2021 SSSI Annual Meetings (Online) – Final Program #sssi #sociology

2021 ANNUAL MEETING OF

THE SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF SYMBOLIC INTERACTION

AUGUST 5-8, 2021

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

FINAL PROGRAM

Instructions for joining virtual sessions:

There are two ways to join each session via Zoom.

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  2. Each session’s Zoom meeting ID is listed with the session in the program. Just click “Join Meeting” in Zoom and enter this ID number when prompted.
  3. There is a passcode for all sessions. It has been shared with all registered participants.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5TH: 10:00-11:30AM EASTERN U.S.

Paper Session #1: Socialization and Inequalities

Click here for the Zoom link. Meeting ID: 863 6153 7534.

“Cognitive Reasons for Social Inequalities?” Eve Gardien, Rennes University.

“Socialization and Whiteness: Lies Our Teachers Taught Us,” J. I. (Hans) Bakker,

“Studying Teaching Interactions Online,” Whitney DeCamp, Brian Horvitz, Regina Garza Mitchell, Megan Kowalske, and Cherrelle Singleton, Western Michigan University.

Presider: Judson Everitt, Loyola University Chicago

Paper Session #2: Meaning Making through Media Representations

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 845 6546 7767.

“Skipping the Main Course: Depictions of Single Women in Film,” Kimberly Phillips, Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

“A Place for Contention: The Representation of The Places of Contention in Iranian Cinema

During The Reform Era (1997-2005),” Pouya Morshedi, Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

“The Neighbours’ Relationships Transformation along with the Dwelling Pattern Shifts in Iran: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Iranian Movies (1969-2009),” Foroogh Mohammadi, Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

“Al-Hollywood: Narratives of Despair and Glorification of the Caliphate from ISIS Affiliated Women in the Al-Hol Camp,” Henriette Frees Esholdt, Lund University.

Presider: Lisa-Jo Van Den Scott, Memorial University in St. John’s Newfoundland

Paper Session #3: Identities, Intersectionality, and Meaning Making in Total Institutions

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 841 1489 9143.

“Intersectionality and Military Identity,” Kenya Massey, University of Missouri – Columbia.

“U.S. Military Members’ Perceptions of Male Sexual Victimization,” Aspen Dyer,  Cal State Fullerton.

Presider: Aspen Dyerm Cal State Fullerton

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5TH: 12:00-1:30PM EASTERN U.S.

Paper Session #4: Symbolic Interaction, Racism, and Anti-Racism

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 876 9278 0826.

“Anti-Black Biases in Jury Selection,” Elise DeCamp and Whitney DeCamp

“Growing Up with Racism in Southern Iran,” Nasim Basiri and Richard Mitchell, Oregon State University.

Presider: Staci Newmahr, SUNY – Buffalo State

Paper Session #5: Interactionist Studies of Health Professions and Caregiving

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 881 4741 5137.

“An Interactionist Approach to the Professional Socialization of Work Devotion,” Alexandra Vinson, University of Michigan.

“Anomalous Bereavement Patterns, Complicated Grief, and Family Organization in Caregivers of Terminally Ill Cancer Patients,” Lillian Platten, Loyola University Chicago.

Maintaining Cisnormative Accountability: Medical Providers’ Negotiation of Transgender

Healthcare,” William C. Stallings a,b , Nik M. Lampe c, e, and Emily S. Mann d,e

a South Carolina Honors College, University of South Carolina.

Presider: Amanda Gengler, Wake Forest University

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5TH: 1:45-3:15PM EASTERN

Paper Session #6: Interaction and Intimacy

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 832 9556 1035.

“‘I Just Don’t Feel Any Pride in It:’ The Politics of Identifying as Asexual,” Mary Underwood, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

“Touch me if you can: Intimate bodies at Cuddle Parties,” Cornelia Mayr.

“AI and Sex Robots: An Examination of the History and Technologization of Sexuality,” Keif Godbout-Kinney, Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Presider: Stacey Hannem, Wilfrid Laurier University

Paper Session #7: Interactions, Organizations, and Institutions

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 869 7471 2816.

