The 38th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference and Couch-Stone Symposium – Extended Deadline: 17 December 2021 #sssi #sociology #conference

Deadline for the Submission of Abstracts: December 17th, 2021

Please find below the call for papers for the 38th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference and Couch-Stone Symposium.  You will note that this year the Qualitatives and the Couch-Stone Symposium are paired and we look forward to the wonderful spirit these communities bring together.

Please feel free to circulate widely!

The 38th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference and Couch-Stone Symposium:  

Analytic Schema and Getting Close

Memorial University of Newfoundland

St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

June 22-24, 2022

In 1985, Herbert Blumer sent a message to the Qualitatives conference, which was printed in the program that year.  At a time when symbolic interactionists were side-lined as interpretivists interested only in the micro, he sent this cheering message as we embarked on a journey of exploring the macro through the micro, of unearthing generic social processes (Prus 1987). 

I am impressed very much by what you have in mind. Your objectives are excellent and your guiding rules are very much in order. Basically what is at stake is the question of how to see, to study, and to analyze human group life. The answer . . . is to probe into human group life as it is lived, to get intimately close to it, and to develop analytic schema that reflect honestly its empirical character. In my opinion, the prevailing approaches in the social and psychological sciences do not do this successfully, chiefly because of an unwillingness to get close to what is going on and then a reliance on substituting guess work and untested images. . . I wish you the greatest of success in you undertaking!

As qualitative researchers, we are committed to “getting close.”  As Gary Alan Fine advocates, we must turn to the micro to study the macro.  As such, groups emerge as a “hinge,” mediating influence, contingencies, and constraints of the macro on the micro and vice versa.  We can move beyond conversations, then, of the macro and the micro dichotomy by studying groups and, as Blumer suggests, developing analytic schema and uncovering Robert Prus’ generic social processes.  

We invite papers in the spirit of Blumer’s message, as well as any qualitative research papers unrelated to the theme

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University, will present the Keynote Address and we are pleased to feature further plenaries by Dr. Waverly Duck and Dr. Susie Scott.

Abstracts can be submitted online at If you have any questions, please contact us at

Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott, Memorial University

Jeffrey van den Scott, Memorial University

Deana Simonetto, University of British Columbia

Steven Kleinknecht, Brescia University College

Antony Puddephatt, Lakehead University

Foroogh Mohammadi, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Pouya Morshedi, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Ex-officio: Natalia Ruiz-Junco, Auburn University

About Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction - Blog

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.
This entry was posted in Annual Conference, Call for Papers, Conference, Couch/Stone. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s