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Call for Abstracts

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 13th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON STIGMA
Conference Theme: “Power of Peer Support: Breaking the Chains of Stigma Together”

A Hybrid Conference Hosted by Howard University Tuesday, November 15, 2022 – Friday, November 18, 2022 Deadline for Submission: Friday, September 30, 2022 by 5:00pm (EST)

This hybrid conference aims to increase awareness of the stigma of HIV and other health conditions and to explore interventions to eradicate this stigma. This conference also serves to educate healthcare providers and the general public about stigma as both a major barrier to prevention and treatment of illnesses and a human rights violation. We are looking for original research that addresses HIV stigma or other mental or physical health-related stigma to be presented as a VIRTUAL POSTER during the conference virtual poster session on November 17, 2022. During the virtual poster session, each presenter will have the opportunity to give a live or pre-recorded presentation of their work with a live Q & A session to follow. Abstracts that focus on this year’s theme of, “Power of Peer Support: Breaking the Chains of Stigma Together” are particularly encouraged. A limited number of non-research community-based project posters may be accepted for presentation during the virtual poster session.

The Best Scientific Abstract Award recipient and the second-place scientific abstract will have the opportunity to provide a BRIEF VIRTUAL ORAL PRESENTATION of their work on November 15, 2022 in addition to their participation in the virtual poster session. Monetary prizes will be given for the top three scientific abstracts. The Best Scientific Abstract Award recipient will receive a $500 prize, the second-place scientific abstract will receive a $200 prize, and the third-place scientific abstract will receive a $100 prize.

Abstract Guidelines: Submit an abstract, with a maximum of 300 words, to Victoria Hoverman at vicki.hoverman@gmail.com by 5:00pm (EST) on Friday, September 30, 2022. Please include the full name, position/job title, affiliation and email address of each contributing author at the top of the page along with the abstract title. Author information and the abstract title are not included in the 300-word count. Research already published in peer-reviewed journals is not eligible for submission. The first author or another presenter must register for the conference if the abstract is accepted. The first author or another presenter of the winning abstracts must virtually attend the conference to receive the prizes. Students, scholars, and researchers are all welcome to submit abstracts and attend the conference! Notifications will be sent by October 14, 2022. These are virtual poster presentations only, with the exception of the Best Scientific Abstract Award winner and the second-place scientific abstract winner, which are also brief virtual oral presentations. For questions about abstracts, contact Victoria Hoverman at vicki.hoverman@gmail.com. For general questions about the conference contact Patricia Houston at phouston@howard.edu.

Please go to www.whocanyoutell.org to register today!

Call for Chapters

Call for Chapters
Rapid Response Volume on “Social Problems in the Age of Mass Incarceration

The Justice 21 Committee of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) intends to produce a new rapid-response volume, "Social Problems in the Age of Mass Incarceration." This project affirms the resiliency and commitment of the SSSP to social justice scholarship. This volume will be an “agenda for social justice in the age of mass incarceration,” in that it will convey scholarly insight and clarify the effects of mass incarceration on significant social problems, including specific and actionable recommendations for elected officials, policy makers, community members, and the public at large. Please review the announcement for a Call for Chapter Proposals for a Rapid-Response Volume on “Social Problems in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” This project will be published in an electronic format by Policy Press. Please submit a copy of your 1 to 2-page proposal using the Google Form by October 21, 2022. Chapter drafts will be due January 13, 2023, and final manuscripts will be due April 21, 2023. Final contributions will be limited to 3000 words maximum (or roughly ten double-spaced manuscript pages). The e-volume is expected to launch in August 2023.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Dr. Kristen M. Budd, Justice 21 Committee Chair, at kbudd@sentencingproject.org.