“‘I say I work at the University’. Norwegian Professors, Non-academic Encounters, and Passing as Interaction Ritual,” Anders Vassenden, University of Stavenger.

“Inhabited Institutions and Geographic Arbitrariness in Capital Prosecution,” Jeffery T. Ulmer and Gary Zajac,  Penn State University.

“Emotional Work as an Element of Organizational Identification,” Beata Pawlowska, University of Lodz.

Presider: Judson Everitt, Loyola University Chicago

Special Session #1: Teaching Symbolic Interaction

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 825 7812 3317.

The underlying goal for symbolic interactionists is to produce theoretical accounts that promote mutual understanding in order to facilitate cross-group communication. Pioneers of the perspective saw promise in its potential to overcome social problems stemming from a problem in communicating between groups. Papers in this session will explore symbolic interaction to show how the perspective can be utilized in the classroom to instill a greater sense of appreciation for diversity. These papers argue for continued use of the perspective towards overcoming ideological barriers to learning, or papers that introduce new pedagogical techniques taking a SI approach. These papers also examine the use of SI in promoting discussion on current political divides, sex and sexuality, race, gender, social theory, rural and urban issues, issues in online teaching, and other topics.

“Lynda Barry and Other Graphic Novelists in Teaching Social Problems,” Laurie Linhart, Des Moines Area Community College

“Pragmatism, Praxis, and Pedagogy,” Lukas Szrot, Bemidji State University

“Applying a Sociological Imagination towards Understanding the College Classroom,” Aimee Zoeller, Indiana University Columbus

“Roleplaying as Pedagogy,” Christopher T. Conner, University of Missouri Columbia

Presider/Organizer: Chris Conner, University of Missouri, Columbia and David R. Dickens University of Nevada, Las Vegas

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5TH: 3:30-5:00PM EASTERN

Paper Session #8: Police, Policing, and the Social Construction of “Danger”

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 821 5994 4639.

“Police(ing) Danger: Construction and Management of Risk by Law Enforcement when Responding to Intimate Partner Violence,” Devon Thacker Thomas, California State University, Fullerton.

“Police, Mental Illness and Stigma: The Unresolvable Contradiction of Othering,” Stacey Hannem, Wilfrid Laurier University and Christopher J. Schneider, Brandon University.

Presider: Judson Everitt, Loyola University Chicago

Paper Session #9: Culture, Identities, and Interaction

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 878 5104 8997.

“Music in the Course of Life,” Joseph Kotarba, Texas State University.

“Study of Simulacra in Adult Dolls Owners’ Communities of North America,” Ehsan Mohammadi, Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Presider: Joseph Kotarba, Texas State University.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5TH: 5:00-6:00PM EASTERN U.S.

Cocktail Hour – All are Welcome (BYO, obviously)

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 837 4283 0474.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6TH: 9:00-10:30AM EASTERN U.S.

Paper Session #10: Meaning Making and Politicalization

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 883 0264 9589.

“The Less Agreeable Side of Charisma: Incredulous Onlooking and Anti-structural Power,” Paul Joosse, University of Hong Kong.

“Mask Burning Protests as Disalignment Ceremonies,” Eric Silva, Georgia Southern University.

“Signifying Aggrieved White Selves: Trump Supporters’ Racial Identity Work,” Douglas Schrock, Shantel Gabrieal Buggs, Bertan Buyokozturk, Kristen Erichsen, and Andre Ivey, Florida State University.

Presider: Eric Silva, Georgia Southern Univerity

Paper Session #11: Moralities and Identities

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 873 6120 4848.

“The Impossibly Good Doctor,” Tania M. Jenkins, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

“The Moral Economy in Homeless Communities,” Sarah Werman, Tulane University.

“‘I Didn’t Think it Could Ever Happen to Me’: Perceptions of Identity Theft Victims,” Dylan Reynolds, University of Guelph.

