Call for Chapters, Papers, Proposals, Conferences, and Virtual Events

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Ongoing calls are also available.   

Call for Chapters

Call for Chapter Proposals
Global Agenda for Social Justice 2022

Proposals due April 1, 2021
Chapters due August 1, 2021

Since 2004, the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) has published eight volumes of the Agenda for Social Justice. Work is now beginning for the ninth iteration of the publication—Global Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions 2022, which is designed to inform the public-at-large about the world’s most pressing social problems and to propose feasible, evidence-based public policy solutions. This project affirms the commitment of the SSSP to social justice scholarship, and enables scholars to communicate on significant social issues worldwide. This volume will be an “agenda for social justice,” that contains recommendations for action worldwide by public officials, policymakers, and the public. The volume is published by Policy Press, an academic publisher at the University of Bristol, UK (http://www.policypress.co.uk/).

The volume will convey the most valid and reliable knowledge available about global social problems, and while anyone is free to contribute regardless of SSSP membership, we enthusiastically welcome the collaboration of SSSP members and Divisions. Please consider preparing a chapter for the 2022 publication. We ask you, individually or with colleagues, to consider submitting a brief proposal (1-2 pages) identifying a significant social problem of concern worldwide, and respond to the following items:

  • Identify and define a concrete social problem of international/global scope.
  • Each proposal should then have three sections answering each of the following questions:
    • What do we know about the problem (i.e., what is the definition and extent of the problem)?
    • How do we know this information (i.e., what are the sources of data about this problem)?
    • In terms of policy and social action, what are proposals to alleviate the problem (i.e., what are achievable solutions for reducing, mitigating, solving, or abolishing the problem)?

The editors of this volume invite interested participants to prepare draft statements for proposed contributions to the 2022 publication. Please submit a copy of your proposal via email (as specified below) to each of the committee members by April 1, 2021

Final contributions will be limited to 3000 words (or roughly ten double-spaced manuscript pages). Chapter drafts will be due August 1, 2021, and final manuscripts will be due December 1, 2021. The volume will launch concurrently with the 2022 SSSP annual meetings. All are welcome to email the editors for any clarification.

Glenn Muschert (chair), Khalifa University of Science & Technology, glennmuschert@gmail.com
Kristen M. Budd, Miami University, buddkm@miamioh.edu    
Heather Dillaway, Wayne State University, dillaway@wayne.edu
David C. Lane, Illinois State University, dclane@ilstu.edu
Manjusha Nair, George Mason University, mnair4@gmu.edu
Jason A. Smith, Kaiser Family Foundation, jasonsm55@gmail.com

For more info on the Agenda for Social Justice Projects, see Robert Perrucci’s presidential address “Inventing Social Justice” in the May 2001 issue of Social Problemshttps://doi.org/10.1525/sp.2001.48.2.159.  To review electronic copies of past volumes available for open access download at the following sites: https://www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/771/locationSectionId/0/Agenda_for_Social_Justice and 
https://www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/323/locationSectionId/0/Global_Agenda_for_Social_Justice.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

   

Agricultural and
Food Policy
Energy Policy/
Alternative Energy
Income Security/Social
Security
Racism/Ethnic Bias
Authoritarianism/
Democratic
Governance
Environmental Policy/Issues/Conflicts Indigenous Rights/Issues Refugees/Asylum/
Detention
#BLM Black Lives
Matter
Family Rights/Issues/
Policy
Internet/Digital Policy Religious Issues/Rights/
Conflicts
Children’s Rights/
Issues
Financial Systems/
Global Finance
Journalism and Freedom
of Information
Reproductive Rights
Class Conflict/
Inequalities
Foreign Policy/
International Relations
Labor Rights/Issues Resource Extraction/
Fossil Fuels
Climate Change/
CO2 Levels
Gender Equality/
Rights/Issues
LGBTQ+ Rights/Issues Rule of Law/Civil Society
Corporate Regulation/
Responsibility
Global/Regional
Governance
Mass Violence, Genocide Social Movements/Protests/
Activism
Courts and Judicial
Issues
Globalization/
Decoupling
Minority Rights/Issues Sex Work & Sex Workers
Crime, Justice,
Punishment
Green Economy/
Sustainability
Nationalism/Isolationism/
Xenophobia
Sexual Violence and Harassment
Disability Rights/
Issues
Gun Violence/
Rights/Control
National and International Security Sustainable Development Goals

