SSSI / Couch-Stone Conference in Lancaster (4-6 July 2018) #sssi #sociology

The Society of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) will hold a conference and its 2018 Couch-Stone Symposium in Lancaster (United Kingdom) from July 4th to 6th, 2018. further information about accommodation, registration etc. can be obtained from the conference website. Click on the image below to get there.

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Call for Nominations

via Laurie Linhart

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Annual SSSI Banquet MSS 2018

via Laurie Linhart

The annual SSSI Banquet at the MSS meeting will be held directly following the Peter J. Hall lecture on Saturday, March 24, 2018.  We will gather in the lobby of the hotel and walk the short six blocks to Rock Bottom Brewery located at 800 LaSalle Plaza Minneapolis, MN 55402.  We have a private room and will order off of the menu paying individually.  Here is a link to the menu:  https://rockbottom.com/locations/minneapolis/menu/.

Please contact Laurie Linhart at lclinhart@dmacc.edu to make a reservation to attendno later than March 16, 2018 at 5 pm.

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Call for Award Nominations (Deadline: March 1st) #sssi

Friends and Colleagues,

Nominations for the 2018 SSSI Awards are due March 1st. Information for each award is copied below. See the SSSI website (https://sites.google.com/site/sssinteraction/home/sssi-awards) or email the committee chair(s) for more information.

Please consider submitting a nomination for one or more of these awards.

Thank you!

● 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.

Chairs: Deborah van den Hoonaard (dkvdh@stu.ca) and Will van den Hoonaard (will@unb.ca)
Committee Members: Susie Scott (s.scott@sussex.ac.uk); Andreas Salvini (andrea.salvini@unipi.it)

● The Charles Horton Cooley Book Award Committee announces its call for nominations for the 2018 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 2018 award, a nominated book should have a publication date between 2015 and 2017. 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, 2018.

Chair: Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman
The University of South Florida
4202 E Fowler Avenue, CPR 107

Department of Sociology


Tampa, FL 33620

hordgefreema@usf.edu

Members:

Patrick McGinty
Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology
Western Illinois University
1 University Drive

Macomb, IL 61455

pj-mcginty@wiu.edu

Michael Schwalbe
605 Long Leaf Drive

Chapel Hill, NC 27517

mlschwalbe@nc.rr.com

● 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. Those who have been awarded a Ph.D. prior to May 2015 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.

Chair: Daina Cheyenne Harvey (dharvey@holycross.edu)
Members: Andrea Laurent-Simpson (alaurentsimpson@mail.smu.edu); Tian Xiaoli (xltian@hku.hk)

● 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 sup-port for early and mid-career 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 out-standing mentorship.

Chair: Eric O. Silva (eosilva@georgiasouthern.edu)
Members: Natalia Ruiz-Junco (ncr0007@auburn.edu); Douglas P. Schrock (dschrock@fsu.edu)

● 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, 2018.

Chair: Carrie Sanders (csanders@wlu.ca)
Members: Hans Bakker (hbakker@uoguelph.ca); Maggie Kusenbach (mkusenba@usf.edu)

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Reminder – Abstracts due March 1st The Roots and Branches of Interpretive Sociology: Cultural, Pragmatist, and Psychosocial Approaches #sssi #sociology

August 10-11, 2018, Philadelphia, PA (preceding the 2018 ASA meeting)

https://www.interpretivesociology.com/

(submit your abstract online or via the email addresses below)

Exciting panels are currently forming around these (and other) topics and themes:

• Everyday racial mechanisms of structural inequality
• Interpretive methods (modes of interpretation in the social sciences)
• Interpretive criminology
• Narrative identities and selfhood
• Transformative experiences
• Pragmatic interactionism
• Symbols, gestures, and inequality
• The environment and environmental issues
• Memory, narrative, and time/temporalities
• The body and embodiment
• Social performance and interaction work
• Networks and Culture
• Logics of action and cultural practices
• Cultural and emotion codes
• Semiotics and signification/Language
• Modes of inquiry in cognitive sociology
• Classification processes and symbolic boundaries
• Ritual transgressions, liminality, and rites of passage
• The social foundations of meaning with regard to self-other relations, events, and experiences

Please submit proposals online (https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.interpretivesociology.com&data=01%7C01%7Cdirk.vom_lehn%40kcl.ac.uk%7Ca9bfbd28db7c4aaece4208d573afde97%7C8370cf1416f34c16b83c724071654356%7C0&sdata=50gnOiBmJRRcpQgdgdgToeNlIhahn8cK9cq%2BcpUaZU0%3D&reserved=0<https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.interpretivesociology.com&data=01%7C01%7Cdirk.vom_lehn%40kcl.ac.uk%7Ca9bfbd28db7c4aaece4208d573afde97%7C8370cf1416f34c16b83c724071654356%7C0&sdata=A9qoII3qp1pv739JFSNyNFccH6f9JW%2Fd6wn%2FUtrQRZY%3D&reserved=0>) or send proposals to the Program Committee Co-Chairs, Thomas DeGloma (tdegloma@hunter.cuny.edu<mailto:tdegloma@hunter.cuny.edu>) and Julie Wiest (jbwiest@gmail.com<mailto:jbwiest@gmail.com>) by March 1, 2018.  Please also feel free to write with questions or comments.