“Moralizing Reentry Work: How Ex-offender Reentry Workers Use Identity Talk to Present a Moral Self,” Andre Ivey, Florida State University.

Presider: Alexandra Hope Vinson, University of Michigan

Session #12: Professional Socialization and Life Course Transitions

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 837 8790 9492.

“The Professionalization of Video Game Designers in Singapore: Views from Social Identity and Role Identity Theories,” J. Patrick Williams & Victoria Puay Ru Chua

“‘Everybody thinks that I’m crazy’: Biographical Disruptions among Former Elite Athletes,” Deana Simonetto, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Michelle Tucsok, University of British Columbia, Okanagan.

“Embodiment, Sensibility, and Anticipatory Socialization,” Jacqueline Low, University of New Brunswick.

“The Horizontal Call: Social Factors and Social Influences on the Call to Ministry,” Erin F. Johnston, Duke University.

Presider: J. Patrick Williams, Nanyang Technological University

Special Session #2: Gay Urban Place Making From The Gayborhood and Beyond

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 885 5238 6761.

This session examines gay urban enclaves known colloquially as gayborhoods.

“The Sociology of the Gayborhood: An Overview,” Christopher T. Conner, University of Missouri, Columbia, and David Dickens University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

“The Whiteness of Queer Urban Placemaking,” Theo Green, Bowdoin College.

“Beyond the Homonormative Framework,” Magdalena Wojciechowska, Lodz University

Presider: Daniel Okamura, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Organizer: Christopher T. Conner, University of Missouri, Columbia

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6TH: 10:45AM-12:15PM EASTERN U.S.

SSSI Business Meeting

Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 874 0356 7962.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6TH: 1:00-2:30PM EASTERN U.S.

Special Session #3: Honoring the Life and Career of Dr. Kathy Charmaz

Click here for the Zoom link. Meeting ID: 889 7057 8996.

Session Organizer: Adele Clark, University of California, San Francisco

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7TH: 9:00-10:00AM EASTERN U.S.

Coffee Hour

Click here for the Zoom link. Meeting ID: 830 8136 3195.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7TH: 10:30AM-12:00PM EASTERN U.S.

Special Session #4: Antiracism in Academia

Click here for the Zoom link. Meeting ID: 827 3385 3082.

Antiracism in Academia

Staci Newmahr

SUNY Buffalo State

This session explores current work on antiracism, and how we can do antiracist work from within the academy.  Part informational session and part workshop, the session will provide a brief introduction to core arguments and ideas in the recent and relevant literature, as well as an opportunity to explore, discuss and share opportunities for antiracist work in our teaching, scholarship and service.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7TH: 12:45-2:15PM EASTERN U.S.

Paper Session #13A: Theorizing Symbolic Interaction and Social Psychology

Click here for the Zoom link. Meeting ID: 886 1186 2687.

“Symbolic Interactionism and the Social Psychological Knowledge,” Yolanda Zografova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

“Authenticity and agency: a qualitative study of university students,” Ramón Menéndez, La Trobe University.

“Socialization of Witch-Believers in Early Modern Europe: In Relation to Episodic, Cultural Manifestations,” Gordon Chang, Western Illinois University, Noah Faingold, University of Illinois Springfield.

Presider: Judson Everitt, Loyola University Chicago

Paper Session #13B: Theorizing Symbolic Interaction and Social Psychology

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 860 5187 6758.

“Culture in Situational Stratification: Social Inequality in Face-to-Face Encounters,” Roscoe Scarborough, College of Coastal Georgia.

“Micropolitics of Interaction Ritual: Microaggression as Power and Disruption,” JL Johnson, Bethel University.

Presider: Patrick McGinty, Western Illinois University

Paper Session #14: Interactionist Studies of Culture and Cultural Objects

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 886 2480 4393. 