Call for Chapters
The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Digitalisation of Public Diplomacy

Introduction: In a 2013 commentary article posted on the US Department of State’s official blog DipNote, the former US Secretary of State, John Kerry, somewhat criticised the popular tendency among diplomacy practitioners, scholars and critics to make the term “digital diplomacy” the talk of the town. He claimed that this term (“digital diplomacy”) “is almost redundant - it's just diplomacy, period”. Kerry further stressed that, although the new information and communication technologies (ICTs) do tremendously contribute to the advancement of countries’ foreign policy objectives as well as to bridging the gap between people across the globe, they (the ICTs) fulfil the same core diplomatic functions as the traditional/analogue tools of public diplomacy. For instance, they enable diplomats to create dialogue among the broadest possible audience as well as to find common ground, which, after all, are what diplomacy is all about (Kerry 2013).

For many observers, Kerry’s pronouncement came to mean that it is futile to always stress the digitalised nature of ICT-driven diplomacy given the fact that a plurality of factors or indicators suggest that, in a near future, the use of digital technologies in diplomacy will become too banal that professionals and scholars in the discipline will no longer see the need to stress the “digital nature” of digital diplomacy. In spite of its pertinence, the above futuristic statement seems not to take into account a number of new developments in the domains of artificial intelligence, robotics, smart cultures and diplomacy itself, among others. In effect, digital diplomacy itself has over the years been extremely dynamic, so much so that it is becoming more and more complex to define players in the diplomatic game. For instance, technological innovations in AI and robotics have caused governments to fantasise over using robots as diplomats or using artificial intelligence in the conduct of consular affairs, crisis communication, public diplomacy and international negotiations. China is a good example of countries who, in recent times, have ardently resorted to AI in international negotiations and crisis communications (Daxue Consulting 2020).

In view of new developments in digital diplomacy, Bjola (2018) observes that digitalisation may not have changed the main targets of diplomacy but the truth remains that it has so transformed the diplomacy game that it will not be out of place to talk of a revolution in the conduct of diplomacy. Bjola actually contends that although “the core mission of diplomacy in the Digital Age is still about finding the middle ground”, a lot of emergent digitally driven trend have brought significant changes in the way the diplomatic game is now conducted. What has concretely changed is “the context in which the core mission of diplomacy is supposed to be accomplished”. In effect, “new digital technologies significantly broaden the spectrum of actors that can take part and influence the diplomatic conversation, reshape the ‘grammar rules’ and institutional norms to guide online diplomatic engagement, and opens the door to the use of digital tools for disrupting the middle ground via disinformation and propaganda” (p.8).

Besides broadening the spectrum of actors that can participate in, and shape the diplomacy game, new technological innovations (notably AI and robots) have given birth to such paradigms as robotisation, increased and advanced mechanisation and dehumanisation of public diplomacy in the world. Other related developments have been the acceleration and growing popularisation of the smart city concept as well as the COVID-19 pandemic which have all combined to compel almost all major human industries – including diplomacy – to mainly shift online and to be revolutionised day by day.

The dynamics of digital diplomacy suggested in the foregoing have not yet attracted the scholarly attention they deserve. The majority of studies devoted to the use of ICTs in the conduct of public diplomacy have not actually touched issues such as AI, smart technologies as well as the influence of the COVID-19 on the evolution or revolution of digital diplomacy in the world. Previous works have also not sought to address emerging issues related to the implication of the above mentioned emerging trends for teaching and research in public diplomacy. This book ultimately seeks to fill this apparent gap in knowledge.

Objectives:

  1. Explore the influences of the new ICTs, AI and smart cultures on the conduct of public diplomacy
  2. Examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the conduct of digital diplomacy in the world, and
  3. Analyse the implications of the dynamics of ICTs and AI for teaching and research in digital diplomacy.

Submission Procedures: Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before September 27, 2022, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by September 29, 2022 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 10, 2022, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at https://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Online Submission: https://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/5069

Publisher: IGI Global

Editor's Contact: 
Floribert Patrick C. Endong (PhD)
University of Dschang, Cameroon
floribertendong@yahoo.com

Further Information: https://www.sssp1.org/file/Call_for_Chapter_COVID_19_Public_Diplomacy.pdf

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Call for Papers

Midwest Sociological Society
2023 MSS Annual Meeting (March 23-26, 2023 | Minneapolis, MN)

The 2023 MSS Submission portal is now open!

