American Sociological Association

September 2016 Announcements

September 2016 Announcements

Volunteering -- We are in the midst of putting together our award and nomination committees.  There is still time to volunteer, so please be in touch if you are interested (

Membership - We are 20 members away from qualifying for an additional session at the 2018 ASA.  Our two wonderful membership-drive chairs, Jamie Sommer and Aarushi Bhandari, are hard at work recruiting new members. Please help by spreading the word and encouraging your colleagues and graduate students to join us by SEPTEMBER 30TH.  Many advisors give gifts of membership to their students (it only costs $5).

Mentoring Activities in 2017 – Victoria Reyes and Jonathan Wyrtzen, our roundtable organizers, are also exploring mentoring activities for next year. In August, the roundtables were organized and led by a faculty member who could give substantive feedback to participants. We are curious about members’ thoughts on  this experience and on the other ways we’ve tried in the past to bring students and faculty together.  If you have comments or ideas, please answer the questions below and send your responses to Victoria at Thanks so much for your feedback.

  • If you participated in the mentoring roundtable, what was your experience?
  •  If you did not participate, why not?
  •  What sort of mentoring activity at the ASA would be most useful? (please specify if you are a grad student, junior faculty or senior faculty).  Possible venues could be one on one pairing of students with faculty; group of three with grad student, junior faculty, senior faculty; or informal lunch that is more social than substantive.
  •  Would you be willing to help organize next year’s mentoring activity?

Upcoming Conferences: CALL FOR PAPERS

A Workshop on Legal Migrations, Vulnerability, and Resilience
December 9-10, 2016
Emory University School of Law
A Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative Workshop

This workshop will interrogate the experience of traversing borders between legal forms through the lens of vulnerability theory. Contemporary legal scholarship most often devotes attention to status categories conceived as static positions of relative privilege or disadvantage. Vulnerability theory, which challenges the dominant conception of the universal politico-legal subject as an autonomous, independent, and static adult, shifts us toward a dynamic lens of analysis. Vulnerability theory focuses on the evolution of human needs across a life course, asking how law does and should respond to dependence and foster resilience over time. The theory recognizes that human beings are constantly susceptible to change, positive and negative, in our bodily, social, and environmental circumstances. This workshop will explore how we might understand the processes of 'legal migration' as dynamic responses to human and institutional vulnerability.

We are concerned, in particular, with legal migration processes as opportunities to foster resilience. Vulnerability is both universal and constant. Resilience, by contrast, may be created and fostered by the distribution of assets: social, political, environmental, economic, and cultural. The workshop asks how law might foster resilience as individuals and groups migrate between legal forms. In what ways does this migration foster resilience, reorder dependencies, or expose different forms of vulnerability? How do "legal migrants" change the institutions and categories they inhabit? The advent of same-sex marriage, for example, provides the occasion to study the migration of tens of thousands of couples from civil unions or a status of legal non-recognition to the privileged status of marriage. We invite scholars to consider multiple experiences of legal migration: from non-married to married; child to adult; not guilty to guilty; migrant to asylum seeker and possibly citizen; contractual agents to partners; union member to sovereign nation. We encourage participation from scholars in multiple disciplines including law, the social sciences, and humanities, and welcome papers which address the response to human and institutional vulnerability occasioned by processes of migration. Papers are invited to examine social experience as well as legal formalities, while topics may vary widely from transitions in corporate entity or financial institution status (particularly in contexts of economic development or flux); shifts in intellectual property treatment; the migration process of immigrants, asylum seekers, or business entities across sovereign borders; to the criminal justice process. Papers which engage vulnerability theory as a central tool of analysis are most warmly welcomed.

Workshop Contacts:
Deborah Dinner, | Suzanne Kim, []
Martha Albertson Fineman, []

Submission Procedure:
Email a proposal of several paragraphs as a Word or PDF document by September 16,
2016 to Rachel Ezrol, [].
Decisions  will be made by September 30, 2016 and working paper drafts will be due
November 23, 2016 so they can be duplicated and distributed prior to the Workshop.

Job Postings:

 1. The Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga invites applications for a tenure-stream position in South Asian Religions at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2017.

Applicants must have earned a PhD with a focus on South Asian religions by the date of appointment or shortly thereafter. We seek applicants whose scholarly record demonstrates expertise in the study of primary sources within their historical, philosophical, devotional, aesthetic, and/or performative contexts and whose work is also situated within the broader study of religion. Candidates must demonstrate strong linguistic skills in the primary source language(s) of their research.

The successful candidate must display evidence of excellence in and commitment to both research and teaching. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, letters of reference and the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application. Evidence of excellence in research will be demonstrated by representative writing samples or publications in top ranked and field relevant academic journals, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements by referees of high international standing.

We seek a candidate whose research complements and enhances existing strengths in the Department of Historical Studies. The successful candidate will join a vibrant intellectual community of world-class scholars at Canada’s largest university. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is one of the most fascinating, diverse and “livable” places in the world. The successful candidate will have the ability to teach a range of thematically focused courses engaging with the study of religion, contributing to the undergraduate program on the Mississauga campus, and will hold a graduate appointment at the Department for the Study of Religion on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. Information about these two departments is available at: and

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants are invited to apply online at the following web site: Applications must be submitted by October 17, 2016, and include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample of academic writing such as representative articles, statement of research interests, academic transcripts, and a teaching dossier (teaching evaluations; sample syllabi, assignments and tests; descriptions of teaching strategies and innovations, etc.). The U of T application system can accommodate up to fifteen attachments per candidate profile (8MB size limit per attachment).


2. The Sociology Department at Drexel University expects to hire a tenure-track Sociologist at the Assistant or Associate Professor level and invites applications from candidates whose expertise is in Medical Sociology. The successful applicant would begin September 1, 2017. This position continues Drexel's investment in sociology and its goal of creating a high profile sociology department with a strong research and educational identity. The newly aligned Sociology Department is expanding its research foci in Urban, Environmental and Medical Sociology. It successfully recruited a new Department Head in 2015 and two urban sociologists in 2016.

We expect candidates' scholarship and teaching will contribute to the development of the sociology program and that they will participate in and initiate research collaborations across the Schools, Colleges, and Centers at Drexel. Successful candidates will develop and teach courses in sociology of health and medicine as well as core courses in the sociology major. They will also have the opportunity to participate in Drexel’s graduate programs.

We welcome candidates whose research focuses on social contexts of health, illness, biomedicine, health disparities, and/or health care systems. Examples include (but are not limited to) social determinants of health; communities of color, underserved communities, or predominantly racial/ethnic minority communities; health policy and medical care; global and transnational health; big data and health; medical information and communication technologies; science, technology and medicine; gender, sexuality and health.

Candidates should include: 1) a cover letter that addresses areas of expertise, evidence of excellence in research and teaching, and potential for external funding; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) up to three samples of scholarly writing; and 4) the names, institutional affiliation, and e-mail addresses only of at least three references. Please do not submit reference letters at this time as such letters will be requested at a later date for short-listed applicants. All applications must be submitted online at The successful applicants must have completed all requirements for their PhD by August 15, 2017.

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Please address all queries to Professor Susan E. Bell (

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