Call for Submissions and Conferences

If you wish to have a conference announcement posted, please send an email to ssspgra@utk.edu (Microsoft Word files and PDFs preferred). Please include a URL for more information, if available.

There is no charge to place an announcement on this website. Announcements for call for papers, book chapters, or articles will be posted until the submission deadline. Conference announcements will be posted until the date of the conference has passed.

Ongoing calls are also available.   

Social Problems Special Issue - Call for Papers
The Lives (and Futures) of Black Children and Youth

Social Problems invites submissions for a special issue on the lives and futures of Black children and youth, focused on how their lives are impacted by various structures and social institutions while also appreciating their needs and development. The editors of this special issue are interested in manuscripts that are centered on the humanity, promise, and well-being of Black children and youth. That is, while they may face a number of challenges—in their lives, in their communities, across institutions—the goal is not simply to point to these problems (or even them as problems) but to nuance and deepen our understanding of how Black children and youth, and perhaps their families, remain agentic and pursue their possibilities. Additionally, we desire papers that offer theoretical sophistication and analytic rigor and are geared toward social justice in all areas relevant to the broader mission of Social Problems and its parent organization, the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP).

Papers are limited to a maximum of 35 pages including references. Extra material including, tables, figures, photos, appendices, etc., should be kept to a minimum. All manuscripts should be typed in Times New Roman, 12-point font and double-spaced (including indented quotes and references). Leave one-inch margins. Avoid the generic use of male nouns or pronouns. All manuscripts are subject to the normal anonymous peer-review process. The deadline for submitting papers is Friday, April 30, 2021. Please submit papers through the online submission portal http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/socpro and choose “Black Children Special Issue” at “step 6” of the submission process.

This special issue is edited by Derrick Brooms (derrick.brooms@uc.edu) and Marcelle Medford (mmedford@bates.edu). If you have any question(s) concerning this special issue feel free to contact either editor.

Call for Papers
Eleventh International Conference on The Constructed Environment
Building The Anthropocene

We are pleased to share with you the Call for Papers for the Eleventh International Conference on The Constructed Environment, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada, 12–14 May 2021.

The Constructed Environment Research Network is brought together by a common shared interest in human configurations of the environment and the interactions among the constructed, social and natural environments. 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 Eleventh International Conference on the Constructed Environment features research addressing the following annual themes and special focus: 2021 Special Focus—Building the Anthropocene

Proposal Deadlines

Regular: Feb. 12, 2021
Late: Apr. 12, 2021

Registration Deadlines

Early: Nov. 12, 2020
Regular: Apr. 12, 2021

Call for Proposals
Pilot Proposals on U.S. Rural Population Health and Aging Trends and Disparities
funded by the National Institute on Aging-funded Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging

The National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging (INRPHA) invites investigators to submit proposals for pilot research related to U.S. rural population health and aging trends and disparities. Projects will begin as early as April 15, 2021 and must be completed by June 30, 2022. Grant proposals are due by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, January 8, 2021. The RFP is attached as a PDF. The RFP and abstracts for previous pilot grantees can also be found here: https://sites.psu.edu/inrpha/news-events/.

Call for Papers
12th International Conference on the Image
Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon

We are pleased share with you the Call for Papers for the Twelfth International Conference on the Image, Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, School of Education, Lisbon, Portugal, 13–14 September 2021.

 The Image Research Network is brought together around a shared interest in the nature and function of image making and images.. 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.

Our mission is to provide a safe, sustainable, and accessible way for us to come together and interact as a Research Network. We are taking on these challenges by offering a blended conference experience, with session types explicitly designed to make the most of both online and place-based social knowledge processes. We are trying to move away from the either/or of place-based or online conferences. And at the same time be ready for the possibility of place based cancelation due to COVID-19. This way we build for our Research Network Members resilient spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

The development team at the Common Ground Media Lab has been working tirelessly to create a next-generation web platform to support a robust blended conference experience – with the online component being a central communicative pillar where participants and presenters attend in-person or only online. Here are some of the features and options showing our commitment to maximizing the exposure and impact of our Research Network Members.

All presenters are given personal Presenter Pages:

Linked to profile page on CGScholar
• Displaying abstract summary
• Thematic connection to panelists and peers
• Ability to add digital media: video, sound, other files     
• Post event addition of Digital Object Identifiers for persistent discoverability and formal citation as a conference presentation

All Presenter Pages are shared with conference delegates. We also are introducing an Open Media option to expand the reach of your work: 

• Content will be shared with all research network members
• Visible to the public web

We welcome the submission of proposals at any time of the year. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission. Again, you do not need to commit either to a place-based or online presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change.