All submitters must access the online portal by [/membership]logging in to the MSS website*. You do not have to be a member to submit to the annual meeting program. However, you will need a MSS profile. This requirement assists us in better communication with you, our potential presenters, throughout the process. Once you log in to the website, you will find the submission portal link on the "My Profile" page in the blue menu bar.

All submissions must be entered via the online portal. Once you enter the online portal, you will be prompted to enter specific information, including your session format, topic and abstract. Depending upon the session type, you may need to provide additional  information. You can find detailed instructions on how to submit on the MSS Submission Portal page.  Please be consistent with your MSS profile when entering email address(es) in your submission contact information.

Call for Papers
The World Social Science Association

Paper and session proposals are due to section coordinators by December 1, 2022. See instructions for submitting on the "Sections & Affiliates" tab of our website, http://www.WSSAweb.com. The World Social Science Association, formerly the Western Social Science Association (WSSA), is committed to multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship, service, and collegiality. The WSSA's mission includes fostering professional study, advancing research, promoting the teaching of social science, and encouraging professional exchange across the social science disciplines. WSSA draws scholars and others in some 32 disciplines, or "sections," from across the United States, and around the world; convenes an annual conference; conducts research competitions for faculty and students; and publishes The Social Science Journal, a juried, quarterly research journal.

The 2023 conference will be held at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, Arizona, USA. A block of rooms has been reserved for those attending the conference; after October 1, 2022, there will be a link on our website, at http://www.wssaweb.com/conference-overview, for reservations within the conference block. Our website is in the process of being substantially upgraded; it will become available, after September 24, at http://www.WSSAweb.com, Please create a 2023 WSSA account for yourself at that site, then find information on the submission process, registration, membership, and section coordinators. You will submit and register directly from the home page, using your newly-created WSSA account. Program Chair: Dr. William Schaniel University of West Georgia (retired) Global Scholastic Services E-mail: mailto:wschanie@westga.edu

The submission portal, on our website’s home page, will open on September 25, 2022. It is not necessary to be a member to submit a paper. The submission portal will close on December 10, 2022. Acceptance decisions should be made within about 3 weeks after submission; all decisions will be made by January 6, 2023. The registration portal will open on September 25, 2022. All participants must register for the conference. On-line registration will close on Apri 1, 2023.

Call for Papers
Disability and the Changing Contexts of Family and Personal Relationships
Research in Social Science and Disability (RSSD), Volume 15

The past 50 years have witnessed a transformation in the structure and function of families and households. The social and demographic catalysts for these changes – including but not limited to delayed marriage, the legalization of same-sex marriage, women’s increased labor force participation, and declines in fertility and mortality – have further impacted norms about family life and the performance of formal and informal family roles. Despite these radical shifts, however, family and personal relationships are not well-represented in disability scholarship.

Conversely, people with disabilities are rarely included in family studies scholarship. The limited attention people with disabilities have received in this field overwhelmingly problematizes disability, which is evident in the predominant focus on difficulties, hardship, despair, etc., families may experience as a result of a family member’s disability. In counterpoint to this approach, and in the interest of expanding disability scholarship on families, the goal for this volume of Research in Social Science and Disability is to bring together research and theoretical perspectives that challenge and revise dominant perspectives on disability and the changing contexts of family and personal relationships.

Our approach to this volume topic is rooted in a sociological and anti-ableist understanding of families which recognizes that families are not only shaped by individuals and individual relationships. Concentrating instead on the social contexts in which families exist shifts our focus away from individuals and allows us to engage with the social structures and status hierarchies that may privilege or undermine families and relationships to varying degrees. In addition to showcasing work that is conceptually innovative in this volume, it is our intention to present cutting-edge methods related to the study of families. As such, this volume is poised to present not just a different perspective or perspectives on disability and family life, but also a new paradigm in disability scholarship.

