Call for Papers: Extended deadline for Work and Occupations’ Special Issue on Precarious Employment and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The deadline for Work and Occupations‘ Special Issue on Precarious Employment and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic submission has been extended.

We are now accepting full papers through November 22, 2021 23:59 PST. The original Call-for-Papers can be found here.

If you are considering submitting to the special issue, now is the time! If you have already started your submission process but have not yet finished, you now have an additional week to do so.

Call for Papers: EGOS 2022. The Impact of Organizational Practices on Workplace Inequality

EGOS 2022 – Vienna, Austria
Subtheme 60: “The Impact of Organizational Practices on Workplace Inequality and Diversity”

We would like to bring to your attention the colloquium on “The Impact of Organizational Practices on Workplace Inequality and Diversity,” which we are convening as part of the European Group of Organization Studies’ (EGOS) 38th annual conference in Vienna, Austria. The conference will take place on July 7-9, 2022.

Our purpose is to bring together a group of researchers who share a concern for advancing our knowledge of the mechanisms through which organizations influence inequality and diversity in the labor market. We welcome papers from different disciplines and at all levels of analysis.

If you are interested, we encourage you to submit a short paper (3,000 words) before January 11, 2022.

You can access the full call for papers here.

Call for Papers: Carework Network Virtual Symposium

Do you want a chance to have a pre-eminent care scholar read and respond to your work in dialogue with others? The Carework Network prioritizes mentoring and substantive exchange, and we are planning an exciting event for this Spring that builds on this tradition. See website for full details. 

We will be hosting an interactive virtual symposium on March 1-3, 2022 titled Moving Past Emergency Responses: Care as Essential Infrastructure. Our goal is to build on the success of our two Global Summits (the next of which will be in Costa Rica in 2023) to bring together emerging and senior carework scholars to engage in meaningful dialogue about cutting edge issues in care scholarship and policy.

To that end, we will be hosting three Scholars-in-Dialogue sessions, a novel format that will feature established care scholars discussing three selected papers from innovative scholars at all levels. This is where you come in – bring us those interesting ideas percolating in the back of your head!  The themes for the sessions are: Revisiting the Meaning(s) of CareThe Role of the State, and Technological Futures of Care.

We invite scholars at all levels and from all disciplines to share their biggest and best ideas, even if they are still in formation. We will select three of the submissions to be featured in each session, and these papers will form the basis of the conversation. It is our hope that this substantive exchange of ideas will make all of our work stronger, as we move to advance our field in this critical historical moment.

Scholars interested in submitting their work should submit a 2-3 page extended abstract to by October 15, 2021. Please indicate clearly which session you are submitting to. If selected, you will be notified by December 1, 2021 and expected to submit a full DRAFT paper by February 1, 2022.

We hope all of you will save the dates for the symposium. In addition to being able to attend the Scholars-in-Dialogue sessions, the event will also include a series of hands-on workshops focused on methodology, publishing, and activism.

Please feel free to reach out to any of us if you have any questions. More details are in the attachment.

The Virtual Symposium Subcommittee of the Carework Network.

Naomi Lightman (co-chair)

Mignon Duffy (co-chair)

Cindy Cain

Fiona MacDonald

Grazi Figueredo

Guillermina Altomonte

Katherine Ravenswood

Melissa Hodges

Pilar Gonalons Pons

Kim Price-Glynn

Amy Armenia

Call for Submissions: Teaching Sociology for FGWC Students

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Teaching Sociology on Teaching Sociology by, for, and about First-Generation and Working-Class Persons

Responding to the work of the ASA’s Task Force on First-Generation and Working-Class Persons in Sociology, for this special issue Teaching Sociology seeks Conversation Essays, Teaching Notes, Original Articles, and Book, Film, and Podcast Reviews focused on teaching sociology by, for, and about people from FGWC backgrounds. Specifically, we request submissions that address FGWC issues in three particular areas: student support, course content, and faculty experiences. 

For the full call and a list of possible topics go to:

With our team of co-editors from a variety of FGWC backgrounds, we recognize that people from FGWC backgrounds enrich and strengthen our courses, the discipline of sociology, and our educational institutions. We encourage individuals who represent the full breadth and diversity of intersectional identities to propose contributions, and are also particularly interested in contributions from educators who teach at regional comprehensive universities, community colleges, and other broad-access and/or teaching-intensive institutions

Initial abstract submissions due February 1, 2022

All submissions for and questions about this special issue should be sent to the guest editors at their shared e-mail address

Calls for Submissions: 1) Work and Family Researchers Network Conference & 2) European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium

Greetings OOW members! The following two organizations are seeking submissions for their upcoming events:

The next Work and Family Researchers Network Conference will be held June 23-25, 2022 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City.  The conference theme is Work-Family Justice: Practices, Partnerships & Possibilities. Submissions are now open and close November 1, 2021. Please visit our website for more information:

Doing Sociology in Organization Studies” for the EGOS Colloquium 2022, which will take
place July 7-9 in Vienna. Deadline for submission of short papers is
Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
More information under

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Social Psychology Quarterly on Race, Racism, and Discrimination

Social Psychology Quarterly Call for Papers
Special Issue on Race, Racism, and Discrimination

Edited by: Corey D. Fields, Verna M. Keith, and Justine E. Tinkler

In 2003, SPQ published a special issue edited by Dr. Lawrence Bobo on the social psychology of race, racism, and discrimination. We are organizing a 20th anniversary special issue on the same topic to appear in 2023.

