American Sociological Association

Section on Global and Transnational Sociology

January 2018 Announcements

The submission portal for the Annual Meeting is now open. The deadline is January 11, 2018.
Our own section will have two open sessions:
1. Global Ethnographies
2. Finance and the City: A Transnational Perspective 
In addition we have a Roundtable organized by Professor Paromita Sanyal



If you are interested in joining one of the Status Committees, ASA is currently looking for volunteers to serve on each of its four important Status Committees—the Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Persons in Sociology, the Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities in Sociology, the Committee on the Status of Women in Sociology, and the Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Sociology. ASA is looking for individual members who care about each of these populations within the discipline and are interested in providing advice to ASA Council on the needs of sociologists who belong to each group.


For more information on how to volunteer, visit the following link (please note: the deadline has been extended past the original November 30 deadline):  Please contact Jean H. Shin, Director of Minority and Student Affairs, at shin@asanet.orgwith questions.



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Please consider giving the gift of membership to your students. This is small and easy gesture of kindness around the holidays and you can do it quickly like this:


ASA members can purchase gift section memberships for students at (Login required). Once logged into the member portal, members should choose the “Purchase a gift section membership” link under the Contribute/Give heading. Students can be searched by name through the online member database. A new contact record can be created by the member if the student is not found in the database. There is no limit on the number of gift section membership recipients. The student will receive a confirmation by email of the gift section membership purchase. The gift buyer will also get an emailed receipt from ASA.
The deadline for 2018 ASA gift section membership additions is July 31, 2018.

Call for Abstracts
The Sociology of International Organizations
Planned Preconference to the ASA Annual Meeting: 
“Feeling Race—An Invitation to Explore Racialized Emotions”
August 10, 2018 
Pre-conference Theme
At a time when globalization is increasingly contested in practice and scholarship, the rise of anti-globalization forces has cast the spotlight on the successes, failures and limitations of international organizations (IOs), ubiquitous actors which structure the institutional environment underpinning world economic, environmental and social affairs. 
Political science has dominated the study of IOs. Yet, in recent years, a distinctive sociology of international organizations is emerging. It crosses over such diverse subfields as global and transnational sociology, economic sociology, sociologies of law and culture, organizations and professions. It variously focuses on markets and rights, health and finance, terrorism and development, among many other issues. Its theoretical and methodological variants reflect wider orientations in our discipline. Despite the promise of this diversity, however, strands of work on IOs in sociology have not adequately been brought into productive conversation with each other. 
This year’s Annual Meeting theme “Feeling Race—An Invitation to Explore Racialized Emotions” offers opportunities to expand the sociology of international organizations in new directions. Neither in political science nor sociology has adequate attention been given to the structures of domination and race that permeate the transnational and global. Further, while emotion is salient in the decision-making and implementation of global governance, it has been little explored. Yet, it might offer a powerful sociological counterpoint to the rational actor, rational design and international political economy theories so prominent in political science and international relations. 
This preconference plans to bring together diverse sociological scholarship on IOs in order:
— To bring our respective areas of focus, research and theory into closer engagement
— To map out the current intellectual geography of the field, noting its promise and gaps
— To consider where and how race permeates IOs and global governance 
— To consider the interplay of reason and emotion in global governance 
— To formulate new directions for scholarship and practice
Call for submissions
Abstracts for papers should be linked to one of three key themes that the panels will explore: 
1. Global norms and IOs: substance; rhetorical or legal form; diffusion patterns
2. Global norm-making processes: the science and politics behind the emergence, institutionalization or contestation of global rules and norms (including inter- and intra-IO processes)
3. The impact of IOs: how IO activities affect different national or transnational outcomes (e.g., human rights, the environment, the economy, poverty and inequality)
Proposals that relate directly to issues of race and emotion in IOs are particularly encouraged. 
Abstracts should contain the following information in the following form:
Theme: (please select the theme above that most closely fits the paper)
Contact details: (author/s, affiliation, and e-mail address)
Abstract: (no more than 400 words)
All abstracts should be sent to 
The deadline for sending abstracts is Friday, December 29, 2017. 
The preconference committee will inform successful applicants by Friday, January 5, 2018.
Note: The preconference proposal with all confirmed participants will be submitted for ASA Program Committee approval by January 11 (submission system closing date), and a final decision will be made by ASA after that deadline.
Pre-conference organizing committee
Sarah Babb, Boston College
Elizabeth Heger Boyle, University of Minnesota
Nitsan Chorev, Brown University
Terence Halliday, American Bar Foundation
Alexander Kentikelenis, University of Oxford 