In this call, we seek theoretical, methodological, or empirical papers that center disability in the study of family contexts, from the perspective of, and including literature linked to, a social science. We are open to a wide range of topics, which might include:

  1. Childhood family experiences
  2. Sexuality and personal relationships
  3. Family transitions
  4. Union stability and quality
  5. Parenthood and parenting
  6. Work/life balance and other employment considerations
  7. Gendered divisions of labor
  8. Food insecurity as well as other forms of material hardship and family roles
  9. Family stress processes
  10. Intergenerational relationships
  11. Kinship and extended family ties
  12. Policy or economic analyses
  13. Historical analyses
  14. Theoretical formulations for studying impairments or disabilities and the family; and
  15. Methodological issues in the study of impairments or disabilities and the family.

Consistent with previous volumes in the RSSD series, we welcome submissions from a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and from interdisciplinary teams of authors. We also encourage submissions from scholars around the world, and we particularly encourage research conducted outside of the global north.

As the first step, we are seeking expressions of interest in contributing a chapter to this volume. Interested authors should submit an abstract no later than October 15, 2022. Abstracts should contain a commitment to submit a full paper by April 15, 2023. Abstracts should be approximately 500-1000 words submitted as a Word document or PDF. Abstracts should be organized in the following sections with sub-titles: Purpose, Approach, Findings (anticipated findings are sufficient at this stage), and Implications. Please send abstracts to Gabriele Ciciurkaite at Gabriele.ciciurkaite@usu.edu.

Access the full call here

Call for Papers
Social Factors, Health Care Inequalities, and Vaccination
Volume 40, Research in Sociology of Health Care

Papers dealing with macro-level system issues and micro-level issues involving social factors, health care inequities, and vaccinations are sought. This includes examination of health and health care issues of patients or of providers of care both in the United States and in other countries. Papers that focus on linkages to policy, population concerns and either patients or providers of care as ways to meet health care needs of people both in the US and in other countries are solicited. The social factors could include race and ethnicity, SES, and gender along with other social factors. Papers could provide linkages to vaccinations for infectious diseases including COVID 19 but can also deal with chronic health disease issues and an array of concerns linked to inequities in access to care. Both quantitative and qualitative papers are appropriate for this volume. This volume will be published by Emerald Press. The volume will contain 10 to 14 papers, generally between 20 and 35 pages in length. Send completed manuscripts or close to completed papers for review by October 1, 2022. For an initial indication of interest in outlines or abstracts, please contact the same address no later than August 25, 2022. Earlier inquiries are welcome and will be responded to when sent (in June, for example). Send as an email to: Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, Professor Emerita, Sociology Program, Arizona State University, (phone 480 991-3920; E-mail, Jennie.Kronenfeld@asu.edu). Initial inquiries by email are encouraged and can occur immediately.

Call for Papers for Inaugural Conference
Im/migrant Well-Being: A Nexus for Research and Policy
The Im/Migrant Well-Being Scholar Collaborative (IWSC)

Conference Organizers: Elizabeth Aranda, University of South Florida – Immigrant Well-Being Research Center; and Elizabeth Vaquera, The George Washington University – Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute.

Dates and Location: February 17-18, 2023, St. Petersburg, Florida – Hilton

Theme: Immigration is not just a legal process, nor is it a finite process that ends upon an im/migrant’s arrival in a new place or country. It shapes the daily lives of im/migrants and their families, as well as the communities in which they settle. And yet, despite this profound and long-lasting impact, policy discussions on immigration too often focus solely on its large-scale economic dimensions, sometimes overlooking the central questions about the lived experiences of im/migrants, such as: How do immigrants navigate physical space? How do they understand themselves and their place in their new and old communities? How do they access services covering basic needs? Especially in a renewed wave of heightened surveillance, policing, detention, and xenophobic political attacks on im/migrants and their families, generating empirical work that promotes the humanity of im/migrants and the realities of their lived experiences is crucial for developing impactful social policies and interventions. Moreover, while academic research exists on the lives and needs of im/migrants, there can be a disconnect among scholars from different disciplines, as well as between the academy and the policy-making world. 