“Spatial Fusion: Extending Homes Across Houses,” Lisa-Jo van den Scott, Memorial University of Newfoundland

“I Spent Two Minutes Sightseeing, Three Hours Retouching My Photos”: The Shifted Tourist Gaze as Self-Examination,” Fangheyue (Amber) Ma, University of South Florida.

“How materials shape the interactions between architecture and its users?,” Piotr Pawłowski, Lodz University of Technology, Poland.

“Aesthetic Inspiration as a Micro Foundation for Action: Anticipation and Receptivity in Fashion Design,” Alexander Hoppe, University of Pennsylvania.

Presider: Michael Borer, UNLV

Special Session #5: Neglected Theorists of Color in Symbolic Interaction

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 862 3480 3391.

This session examines social theorists of color and other marginalized backgrounds, whose ideas have been forgotten, lost, or misrepresented. Papers presented here will address those theorists whose work has been undeservedly marginalized (i.e. Sojourner Truth, Web Du Bois, Anna Julia Cooper, Charles S. Johnson, E. Frankl Frzier, Audre Lorde, and others). While our focus here is on theorists marginalized based on their racial identity, in the spirit of togetherness we welcome papers from other marginalized backgrounds (queer scholars, women, and other minority groups). Our preference is for papers oriented towards interpretive social science (i.e. pragmatist philosophy, symbolic interaction, critical interactionism, queer interactionism, feminist interactionism, and many others). Papers will first provide a brief biographical sketch (including an explanation as to why they are a marginalized theorist), a summary of theoretical contribution(s), and a social problem or issue that can be explained by utilizing the theorists’ work.​

“The Importance and Marginalization of Theorists of Color in Sociology,” Jonathan Jiménez, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

“Bridges or Boundaries? W.E.B. Du Bois and a Sociology Hesitant,” James M. Thomas, University of Mississippi

“Black Interactionists Matter: Black scholarly contributions on language, meaning, and interaction,” Jasmon Bailey, University of Maryland

“Pragmatism and Black Political Consciousness,” Julien C. Grayer Lecturer University of Missouri, Columbia

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7TH: 4:00-5:30PM EASTERN U.S.

2021 SSSI Distinguished Lecture

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 882 7914 1140.

Ruby Mendenhall, Ph.D.

University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign

Title: “Racial Inequalities Across the Life Course: Meaning Making & Resilience”

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7TH: 5:30-7:00PM EASTERN U.S.

Awards Ceremony and Reception

Click here for the Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 873 0941 1896.

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2021 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF SYMBOLIC INTERACTION (AUGUST 5-8, 2021)

Preliminary Program

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5TH: 10:00-11:30AM EASTERN U.S.

Paper Session #1: Socialization and Inequalities

Zoom Link:

“Cognitive Reasons for Social Inequalities?” Eve Gardien, Rennes University.

“How The Legalization Of Marijuana May Effect Educational Attainment and Mass

Incarceration,” Lillian Platten, Loyola University Chicago.

Presider: TBD

Paper Session #2: Meaning Making through Media Representations

Zoom Link:

“Skipping the Main Course: Depictions of Single Women in Film,” Kimberly Phillips, Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

“A Place for Contention: The Representation of The Places of Contention in Iranian Cinema

During The Reform Era (1997-2005),” Pouya Morshedi, Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

“The Neighbours’ Relationships Transformation along with the Dwelling Pattern Shifts in Iran: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Iranian Movies (1969-2009),” Foroogh Mohammadi, Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

“Al-Hollywood: Narratives of Despair and Glorification of the Caliphate from ISIS Affiliated Women in the Al-Hol Camp,” Henriette Frees Esholdt, Lund University.

Presider: TBD

Paper Session #3: Identities, Intersectionality, and Meaning Making in Total Institutions

Zoom Link:

“Intersectionality and Military Identity,” Kenya Massey, University of Missouri – Columbia.

“U.S. Military Members’ Perceptions of Male Sexual Victimization,” Aspen Dyer,  Cal State Fullerton.

Presider: TBD

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5TH: 12:00-1:30PM EASTERN U.S.