Drug Policy/Treatment
/Enforcement

Hate Crimes &
Extremist Groups
Nuclear Policy/Security Terrorism & Radicalization
Economic Issues Health Care Policy Pandemics/COVID-19 Violence against Women
Education Issues Human Rights &
Violations
Population/Demographics Women’s Rights/Issues
Employment/
Unemployment
Human Trafficking/
Slavery
New Media/Privacy/
Surveillance
Disaster/Emergency/
Crisis Management
Immigration/Migration/
Borders
/Refugees
Public Health

  

A note on COVID-19: Contributors may or may not wish to address the COVID-19 pandemic and response.  Chapters speaking to COVID-19 are welcome, but authors should not feel compelled to address the pandemic, as the field of social problems is broader, more comprehensive, and more persistent than the current public health crisis.

Call for Papers (Book/Special Issues)

There are no calls for papers to be posted at this time.

Call for Abstracts

There are no calls for abstracts to be posted at this time.

Call for Proposals (Special Issues)

Call for Proposals
New Media/New Society
Istanbul University Press

New Media / New Society? will focus effects of new media on social relations. This volume has a question: Can we describe our society as a new media society? It intends to open new discussions on new media and social relations.   The volume interrogates the question of whether (or not), and to what extent, new media have spawned new varieties of social organization, new practices of social interaction and identity, and new structures of material or symbolic social relations. There have been so many claims regarding how postmodern/postindustrial media modalities are contributing to various iterations of utopian and anti-utopian futures, beyond those traditional views of Orwell, Huxley, Marx, and Weber, for example. In the past decades, we have heard academic claims about a variety of effects, for example, including (but not limited to) simulation, misinformation, balkanization, intersectionality, assemblages, affordances, liquification, disruption, fragmentization, saturation/distraction, propaganda, mediatization, culture wars, (de/post/neo)colonization, modes of signification, gamification, crowdsourcing, participatory media, hypertextualization, assimilation, chaos, spectacles, virtuality, augmented reality, digitization, disconnection, mass surveillance, and cyborgology.  On the other hand, there have been so many descriptions of society, for example including (but not limited to) information society, post-emotional society, consumption society, network society, internet society, cyber society, new media society, post-modernism, post-humanism, the Anthropocene, and digital society.

The volume New Media / New Society? Interrogates these claims from the perspective of the long view, meaning it looks at such changes over the last half-century (since 1970), and for the same period moving forward (until 2070). Also, there are methodological questions within sociology regarding the examination of new media forms and their relation to the social construction of reality. How media studies/social theory can explain the nature and nuance of new social relations under new media forms, if such new social realities exist?

This volume will be an “agenda for new media and new society discussions,” in that it will clarify the effect of new media on social relations, including specific recommendations for action by researchers, policy makers, and the public. The volume will provide new topics for our projects and books.

This work is tentatively to be published in electronic format by Istanbul University Press, an academic publisher at the Istanbul University, Turkey (https://iupress.istanbul.edu.tr/en/). As a project in academic sociology, the volume will cover important national-level and international-level new media and society.

We ask you, individually or with colleagues, to consider submitting a brief proposal (500 words max.) identifying a significant idea/trend from media studies/social theory, to include the following items:

  1. Clarify the emergence and development of one or more key concepts from media studies/social theory.
  2. Clarify key media technologies and techniques which are interwoven in such dynamics.
  3. Explore conceptual and/or empirical aspects of the concept and media practices over the last half century (since 1970).
  4. Take stock of the development at the present moment (year 2020).
  5. Offer insight into future directions foreseen for the next half century (until 2070).
  6. Assess whether (or to what extent) these new media dynamics have resulted in new social forms. That is, clarify if new media leads to new society or vice versa.