The Conference on Im/Migrant Well-Being seeks to bridge these gaps by bringing together scholars from diverse disciplinary and biographical backgrounds, and community partners to critically realize the potential of engaged scholarship through a focus on im/migrant well-being. Organizations such as the CDC, NIH, and UN conceive well-being as encompassing social, emotional, relational, economic, psychological, and physical aspects, and as a critical concept for both creating public policies and analyzing their impact. Im/migrant well-being thus serves as a nexus for research from the humanities, applied sciences and social sciences, as well as the work of community organizations. Well-being as a global mission explicitly addresses the needs of peoples excluded in contemporary empirical and policy-making approaches. This conference aims to attract a broad and interdisciplinary audience of scholars on immigration, minoritized groups and identities, intersectionality, public policy and public administration, public health and health sciences, media studies, political sociology, and social movements, among others. 

Given the relevance of this topic for policy, the overall goal of this conference is to not only provide a venue for scholarship on im/migrants and their well-being, but also to provide attendees with the tools to translate that work for greater impact outside the academy. Conference participants will contribute to constructing more interdisciplinary frameworks for studying the lived experiences of im/migrants, while also learning from experts and participating in workshops on how to communicate their work for diverse audiences. As the conference seeks to bring together diverse perspectives, potential research topics related to im/migrant well-being at the individual, familial or community-level and how they relate to practices, programs, or policies, could include, but are not limited to the following intersecting areas:

  • Social well-being, such as studies of social activities, work, or access to social resources
  • Relational well-being, such as studies of families, friendships, or support networks
  • Emotional well-being, such as studies of life dis/satisfaction, emotions, or resilience
  • Psychological well-being, including studies of identity, safety, mental health, or uncertainty
  • Physical well-being, such as studies of stress, dietary and activity habits, or access to medical interventions
  • Economic well-being that centers im/migrants themselves and/or their families, such as access to legal representation, health, food, and housing
  • The intersections of some or all of these forms of well-being as they relate to state violence, such as im/migrant detainment, forced expulsion, and raids.

Additionally, the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute at The George Washington University has committed resources to sponsor a panel specifically on the well-being of Latinx & Caribbean im/migrants in the United States. Submissions under this theme may follow the research areas suggested above, but should explicitly focus on or address the experiences and needs of Latinx & Caribbean im/migrants.

Conference Objectives:

  1. To connect academic researchers from varying disciplines and career levels whose scholarship shares a common potential for improving im/migrant lives in a continuing network with resources and systems to support their work.
  2. To bridge the gap between policy/legal discussions on immigration and academic research by building the translational skillset of scholars and increasing the visibility of scholarship that centers im/migrant experiences.
  3. To identify areas of future research and partnership among scholars and with relevant community partners and organizations.

Outcomes: All Conference attendees will participate in workshops on how to translate academic work for public audiences. Additionally, the Im/migrant Well-Being Scholar Collaborative will identify a select group of presenters whose work is particularly well-suited for policy change. This cohort of scholars will be sponsored by the Collaborative to continue working with policy specialists and to present their work to lawmakers and relevant stakeholders at a summit in
Washington, DC later in the year.

Deadlines: Please submit an extended abstract (up to 2000 words, including references) of your paper in which you identify a research question, theoretical framework, data source and methodology, as well as present the preliminary findings of your study and policy implications by October 14, 2022. The submission form can be found at: https://secure.cas.usf.edu/other/csmiwb/abstract.aspx. Contributors should note that this call is open and competitive. Additionally, submissions must be based on original and unpublished material. Graduate students seeking to submit their work should include a letter of recommendation from their advisor. Authors will be notified of our decision no later than October 31, 2022. Complete papers will be due December 15, 2022. The Collaborative will pay for one hotel room per selected paper at the Hilton in St. Petersburg during the dates of the conference: February 17 – 18, (arriving the 16th), 2023. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days of the conference. Questions should be directed to the organizers via email at cas-iwrc@usf.edu.

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Call for Proposals
Sociology of Education Association
51st Annual Conference (February 23-26, 2023 | Pacific Grove, CA)

The novel coronavirus upended life across the world beginning in 2020. Every sector of society was affected and forced to change in response to the global health crisis—including education as students had to be educated virtually. Adding to the trauma of the global health pandemic a “racial reckoning” of sorts swept across the United States after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota in May of 2020. Racial equity, racism, and structural health inequities were at the forefront of public dialogue, and were reminders of how closely intertwined our schools and colleges are with broader sociocultural communities and contexts. Educators found themselves addressing these realities head-on in a variety of ways. Gloria Ladson-Billings called this time period a tale of four pandemics related to (a) health inequities, (b) economic instability, (c) climate change, and (d) racism and increasing racial violence that acutely impacted schools. In consideration of the 50 yearsof the Sociology of Education Association and the over 100 years of the sociology of education, our field must consider how these four pandemics 1) shaped and continue to shape our education, schools, and colleges; 2) highlight inequalities and inequities that have been documented for decades; and lastly, 3) how the field must take what we have learned to shape new ideas, research trajectories, and opportunities to expand current dialogues. We seek papers that engage with the past 50 years of research on the sociology of education, examine the impact of the four pandemics on education, and also look forward to defining new and innovative ways to understand educational inequality.

The Sociology of Education Association (SEA) invites proposals for its 2023 meeting that explore these issues in educational contexts and processes broadly defined. We invite both theoretical and empirical contributions and encourage submissions that draw upon a wide array of data sources, levels of analysis, and methodologies. The Sociology of Education Association (SEA) will gather in person for its 51st annual conference February 23rd-26th, 2023. Please submit a detailed 2-page preĢcis that includes a brief discussion of the topic, pertinent literature and theory, research methods, findings, and study significance to THIS FORM. For the purposes of deidentified review, be sure your submission is free of identifiers (names, affiliations etc. in the body and filename of the précis). The submission deadline is October 28, 2022. Direct questions to the SEA Conference Co-Chairs, Dr. Catherine K. Voulgarides and Dr. Carson Byrd, seaconf2023@gmail.com SEA membership is not required to submit a proposal, but all presenters and conference attendees must pay a registration fee to attend, thereby becoming members for one year commencing with the start of the conference.

Call for Proposals
Moral Panics in the Covid-19 Pandemic

Deadline to submit a 500 to 750-word abstract: October 31, 2021

Submit via email to: morenatartari@gmail.comcosimomarco.scarcelli@unipd.itcirusrinaldi@gmail.com

Background

The concept of moral panic emerged thanks to the seminal work of Stanley Cohen and other scholars in the field of radical criminology about five decades ago. Over such decades, the notion of moral panic and its sociological models have known periods of alternating fortune, have been applied in a range of empirical cases, and entered the popular and journalistic discourse. Then, in recent years, the notion has received renovated theoretical and empirical attention and has been linked to different theories and approaches like, among others, risk, moral regulation, discourse analysis, figurational sociology, sociology of emotions, social problems sociology. These recent contributions have confirmed that the notion and its models are well suited to analyze crises, changes, and transformations in our contemporary societies. However, academic attention to moral panics related to a specific topic or situation or social category has often consisted of disconnected or isolated contributions, with little or no conversation between scholars.

An opportunity to analyze a social situation of rapid social transformations and the moral panics related to them is constituted by the Covid-19 pandemic. This will allow moral panic scholars to write contributions connected among them by a defined theme and to engage in a conversation about the strengths and weaknesses of the concept using empirical cases related to the same topic.

 

Call for abstracts for an edited volume

With these aims and this theoretical background in mind, we are calling for chapter proposals, which will explore the relevance of the notion of moral panic in analyzing societal reactions related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has raised collective reactions toward specific social situations, social categories, and groups, which can be read through the lenses of the moral panic concept and models. Moral panics emerged not only during the first months of the Covid-19 outbreak (e.g., the so-called “runner hunt”) but also later up to now (e.g., the spasmodic media attention toward the emergence of new virus variants or the moral condemnation against the “careless holiday-makers”).

How can the concept of moral panic and its models explain these societal reactions? This question will guide our analyses, which will take account of the different social, national, political, economic, organizational, and cultural contexts in which such moral panics emerged.

The book aims to hold in view both theoretical and methodological debates and empirical studies by focusing on pandemic moral panics.

We aim to solicit writing that, analyzing the societal reactions that emerged during the Covid-19 pandemic, could utilize not only classical approaches to moral panic analysis but also more recent trends which consider risk (Critcher 2008), fear (Furedi 2011), anxiety (Hier 2011), moral regulation (Critcher 2009; Hunt 2011), social problems (Best 2011) as analytic categories.

We are seeking contributions with empirical and theoretical rigor and originality from scholars who belong to different fields: sociology, media studies, criminology, cultural studies, journalism studies, politics, and history.

Topics may include:

  • Sociological or interdisciplinary analysis of Covid-19 moral panics;
  • Socio-historical and/or comparative analysis of moral panics related to the Covid-19 pandemic and other pandemics;
  • Examination of contemporary moral panics related to the lockdown and/or other preventive measures;
  • Analysis of the role of different organizations in pandemic-related moral panics;
  • Moral panics related to the medical and pharmaceutical industrial complex in pandemic times.
  • Media panics concerning the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Theoretical contributions on moral panics and pandemics
  • Analysis of grassroots panics in pandemic times
  • Groups of interest, groups of pressure and Covid-19 pandemic’s moral panics
  • Global and local panics in the Covid-19 pandemic and relations with the political-economic assets.
  • Good panics and pandemic social transformation
  • Moral panics concerning gender and sexuality issues in the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Family, children, Covid-19 and moral panics.

The proposal will be submitted for consideration to Routledge's The COVID-19 Pandemic Series as the series editor has already expressed an interest in the volume.

Timeline

September 1, 2021: Circulate CFP

October 31, 2021: Submission of abstracts (500-750 words) deadline. Email abstracts to morenatartari@gmail.comcosimomarco.scarcelli@unipd.itcirusrinaldi@gmail.com

November 20, 2021: Decision for acceptance of abstract after editorial review.

November 30, 2021: Submission of edited volume proposal to the publisher for external review.

January 15, 2022: Edits and feedback on the proposal returned to authors

March 30, 2022: Authors submit full chapters to the editors for internal review

April 30, 2022: Editors send comments to the authors for revisions.

May 30, 2022: Authors send revised chapters to the editors.

July 1, 2022: Editors review chapter submissions, revise the full manuscript, send it back to the authors for another round of revisions

July 15, 2022: Authors send revised chapters to the editors.

July 30, 2022: Editors review chapter submissions, revise the full manuscript, send it back to the authors for another round of revisions.

August 15, 2022: Authors send final revised chapters to the editors.

September 1, 2022: Complete final draft of the book goes to the publisher.

Completed manuscript in press: October-November, 2022

Conferences

Midwest Sociological Society
Beyond the Academe: Community-Partnered Research and Teaching
March 23-26, 2023, Minneapolis, MN

