of Colorado Boulder

“The system wasn’t built for me”: Intersectional Identities and the Experiences of First-Generation College Students
Ryoko Yamamoto,

SUNY Old Westbury

“It became more like home”: Affinity Motivation Narratives among International Students in Tokyo and New York City
Judson G. Everitt

James M. Johnson

Will H. Burr

Stephanie Shanower,

Loyola University Chicago

Why Your Doctor didn’t go to Class: Student Culture and Institutional Change in Medical Education since Boys in White


  Endings and Identity: Narrative work and life transitions
Kristin Lee Hourigan,

California State University, Los Angeles

Emerging Narratives in the Wake of Homicide: Victim, Survivor, and Transcender Narratives
Jason Torkelson,

Rutgers University

Situating Post-Traditional Religion in the Contemporary Life Course: Ex-Straightedgers’ Accounts of Separation from Ritual Community Space
Anne Statham,

University of Southern Indiana

Paul Greider,

Florida SouthWestern State College


Defending the Worth of his Work: A Conversation with an Autoworker

Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott,

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Emma L. Martin,

Women in Resource Development Corporation


Women Losers in Politics: Eulogy Work on a Public Stage


Saturday, August 10 — 1:00-2:15   Concurrent Sessions


  Power, Stratification, and Interactions in Public Space
Jonathan Ablitt,

Cardiff University, UK

The Power of Ambiguity: Indexical Moral Categorisation in Urban Territorial Negotiations
Keith A. Miller,

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Social Immediacy in Planned Community Design: The Problem of Macro-Scale Architectural Programming and Lost Opportunities for Social Capital
Andrew Burns,

Louisiana State University

“The kind of people I don’t even want to know”: Polydrug Use and Boundary Work Among Midwestern Whites in Non-Urban Spaces
Avihu Shoshana,

University of Haifa, Israel

Nocturnal Inequality: Selection at Night Clubs and the Interpellation of the Private Self into a Symbolic Type


  Symbolic Interactionist Perspectives on Risk and Fear
Staci Newmahr,

SUNY Buffalo State

“Solo Female Travellers”: Discourses of Risk, Fear, and Nonconformity
Isilia Aparecida Silva,

University of São Paulo, Brazil

A Symbolic Interactionist Perspective of Breastfeeding: “Weighing Risks and Benefits”
Eric O. Silva,

Georgia Southern University

Brian Dick,

University of Redlands

Matthew Flynn,

Georgia Southern University

Ana M. Palacios,

University of Texas at Austin

Fear and Shame in the Public Sphere: Diagnostic Framing of Vaccinations and Genetic Modifications
Corey J. Colyer,

West Virginia University

On Phantom Folk Devils


  Self, Reflexivity, and Authenticity
Norbert Wiley,

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Emerita)

Mead’s Reflexivity and Cooley’s Self-Feeling: Two Windows on the Self
Thomas DeGloma,

Hunter College and the Graduate Centre, CUNY

Erin F. Johnston,

Stanford University

Our Songs of Our Selves: The Social Performance of Self-Reflexivity
Amanda Koontz,

University of Central Florida

Reconceptualizing Approaches to Authenticity: Authenticity as an Institution
J. Patrick Williams

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore / Aalborg University Denmark

Athena Khoo Ming Gui,

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

“You just have to be famous, lah!” How Social Media Influencers Use Parody to Define the Influencer Identities


  Interactionist Analyses of Power and Resistance
Norman Conti,

Duquesne University

Adam Burston,

University of California Santa Barbara

Jesse Wozniak,

West Virginia University

“The blackness that incriminated me”: Stigma and Normalization among Brothers and Keepers
Ghazah Abbasi,

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Passionately Playing with Power: An Examination of State-Subject Relations in Immigrant Activism
Miran Božičević,

William Paterson University

Cultural Evolution Takes Place Through Symbolic Interaction
Eve Gardien,

University of Rennes 2

Resisting the Social Construction of Reality: The Importance of Peers




Saturday, August 10 — 2:30-3:45   SSSI Annual Business Meeting


Saturday August 10 — 4:00-5:30    Distinguished Lecture

Patricia Hill Collins,

University of Maryland

Not Just Ideas: Intersectionality and Epistemic Resistance.




