Couch-Stone Symposium 2019 – Des Moines, Iowa, 16 – 18 May #sssi #conference #CfP


Couch-Stone Symposium

May 16-18, 2019

Des Moines, Iowa


Laurie Linhart, Des Moines Area Community College

David Schweingruber, Iowa State University

How should Symbolic Interactionism be taught in the undergraduate classroom? How can the Symbolic Interactionist perspective improve any college course? How should we be passing along Symbolic Interactionism to the next generations of scholars? How can Symbolic Interactionist research on teaching and learning inform our practice?

We are seeking…

Papers on all aspects of the scholarship of teaching and learning

Proposals to organize panels related to the conference theme

Papers for open paper sessions

Proposals to organize sessions

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2019

Make all submissions to:

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2019 EUSSSI Conference in Island (3 to 6 July) – Call for Abstracts #sssi #conference #europe

The Call for Abstracts for the 2019 EUSSSI Conference has been published here

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SSSI Notes Vol 47 No. 2 is out! #sssi #sociology

For the latest SSSI Notes with information on the 2019 conference and much more, please click HERE.

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Call for SSSI Award Nominations 2019

We have just published a call for award nominations on our website. The list of awards with detailed information on how to submit your nominations can be found there.


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

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 socio-political 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 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 by April 1, 2019.

Paper Title
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 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

2019 Annual Meetings of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

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Call for Contributions – #SSSI Notes November 2019

The next issue of SSSI Notes will be available at the end of November. If you have any announcements about conferences, grants, awards, new publications, related organizations, or other relevant information please send a short description to William Force ( via e-mail by Monday, November 26. Please include submissions as Word attachments limited to around 1000 words.

Anyone who has photos from the 2018 SSSI meetings In Lancaster or Philadelphia, and is willing to share them for publication in our November newsletter, please send them and include the names of those in the photo, if possible. Thanks!

– William

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2018 SSSI Award Winners

At the Banquet at the 2018 EUSSSI/Couch-Stone Symposium in Lancaster the President of the Society, Thomas DeGloma, presented the Society’s Awards.

George Herbert Mead Life-Time Achievement Award: Robert Prus, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo

Charles Horton Cooley Book AwardJooyoung LeeBlowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central. Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press.

Early-in-Career AwardXiaoli Tian, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Hong Kong University.

Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award: Stephanie Peña-Alves (Rutgers University) “Say it with Doors: Object-Mediated Communication in Everyday Life

Lopata Mentor Award: Leslie Irvine, University of Colorado at Boulder


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