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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
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.
SSSI Executive Council
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Members: Patrick Williams (email@example.com) & Gary T. Marx (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com), 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Department of Sociology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620
Members: Thaddeus Muller (firstname.lastname@example.org), 6 Gregson Road, Lancaster LA1 3DJ, UNITED KINGDOM
Eviatar Zerubavel (email@example.com), 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Max Papadantonakis (email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Members: Robert Dingwall (email@example.com) & Stacey Hannem (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com)
Members: Lisa-Jo van den Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Deana Simonetto (email@example.com)
IDENTITIES, BOUNDARIES AND SOCIAL DIVISIONS
RECONCILING COMPETING FRAMES
(June 29th – July 2nd, 2020 – University of Pisa, Italy)
Call for Sessions
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.
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.
Relations and interactions
Communication and Social Media
Ethnography, Grounded Theory
Proposals should contain:
- Title of the panel/session
- Contact information for a session organizer (name, institution, email)
- Abstract (maximum 500 words)
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
IDENTITIES, BOUNDARIES AND SOCIAL DIVISIONS
RECONCILING COMPETING FRAMES
COUCH-STONE 2020 – X EUSSSI CONFERENCE
(June 29th –July 2nd, 2020 – University of Pisa, Italy)
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.
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
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
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: