American Sociological Association

Section on Global and Transnational Sociology

Additional October 2016 Announcements

JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. Florida State University. The Department of Sociology (http://coss.fsu.edu/sociology) and FSU’s African American Studies Program (http://coss.fsu.edu/aas) invite applications for a tenure track or tenured faculty member, effective August 2017. The position is open with respect to specialization, and the candidate’s doctoral degree may be in Sociology or African American Studies. We are especially interested in candidates who will build on department strengths in inequalities and social justice, health and aging, and demography. Applications should show evidence of scholarship and teaching with respect to African Americans or the African diaspora. Teaching duties will include at least one course per year in the African American Studies undergraduate curriculum.

Applicants should submit a letter of application indicating their relevant research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references. These materials should be submitted in PDF format to sociology@fsu.edu. Questions about the search may be directed to the Chair of Sociology (jrreynolds@fsu.edu) or the Director of the African American Studies Program (pmason@fsu.edu). Review of applications will begin November 1, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.

Florida State University is a Carnegie Foundation-classified Research I institution. Among its 42,000 students are 8,500 graduate students pursuing over 200 programs of study. Tallahassee is Florida’s capital city, with a metropolitan population of over 375,000. Its principal employers are state government and three higher education institutions, including an HBCU. Florida State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and we strongly encourage racial/ethnic minority applicants to apply.

 

2. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Department of Methodology is recruiting for two positions:

1) Assistant Professor in Qualitative Research Methodology

2) Assistant Professor in Quantitative Methods with a Focus on Network Analysis

Details for both positions are below:

 

LSE values diversity and strives to promote equality at all levels.

For this post, we particularly welcome applications by ethnic minorities.

Department of Methodology

Assistant Professor in Qualitative Research Methodology

Salary is competitive with Departments at our peer institutions worldwide and not less than £53,004 pa inclusive

 

The Department of Methodology is a leading centre for research and education in social science research methods. The Department has a thriving research culture, with its members advancing research in core social science disciplines as well as in research methodology. It leads the provision of research methods education to students across the range of disciplines at the LSE. The Department is recruiting an Assistant Professor with expertise in Qualitative Research Methodology.

Candidates should have completed a PhD and have research expertise in a relevant social science discipline and/or in qualitative research methodology. They should have a track record or trajectory of internationally excellent publications. They should have the ability to teach a range of qualitative research methods to multi-disciplinary groups of students.

The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification, which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.

In addition to a competitive salary the benefits that come with this job include an occupational pension scheme, a research incentive scheme with personal reward options, generous research leave (sabbatical) entitlement, a collegial faculty environment and excellent support, training and development opportunities. 

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply documentjob description and person specification. 

If you have any queries about applying on the online system, or require an alternative format for the application, please e-mailhr.jobs@lse.ac.uk or contact the recruitment team at 020 7107 5205. 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1 November 2016 (23.59 UK time). We are unable to accept any late applications.


LSE values diversity and strives to promote equality at all levels.

For this post, we particularly welcome applications by women and ethnic minorities.

 Department of Methodology

 Assistant Professor in Quantitative Methods with a Focus on Network Analysis

Salary is competitive with Departments at our peer institutions worldwide and not less than £53,004 pa inclusive

 

The Department of Methodology is a leading centre for research and education in social science research methods. The Department has a thriving research culture, with its members advancing research in core social science disciplines as well as in research methodology. It leads the provision of research methods education to students across the range of disciplines at LSE. The Department is recruiting an Assistant Professor in Quantitative Methods with special expertise in quantitative network analysis.

Candidates should have completed a PhD by the post start date and have research expertise in quantitative network analysis as well as, more broadly, research expertise in a relevant social science discipline and/or in quantitative research methodology. They should have a track record or trajectory of internationally excellent publications and proven ability, as evidenced by existing publications, or potential to publish in top journals in a social science discipline and/or quantitative research methodology. They should have the ability to teach a range of quantitative research methods to multi-disciplinary groups of students.

The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification, which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.

In addition to a competitive salary the benefits that come with this job include an occupational pension scheme, a research incentive scheme with personal reward options, generous research leave (sabbatical) entitlement, a collegial faculty environment and excellent support, training and development opportunities. 

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply documentjob description and person specification

If you have any queries about applying on the online system, or require an alternative format for the application, please e-mailhr.jobs@lse.ac.uk or contact the recruitment team at 020 7107 5205. 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1 November 2016 (23.59 UK time). We are unable to accept any late applications.

 

3. The University of South Florida Department of Sociology seeks to fill a 9 month, full-time and tenure-earning, Assistant Professor position to begin fall of 2017.

PhD in Sociology is required.  Applications from individuals who are ABD will be accepted, but the degree must be conferred by appointment start date. Preference will be given to applicants whose research focus includes Global Health, Immigration, and/or Race/Ethnicity, who have a proven record or potential of obtaining external funding, and who have worked with diverse student bodies.

Salary is negotiable. To Apply, please visit http://employment.usf.edu and attach: a cover letter (addressed to Elizabeth Aranda, Search Committee Chair); CV, including the names and contact information for three references; teaching portfolio, including teaching philosophy and evidence of successful teaching; and a writing sample. Review of applications will begin promptly onOctober 14 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 25 research university among public institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving over 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

Conclusion of this search is subject to final budget approval. According to Florida Law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public.  USF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Institution. For disability accommodations, contact Fransheska Andaluz at

(813) 974-2893, a minimum of five working days in advance.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS 

Financialization and Beyond: Debt, Money, Wealth, and the Capture of Value

April 6-8, 2017, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA.  Abstracts due December 1, 2016.

Finance is hard to escape. In recent years, the increasing social impact and interconnection of financial discourses, markets, actors, and institutions have been understood under the broad concept of financialization. Natascha van der Zwan identifies three distinct research streams that have approached financialization as 1) a regime of accumulation, 2) the influence of financial markets and instruments on non-financial corporations as well as the banking and finance industry, and 3) a discourse of risk-taking, self-management and self-fulfillment that is transforming people into investing subjects. Some anthropological skeptics, however, argue that finance has a far longer genealogy than the financialization literature has to date recognized. For example, in the context of a lengthy human history of creating hierarchy, financialization may simply be a new technology serving an old purpose.

On behalf of the Society for Economic Anthropology, and in co-sponsorship with the International Sociological Association’s Economy and Society Research Committee, we aim to put in dialogue divergent visions of what constitutes finance and financialization, and how finance and financialization impact our societies. The program committee especially welcomes scholarship from anthropologists (in all sub-fields), sociologists, scholars in the social studies of finance, and other social scientists who do not necessarily self-identify as financialization scholars, but whose work provides comparative, historical, ethnographic, or quantitative insights into the workings of finance and financialization.

As an initial organizing tool we have divided areas of potential contributions into three categories of inquiry. These are not exclusive categories and we welcome contributions that don’t readily fit in what we outline.

Debt

·        Finance predates capitalism. Therefore, what are relevant cross-cultural, historical, and archaeological cases which help illuminate our current moment?

·        Tracing who owes what to whom is as old as the discipline of anthropology. Do new financial instruments such as credit default swaps share forms and logics with older kinds of reciprocities?

·        Are the new instruments of finance comparable to those found in the cultural and archaeological record, and especially to other forms of debt?

·        Numerous scholars have argued that financialization is creating new subjects and selfhoods, accompanied by a shift of risk from states to households. What are the material objects, spaces, and infrastructures that translate financial abstraction into new ways of understanding personhood?

Wealth, Money, and Financial Instruments

·        Does financialization alter our comprehension of what kind of social organization goes with what type of wealth—a leitmotif in the comparative study of human societies, particularly since the rise of agriculture? 

·       How can we interpret potentially novel forms of financial innovation, such as Islamic finance and banking? 

·       How do ideologies such as shareholder value or social finance transform economic practices?

·        How do non-elites use new forms of money (such as phone cards, paypal, gift cards, local currencies) to alter hierarchies or seek alternative forms of wealth accumulation? How and with what consequences are elites transforming money’s materiality?

Depoliticization and the Capture of Value

·        Many have noted that financialization promotes a depoliticizing process, in which state services, formerly held accountable to government, are now being replaced by private markets. How do these processes compare to other instances of political drift and shift that have come with new modes of abstraction?

·        How is finance racializing and gendering?  Where can we observe moments of openness, where finance can be emancipatory?

·        What kind of ethics, politics, and social goals do financial elites envision? How do these compare to those brought into being by classes that dominate the wealth and financial systems in different cultural or economic contexts? What new forms of informality are promoted by financialization?

·        The supply chains of financial products connect different places and political projects across the globe. How do such financial instruments transform social life?

 

We request abstracts for both papers and posters on these topics. Please indicate whether your abstract is for a paper, a poster or either. Proposed papers must pertain to the meeting theme. SEA also welcomes poster abstracts on any aspect of economic anthropology.

Publishing Opportunity

The Society for Economic Anthropology publishes Economic Anthropology, a peer reviewed journal published electronically via the American Anthropological Association (AAA). Each year Economic Anthropology dedicates one of its two issues to the theme of the SEA meeting. A special issue on financialization will be developed from select conference presentations.

Organizers

Fabio Mattioli, New York University, fabio.mattioli@nyu.edu 
Aaron Z. Pitluck, Illinois State University, Aaron.Pitluck@IllinoisState.edu
Daniel Souleles, Brandeis University, dsouleles@brandeis.edu

How to submit an abstract

Abstract deadline is December 1, 2016

Abstracts of proposed papers and posters should be no more than 500 words. Abstracts are advised to include the following information: problem statement or theoretical frame, methodology, findings, and implications. If you submit a paper abstract, please indicate your willingness to present a poster if the organizers are unable to accommodate your paper in the plenary sessions. Poster sessions at SEA are taken very seriously, and most conference participants attend these sessions. In order to be considered for inclusion in the journal issue tied to this theme, please plan to have a complete, publishable-quality version of your paper ready at the time of the conference. Additional information for potential authors will follow.

To submit an abstract, you must first register for the conference through the AAA. At the moment, the registration site is not yet available on the AAA web site. SEA is working with AAA to get the registration site up; this will occur shortly.

1.  Go to americananthro.org and log in.  If you don’t have a login id and password, create one (you do not need to join the American Anthropological Association).

2.  Once you are logged in, look to the left hand column, click on Meeting registration.

3.  Click on register under the SEA 2017 Annual Meeting then follow online prompts to register for the meeting (if we do not accept your abstract and you decide not to attend, you may request that your registration fee be refunded and we would be happy to do so).

4.  Once you are registered, AAA will automatically send you an email inviting you to submit an abstract.  Click the link and follow the instructions.

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