“Strange Days” (July 28 to 31) – Call for Participation #sssi #sociology #events

 “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 1stPlease 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



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The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) is an international professional organization of scholars interested in the study of a wide range of social issues with an emphasis on identity, everyday practice, and language.
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