Paper Session #4: Symbolic Interaction, Racism, and Anti-Racism

Zoom Link:

“Anti-Black Biases in Jury Selection,” Elise DeCamp and Whitney DeCamp

“Growing Up with Racism in Southern Iran,” Nasim Basiri and Richard Mitchell, Oregon State University.

“James Baldwin and Symbolic Interaction,” Staci Newmahr, Buffalo State University.

Presider: TBD

Paper Session #5: Interactionist Studies of Health Professions and Caregiving

Zoom Link:

“An Interactionist Approach to the Professional Socialization of Work Devotion,” Alexandra Vinson, University of Michigan.

“Anomalous Bereavement Patterns in Caregivers of Terminally Ill Cancer Patients’ in

Underserved Communities,” Lillian Platten, Loyola University Chicago.

“The Impossibly Good Doctor,” Tania M. Jenkins, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Maintaining Cisnormative Accountability: Medical Providers’ Negotiation of Transgender

Healthcare,” William C. Stallings a,b , Nik M. Lampe c, e, and Emily S. Mann d,e

a South Carolina Honors College, University of South Carolina.

Presider: TBD

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5TH: 1:45-3:15PM EASTERN

Paper Session #6: Interaction and Intimacy

Zoom Link:

“‘I Just Don’t Feel Any Pride in It:’ The Politics of Identifying as Asexual,” Mary Underwood, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

“Touch me if you can: Intimate bodies at Cuddle Parties,” Cornelia Mayr.

“AI and Sex Robots: An Examination of the History and Technologization of Sexuality,” Keif Godbout-Kinney, Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Presider: TBD

Paper Session #7: Interactions, Organizations, and Institutions

Zoom Link:

“‘I say I work at the University’. Norwegian Professors, Non-academic Encounters, and Passing as Interaction Ritual,” Anders Vassenden, University of Stavenger.

“Inhabited Institutions and Geographic Arbitrariness in Capital Prosecution,” Jeffery T. Ulmer and Gary Zajac,  Penn State University.

“Emotional Work as an Element of Organizational Identification,” Beata Pawlowska, University of Lodz.

Presider: TBD

Special Session #1: Teaching Symbolic Interaction

Zoom Link:

The underlying goal for symbolic interactionists is to produce theoretical accounts that promote mutual understanding in order to facilitate cross-group communication. Pioneers of the perspective saw promise in its potential to overcome social problems stemming from a problem in communicating between groups. Papers in this session will explore symbolic interaction to show how the perspective can be utilized in the classroom to instill a greater sense of appreciation for diversity. These papers argue for continued use of the perspective towards overcoming ideological barriers to learning, or papers that introduce new pedagogical techniques taking a SI approach. These papers also examine the use of SI in promoting discussion on current political divides, sex and sexuality, race, gender, social theory, rural and urban issues, issues in online teaching, and other topics.

“Lynda Barry and Other Graphic Novelists in Teaching Social Problems,” Laurie Linhart, Des Moines Area Community College

“Pragmatism, Praxis, and Pedagogy,” Lukas Szrot, Bemidji State University

“Applying a Sociological Imagination towards Understanding the College Classroom,” Aimee Zoeller, Indiana University Columbus

“Roleplaying as Pedagogy,” Christopher T. Conner, University of Missouri Columbia

Presider/Organizer: Chris Conner, University of Missouri, Columbia and David R. Dickens University of Nevada, Las Vegas

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5TH: 3:30-5:00PM EASTERN

Paper Session #8: Police, Policing, and the Social Construction of “Danger”

Zoom Link:

“Police(ing) Danger: Construction and Management of Risk by Law Enforcement when Responding to Intimate Partner Violence,” Devon Thacker Thomas, California State University, Fullerton.

“Police, Mental Illness and Stigma: The Unresolvable Contradiction of Othering,” Stacey Hannem, Wilfrid Laurier University and Christopher J. Schneider, Brandon University.

