American Sociological Association

November 2017 Announcements

November 2017 Announcements

Newsletter Deadline - November 10, 2017
Please send your news (publications, thought pieces) to Aarushi Bhandari by November 10 at  

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Call for Proposals: Workshop on Transnational Networks Amid Global Crisis and Change

Proposals are sought for research papers to be presented at a workshop at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall of 2018 (tentatively, September 27-29). We invite researchers -- particularly junior scholars, scholars from under-represented groups, and scholars from countries of the global South -- to propose research papers that employ data we have collected in the Transnational Social Movement Organizations and Inter-Organizational Network Databases. These data are centered on transnational social movement organizations (TSMOs), a subset of international organizations with explicit aims to promote social or political change, but also consider how these groups are connected to international governmental organizations (IGOs) and other international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs).

Transnational social movement organizations have played significant roles in bringing diverse actors—including activists from the global South, indigenous peoples, peasants, and LGBTQ activists—into the global public arena and enhancing their political impacts. They have been linked to movements against the global trade system, rising inequality, environmental degradation, and government austerity. They have been instrumental in defending human rights and promoting equity and justice in the global political and economic order. We seek proposals for papers that will use elements of these databases to explore what these data tell us about the relationship between transnational activism and processes of global change. Do such organizations enhance diversity in global political spaces? How is the mobilization of less powerful political actors related to broader political processes and conflicts? How have changes in the relative power of key states impacted the networks of social movement actors and their relationships with the inter-state system? The conference will generate critical feedback on the draft papers, which will be edited for publication. Participants will contribute to our work to review and prepare the dataset for public distribution through the World Historical Dataverse at the University of Pittsburgh.

Abstracts of paper proposals are due on February 15, 2018. Please send to Abstracts must specify the main research question/s the author/s will address as well as the primary variables and years of data author/s hope to employ in their investigations. Codebooks describing the data are linked from the main website page. We also provide references and links to our own work that are based on these and related data, and we encourage those submitting proposals to review this work to gain an understanding of how the data may be used. In your application, please include author/s' names, institutional affiliation and rank (graduate student submissions are welcome). Also, please indicate if you have access to other sources of funding to support your travel to Pittsburgh for this workshop. We are working to raise funds to provide travel stipends and expect to be able to provide lodging and meals during the workshop for participants.


Project Organizers: Jackie Smith, Melanie Hughes, Samantha Plummer, and Basak Gemici, University of Pittsburgh

For further information about the project, please visit



Job Announcement - Hong Kong Baptist University

Hong Kong Baptist University

Faculty of Social Sciences - Department of Sociology

Assistant Professor (PR155/17-18)

The Department seeks a prominent scholar who conducts research which is internationally recognised as excellent, and publishes in major international journals, as well as teaches and supervises students as undergraduate and postgraduate degree levels.  Areas of specialization are open while preference will be given to applicants with research expertise in social networks and family.  Ability to teach social statistics and quantitative research methods would be an advantage.

Applicants should possess a doctoral degree in Sociology at the time of the appointment and have a track record of excellence in research, publications, and university teaching.

Terms of the Appointment: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The University offers competitive package which include gratuity/retirement benefits, annual leave, medical and dental scheme, and wherever applicable housing assistance and relocation allowance.  Initial appointments will be made on a fixed-term contract of two to three years commencing as soon as possible.  Re-appointment thereafter is subject to mutual agreement and availability of funding.

Application Procedure:  Applicants are invited to write in response to the requriements and provide an updated curriculum vitae and/or fill in the application form which is obtainable by downloading from The University reserves the right not to make an appointment for the post advertised, and the appointment will be made according to the terms and conditions then applicable at the time of offer.

Closing Date:  18 November 2017