2019 Annual Meetings of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction #sssi #sociology

New York, NY

August 9-11, 2019

Westin New York at Times Square

The Program Planning Committee of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction is pleased to call for papers that address this year’s conference theme or that engage with any other aspect of symbolic interaction: “Power, Structure, and Intersectionality in Symbolic Interaction” Symbolic Interactionism has long been plagued (fairly or unfairly) with accusations of having an astructural bias and failing to adequately engage with the dynamics of power. Many symbolic interactionist scholars have defended the SI perspective against this charge and some have put forward explicit arguments for interactionist conceptions of both structure and power (see, notably, Fine and Kleinmann, 1983; Prus, 1999; Athens 2015). However, the “myth” of the astructural bias has continued to loom over SI and has had a marginalizing effect on the perspective (McGinty 2016). Current sociopolitical concerns about identity, representation, and marginality are ripe for analyses rooted in the SI tradition: analyses which attend carefully and explicitly to issues of power, structure, and intersectionalities. Indeed, these concerns involve many of the “underdog” groups that symbolic interactionists, as ethnographers and qualitative researchers of the margins, have long been concerned with. The theme of this year’s annual meeting encourages symbolic interactionists to face the criticisms of astructural bias head-on and to engage with issues of power, diversity, social structure, and conflict as they are interactionally realized and experienced by individuals and groups and implicated in social life.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Patricia Hill Collins, Distinguished University Professor Emerita in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland, will present the SSSI 2019 Distinguished Lecture: “Not Just Ideas: Intersectionality and Epistemic Resistance.” The Distinguished Lecture will take place on Saturday, August 10 at 4:00, and be followed by the annual SSSI Awards Banquet.

We encourage the submission of individual papers and complete thematic panels (3-4 papers) that engage with the conference theme including, but not limited to, such topics as: Gender Relations, Social stratification, Gender, Diversity, and Identity Power in ethnographic research, Race and Racialization, Media and power in discourse, Sexualities, Stigma, and Marginalization, Domination and Subordination, Self and Identity in the Context of Power Relations, Conflict in social life, Social institutions and power, Agency and constraint.

As always, we are also interested in and will accept papers and panels that engage with any and all aspects of symbolic interactionism, including theory, method, pedagogy, and symbolic interactionist analyses of any and all substantive topics.

Submission Process: Please make your submission to the conference organizers by sending the following information to symbolic.interaction2019@gmail.com

Deadline Extended to May 1, 2019



Abstract (maximum 250 words)

Author(s) Name(s) and Institutional Affiliation(s)

Contact email and telephone number

If you are submitting a complete thematic panel, please include a panel title as well as individual information for all presenters and their papers.

Inquiries and questions may be addressed directly to Stacey Hannem at shannem@wlu.ca or at the email above.

Accommodations and Planning to Attend: A limited number of rooms has been reserved at the Westin New York at Times Square for conference attendees at a special rate of $255 (single/double occupancy), $285 (triple occupancy), and $315 (quad occupancy). To access this rate you must book your room by July 18, 2019.

Click Here to Book the group rate with Westin Times Square New York

Registration and Membership:

All presenters will be required to be members of SSSI at the time of the conference. Information about Membership and Conference Registration will follow.

Program Planning Committee Stacey Hannem, Vice President SSSI, Wilfrid Laurier University (Chair)

Thaddeus Muller, Past-Vice President SSSI, Lancaster University

Tim Hallett, Vice President elect SSSI, Indiana University Bloomington

Lisa-Jo van den Scott, Treasurer SSSI, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Thomas DeGloma, Past-President SSSI, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center

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