We invite researchers to prepare draft statements for proposed contributions to this volume. Please submit a copy of your 1- to 2-page proposal via email to each of the editors by December 1, 2020. Final contributions will be limited to 5000 words maximum (or roughly twenty double-spaced manuscript pages). Chapter drafts will be due June 1, 2021, and final manuscripts will be due November 1, 2021. The e-volume is expected to launch in February 2021.

Papers could address, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

  • Alienation
  • Authority
  • Communities
  • Crime, Violence
  • Drugs, Alcohol, Addictions
  • Economy, Work
  • Education
  • Environment, Technology
  • Ethics
  • Family, Marriage
  • Globalization
  • Health Care, Mental Health
  • Inequality, Poverty, Wealth
  • Law, Justice
  • Media, Communications
  • Methods
  • Modernity
  • Politics
  • Pop Culture, Sport, Leisure
  • Population, Migration
  • Privacy / Surveillance
  • Race, Ethnicity
  • Religion, Cultural Issues
  • Secularization
  • Social Conflict, Social Change
  • Social Movements
  • Social Welfare
  • Theoretical Perspectives
  • Urban Issues, Rural Issues
  • Youth, Aging, Life Course

Important Dates

5 October 2020: Call for Chapter Proposals Sent Out to Contributors for Books.

1 December 2020: Proposed Abstracts Due for Chapters.

1 January 2021: Invitations to Contribute & Author Guidelines Distributed.

1 June 2021: Full Manuscripts Due / Begin Review Process.

1 September 2021: First Round of Reviews Completed / Revisions Start.

1 November 2021: Revised Manuscripts Due.

1 December 2021: Submission of Book to Publisher.

1 February 2022: Publication

Editors

Murat ┼×entürk, Istanbul University, Turkey, murat.senturk@istanbul.edu.tr

Massimo Ragnedda, Northumbria Universtiy, UK, massimo.ragnedda@northumbria.ac.uk

Glenn W. Muschert, Khalifa University, UAE, glenn.muschert@ku.ac.ae

Call for Papers

Call for Papers
Work and Occupations Mini Conference and Special Issue on
"Precarious Employment and Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic"

This call invites papers for a mini conference and subsequent special issue of Work and Occupations dedicated to precarious employment and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prospective contributors should submit a full paper as a single document to the conference organizers by November 15, 2021. We encourage submissions from scholars of different demographic backgrounds, nationalities, career stages, theoretical frames, and methodological orientations. All submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in part or in full. The conference organizers and special issue guest editors are Quan Mai (Rutgers University), Lijun Song (Vanderbilt University), and Rachel Donnelly (Vanderbilt University).

 
The authors of accepted papers will be invited to a virtual one-day mini conference where they will present their paper and receive feedback from conference organizers and other invited participants. The mini conference is scheduled to take place on Friday, January 21, 2022. Based on the conference organizers’ recommendations, discussions at the conference, and the fit with the special issue, the guest editors will invite a subset of authors to submit their papers to Work and Occupations with the expectation that their manuscripts will be published in the special issue if they pass the external peer-review process. The authors will be notified of editorial evaluations in September 2022. Last round revisions are due in early November 2022.
 
In recent decades, a wave of structural changes contributes to the troubling rise of precarious employment in both the developed and developing worlds. The adverse effects of precarious work extend beyond workers' employment-related dimensions such as pay, benefits, and job satisfaction. Emerging scholarship on this topic documents how this mode of employment generates significant negative consequences for various aspects of workers' lives, including their physical and mental health, prospects for social mobility, family life, and socioeconomic well-being more generally. 
 
Since late 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has been wreaking havoc on billions of workers' employment experiences across the globe and damaging their well-being and livelihoods. The impact of the pandemic is particularly profound among precariously employed workers in nonstandard employment arrangements, especially at a time when many countries have spent decades rolling back social safety nets. Precarious workers in healthcare, nursing homes, grocery and retail stores, transportation, and delivery have been unable to work remotely and had to interact closely with customers and patients often without sufficient safety measures. Workers in restaurants, bars, and movie theaters have been laid off and faced a reduction in benefits, adding great uncertainty to their already precarious working conditions. Many self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig-workers, and freelancers have been facing unemployment without being laid off as their contracts go unrenewed. With limited access to collective bargaining power and adequate protective measures, precarious workers have been exposed to higher risks of unfair treatment and exploitation. The pandemic also put workers in otherwise "good" jobs in precarious situations. Millions of high-skilled and high-paid workers in full-time positions have experienced precarity after being temporarily furloughed or forced to work on reduced hours, often for an unspecified amount of time. 
 