Sunday, August 11 — 8:30 – 9:45   Concurrent Sessions

  Symbolic Interactionist Perspectives on Power & Structure
Robin James Smith,

Cardiff University

Power and “Structure” as Occasioned Phenomena
Linda E. Francis,

Cleveland State University

The Good, the Strong, and the Lively: Using Affect Control Theory to Address Structure and Culture in Qualitative Research
Baptiste Brossard,

The Australian National University

Mental Health in Social Life: Overcoming the “Astructural Bias”
Martin Harbusch,


Psychiatric Categories as Travelling Objects: The Morphology of Disease Categories in the Contexts of Social Work


  Mediated Selves
Nicole R. Stokes,

Holy Family University

I Am “With-it!” Presentations of Self, Image Management and the Competing Identity Constructions of Middle-aged Men in Online Dating
Robson da Silva Braga,

Federal University of Ceará, Brazil

A Fake American Dream: Unmasking Characters on Dating Apps
Darla Still,

University of Arizona

Today I Feel Like Dying: Suicide, the Self, and Emotions Online
Xiaoli Tian

Yanan Guo,

The University of Hong Kong

How Culture Influences Technology Use: Face-Work and Disclosures on WeChat Moments

Sunday, August 11 — 10:00 –11:30            Concurrent Sessions

  The Structural Power of Invisibility
Susie Scott,

University of Sussex, UK

The Power of Nothing: Exploring the Meaning of Things that Don’t Happen
Daina Cheyenne Harvey,

College of the Holy Cross

Towards a Black Spatial Imaginary: Race, Power and Risk in Post-Katrina New Orleans
Andrew Blasko,

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

An Essay on Self-Enslavement: The Pathology of Power and Control
Alexander I. Stingl,

Independent Social Research Foundation Fellow / Collège d’études mondiales, Paris

Whose Archive? Whose Colony? An Essay on the Narrative Dialectical Relation between Science and Science Fiction as Archival Technology and as Coloniality of Power


  Gender at the Margins
Andrew Shapiro

Josephine Barnett,

City University of New York

Hysteria and the Medicalization of Gender: Symbolic Interactionist Approach
Laurie Linhart,

Des Moines Area Community College

Accounting for Murder: Doing Gender While Attempting to Construct a Commutable Identity
MC Whitlock,

Georgia Southwestern State University

The Myth of Progress: Disputing Trans* Feminisms
Roscoe Scarborough,

College of Coastal Georgia

Negotiating Masculinity in the Fire Service: Accessing Brotherhood or Subverting Gender Norms


  Emotions and (Emotion)Work
Mark Pogrebin,

University of Colorado Denver

Doing Good While Representing Bad: Emotion Management in Death Penalty Defense Litigation
Carley Geiss,

University of South Florida

“Making the Unbearable Bearable”: Exploring the Construction of Compassionate Healthcare through Virtual Narrative Ethnography
Carol Y. Thompson,

Texas Christian University

Empathy Toward Animals and Extraordinary Acts of Care
Magdalena Wojciechowska,

University of Lodz, Poland

Just don’t panic…Entering the Escort Industry as a Female Researcher




Sunday, August 11 — 1:00-2:15      Concurrent Sessions

  Panel Discussion: Updating Charles H. Cooley

Organizers: Baptiste Brossard and Natalia Ruiz-Junco

Chair: Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University

Shanyang Zhao,

Temple University

This panel discusses the recently published volume Updating Charles H. Cooley: Contemporary Perspectives on a Sociological Classic (eds. Baptiste Brossard and Natalia Ruiz-Junco, Routledge). This collection explores the contemporary relevance of Charles H. Cooley’s thought, and the panel gathers several contributors to the book to discuss its main arguments and reflections on moving forward Cooley-inspired research.
Vessela Misheva,

