Call for Abstracts- Miniconference: The Future of Pragmatism and Symbolic Interaction #sssi #sociology


Miniconference: The Future of Pragmatism and Symbolic Interaction

Eastern Sociological Society Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, February 23 – 26, 2017

Scholars researching a variety of topics in different areas of sociological concern are increasingly drawing on pragmatist and interactionist traditions in new and exciting ways. We invite submissions pertaining to the broad range of work that falls under the banner of pragmatism and symbolic interaction, including but not limited to papers that address the following topics and themes:

• Pragmatist theory and methods

• Pragmatism and cultural sociology

• Meaning-making and reality maintenance

• Small groups and interactive dynamics

• Primary and secondary socialization

• Pragmatism in ethnographic research

• Narrative identity and autobiography

• The self and self-concept

• Self-other relations

• Foundational pragmatist theorists

• The social compartmentalization of space, time, identities, meanings, etc.

• Embodiment, agency, and identity

• Cognition and communication

• Symbolism and semiotics (including meaning-making with analogy, metaphor, physical gesture, etc.)

• Logics of action and cultural practices

Abstracts must be submitted by October 15, 2016. Please direct inquiries to Thomas DeGloma ( and Daina Harvey ( Submit a title and abstract of no more than 250 words, along with your name as it should appear in the ESS program, institutional affiliation and contact information, through the ESS online abstract submission system. In the “Submission Details” window, select “Paper” for “Type of Submission,” and select keyword: “Miniconference: Pragmatism and Symbolic Interaction” for “Select the topic area that best describes your submission.” 

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