American Sociological Association

Section on Global and Transnational Sociology

November 2016 Announcements

1. GATS TO FORM RESEARCH NETWORKS – Request from Rob Clark (organizer)  

Dear Section Members,

GATS is in the process of forming Research Clusters.  Our aim is to help graduate students and younger scholars come together with others who work on similar topics in a friendly, informal environment.  We envision that these Research Clusters will serve as spaces where scholars can develop social networks, disseminate ideas and papers, and explore opportunities for collaboration.  If you are interested, please contact Rob Clark (robclark@ou.edu) by NOVEMBER 18TH and indicate possible area(s) in which you would want to participate.

 

2. GLOBAL AND TRANSNATIONAL SOCIOLOGY AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Global and Transnational Sociology Best Scholarly Book Award

Deadline: 3/1/2017

The Global and Transnational Sociology Section solicits nominations (including self-nominations) for the 2017 Best Scholarly Book Award, recognizing an outstanding book published in 2015 or 2016 in the area of Global and Transnational Sociology. When nominating a book, please include a brief comment (a couple of paragraphs) on its contribution to the global and transnational sociology field. The deadline is March 1, 2017. Please direct any inquiries to the committee chair, Jennifer Bair. Please send a copy (or ask the publisher to send copies) of the book and the supporting materials to each of the 4 members of the committee.  Please also note that Kimberley Huang needs a copy of submissions sent by email as well.

Jennifer Bair, Chair
Jb5md@eservices.virginia.edu
University of Virginia 
Department of Sociology
130 Ruppel Drive 
Randall Hall 101 
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Professor Kimberly Kay Hoang
(Hard Copy)
University of Chicago
Department of Sociology 
1126 E. 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

(Electronic Copy)
kayhoang@uchicago.edu

Jose Itzigsohn
Maxcy Hall
Brown University
Box 1916
108 George Street
Providence, RI 02912

Alvaro Santana
345 Boyer Aveune
Witman College
Maxey Hall 240
Walla Walla, WA 99362
 

Global and Transnational Sociology Best Scholarly Article Award

Deadline: 3/1/2017

The Global and Transnational Sociology Section solicits nominations (including self-nominations) for the 2017 Best Scholarly Article Award, recognizing an outstanding article published in 2015 or 2016 in the area of Global and Transnational Sociology. When nominating an article, please include a brief comment (a couple of paragraphs) on its contributions to the global and transnational sociology field. The deadline is March 1, 2017. Please direct any inquiries to the committee chair, Rachel Schurman. Please email an electronic copy of the article and supporting materials to all members of the Best Scholarly Article committee at:

Committee:

Rachel Schurman (Chair) schurman@umn.edu
Zeynab Atalay za4@stmarys-ca.edu
Patricia Bromley pbromley@stanford.edu 
Atef Said  atefsaid@uic.edu 
Bin Xu yes bin.xu@emory.edu 

 

Global and Transnational Sociology Best Graduate Student Paper Award

Deadline: 3/1/2017

The Global and Transnational Sociology Section invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the 2017 Best Graduate Student Paper Award, recognizing an outstanding paper, published or unpublished, in the area of Global and Transnational Sociology. The author must be a graduate student who has not received the PhD by March 1, 2017. For co-authored papers, all authors must be graduate students. When nominating an article, please include a brief comment (a couple of paragraphs) on its contributions to the global and transnational sociology field. The deadline is March 1, 2017. Please direct any inquiries to the committee chair, Paul Almeida. Please email an electronic copy of the paper to all members of the Best Graduate Student Paper Award Committee at:

Committee:

Paul Almeida (Chair) palmeida@ucmerced.edu 
Syeda Massood  Syeda_masood@brown.edu 
Shai Dromi  Smd327@fas.harvard.edu
Paromita Sanyal  psanyal@fsu.edu

 

Global and Transnational Sociology Best Publication (Article) by an International Scholar Award

Deadline: 3/1/2017

The Global and Transnational Sociology Section solicits nominations (including self-nominations) for the 2017 Award for Best Publication by an International Scholar. The award will recognize an outstanding article published in 2015 or 2016 in the area of Global and Transnational Sociology. The author or authors must not be resident in the United States. When nominating a book, please include a brief comment (a couple of paragraphs) on its contribution to the global and transnational sociology field. The deadline is March 1, 2017. With deep apologies for our linguistic limitations, we can only accept publications that have been written in or translated into English. International scholars may not submit the same work for consideration in other award categories. Please direct any inquiries to the committee chair, Monika Krause. Please email a copy of your submission to all members of the Best Publication by an International Scholar Award Committee at:

Committee:

Monika Krause (Chair) monika.krause@helsinki.fi
Julian Go Juliango@bu.edu
Nitsan  Nitsan_chorev@brown.edu
John O’Brien jho3@nyu.edu

3. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2017 Junior Theorists Symposium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 11, 2017

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 20, 2017

We invite submissions of extended abstracts for the 11th Junior Theorists Symposium (JTS), to be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on August 11th, 2017, the day before the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). The JTS is a one-day conference featuring the work of up-and-coming sociologists, sponsored in part by the Theory Section of the ASA. Since 2005, the conference has brought together early career-stage sociologists who engage in theoretical work, broadly defined.