Uppsala University

Daniel Huebner,

University of North Carolina at Greensboro


  Ethnography and Deep Methods in SI
Greg Wurm

University of Notre Dame

Productive Tensions: Competing Views on the Research Process in Mead, Foucault, and Mahmood
Logan Neitzke-Spruill,

University of Delaware

“I have seen with the eyes of the Da Vinci’s”: The Social Optics of the Psychadelic Experience
Scott Grills,

Brandon University

The Virtue of Patience
J.I. (Hans) Bakker,

University of Guelph

The Islands of Bali and Manhattan & Existential Aspects of Everyday Life (Lebenswelten): Methodologies of Thick Description, Grounded Theory, and Abstracted Induction


  Sexual Misconduct and Powerful Men
Stacey Hannem,

Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Christopher J. Schneider,

Brandon University, Canada

Stigma and the “Weinstein Effect”: A Comparative Analysis of Sexual Misconduct Allegations against Donald J. Trump and Harvey Weinstein in News Media
Melissa Beall

Zhoujun Joyce Chen

Shing-Ling S. Chen,

University of Northern Iowa

From “He Said, She Said” to “He Said, They Said”: Corroboration in Sexual Misconduct Cases
Ryan J. Weaver

Nicole K. Kathol,

Lake Erie College

Won’t Someone Think of the Perpetrator!?!: The Narrative Framework of the Accuser Killjoy in the Age of #MeToo
Melissa L. Beall

Shing-Ling S. Chen

Laura Terlip

University of Northern Iowa

Eroding Social Capital: Narrative Transformations of Al Franken



Sunday, August 11 — 2:30-3:45      Concurrent Sessions

  Author Meets Critics: Judson Everitt’s Lesson Plans: The Institutional Demands of Becoming a Teacher
Judson Everitt,

Loyola University Chicago

Amanda Gengler,

Wake Forest University

David Schweingruber,

Iowa State University



  Professional Identities and Socialization Processes
Tim Hallett,

Indiana University

Matthew Gougherty,

Whitman College

How to Think Like an Economist Without Becoming One: Professions and Socializations in a Masters of Public Affairs Program.
Maija Saari,

Sheridan College / University of Toronto, Canada

Marriage Woes and Other Relational Metaphors: The Affective Dimensions of Professional Identity Threat Posed by Collaborative Academic Program Development that Crosses Traditional Boundaries within Higher Education
Maria J. Grant,

Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Acquiring the Skills for Professional Academic Writing


  Symbolic Meaning-Making in Everyday Life
Jeffrey van den Scott,

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Music and Identity Among Urban Inuit: An Interactionist Approach to Indigenous Studies
Robert Scott,

University of Colorado Boulder

Interrelated Forms of Knowledge among Wildland Firefighters
Iris Hoiting,

University of Hong Kong

“Tse-Tse, I wish you were my Mom”: The Triangular Construction of Motherhood in Transnationalized Child-Care Arrangements
Hillary Steinberg,

University of Colorado Boulder

How Altruism and Charity Create “the Child” in a Pediatric Hospital Setting



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The George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement #sssi #sociology

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 to the committee chair and members by June 30, 2019.

Chair:​    Scott Grills, Brandon University

Members:​  Magdalena Wojciechowska, University of Lodz
Sam Hillyard, Durham University

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Registration for 2019 Annual Meetings of #SSSI is Open #sociology #conferences

Information about the 2019 Annual Meetings of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) can be found on the Society’s website. Registration for the Conference is now open. Please use the following link to register.

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Couch-Stone Symposium 2019 – Program #sssi #sociology

2019 Couch-­‐Stone Symposium

‘Teaching and Symbolic Interactionism”


An annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction May 16-­‐18, 2019

Hilton Des Moines Downtown, 435 Park Street Des Moines, Iowa

The last chance to reserve rooms at Hilton Des Moines Downtown is today (May 9).
The hotel reservations page is here:



Laurie Linhart, Des Moines Area Community College

David Schweingruber, Iowa State University


Student Directors

Steve Beeman, Iowa State University David W. Wahl, Iowa State University


This year’s Couch-­‐Stone Symposium will address such questions as: How should Symbolic Interactionism  be  taught  in  the  undergraduate  classroom?  How  can  the  Symbolic Interactionist perspective improve any college course? How should we be passing along Symbolic Interactionism to the next generation of scholars? How can Symbolic Interactionist research on teaching and learning inform our practice?

The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction is an international community of scholars whose scholarship employs and examines the perspective of Symbolic Interactionism. The Society publishes a quarterly journal, Symbolic Interaction, which was founded in 1977.

The Couch-­‐Stone Symposium is one of two annual meetings of SSSI (the other being held simultaneously with ASA). It was named for two interactionist sociologists who were instrumental   in   founding   SSSI,   both   scholars   at   Midwestern   universities:   Carl   Couch (University of Iowa) and Gregory Stone (University of Minnesota). The original symposium, called the “Minnesota Symposium on Symbolic Interaction,” was held in Stone’s home in June 1974.


Thursday, May 16, 2-­‐3:30 p.m.

General Paper Session I

Schedule of Events

“Why and How We Are Studying Internal Conversations” David Schweingruber, Iowa State University

“Internal Conversations in Sexual Self Construction.” David W. Wahl, Iowa State University

“Asexual Bingo -­‐   Identity Exploration & Confirmation Within Contemporary Society” Antonio Ball, Iowa State University

“Women Who Drink” Susan Stewart


Thursday, May 16, 3:45-­‐5:15 p.m.


Featured Speaker

“Helping People Grieve: Teaching Theory as a Matter of Life and Death” Nancy Berns, Drake University


Thursday, May 16, 5:45-­‐7 p.m.

Welcome reception with cash bar and appetizers


Friday, May 17, 7-­‐8 a.m.

Continental Breakfast


Friday, May 17, 8:15-­‐9:45 a.m.


General Paper Session II

“Money Work in Gambling Worlds” Steve Beeman, Iowa State University

“Role exit: Narrating the end to a life without parole sentence” Danqing Yu, Iowa State University

“Gender as an Inhabited Institution”

Alyssa Place, Indiana University–Bloomington Jennifer Lee, Indiana University–Bloomington Tim Hallett, Indiana University–Bloomington

“Reverential Degradation in the Patriarchy: Reinforcing the Patriarchy in Celebrity Fan


David W. Wahl, Iowa State University

“Role exit: Narrating the end to a life without parole sentence” Laurie Linhart, Des Moines Area Community College


Friday, May 17, 10-­‐11:30 a.m.


Featured Speaker

“Keep it Active: Teaching Symbolic Interactionism in Introductory Courses” Maxine Atkinson, North Carolina State University


Friday, May 17, 11:30-­‐1 p.m.




Lunch Option #1: Continuing conversation with Maxine Atkinson

Lunch Option #2: Conversation with Scott Harris, editor of Symbolic Interaction


Friday, May 17, 1:15-­‐2:45 p.m.

Featured Speaker

“Teaching with Symbolic Interaction: Meeting Them Where They Are” Kerry Ferris, Northern Illinois University


Friday, May 17, 3-­‐4 p.m.

Teaching Paper Session I

“Mass Background Participant Observation as a Class Assignment” David Schweingruber, Iowa State University, Angie Carter, Michigan Technical University, Andres Lopez, Oregon State University

“Teaching Social Inequality and Addressing the So-­‐What Question from a Symbolic Interactionist Perspective”, Fangheyue Ma, University of South Florida


Friday, May 17, 4-­‐5:30 p.m.


Panel—Passing on Our Interactionist Inheritance: Teaching Graduate Students and Advanced


Tim Hallett, Indiana University–Bloomington David Schweingruber, Iowa State University Julie B. Wiest, West Chester University


Friday, May 17, 6-­‐8:30 p.m.


