CfP SSSI Annual Meeting 2017

The Call for Papers for the 2017 SSSI Annual meetings has just been published on our website. For the call, please go here:

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CfP EU SSSI Conference 2017 #sssi #socilogy

Call for papers for EU SSSI in Lodz in Poland:

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Remembering Robert Hintz, Jr. (1944 – 2016) #sssi #sociology #IowaSchool


Shing-Ling Sarina Chen

Robert Hintz, Jr., a formative member of the New Iowa School of Symbolic Interactionism, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 16, 2016. Bob  was 72 years old. Bob received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Iowa. As a graduate student, Bob studied under Carl Couch in the Department of Sociology, and became one of the key contributors of the formation of the New Iowa School, led by Couch.

One notable attribute of Bob’s work with Couch was Bob’s complete mastery of Couch’s scholarship. Areas of Couch’s scholarship spanned from Symbolic Interactionism and formal sociology, qualitative laboratory research, to information technologies. Most of Couch’s graduate students usually specialized in one or two areas of Couch’s scholarship, Bob was the only one who mastered all three areas of Couch’s works. Bob’s comprehensive mastery of Couch’s scholarship led Couch to invite him to co-edit, *Constructing Social Life: Readings in Behavorial Sociology From the Iowa School*, a foundational text of the New Iowa School, for publication in 1975. 

Bob had taught sociology at the university level for years before becoming a family counselor. He worked for Foundation 2 Youth Shelter in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for over 27 years, till his death. His colleagues at Foundation 2 remembered him for always providing an element of calm. He was appreciated for having a chill personality and a great sense of humor, along with a great source of knowledge. He was known for having a thoughtful approach to working with people in crisis. His colleagues believed that Bob had impacted many, many lives in the community for the better.

Other than his great work in family counselling, Bob remained active in academia as well. He published manuscripts, co-authored with members of the New Iowa School, Michael Katovich, Dan Miller and Steve Buban. Bob’s commitment to scholarship was best illustrated by his work editing the 2nd edition of *Constructing Social Life* for publication in 2015, forty years after the initial publication in 1975. He tirelessly updated each chapter to illustrate the utilities of this timeless masterpiece in studying contemporary social life. The book is widely used in both sociology and communication classes. Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research presented Bob the 2016 Couch Center President’s Award, the highest honor in the Couch Center, to acknowledge his sustaining effort in promoting the New Iowa School sociological thought that contributed to the longevity of the New Iowa School.

Bob was active in academic conferences. He was a fixture in the annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society, where I met him in 1985. Like any conference attendee, I was stunned time and time again by the astonishing insights offered by this quiet and calm person sitting in the audience. I sensed the incongruence of his calm demeanor and his spectacular comments. I often sought him out in the Midwest Sociological Meetings to obtain his guidance.

Bob’s colleagues in Foundation 2 as well as in the field of sociology would agree that they all had learned so much from Bob. Bob was a sage, intelligent, knowledgeable and resourceful. But most of all, Bob’s calmness touched on so many, as if he was saying to us, “Keep calm and carry on….” Bob will be greatly missed.

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Latest Edition of SSSI Notes is out! #sssi #sociology

The Society’s latest newsletter has just been published on our website. To access it click HERE.

Notes Volume 45, Number 2

President’s Statement /  1

2017 Couch-Stone Symposium / 2

Annual Conference / 3

2017 SSSI Awards / 4

Forthcoming Studies in Symbolic Interaction / 7

Reflections: An Erving Goffman Mystery / 8

Obituary for Thomas Luckmann / 10

Recent Books / 13

Other Announcements / 14

Future Issues / 16


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SSSI at SSSP – Special Session #sssi #sociology

SSSI is cosponsoring a session at the SSSP 2017 Annual Conference in Montreal.

The session is “Narratives of Fear in Popular Culture”. For further information, please follow the link below, and look for session #17:

Submissions for this session are encouraged.


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SSSI 2017 – Call for Session Proposals (extended deadline: November 18th) #sssi #sociology #conference

Dear Colleagues,

The deadline for session proposals for the 2017 SSSI Annual Meeting in Montreal, 8/11-8/13, has been extended to November 18th. PLEASE SUBMIT PROPOSALS NOW!

For forty years, the SSSI has been a professional home for scholars with roots in American pragmatism and the study of identity, everyday practice, and language. Over the decades, what was once a radical alternative to positivism has become accepted by the mainstream. We have endured debates over micro vs. macro, social realism vs. interpretivism, and structure vs. agency. The 2017 annual conference will celebrate the many directions that symbolic interactionist research takes for investigating social issues and envisioning social change.

Call for Sessions and Session Organizers

The conference organizers hope to have a number of sessions that highlight our theme as well as promote related topics at our annual meeting. We invite scholars to submit one-page proposals for paper sessions, plenary session, author meets critic, or other opportunities that will help bring the conference theme to life. Submissions should include a title and a brief description of papers solicited.

Submit session proposals to Beth Montemurro, SSSI Vice-President, at . Please put “SSSI Session Proposal” in the subject line. The deadline for session proposals is October 30, 2016. A call for paper submissions will be forthcoming in early 2017.

Information about registration fees, society membership, and banquet tickets will appear on the SSSI website,, as it becomes available.

Questions? Please contact SSSI President, Leslie Irvine or SSSI Vice President, Beth Montemurro


Beth Montemurro  

Beth Montemurro, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology

Penn State University, Abington

1600 Woodland Road

Abington, PA 19001


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Call for Awards Nominations! #sssi #sociology #awards

The calls for 2017 award nominations has been published on our website. Please click HERE to be directed to the site.

2017 SSSI Award Committees

The George Herbert Mead Award

The George Herbert Mead Award is given annually to recognize a scholar’s career contributions to the field of symbolic interactionism. Submit nominating letters and relevant materials by March 1, 2017.

Committee Chair: David Snow

Michael Dellwing

Vessela Misheva


Charles Horton Cooley Book Award

The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction announces its call for nominations for the 2017 Charles Horton Cooley Book 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 2017 award, a nominated book should have a publication date between 2014 and 2016. 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, 2017.

Committee chair: Matt Hughey

Department of Sociology

University of Connecticut

344 Mansfield Road, Unit 1068

Manchester Hall

Storrs, CT  06269


Jesse Smith

41525 Pheasant Street

Mattawan, MI 49071

Natalia Ruiz-Junco

7030-H Haley

Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work

Auburn University,

Auburn AL 36849-5049


The Herbert Blumer Award

The Herbert Blumer 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. Those who have been awarded a Ph.D. prior to May 2014 are not eligible. 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, 2017.

Committee Chair: Jessica Burke


Patti Adler


Amanda Shigihara


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, 2017.

Committee Chair: Ara Francis


Baptiste Brossard

Marc Eaton


Martha Copp


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, 2017.

Committee Chair: Ross Haenfler


Karyn Marvasti


Dan Huebner


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