In 2023, we find our conference located in what was–for many Americans–the start of an awakening of a new consciousness of the enduring and evolving legacies of structural inequality in the United States.  The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the events that followed, (re)opened critical conversations that sociologists have been leading for decades.  These conversations, and their implications, have not taken place solely in the classroom–we have seen these critical conversations about structural violence applied to community organizing, policy change, program evaluation, organizational leadership, and other levels. With the rise in social media and other platforms for knowledge sharing from community leaders, advocates and activists, members of the academy have been exposed to a diverse set of critical thinkers and doers, who offer key insights about and solutions to many of the core sociological questions.  More often than not, however, these parallel conversations–community and academic–do not join together to co-create solutions.  This conference, held in a city still recovering from the deaths of Daunte Wright, George Floyd, and countless unknown others, offers an opportunity for MSS members to discuss the future of community-engaged/partnered learning and research and the ways in which we use our roles as sociologists to support epistemic justice.  Learn more about epistemic justice at https://epistemicjusticeiarslce2018.wordpress.com/a-brief-guide-to-epistemic-injustice-justice/ . 

In discussion with MSS members and the program committee, some ideas for sessions have arisen, including: CBPR research, engaging community members as lecturers in classes, communicating research/evaluation data to community audiences, first-generation scholars doing research in similar communities, careers outside of academia, faculty advising to students interested in non-academic careers, and equitable practices in activism/advocacy.  The submission portal will open in early September, with more information sent via email and on the website in advance.

As we plan for the 2023 conference, please join us for a variety of virtual opportunities offered throughout the year. These will include webinars for students interested in non-faculty jobs, a virtual panel of non-academic sociologists, and more. Watch your email inbox and the website for more information!  

The submission portal will open on or about September 6, 2022. The submission deadline is November 7, 2022.

We look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis!
LaShaune Johnson, 2023 Program Chair and MSS President-Elect
Genesis Fuentes, 2023 Student Director

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Miscellaneous

Call for Participants
Dissertation Research at Memorial University

Looking for never-married, voluntarily childfree women of color Participants Wanted!!

My participant criteria are the following

  • Single, never-married, voluntarily childfree women of color to include: Heterosexual, bisexual, lesbian, cis-women and trans women
  • Women who are celibate, asexual and sexually active
  • Currently single (not in a cohabitation relationship for at least 6 months prior to participating in the study)
  • Single (not in a cohabitation relationship) for the majority of their lives.
  • From the United States or have lived in the United States for at least ten years
  • Between the ages of 40 and 60-years-old.

Purpose of the Research
My name is Kimberly Martinez Phillips, and I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. I am conducting a research project An Examination of Single, Never-Married, Voluntarily Childfree Women of Color for my PhD doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Power and Dr. Allyson Stokes.

The purpose of this study is to examine the perceptions and experiences of women about their lives and how they feel about romantic love, singleness, relationships and sex. These women will self-identify and may not answer any question that makes them uncomfortable. I will conduct one online interview that will range from 1-2.5 hours in length.

Interviews will be audio-recorded and take place online
If you know anyone who may be interested in participating in this study, please give them a copy of this information. This study is not a requirement of any organization. Demographic Information will be requested.

Researcher Contact Information
Kimberly Martinez Phillips, Ph.D. Candidate
Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Department of Sociology
kmphillips@mun.ca
(714) 227-6178

The proposal for this research has been reviewed by the Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research and found to be in compliance with Memorial University’s ethics policy. If you have ethical concerns about the research, such as the way you have been treated or your rights as a participant, you may contact the Chairperson of the ICEHR at icehr@mun.ca or by telephone at 709-864-2861.

Call for Participants
International Study of Early Career Researchers

The University of Tennessee Knoxville in collaboration with CIBER Research in the U.K. was awarded a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to study early career researchers (ECRs) to learn about their work lives and their prospects and scholarly communication behavior, with the express purpose of learning the consequences of the pandemic for the scholarly community, as seen through the lens of tomorrow’s future professors and leading scientists and social scientists. More details of the project can be found here. In general, we consider ECRs to be not older than 45 and could include doctoral students, post docs, assistant professors, and other researchers who are pursuing or have completed a doctorate (we exclude tenured professors). 

Link to international survey of Early Career Researchers and the Pandemic: https://utk.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9TgbMarTialkMku?s=usa 

Virtual Conferences

There are no virtual conferences posted at this time.

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