Gender, Professions, and Organizations Writing Workshop
January 25, 2018
Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The 14th semi-annual Gender, Professions, and Organizations Writing Workshop will take place from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday, January 25th 2018 - the day of the opening reception for the Sociologists for Women in Society winter meetings in Atlanta, Georgia. The workshop was originally intended for sociologists who are doing research on gender and academic careers, scientific workplace organizations, organizational transformations to promote gender equality, etc. It has been broadened to include gender, professional work, and organizational change. The purpose of the workshop is to learn about the range of work attendees are doing, to facilitate collaboration and to set aside time for writing. We encourage new and returning participants. If you've never come, welcome, and if you have, welcome back! If it turns out that you can't come, please let one of us know; conversely, if you know of someone who has been considering joining us, encourage contacting one of us a.s.a.p.
We will make a reservation for lunch for the full group; while this is an enjoyable part of the day, participants may opt to use the hour and a half for other activities.

As a group, we will talk about our current research projects. This will provide  information useful for exploring potential collaborative projects. There will also be two large designated blocks of time for working on your research. You may use this time anyway you wish:  brainstorming a new paper, putting the finishing touches on a research manuscript, working with collaborators, or doing data analysis.  The last part of the workshop brings us back together for a brief discussion of the day and future plans.

All interested sociologists are welcome to join the workshop. Send an email<> to reserve your spot.
Your SWS conference fee will cover the room cost for the workshop. Participants should bring a laptop computer (and maybe an extension cord).


Shauna Morimoto (Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Arkansas)
Laura Kramer (Professor Emerita, Montclair State University)
Kathrin Zippel (Associate Professor, Northeastern University)
Former organizers: Christina Falci, Laura Hirshfield, Julia McQuillan, and Enobong Hannah (Anna) Branch

Call for papers:

Research in Political Sociology, vol. 26:  The Politics of Land

Volume editor:  Tim Bartley, Department of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis

Submission deadline:  February 12, 2018



The politics of land are vital.  Within the U.S., they stretch from fights over fracking, pipelines, and public land to dynamics of residential segregation, gentrification, and neighborhood succession.  In many other parts of the world, land grabs, dispossession, transformations of agriculture, sovereignty struggles, and border conflicts have repeatedly put land at the center of both electoral and contentious politics.  And yet, political sociologists rarely analyze land explicitly.


This volume of Research in Political Sociology seeks to carve out space for a political sociology of land.  The study of land has the potential to bring together a variety of topics in political sociology, including nationalism, violent conflict, state-building, policy development and implementation, social movements/contentious politics, local growth machines, community mobilization, populism, political culture, regulation, neoliberalism, transnational governance, and the cross-cutting influence of categorical inequalities of race, ethnicity, gender, and beyond.  In addition, the study of land can bring political sociology into greater dialogue with research on urban inequality, rural restructuring, environmental change, land tenure, indigeneity, migration, development, global dispossession, finance, and taxation.


The volume editor seeks well-crafted research covering a variety of topics, locations, theories/research programs, and methods.  This might, for example, include case studies of particular struggles over land; quantitative analyses of variation in the control, use, or political ramifications of land; historical inquiries into land distribution or partitioning; and ethnographic or interview-based studies of the intertwining of land, politics, and citizenship.  This list is meant be suggestive but not restrictive.  While topically diverse, the contributions should speak in some fashion to core issues in political sociology pertaining to power, institutions, mobilization, and/or governance.


Research in Political Sociology, a yearly series published by Emerald Press, seeks to publish original, high quality, peer-reviewed manuscripts to increase our understanding of political structures and processes.  As one of the few journals devoted to political sociology, Research in Political Sociology holds an important place in the discipline for both elaborating existing research programs and charting new agendas.  To see the editorial advisory board and contents of recent volumes, see


Research in Political Sociology is indexed by Scopus, SocINDEX, Sociological Abstracts, and Political Science Complete, and Emerald’s guidelines allow authors to post the accepted version of their manuscript (along with a DOI for the official published version) in an institutional repository or personal website upon publication.


Logistics and timeline:

The volume editor intends to make this an efficient peer-reviewed publication process.  Submissions are due by February 12, 2018, or sooner if authors have a relevant paper ready.  Following an initial screening by the editor, papers will be sent for peer review, with the intention of having reviews and decisions completed by mid-April.  The final versions of accepted papers will be due over the summer, and the volume will be published in late 2018 or early 2019.


Please submit your paper as a Word document by email to Tim Bartley at (please note the T in the email address).  Papers should be no more than 14,000 words (including all text, references, tables, and footnotes), and include an abstract of 100-150 words.  In your email, please suggest two (but no more than two) relevant and appropriate reviewers.