It is our honour to announce that Richard Biernacki (University of California - San Diego), Julian Go (Boston University), and Joey Sprague (University of Kansas) will serve as discussants for this year’s symposium. We are also pleased to hold an after-panel entitled, “Theory, the Good Society, and Positionality.” The panel will feature Gabriel Abend (New York University), Seth Abrutyn (University of Memphis), Hae Yeon Choo (University of Toronto), and Claire Decoteau (University of Illinois at Chicago).

We invite all ABD graduate students, postdocs, and assistant professors who received their PhDs from 2013 onwards to submit up to a three-page précis (800-1000 words). The précis should include the key theoretical contribution of the paper and a general outline of the argument. Successful précis from last year’s symposium can be viewed here. Please note that the précis must be for a paper that is not under review or forthcoming at a journal.

As in previous years, in order to encourage a wide range of submissions, we do not have a pre-specified theme for the conference. Instead, papers will be grouped into sessions based on emergent themes and discussants’ areas of interest and expertise.

Please remove all identifying information from your précis and submit it via this Google form. Shai Dromi (Harvard University) and katrina quisumbing king (University of Wisconsin - Madison) will review the anonymized submissions. You can also contact them at juniortheorists@gmail.com with any questions. The deadline is February 20. By mid-March we will extend up to 12 invitations to present at JTS 2016. Please plan to share a full paper by July 21, 2017. Presenters will be asked to attend the entire symposium and should plan accordingly.

Finally, for friends and supporters of JTS, we ask if you might consider donating either on-site, or through PayPal at this link or to the juniortheorists@gmail.com account. If you are submitting a proposal to JTS 2017, we kindly ask that should you wish to donate, you only do so after the final schedule has been announced.

4. Message from Human Rights Section

Dear Global and Transnational Sociology Section Members,

As you renew your ASA membership, we hope you will consider joining and supporting the Human Rights Section.  

There is a close connection among global politics, international law, and human rights. As global and transnational scholars, most of us produce work that touches on these connections in some way at some point. The Human Rights Section seeks to become inclusive of those who embrace human rights as an avenue for change, those who engage with human rights from a critical perspective, and everyone in between.

This year's Human Rights Section leadership reflects the close connection with GTS: Joachim Savelsberg is Chair, Kiyo Tsutsui is Chair-Elect, and Mounira Maya Charrad, John Hagan, Brian Gran, and Liz Boyle are on the Membership Committee.

The Human Rights Section newsletter is especially valuable, covering cutting-edge research topics and providing interesting undergraduate classroom exercises (such as rewriting the US Bill of Rights).

If you have any questions about the Human Rights section and plans for this year, don't hesitate to contact any of us.

Best wishes,

The Human Rights Section Membership Committee

Mounira Maya Charrad, John Hagan, Brian Gran, and Liz Boyle

 

5. CALL FOR PAPERS

Science, Technology, and the Politics of Knowledge in Global Affairs

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies

Northwestern University, Evanston IL 

March 30-31, 2017

Keynote: Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard Kennedy School

Organizing Committee: Kevin Baker, Savina Balasubramanian, and Omri Tubi

Scientists, state actors, international institutions, and lay activists vie for credibility and legitimacy to both frame and control global issues. Science and technology are routinely cast into a supporting role to bolster their claims. From nuclear energy in the battle against climate change to the politicization of “big data;” from new information technologies in emerging regimes of global surveillance to the use of randomized controlled trials in international development research – scientific and technological expertise operate as instruments of power and authority, which can serve to legitimate or contest new forms of global governance and intervention.

The Buffett Institute’s second annual graduate student conference will investigate expert knowledge in contemporary global affairs, looking at the ways this knowledge is created, invoked, circulated, and contested in the international political arena. We invite graduate students to present work that explores questions such as: How do various international actors attempt to position themselves as credible participants in global politics? Under what conditions does expert knowledge come to be seen as legitimate on the global stage? How and why do global issues become understood as primarily technical, rather than political? In what ways do international actors frame these issues and what must be done about them? How is scientific and technological expertise marshaled or ignored in processes of claims making and action to structure interventions into global “problems?” And, finally, how do these practices organize, sustain, or challenge structures of global inequality and power?

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • The politics of climate change, climate science, and environmental security
  • The rise of actuarial and genetic approaches to global crime
  • Biosecurity, global health, and the regulation of infectious disease
  • Globalized technologies of risk and quantification
  • The technologization of global finance and economic markets
  • The politicization of social and computational science in an age of “big data"
  • New regimes of information and global surveillance
  • The changing nature of international development interventions
  • The constitution of transnational lay expertise in global social movements

We invite graduate students across the humanities and social sciences to submit abstracts of no more than 250 words by December 15, 2016 using the submission link on the conference webpage:http://buffett.northwestern.edu/programs/grad-conference/. There will be no deadline extensions. Accepted presenters will be notified by January 5 and papers are due to faculty discussants by March 7. The Buffett Institute will provide hotel accommodations and will subsidize travel costs (fully for US-based graduate students and partially for international students). Please direct all queries to the Graduate Organizing Committee at: buffettgradconference@northwestern.edu.

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