SSSI 2017 - Call for Papers

SSSI at 40: Reflecting on the Past, Engaging with the Present, Imagining the Future


2017 Annual Conference

August 11-13

Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada




Distinguished lecture by Dr. Jean-François Côté,

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Professor of Sociology, Université du Québec à Montréal

Workshop: Using Grounded Theory for Social Justice Research*

Friday (morning), August 11, 2017

Workshop Given by: Dr. Kathy Charmaz & Dr. Linda Liska Belgrave

Free for SSSI Members and ASA Minority Fellows


Author Meets Critic

Friday, August 11, 2017

*The Color of Love: Racial Features, Stigma, and Socialization in Black Brazilian Families (University of Texas Press, 2015).  

By Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman


Conference Theme: For forty years, the SSSI has been a professional home for scholars with roots in American pragmatism and the study of identity, everyday practice, and language. Over the decades, what was once a radical alternative to positivism has become accepted by the mainstream. We have endured debates over micro vs. macro, social realism vs. interpretivism, and structure vs. agency. The 2017 annual conference will celebrate the many directions that symbolic interactionist research takes for investigating social issues and envisioning social change.


Call for Papers

We invite scholars to submit abstracts for the sessions listed below. General submissions that do not fall into any of these categories are also accepted. Submission instructions follow session titles. For more information about any of these sessions, please click HERE.

1.    Autobiographical Storytelling: Content, Process, and Purpose

2.    The Canadian Contributions to Symbolic Interaction

3.    Contested Ground: Deviance Designations, Stigma Contests, and the Problem on Conflict in Everyday Life

4.    Forgotten, Neglected, and Misrepresented Social Theorists

5.    Explaining the Rise of Trump

6.    Identity Work as a Story

7.    Interactionist Perspectives on Deviance and Crime

8.    Pop Culture: People, Places, Things

9.    Interactionist Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity

10.  Jack Douglas' methodological masterpiece legacy

11.  Messages and Meaning in Mass Media

12.  “Nature,” Self, and Social Change

13.  Negotiating Risk

14.  New Theoretical Directions

15.  Place and Identity

16.  Pragmatic Interactionism

17. Pragmatism in the 21st Century: The Living Legacy of the Pragmatic Perspective

18. Race and Interactionist Theory

19. Science, Technology, and Medicine Studies

20. Situational Analysis and Symbolic Interaction

21. Sport, Recreation, and Leisure

22. Symbolic Interaction, Inequality, and the Body

23. Teaching Symbolic Interactionism: Strategies for Incorporating SI into the Classroom

24.  Gender, Sexualities, and Symbolic Interaction

25. Symbolic Interaction and the Nonhuman Animal

Submit abstracts to Beth Montemurro, SSSI Vice-President, at . Please put “SSSI Paper Submission” in the subject line. The deadline for abstract submissions is March 15, 2017. Information about registration fees, society membership, and banquet tickets will appear on the SSSI website,, as it becomes available.

Questions? Please contact SSSI President, Leslie Irvine or SSSI Vice President, Beth Montemurro

*Workshop: Using Grounded Theory for Social Justice Research

Friday morning, August 11, 2017; Organized and Led by Kathy Charmaz & Linda Liska Belgrave

This workshop introduces using grounded theory methods for qualitative research on social justice topics. Grounded theory methods consist of flexible guidelines to adopt, alter, and fit particular research problems, not to apply mechanically. With these guidelines, you will expedite and systematize your data gathering and analysis. These methods and the area of social justice are treated as serving mutually complementary purposes. Grounded theory methods can assist social justice researchers in making their work more analytic, precise, and compelling. A focus on social justice can help symbolic interactionists to move their methods into macro analyses. Major grounded theory strategies will be presented with suggestions about how use them to spark fresh ideas about data. We will discuss how the symbolic interactionist perspective can inform grounded theory studies in social justice. Familiarity with grounded theory methods is helpful but is not necessary. This workshop covers an overview of basic guidelines and includes several hands-on exercises. If you have collected some qualitative data, bring a completed interview, set of field notes, or document to analyze. If you do not have data yet, we will supply qualitative data for you. If you prefer to use a laptop for writing, bring one, but you can complete the exercises without a computer. The workshop is free for all SSSI members and 2017 conference attendees.


*Author Meets Critics Session: The Color of Love

Friday, August 11, 2017

Kathy Charmaz, Organizer

This session features a discussion with Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, author of The Color of Love: Racial Features, Stigma, and Socialization in Black Brazilian Families (University of Texas Press, 2015).  

Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman conducted detailed ethnographic observations and interviews with members of Brazilian families of African descent in her portrayal of racial hierarchies and their reproduction across generations. She systematically collected the stories of people who were denied love and suffered inequities within and beyond the family because of their skin color and/or hair texture. Using a symbolic interactionist perspective, Professor Hordge-Freeman demonstrates the differential effects of racial hierarchies on love, family, and social resources in an innovative analysis. Her book won the 2016 ASA Emotions book award.  The panelists will offer their comments on the book and the many theoretical, substantive, and methodological issues it raises.  We will have a lively discussion and will welcome comments and questions from the audience.


Omni Mont-Royal Hotel* Located downtown on the elegant Sherbrooke Street West near McGill University, the luxury Hotel Omni Mont-Royal dominates the Golden Square Mile’s historical district. Sophisticated, luminous and inviting, this environment showcases an authentic and refined stay. With never more than 12 rooms per floor, the hospitality experience is enhanced by luxurious and comforting loft style guestrooms. Towering the Mount-Royal Park, our 31 story hotel offers magnificent city views and an abundance of natural light. Honoring Montreal’s reputation for gastronomy, Chef Laurent Miot and his international brigade, treat guests on a daily basis to a variety of local flavors à la Montréal. Our French inspired Petit Opus Café and vibrant Alice Bar reflect the city’s rich diversity. A well-known address within the business community, the hotel is best known for its dedicated and experienced personnel.                        

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