September 2017 Announcements
1) We have increased our membership from 650 to 691, out of which 223 are students. Please continue spreading the good fame of our section. It would be nice to reach the magic 800 in the next couple years. Unfortunately, we can no longer gift membership to our students, we can only give donations to the Section and designate it specifically for student membership. Please consider doing this.
2) Share with me your impressions about this year’s ASA, and specifically about our section’s presence at it.
3) Forward your news and your topic suggestions for our newsletter.
4) This year ASA has stepped up its public engagement efforts. They will be reaching out to us for help in contacting experts in issues they focus on, but they also ask us to proactively offer ideas for possible focus of attention—e.g., something in the news the communications department might not have caught which is ripe for sociological comment, an idea for an expert who would be great for comment on something the communications department is currently pitching.
Call for Papers:
1) Interdisciplinary Conference on Kurdish Politics and Society
April 6-7, 2018, Yale University, New Haven
Organized by Jonathan Wyrtzen (Sociology, Yale University) and Huseyin Rasit (Sociology, Yale University)
Oppressed in Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria for the better part of the twentieth century, the Kurds have recently come to the fore with full force. With the rise of ISIS and the fragmentation of Iraq and Syria, the Kurds have begun to occupy an increasingly central position in Middle Eastern politics. The geopolitical rise of the Kurds in the early 21stcentury is also matched with an increase in academic interest in them. Once limited to Kurdish social scientists and a handful of outside experts, Kurdish Studies has become a much more diverse field in the recent years. An expanding body of scholars is now producing quality work on Kurdish societies and politics, with individual papers and entire panels focusing exclusively on the Kurds at annual meetings of professional organizations such as the Middle East Studies Association. But, in contrast to Europe, there have been few workshops or conferences in the United States to draw together this critical mass of scholarship. We wish to contribute to filling this gap by organizing a conference on Kurdish politics and societies.
The conference aims to bring together historians, political scientists, anthropologists, and sociologists working on a range of themes related to Kurdish politics and society including imperialism and colonialism; nationalism; state formation; revolutionary struggles; social movements; armed resistance; gender issues; migration; transnational flows and the Kurdish diaspora; cross-border interactions; genocide; Iraq-US wars; the Syrian conflict; and the Kurdish Issue in Turkey. We invite papers dealing with any topic related to these themes.
The conference will be held at Yale University on April 6-7, 2018. Thanks to the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund and the MacMillan Center of International and Area Studies, we have generous funds to offer support. Participants will have accommodation (2 nights for domestic and 3 nights for international) and a certain level of travel funds. The details about funding will be communicated after the selection process.
To apply, please send a detailed summary of your proposal (1000 words) and your current CV to YaleKurdishConference@
2) International Sociological Association Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 15-21, 2018). Deadline for abstract is September 30, 2018 24:00 GMT. CFP and submission info below.
Transnational Fields of Production and Consumption
RC14 Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture (host committee)
According to Meulemen and Savage (2013: 232), Bourdieu’s work on cultural consumption employs a “Franco-centric” model of cultural hierarchy, and most empirical studies of cultural consumption still focus on nationally-based fields (Meulemen and Savage 2013). This emphasis on the national at the expense of the transnational has been repeated in many analyses of cultural production. For example, many previous Bourdieusian analyses of popular music focus on fields at the local and/or national level of analysis and do not focus on the diasporic and/or transnational character of fields.
There is a growing literature that focuses on the transnational elements of cultural production and consumption. Examples include: Go (2008) on global fields and global arenas, Fligstein and McAdam (2012) on strategic action fields, Meuleman and Savage (2013) on transnationality and highbrow consumption in the Netherlands, Savage and Silva (2013) on field analysis in cultural sociology, Kuipers (2011) on the role of cultural intermediaries in the cultural globalization of television as a transnational cultural field, and Verboord, Kuipers, and Janssen (2015) on institutional recognition in the transnational literary field.
This session is interested in studies of cultural production and/or consumption that highlight the transnational character of fields. How can transnational analyses of production and/or consumption enrich our understandings of fields? What are the advantages and/or disadvantages in transnational studies of production and/or consumption? Of particular interest are studies that focus on popular culture broadly defined (music, food, fashion, literature, etc.), although all empirical subject areas are welcome.
Athena ELAFROS, athenaelafros@gmail.
Call for Graduate Student Submissions:
University of Chicago Ethnography Incubator
Call for Graduate Student Submissions
We are pleased to announce the second annual meeting of the University of Chicago Ethnography Incubator. Each year, the Incubator invites four faculty fellows and six graduate student fellows to the University of Chicago to participate in a two-day panel and workshop series. The Incubator is designed to advance ethnographic methodologies, provide hands-on mentorship to graduate student fellows, and build an interdisciplinary community of ethnographers. We invite applications from graduate students in any discipline who are engaged in dissertation-level, ethnographic research.
For 2018, the Ethnography Incubator will take place on Thursday March 8th and Friday March 9th at the University of Chicago.
2018 FACULTY FELLOWS
MARY GRAY—Associate Professor of the Media School, Indiana University/ Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research.
TIANNA PASCHEL—Assistant Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
LAURENCE RALPH—Associate Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology, Princeton University.
IDDO TAVORY—Associate Professor of Sociology, New York University.
2018 UNIVERSITY PRESS EDITORS
Douglas Mitchell- University of Chicago Press
Kyle Wagner- University of Chicago Press
Marcela Cristina Maxfield- Stanford University Press
University of Chicago Faculty Organizers
Kimberly Kay Hoang—Assistant Professor, University of Chicago Department of Sociology
Kristen Schilt—Associate Professor, University of Chicago Department of Sociology
Forrest Stuart—Assistant Professor, University of Chicago Department of Sociology
About the Event:
The first day of the event (Thursday, March 8) will feature a roundtable panel discussion with the faculty fellows regarding current methodological, substantive, and ethical issues presently confronting ethnographic research. The panel will be followed by a reception for all fellows and invited guests. The second day of the event (Friday, March 9) will consist of a series of “fellows workshops,” in which faculty fellows will engage the work of graduate student fellows. Each student will have three faculty members provide critical substantive feedback on the work and stimulate broader conversations regarding the methodological practice of ethnography. The day will conclude with a dinner for fellows.
Airfare, lodging, and select meals will be provided to all selected graduate student fellows.
How to Apply:
Applicants must be advanced to doctoral candidacy (ABD status). To apply to become a 2018 graduate student fellow, send the following material to ethnographyincubator@
- A current CV (5 pages maximum).
- A one page description of the dissertation project (500 words maximum) from which the data is being excerpted.
- A ten-page (maximum) writing sample (double-spaced, not including references) from an in-progress work (e.g., dissertation chapter or article). Writing samples should focus on empirical data and analysis. Please keep discussions of methodology, literature review, and other “front end” matter to a minimum.
Student fellows will be notified by January 15th, 2018. Questions? Send an email to ethnographyincubator@