The special issue aims to bring together cutting-edge studies from diverse disciplinary backgrounds on precarious work and well-being during the pandemic. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • the influence of employment precarity on workers’ risk of exposure to and infection with COVID-19; 
  • the influence of employment precarity on workers' mental, physical, and socioeconomic well-being; 
  • changes in employment precarity during the pandemic and subsequent short- and long-term consequences for well-being; 
  • the influence of employment precarity on workers’ healthcare accessibility and utilization; 
  • individual and family adaptations to the risks of unemployment and illness; 
  • the influence of employment precarity and risk of illness on social relationships between co-workers and between front-line workers and customers/patients; 
  • public policy adaptations to mitigate the risks of unemployment, precarious employment, and illness; 
  • employer and labor union interventions to mitigate the risks of unemployment and illness; and 
  • social disparities (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class) and global variations in all the above themes. 
Prospective contributors are welcome to consult with any of the conference organizers and guest editors about the potential fit of their projects. To submit your paper, please email it to wox_workwellbeing2021@sociology.rutgers.edu by November 15, 2021.  
Call for Papers
Twenty-eighth International Conference on Learning
Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

We are pleased to share with you the Call for Papers for the Twenty-eighth International Conference on Learning, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland, 7–9 July 2021.

The Learner Research Network is brought together around a common concern for learning in all its sites, formal and informal, and at all levels, from early childhood, to schools, colleges and universities, and adult, community and workplace education. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Twenty-eighth International Conference on Learning features research addressing the following annual themes and special focus: 2021 Special Focus—Universalism or Particularism: Knowledge and Power in the Process of Decolonization Revisited.

Proposal Deadlines

Regular: Apr. 7, 2021
Late: June 7, 2021

Registration Deadlines

Regular: Jan. 7, 2021
Late: Jun. 7, 2021

Call for Papers
Information, Medium & Society: Nineteenth International Conference on Publishing Studies
Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

We are pleased to share with you the Call for Papers for the Information, Medium & Society: Nineteenth International Conference on Publishing Studies, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 2 July 2021.

The Information, Medium & Society – The Publishing Studies Research Network is brought together by a shared interest in investigating publishing practices as distinctive modes of social knowledge production. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Information, Medium & Society: Nineteenth International Conference on Publishing Studies features research addressing the following annual themes and special focus: 2021 Special Focus—Research in the Age of Thinking Machines: Implications for Scholars, Libraries, and Publishers.

Proposal Deadlines

Regular: Apr. 2, 2021
Late: June 2, 2021

Registration Deadlines

Regular: June 2, 2021
Late: July 2, 2021

Call for Papers
Sixteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Oxford, UK

We are pleased to share with you the Call for Papers for the Sixteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Oxford, UK, 21–23 July 2021.

The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Research Network is brought together by a common interest in disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, within and across the various social sciences, and between the social, natural and applied sciences. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Sixteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences features research addressing the annual themes and special focus: 2021 Special Focus—The Opportunities of Crisis: Resilience and Change in World History.

Proposal Deadlines

Regular: Apr. 21, 2021
Late: June 21, 2021

Registration Deadlines

Early: Jan. 21, 2021
Regular: June 21, 2021

Call for Papers
Fourteenth Global Studies Conference
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

We are pleased to share with you the Call for Papers for the Fourteenth Global Studies Conference Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 5–6 June 2021. The Global Studies Research Network is devoted to mapping and interpreting past and emerging trends and patterns in globalization. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.


The Fourteenth Global Studies Conference features research addressing the following annual themes and special focus: 2021 Special Focus—Life after Pandemic: Towards a New Global Biopolitics?

Proposal Deadlines

Regular: Mar. 5, 2021
Late: Mar. 5, 2021

Registration Deadlines

Early: May 5, 2021
Regular: Jun. 5, 2021

Conferences

There are no conferences to be posted at this time.