Finally, please share this call with your colleagues and students! Social media posts are welcome!

Thomas DeGloma, President
Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Julie Wiest, Publications Committee Chair
Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
West Chester University

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Call for Submissions – Helena Lopata Mentor Excellence Award #sssi #sociology #awards

 

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, 2018.

Send all materials to:

Eric O. Silva (committee chair)

eosilva@georgiasouthern.edu

 

Natalia Ruiz-Junco

ncr0007@auburn.edu

 

Douglas P. Schrock

dschrock@fsu.edu

Eric O. Silva, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and MASS Program Director

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
PO Box 8051

1013a Carroll Building

Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460

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Annual SSSI-meeting (Couch-Stone[1]) in Lancaster (UK) #sssi #sociology

Dear Colleague

On 4, 5 and 6 July 2018 the annual SSSI meeting will be held in Lancaster at the Lancaster University (UK). The Lancaster University meeting will be a combined effort of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) and European SSSI. The title of the conference is ‘Whose side are we on?’ Power, Stigma, Transgression and Exclusion in Everyday Life. So far, we have three confirmed keynote speakers: Ken Plummer[2], Staci Newmahr[3] and   Kathy Charmaz[4]. Kathy Charmaz will also give a two-day workshop on Grounded Theory on the Monday and Tuesday before the conference. We hope to have the conference website online in February 2018 and the deadline for the papers is around 15 may 2018 (we are flexible).

Most scholars who attend our conferences share the use of qualitative methods to describe and analyse the social construction of the worlds they study. Most of us share a common set of academic concepts, such as ‘social construction’, ‘meaning’, ‘perspectives’, ‘interpretation’ and ‘interaction’. Most studies that are presented at our conferences have a micro- or meso-sociological character, some have a more theoretical angle and few focus on the more general level of society. In general, academics from a wide range of fields, such as urban studies, health, sexualities, media, race/ethnicity, identity work, deviance and crime, participate in the conferences. Therefore, it is not uncommon that papers are accepted that are not directly related to the theme of the conference. Still, it would be appreciated if you could relate your work to the theme of the conference.

We are preparing this conference with an academic community in mind. We hope it will not only be a place to network and advance your career, but also and preferably a place for academic dialogue, learning and adventure – both during the sessions but also during the social life in between the sessions. Therefore, the conference is organised in such a way that we can meet and build connections with others in different settings, such as during lunch, dinners and live music.

The (early bird) conference fee is 275 pounds for SSSI members three days. Non-members pay 320 pounds[5]. This includes three dinners (high quality buffet, banquet and barbeque, with different option such as vegetarian and vegan, including drinks and live music), three lunches and coffee and juice three times a day. We also have a lower fee of 95 pounds for PhD-students, non-funded academics and colleagues from emerging economies. For spouses/partners it is possible to join the dinners for a fixed rate[6]. I want to emphasize that the conference welcomes and supports young academics, such as those who are working on Master’s degrees and PhDs, who would like to present their developing work.

Submissions will be checked for quality and we will try to place them in a session with papers that address similar themes/topics. Still, those who want to organize a specific session are welcome to do so. You can send me a proposal and your email address will be published on the website so persons can reach you directly. So far, we have sessions on radical sociology/criminology, management studies, music, friendship, cultural criminology, self-injury, disability and the online world (gaming).

Accommodation on campus is available. The hotel rooms are around £85 a night ( $ 112) and Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in Lancaster University Halls is £ 48 ($ 63) a night. There are also plenty options for accommodation in and around Lancaster. There are direct (intercontinental) flights to Manchester and Glasgow with an easy train connection to Lancaster. I am not a list fetishist, but Lancaster University is nominated as the Sunday Times university of the year and is ranked as the number seven UK university. Our sociology department is number three in the UK ranking and, by the way, my section, Criminology, is number 1 in the UK ranking.

I hope to see you all in Lancaster next year for a great academic and social meeting.

Thaddeus Müller (t.muller@lancaster.ac.uk)

[1] In 2018, this will be the only official annual meeting of the SSSI, and therefore will have the same structure as previous annual SSSI meetings that met in conjunction with the ASA in august.

[2] https://kenplummer.com/

[3] https://stacinewmahr.wordpress.com/publications/

[4] https://web.sonoma.edu/sociology/faculty/kathy-charmaz.html

[5] Membership depends on your income and is between 32 and 60 pounds for academics per year.

[6] Wednesday: Buffet dinner £26.00; Thursday Gala dinner £30.00; Friday: BBQ dinner £15.00.

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