“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 1st. Please 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