SSSI Banquet


Saturday, May 18, 7-­‐8 a.m.


Continental Breakfast


Saturday, May 18, 8:15-­‐9:45 a.m.


General Paper Session III

“Burlesque Boys: Constructing Masculinity in Burlesque” Rebecca Haroldson, Iowa State University

Exploring Issues of Inequality in the American Tattooing Industry Deborah Burns, Iowa State University

“Transverse Interactions on the Mississippi River” Nicholas Baxter, Indiana University–Kokomo

“Emigration on the Go: Toward a Theory Spontaneity” Abdi Kusow, Iowa State University

“Reframing, Recalibrating, and Refocusing: Putting A Happy Face on Meth Cooks” Jacob H. Erickson, Iowa State University


Saturday, May 18, 10-­‐11:30 a.m.


Teaching Paper Session II


“‘I just had emergency surgery!’: Faculty assessments of students’ emotional displays in excuse making” Kimberly M. Baker, University of Northern Iowa, Kamryn Warren, University of Northern Iowa

“A Moment of Mindlessness: Teaching Categorization in the Undergraduate S.I. Classroom” Julie B. Wiest, West Chester University

“A Hybrid Model: Half Lecture, Half Independent Study” Scott Harris, St. Louis University

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Couch-Stone Symposium 2019 – De Moines (May 16 – 18)

Fellow Interactionists:

The Couch-Stone Symposium in Des Moines is just two weeks away (May 16-18). Our theme is “Teaching & Symbolic Interactionism.”

Highlights will include:

• Nancy Berns’ address on “Helping People Grieve: Teaching Theory as a Matter of Life and Death” (Thursday afternoon)

• Maxine Atkinson’s address on “Keep it Active: Teaching Symbolic Interactionism in Introductory Courses” (Friday morning)

• Kerry Ferris’ address on “Teaching with Symbolic Interaction: Meeting Them Where They Are” (Friday afternoon)

• SSSI Banquet (Friday evening)

• Paper sessions related to teaching and to general topics

If you’re planning on attending but haven’t yet reserved a room at the Hilton Des Moines Downtown, please do so by Wednesday, May 1 using this link:

Also, if you are attending but haven’t been in touch with the organizers, please let us know at

We will be contacting all attendees later this week to ask what meals you will be attending.

Laurie Linhart, Des Moines Area Community College
David Schweingruber, Iowa State University

Student Directors:
Steve Beeman, Iowa State University
David W. Wahl, Iowa State University

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Vacancy: Associate Prof Digital Sociology at University of St Gallen #sssi #sociology

Associate Professor of Digital Sociology (75%) at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland. From the job description: the successful candidate will be a “qualitative social researcher with experience in mixed methodology”. The deadline for applications is May 20, 2019.

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Call for Papers 2019 Couch/Stone Symposium #sssi #sociology

2019 Couch/Stone Symposium

‘Teaching and Symbolic Interactionism’

Des Moines, Iowa

May 16th to 18th

How should Symbolic Interactionism be taught in the undergraduate classroom? How can the Symbolic Interactionist perspective improve any college course? How should we be passing along Symbolic Interactionism to the next generation of scholars? How can Symbolic Interactionist research on teaching and learning inform our practice? We hope to address all these issues in the upcoming Couch-Stone Symposium on “Teaching and Symbolic Interactionism.”

We are seeking:

Papers on all aspects of the scholarship of teaching and learning

Proposals to organize panels related to the conference theme

Papers for open paper sessions

Proposals to organize sessions


Please email submissions to by April 13th, 2019.

Please email submissions to

Preferred deadline to assist us in organizing sessions: March 30, 2019.

We will definitely accept papers submitted by: April 13, 2019.


Registration is free and most meals are included!

For Hotel Reservations please click HERE!


Co-Organizers:           Laurie Linhart, Des Moines Area Community Colleg

                                    David Schweingruber, Iowa State University


Student Directors:     Steve Beeman, Iowa State University

                                    David W. Wahl, Iowa State University

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