EU SSSI Conference in Topola, Bulgaria #sssi

The VIIth Conference of the European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

Integrating Interactionist Traditions:

Building Theoretical, Methodological, and

Disciplinary Bridges in the Study of Everyday Life

July 4th-8th, 2016, Topola, Bulgaria

The aim of the Conference is to bring together prominent scholars with rich and diverse backgrounds in the field of social psychology and symbolic interactionism from a number of disciplines, countries, and continents. It seeks to expand upon the organizational experiences and successful practices established through the previous conferences that the EU SSSI has hosted in Pisa (2010), Kassel (2011), Rotterdam (2012), Uppsala (2013), Aalborg (2014), and Salford (2015), with the support of the SSSI.

As with previous EU SSSI conferences, our ambition is to facilitate knowledge transfer and encourage the exchange of research experience between European and North American scholarly traditions as well as between sociology and other social sciences. A special feature of this Conference is that it is the first conference on symbolic interaction in Eastern Europe, where scholars have worked within interactionist traditions, particularly during the last twenty years, in order to tackle specific and urgent social problems. We also hope that the Conference venue will help integrate a broader range of European traditions than our previous conferences in Southern, Northern, and Western Europe.

The Conference host is the Institute for Population and Human Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The Institute has strong socio-psychological and interactionist traditions as the heir of the Institute of Psychology.

Topola Skies Resort on the seacoast north of Varna was selected as the Conference venue in order to draw upon Bulgaria’s experience in organizing scientific conferences for over 50 years on the Black Sea. The venue has facilities suitable for both larger and smaller meetings and gatherings, and an effort will be made to avoid parallel sessions. Topola Skies makes it very convenient for Conference participants to be accompanied by family members, and the location provides good opportunities for exploring the rich history and culture of the Bulgarian Black Sea region and elsewhere in the country as well.

Deadline for Abstracts: April 30th, 2016

Abstracts for presentations are to be submitted by April 30th to the Conference email address: . Proposals (400-600 words in length, Microsoft Word or PDF format) should indicate the titles of presentations and the names of all authors, including their affiliations and contact information. Abstracts for thematic sessions, indicating the session title and the names and affiliations of 2-3 discussants, shall also be submitted by April 30th.

More detailed information concerning the conference, including registration and accommodations, is available at the conference website: . The program features prominent keynote speakers from North American and European institutions with the generous support of the SSSI and our European sponsors. Any inquiries concerning further information may be directed to the Conference email address above.

National Organizing Committee: Prof. Andrew Blasko, Chair; Assoc. Prof. Antoaneta Hristova; Assoc. Prof. Toshko Krastev; Asst. Prof. Mona Foscolo; Asst. Diliana Veleva; Asst. Ilina Nacheva.

International Organizing Committee: Prof. Vessela Misheva, Chair; Prof. Andrea Salvini; Prof. Robert Dingwall; Prof. Gregory Smith; Assoc. Prof. Michael Dellwing; Assoc. Prof. Thaddeus Muller; Assoc. Prof. Emma Engdahl.

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