Presider: TBD

Paper Session #9: Culture, Identities, and Interaction

Zoom Link:

“Conventional Culture, Subcultural Institutions and Subcultural Careers as Backdrops to Identity Work in Singapore’s Esports Scene,” J. Patrick Williams & Victoria Puay Ru Chua

“Music Across the Life Course,” Joseph Kotarba, Texas State University.

“Study of Simulacra in Adult Dolls Owners’ Communities of North America,” Ehsan Mohammadi, Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Presider: TBD

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5TH: 5:00-6:00PM EASTERN U.S.

Cocktail Hour – All are Welcome (BYO, obviously)

Zoom Link:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6TH: 9:00-10:30AM EASTERN U.S.

Paper Session #10: Meaning Making and Politicalization

Zoom Link:

“Mask Burning Protests as Disalignment Ceremonies,” Eric Silva, Georgia Southern University.

“Signifying Aggrieved White Selves: Trump Supporters’ Racial Identity Work,” Douglas Schrock, Shantel Gabrieal Buggs, Bertan Buyokozturk, Kristen Erichsen, and Andre Ivey, Florida State University.

“The Less Agreeable Side of Charisma: Incredulous Onlooking and Anti-structural Power,” Paul Joosse, University of Hong Kong.

Presider: TBD

Paper Session #11: Moralities and Identities

Zoom Link:

“The Moral Economy in Homeless Communities,” Sarah Werman, Tulane University.

“‘I Didn’t Think it Could Ever Happen to Me’: Perceptions of Identity Theft Victims,” Dylan Reynolds, University of Guelph.

“Moralizing Reentry Work: How Ex-offender Reentry Workers Use Identity Talk to Present a Moral Self,” Andre Ivey, Florida State University.

Presider: TBD

Session #12: Professional Socialization and Life Course Transitions

Zoom Link:

“‘Everybody thinks that I’m crazy’: Biographical Disruptions among Former Elite Athletes,” Deana Simonetto, University of British Columbia, Okanagan.

“Embodiment, Sensibility, and Anticipatory Socialization,” Jacqueline Low, University of New Brunswick.

“The Horizontal Call: Social Factors and Social Influences on the Call to Ministry,” Erin F. Johnston, Duke University.

Presider: TBD

Special Session #2: Gay Urban Place Making From The Gayborhood and Beyond

Zoom Link:

This session examines gay urban enclaves known colloquially as gayborhoods.

“The Sociology of the Gayborhood: An Overview,” Christopher T. Conner, University of Missouri, Columbia, and David Dickens University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

“The Whiteness of Queer Urban Placemaking,” Theo Green, Bowdoin College.

“Beyond the Homonormative Framework,” Magdalena Wojciechowska, Lodz University

Presider: Daniel Okamura, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Organizer: Christopher T. Conner, University of Missouri, Columbia

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6TH: 10:45AM-12:15PM EASTERN U.S.

SSSI Business Meeting

Zoom Link:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6TH: 1:00-2:30PM EASTERN U.S.

Special Session #3: Honoring the Life and Career of Dr. Kathy Charmaz

Session Organizer: Adele Clark, University of California, San Francisco

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7TH: 9:00-10:00AM EASTERN U.S.

Coffee Hour

Zoom link:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7TH: 10:30AM-12:00PM EASTERN U.S.

Special Session #4: Antiracism in Academia: Ideas and Applications 

Panelists:

Stacey Hannem, Wilfrid Laurier University

Matthew Hughey, University of Connecticut

Staci Newmahr, SUNY Buffalo State

We invite everyone to join us for a discussion of doing antiracist work in the everyday academic life. This panel session has three aims and components.  First, we will draw from three contemporary works, critically engaging with trends in antiracist literature and discourse. We encourage anyone interested to read these books in advance of the session: How to Be Less Stupid about Race, by Crystal Fleming, Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad, and White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.  Second, we will critique these works in conversation with classic and canonical antiracist works, including Du Bois’ “The Souls of White Folk” and Black Skin, White Masks by Franz Fanon, and various works by James Baldwin.  Finally, we will draw on these ideas and arguments to explore about how to do antiracist work in our classrooms and our scholarship, and offer suggestions for further reading.   