Proposal Deadlines
Advance: 13 Nov. 2020
Early: 13 Feb. 2021

Registration Deadlines
Advance: 13 Dec. 2020
Early: 13 Mar. 2021

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 Applications
Editor for Society and Mental Health

Individual and team applications are invited for the position of editor or co-editors of Society and Mental Health (SMH), a journal of the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) Section on Sociology of Mental Health. The official term for the new editor (or co-editors) will begin on January 1, 2022. The editorial transition will start in July 2021 with the first issue of the new editorial team being the March 2022 issue. The editorial term is for a minimum of three years until December 2024, with a possible reappointment of up to an additional two years.

SMH is published 3 times per year and includes original and innovative peer-reviewed research and theory articles linking social structure and sociocultural processes with mental health and illness in society. It also provides an outlet for sociologically relevant research and theory articles produced in other disciplines and subfields concerned with issues related to mental health and illness.

 
Please send applications to Ning Hsieh (hsiehnin@msu.edu), Chair of Publications Committee, by November 11. Read the full call for applications here.
Call for Nominations
ASA's Jessie Bernard Award

https://www.asanet.org/news-events/asa-awards/jessie-bernard-award

The Jessie Bernard Award is given in recognition of scholarly work inclusive of research, teaching, mentoring, and service, that has enlarged the horizons of sociology to encompass fully the role of women in society. The contribution may be in empirical research, theory, or methodology. It is presented for significant cumulative work done throughout a professional career that demonstrate broad scholarly impact. The award is open to people of all genders and is not restricted to sociologists.

Nomination Procedures

Nominations for career achievement should include a narrative letter of nomination, a copy of the vita of the nominee, and three letters of recommendation, signed and on letterhead.

In addition to the nomination materials described above, complete and submit the required nomination form

Nominations can be considered for five years. However, nominations are not automatically renewed. Each year, nominators will be asked if they wish to renew their nominations for consideration. If a renewal is requested, nominators will be invited to submit updated information or additional materials and are required to respond again to the ethics question. 

Self-nominations are encouraged. All awardees must be current ASA members at the time of the award ceremony at the Annual Meeting.  One need not be a member to be nominated for an award. All nominators must be current members.  

Submit nominations for the 2021 award to nominations@asanet.org by January 1, 2021

Selection Committee Members

The selection committee is composed of nine members, each serving a staggered three-year term. Members are appointed from among the Association membership by the Council based on the recommendation of the Committee on Committees.

Call for Papers
Fourteenth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum
Museums & Historical Urban Landscapes

We are pleased share with you the Call for Papers for the Fourteenth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, Museum of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, 8–10 September 2021.

The Inclusive Museum Research Network is brought together by a shared concern for the future role of the museum and how it can become more inclusive. 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.

We welcome the submission of proposals at any time of the year. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission. Again, you do not need to commit either to a place-based or online presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change.

Click here to submit your proposal.

Proposal Deadlines

Advance: 8 Nov. 2020
Early: 8 Feb. 2021

Registration Deadlines

Advance: 8 Dec. 2020
Early: 8 Mar. 2021

Call for Papers
11th Annual International Conference on Health, Wellness & Society
Advancing Health and Equity: Best Practices in an International Perspective

We are pleased share with you the Call for Papers for the Eleventh International Conference on Health, Wellness & Society, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France, 2–3 September 2021.

The Health, Wellness, & Society Research Network is brought together by a common concern in the fields of human health and wellness, and in particular their social interconnections and implications. 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

Reimagining the Scholarly Conference
Our mission is to provide a safe, sustainable, and accessible way for us to come together and interact as a Research Network. We are taking on these challenges by offering a blended conference experience, with session types explicitly designed to make the most of both online and place-based social knowledge processes. We are trying to move away from the either/or of place-based or online conferences. And at the same time be ready for the possibility of place based cancelation due to COVID-19. This way we build for our Research Network Members resilient spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

You do not need to commit either to a place-based or online presentation at the time of proposal submission. You can present both ways or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change.

