Latest Issue of SSSI Notes Vol.45/3 #sssi #sociology

The latest issue of the newsletter of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction has just been published. To access the newsletter please click HERE.

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“To Read Again Herbert Blumer” Italian Conference on Herbert Blumer – #sssi #sociology

“To Read Again Herbert Blumer”
Conference on Herbert Blumer in Pisa, Italy

 Monday, April 3, 2017

Herbert Blumer died on April 13th, 1987, in Pleasanton, California. Exactly thirty years after his passing, the Department of Political Science, University of Pisa, will hold a commemorative conference entitled “To Read Again Herbert Blumer” (April 3, Pisa), about his work and his scientific legacy. The interactionist community in Pisa will be pleased to involve scholars from all over the country discussing various issues about Herbert Blumer’s relevance and influence in the early 21st century. It will be an interesting journey through many themes, with speeches on different substantive topics, both theoretical and methodological. The purpose is to stimulate a common reflection on the originality of Blumer’s ideas, and their susceptibility to further elaboration, in order to identify areas where the fundamental assumptions of Symbolic Interactionism may prove useful.
This is the list of speakers

Herbert Blumer, from Chicago to Berkeley: the construction of Symbolic Interactionism, Raffaele Rauty (University of Salerno, Italy)
Mixed and/or Merged: a methodological reconstruction?, Rita Bichi (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy)

Blumer after Blumer: methodological rigour and critical positivism in Andrew Abbott’s sociology, Vincenzo Romania (University of Padua, Italy)

From Herbert Blumer to Anselm Strauss: to the roots of grounded theory and interactionism in health care, Giuseppina Cersosimo (University of Salerno, Italy)

Autoethnography and Symbolic Interactionism: a way of being, and seeing the world, Charlie Barnao (Magna Græcia University of Catanzaro, Italy)

Herbert Blumer, today, Andrea Salvini and Irene Psaroudakis (University of Pisa, Italy)

Discussant: Massimo Pendenza (University of Salerno, Italy)


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“International Summer School on Grounded Theory & Qualitative Methods” 5 – 9 June, Pisa Italy #sssi #sociology

International Summer School on Grounded Theory & Qualitative Methods

2017 – II edition – 5-9 June, Pisa


The Department of Political Science, University of Pisa, is pleased to invite you to participate in the II edition of the International Summer School on Grounded Theory & Qualitative Methods (5-9 June, Pisa). After the great success of the I edition, which attracted about 74 people from all over the world, the organizers hope to involve a large number of scholars, students and professionals to join this II edition. Last year, the contributions of Professor Kathy Charmaz (Sonoma State University), Professor David Altheide (Arizona State University), and the participation of the most renowned scholars from European Universities, were very appreciated in terms of both contents and teaching methodology.

In this second edition – which will see the participation of Professors Anne Ryen (University of Adger), Thaddeus Muller (University of Lancaster), Michael Dellwing (University of Kassel), Krzysztof Konecki (University of Lodz), Andrea Salvini (University of Pisa), Roberto Cipriani (University of Roma Tre) and many others scholars – considerable importance will be attached to the practical and communitarian dimensions, by constituting working groups and promoting the exchange of experience and good practice in this field. Detailed information about registration program, teachers, fees and deadlines, will be available on the Summer School official website: It is also possible to follow updates on Facebook (, and Twitter ( official accounts.

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European SSSI Conference 2017 in Lodz/Poland #sssi #sociology #conference

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

the EUSSSI Conference will be held in Lodz/Poland from July 4th to July 8th this year. 

The title of the conference is “Studying Everyday Life: Generic Dimensions of Interactionist Inquiry”. 

For more information place click the link below.

very best wishes



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CfP SSSI 2017 Annual Meetings in Montreal, Canda #sociology #sssi

Dear SSSI Members:

Please submit abstracts for the 2017 meeting, which will be held at the Omni Mont-Royal hotel in Montreal, Quebec on 8/11-8/13/17. PAPER PROPOSALS/ABSTRACTS ARE DUE IN ONE WEEK, by 3/15/17.  Please share with colleagues and students. Submission instructions, session titles, and session descriptions can be found on the SSSI website:                                                        

Submit abstracts to Beth Montemurro, SSSI Vice-President, at:  Please put “SSSI Paper Submission” in the subject line.

Conference Participants and Attendees must be members of SSSI and must register for the conference. Please register by July 1, 2017. Information about registration fees, society membership, and banquet tickets can be found here:

It is not too early to make hotel reservations. Here is the link for our special great rate at the Omni Mont-Royal:

Please contact me with any questions.



Beth Montemurro, Ph.D.

Vice-President, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

Professor of Sociology

Penn State University, Abington

1600 Woodland Road

Abington, PA 19001


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A Quick look back to the History of SSSI #sssi #sociology #history

Almost 20 years ago, in Summer 1997, Symbolic Interaction published a Special Issue (Vol. 20(2)) concerned with the history of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. The Special Issue co-edited by Michael G. Flaherty and Donna Daren includes 12 essays by the co-editors and 10 interactionists who were actively involved in the creation of our Society. For those with an interest in SSSI, its history and  relationship to ASA this Special Issue is an unmissable source. It covers personal memories of meetings in Gregory Stone’s basement as well as discussions about the initial management of the Society: were presidents to be elected or were lots to be drawn out of a head? Please see below the Table of content of the Special Issue.

Dirk vom Lehn  @dirkvl

Symbolic Interaction Vol.20(2)

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Call for Papers SSSI Notes #sssi #sociology

The next issue of SSSI Notes will be available in mid-March. If you have any announcements about conferences, grants, awards, new publications, related organizations, or other relevant information please send a short description to me via e-mail by Friday, March 10. Please include submissions as Word attachments limited to around 1000 words. Feel free to contact me (<>) with questions.

– William Force (Editor, SSSI Notes)

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