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7TH: 12:45-2:15PM EASTERN U.S.

Paper Session #13A: Theorizing Symbolic Interaction and Social Psychology

Zoom link:

“Symbolic Interactionism and the Social Psychological Knowledge,” Yolanda Zografova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

“Authenticity and agency: a qualitative study of university students,” Ramón Menéndez, La Trobe University.

“Socialization of Witch-Believers in Early Modern Europe: In Relation to Episodic, Cultural Manifestations,” Gordon Chang, Western Illinois University.

Presider: TBD

Paper Session #13B: Theorizing Symbolic Interaction and Social Psychology

Zoom Link:

“Culture in Situational Stratification: Social Inequality in Face-to-Face Encounters,” Roscoe Scarborough, College of Coastal Georgia.

“Micropolitics of Interaction Ritual: Microagression as Power and Disruption,” JL Johnson, Bethel University.

Presider: TBD

Paper Session #14: Interactionist Studies of Culture and Cultural Objects

Zoom Link:

“I Spent Two Minutes Sightseeing, Three Hours Retouching My Photos”: The Shifted Tourist Gaze as Self-Examination,” Fangheyue (Amber) Ma, University of South Florida.

“How materials shape the interactions between architecture and its users?,” Piotr Pawłowski, Lodz University of Technology, Poland.

“Aesthetic Inspiration as a Micro Foundation for Action: Anticipation and Receptivity in Fashion Design,” Alexander Hoppe, University of Pennsylvania.

Presider: TBD

Special Session #5: Neglected Theorists of Color in Symbolic Interaction

Zoom Link:

This session examines social theorists of color and other marginalized backgrounds, whose ideas have been forgotten, lost, or misrepresented. Papers presented here will address those theorists whose work has been undeservedly marginalized (i.e. Sojourner Truth, Web Du Bois, Anna Julia Cooper, Charles S. Johnson, E. Frankl Frzier, Audre Lorde, and others). While our focus here is on theorists marginalized based on their racial identity, in the spirit of togetherness we welcome papers from other marginalized backgrounds (queer scholars, women, and other minority groups). Our preference is for papers oriented towards interpretive social science (i.e. pragmatist philosophy, symbolic interaction, critical interactionism, queer interactionism, feminist interactionism, and many others). Papers will first provide a brief biographical sketch (including an explanation as to why they are a marginalized theorist), a summary of theoretical contribution(s), and a social problem or issue that can be explained by utilizing the theorists’ work.​

“The Importance and Marginalization of Theorists of Color in Sociology,” Jonathan Jiménez, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

“Bridges or Boundaries? W.E.B. Du Bois and a Sociology Hesitant,” James M. Thomas, University of Mississippi

“Black Interactionists Matter: Black scholarly contributions on language, meaning, and interaction,” Jasmon Bailey, University of Maryland

“Pragmatism and Black Political Consciousness,” Julien C. Grayer Lecturer University of Missouri, Columbia

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7TH: 4:00-5:30PM EASTERN U.S.

2021 SSSI Distinguished Lecture

(Zoom Link:  )

Ruby Mendenhall, Ph.D.

University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign

Title: “Racial Inequalities Across the Life Course: Meaning Making & Resilience”

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7TH: 5:30-7:00PM EASTERN U.S.

Awards Ceremony and Reception

Zoom Link:

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Facebook Page of the European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (EUSSSI)

The European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction have their own Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/europeansssi

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SSSI Notes Vol.49 No.1 – latest newsletter of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction has just published the latest edition of its news letter SSSI Notes Vol.49 No.1

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Updated Call for Papers: 2021 Annual Meeting Virtual (August 5-8, 2021) – New Deadline April 2nd, 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.

EXTENDED deadline for submissions is Friday, April 2, 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

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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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