The development team at the Common Ground Media Lab has been working tirelessly to create a next-generation web platform to support a robust blended conference experience – with the online component being a central communicative pillar where participants and presenters attend in-person or only online. Here are some of the features and options showing our commitment to maximizing the exposure and impact of our Research Network Members.

All presenters are given personal Presenter Pages:

• Linked to profile page on CGScholar
• Displaying abstract summary
• Thematic connection to panelists and peers
• Ability to add digital media: video, sound, other files     
• Post event addition of Digital Object Identifiers for persistent discoverability and formal citation as a conference presentation

All Presenter Pages are shared with conference delegates. We also are introducing an Open Media option to expand the reach of your work: 

• Content will be shared with all research network members
• Visible to the public web

Proposal Deadlines:

Advance: Novermber 2, 2020
Early: February 2, 2021

Registration Deadlines:

Advance: December 2, 2020
Early: March 2, 2021

Submit your proposal by October 9, 2020

Call for Articles
RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences
Suburban Inequality in the United States

The stereotypical conception of the suburbs is one of cookie cutter single-family homes, manicured lawns, and residents who commute to the nearest city, but this image captures only a small portion of suburban life today. Scholars and policy makers have long explored the challenges faced by city residents and governments and the role that cities play in shaping contemporary American society, but similar issues in the suburbs have been less well studied. Recent changes in who lives in suburbs, particularly their racial and ethnic diversification and the suburbanization of poverty, have focused attention on suburbs. Still, the topic demands much more exploration, especially related to processes of inequality. To take two timely examples, the emergence of COVID-19 and the ongoing extrajudicial killing of Black citizens are highly influenced by suburban place and space. COVID-19 spread from suburban New York on to New York City. The resulting coordinated efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to manage its impact relied heavily on economic and racial segregation. The Black Lives Matter movement first emerged following the extrajudicial killing of multiple unarmed Black people in the suburbs. Since 2014, an increasing share of these killings occur in suburbs, while such killings in the city have continued to fall. The evolution of these social problems remains unclear, but it is clear that social scientists are in a unique position to examine inequality in suburban areas and to consider what can be done to address them. In this volume, we focus on suburban inequality related to race and ethnicityimmigrationsocial class, and other forms of difference, with cross-cutting themes drawing on everyday experiences and outcomes in the salient societal domains of educationpolitical economyhousing and community, and health.

This issue of RSF will bring together scholars who study diverse aspects of suburban inequality, to develop a deeper understanding of how suburban inequality is both distinct from and similar to urban inequality. In doing so, we hope to bring scattered literatures together to assert the contemporary relevance of suburban inequality, and thereby lay a foundation for the emerging field of research on suburban inequality. We aim to avoid the pitfalls of previous scholarship on urban inequality, which has been critiqued for assuming homogeneity and developing theories of universal urban problems despite diversity in urban environments. Instead, we seek to develop a greater understanding of the diverse array of suburban arrangements and how inequalities functions within and between them. We are interested in inequality in suburban contexts not only as it shapes experiences of disadvantage, but also as it shapes privilege and advantage.

Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for articles.

Anticipated Timeline

Prospective contributors should submit a CV and an abstract (up to two pages in length, single or double spaced) of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material (e.g., tables, figures, pictures, etc.) no later than 5 PM EST on December 7, 2020 to:

https://rsf.fluxx.io

NOTE that if you wish to submit an abstract and do not yet have an account with us, it can take up to 48 hours to get credentials, so please start your application at least two days before the deadline. All submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in part or in full. Only abstracts submitted to https://rsf.fluxx.io

will be considered. Each paper will receive a $1,000 honorarium when the issue is published. All questions regarding this issue should be directed to Suzanne Nichols, Director of Publications, at journal@rsage.org and not to the email addresses of the editors of the issue.

A conference will take place at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City on November 5, 2021. The selected contributors will gather for a one-day workshop to present draft papers (due a month prior to the conference on 10/1/21) and receive feedback from the other contributors and editors. Travel costs, food, and lodging for one author per paper will be covered by the foundation. Papers will be circulated before the conference. After the conference, the authors will submit their revised drafts by 1/13/22. The papers will then be sent out to three additional scholars for formal peer review. Having received feedback from reviewers and the RSF board, authors will revise their papers by 7/11/22. The full and final issue will be published in the spring of 2023. Papers will be published open access on the RSF website as well as in several digital repositories, including JSTOR and UPCC/Muse.

Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for articles.