CfP for SSSI 2017 – The Canadian Contributions to Symbolic Interaction #sssi #sociology

Dear Canadian SIers,

 As you may (or may not) be aware, the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction is hosting its annual meeting in Montreal this year. In honour of the Canadian location and in keeping with the SSSI conference theme:  “SSSI at 40: Reflecting on the Past, Engaging with the Present, Imagining the Future”, we have proposed a panel on the Canadian contributions to Symbolic Interaction. We would welcome contributions from established and emerging Canadian scholars who work in the tradition of SI to reflect on the history of SI in Canada and our contemporary contributions.  The link to the SSSI Call for Papers is below. Please submit abstracts to . 


Please put “SSSI Paper Submission” in the subject line. The deadline for abstract submissions is February 28, 2017. 


The Canadian Contributions to Symbolic Interaction

This session will provide a historical look at the contributions of Canadian scholars to the development of symbolic interaction in North America and highlight the work of contemporary Canadian symbolic interactionists. Although the scholarly community of Symbolic Interactionists in Canada is comparatively small, notable interactionists in Canada have made significant contributions to theorizing over the past thirty-five years and SI continues to have a strong presence in the landscape of Canadian sociology. Having developed alongside critical Marxist sociology and in the shadow of John Porter’s Vertical Mosaic, Symbolic Interactionism in Canada has taken on a decidedly pragmatist bent. Indeed, SI has become mainstream in the sociology of deviance in Canada and has found its way into the work of scholars positioned in cognate disciplines such as criminology. We envision this session as bringing together pioneers in Canadian SI with early career symbolic interactionists to discuss their perspectives on our shared intellectual heritage and the future of SI in Canada.


Questions or inquiries about the Canadian Contributions panel may be directed to Stacey Hannem ( or Carrie Sanders (



Stacey & Carrie


Stacey Hannem, PhD

Associate Professor & Department Chair

Department of Criminology 

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