The Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) is seeking applicants for 2018 Early Career Work and Family Fellowships.

The goal of the program is to help promising young scholars establish career successes, as well as integrate them within the WFRN research community.  Fellows receive membership in the WFRN, conference registration, and $500 to attend a preconference and the 2018 WFRN Conference (to be held June 21-23 in Washington DC). Fellows will be connected with one another in periodic encounters beyond the conference, intended to facilitate collaboration and peer-mentorship. 

To be eligible, candidates must have received their doctorate in 2015 or later and have yet to progress into tenured or secure senior level positions.  Information about the program and application materials can be found at https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/content/early-career-fellowship-program. The deadline for receipt of applications is September 15, 2017. Questions about the program can be addressed to the program director, Stephen Sweet at SSWEET@ITHACA.EDU. 

Economic Sociology Sections Issues Call for Junior Faculty and Graduate Students to Sign Up in Advance for Professional Development Sessions During the Economic Sociology ASA Roudtable Session, Sunday, August 13, 8:30 a.m.

 The Economic Sociology Section Council is pleased to announce Economic Sociology Mentoring Roundtables, to take place at the upcoming ASA Meetings in Montreal this August. The program will feature professional development roundtables for graduate students and junior faculty around the following topics:

  • Table 22:Journal article publishing
  • Table 23: Book publishing
  • Table 24: Navigating the job market
  • Table 25: General professional advice

These sessions have been designed to give graduate students and junior faculty opportunities to meet faculty mentors outside their home institutions and strengthen their professional development networks. The sessions will take place during the Economic Sociology Roundtable Session on Sunday, August 13th from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Palais des congress de Montréal, Level 5, 517B.

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Department of Sociology at the University of Essex, in association with Sage Publishing, is holding a Cocktail Reception at Pointe-à-Callière Museum, 10 minute walk from the Conference Center and a great location.

Essex is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its Summer School, and Sage the launching of its Research Methods: Video Collection, to which several Essex Sociologists have contributed.

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SocArXiv encourages ASA sections to open their awards.

  1. Read about the details on the SocArXiv Blog. We have money!
  2. Get SOAR on the agenda of your council or membership meeting this August in Montreal. Let us know if you’d like a SocArXiv Steering Committee Member to attend your meeting. We’re happy to provide information, answer questions, and talk through what the process may look like for your section.
  3. Individuals can participate too. If your ASA section does not participate, but you are submitting a paper for their award, upload the paper to SocArXiv before the award submission deadline. If you win the award, let us know and we will give you $250.

Reach out to us at socarxiv@gmail.com if you have questions or if we can help!

The Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation aims to deliver rigorous and independent research on how the reputations of individuals, corporations, and institutions around the world are created, sustained, destroyed, and rebuilt.

The Centre has established this Award to recognize and reward significant scholarly contributions to the literature. The Award comes with a £1,000 prize and funded attendance to the 2017 Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation Annual Symposium, to be held 30 August-1 September 2017 at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. The winner is invited to participate in a workshop for emerging scholars at the Symposium, which will be led by distinguished researchers in the field.

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Idealizing Labor, Producing Inequality: Maintaining Race, Gender, & Class Divisions through Work
Edited Book Call for Submissions

Editors: Enobong Hannah Branch and Melissa Wooten, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Project Overview
In formal organizations, the sorting of workers into jobs is assumed to be a bureaucratic process based on merit. Workers are placed throughout the organization in positions that correspond to their skills, interests, and abilities. Ascriptive characteristics, such as race and gender, are not necessarily thought to be predictors of occupational placement but clear racial and gender divisions are evident in occupational outcomes. Feminist scholars have theorized about gendered organizations, the concept of “the ideal worker,” the penalties for women in female dominated occupations, and the “glass escalator” for men that point to the myriad of ways in which gender directly shapes occupational opportunity. But the literature on gendered occupations, focuses primarily on the consequences of gender for occupational opportunity but not how the gendering of occupations came to be or how it is maintained. What is needed is attention to who has done the boundary work, how have they done the work and what tools have they used to do the work, historically and contemporarily, to create gendered occupations as we know them. When examining this boundary work, it is important to examine how gender is used in conjunction with other identities, such as race, immigrant status, etc. to further construct the ideal laborer and to what end. Read More