This special issue calls for article-length and research note-length papers that seek to understand the social psychological processes that shape and are shaped by racialized social structures. We understand race to be a social construction and are open to papers that conceive of race as an independent or dependent variable. We invite empirical articles that employ quantitative and/or qualitative methods as well as theoretical articles that make important contributions to social psychological knowledge. Data collection may be conducted in the field, online, or in the laboratory, and investigations can occur at one or multiple levels of analysis. We are particularly interested in research that includes groups that have been historically underrepresented in research on race and racism (e.g., indigenous populations) and that examines social psychological processes in racialized institutions like the family, criminal justice system, education system, and in healthcare. The social psychology of race, racism, and discrimination includes but is not limited to the following topics:

·         Discrimination and bias
·         Identity
·         Intergroup relations
·         Social cognition
·         Implicit and explicit racial attitudes
·         Power and status
·         Social networks and social capital  
·         Intersectionality
·         Processes underlying health disparities
·         Health and well-being
·         Emotions
·         Interaction
·         Trust and social cohesion
·         Collective action  

Manuscripts should be submitted at by January 15, 2022. See ‘‘Submission Guidelines’’ for the submission requirements for full length articles and research notes. Please indicate in a cover letter that the paper is to be considered for the special issue on “Race, Racism, and Discrimination”.

For more information on the special issue, please feel free to contact our editorial office ( or the special issue editors, Corey D. Fields (, Verna M. Keith (, and Justine Tinkler (

Call for Submissions: Symposium on Corruption, the Rise of Populism, and the Future of Democracy  

Symposium on Corruption, the Rise of Populism, and the Future of Democracy 
The University of Iowa 
April 1-2, 2022 


We invite submissions from graduate students who are interested in presenting their research at a two-day symposium on corruption and the rise of populism, organized by the International Programs and the Department of Political Science at the University of Iowa. 

This event will convene a number of senior and early-career scholars from across the United States and Canada in an effort to foster an open dialogue about the challenges that corruption and populism pose to good governance and democracy globally. 

Graduate student invitees will benefit from participating in the panels, networking, and attending a workshop dedicated specifically to the graduate-level study of corruption. It is also our hope that this event will lead to a collaborative publication following the meeting in Iowa. 

Please note that we are specifically looking for submissions that address the following topics in East/South East Asia, East Central Europe, North America, and Latin America. 

  • Corruption and democratic consolidation, stability, and erosion 
  • Corruption, informal networks, and civil society 
  • Corruption, patronage, and electoral processes 
  • Corruption, misinformation, and the spread of extremist ideologies 
  • Corruption, anti-corruptionism, and human rights abuses 

The University of Iowa will cover the transportation and accommodation costs for the graduate students who are selected to participate in the symposium. 


Please send an extended abstract of the paper you intend to write (approximately 500 words) and your CV to Marina Zaloznaya at by May 15, 2021. Selected participants will be notified by June 15, 2021. The deadline for submitting full papers is March 1, 2022. 

Call for Papers: Mini Conference and Special Issue of Work and Occupations

Call for Papers 
Precarious Employment and Well-Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic 
A Mini Conference and Special Issue 
Work and Occupations 

This call invites papers for a mini conference and subsequent special issue of Work and Occupations dedicated to precarious employment and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prospective contributors should submit a full paper as a single document to the conference organizers by November 15, 2021. We encourage submissions from scholars of different demographic backgrounds, nationalities, career stages, theoretical frames, and methodological orientations. All submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in part or in full. The conference organizers and special issue guest editors are Quan Mai (Rutgers University), Lijun Song (Vanderbilt University), and Rachel Donnelly (Vanderbilt University). 

The authors of accepted papers will be invited to a virtual one-day mini conference where they will present their paper and receive feedback from conference organizers and other invited participants. The mini conference is scheduled to take place on Friday, January 21, 2022. Based on the conference organizers’ recommendations, discussions at the conference, and the fit with the special issue, the guest editors will invite a subset of authors to submit their papers to Work and Occupations with the expectation that their manuscripts will be published in the special issue if they pass the external peer-review process. The authors will be notified of editorial evaluations in September 2022. Last round revisions are due in early November 2022.

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In recent decades, a wave of structural changes contributes to the troubling rise of precarious employment in both the developed and developing worlds. The adverse effects of precarious work extend beyond workers’ employment-related dimensions such as pay, benefits, and job satisfaction. Emerging scholarship on this topic documents how this mode of employment generates significant negative consequences for various aspects of workers’ lives, including their physical and mental health, prospects for social mobility, family life, and socioeconomic well-being more generally. 

Since late 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has been wreaking havoc on billions of workers’ employment experiences across the globe and damaging their well-being and livelihoods. The impact of the pandemic is particularly profound among precariously employed workers in nonstandard employment arrangements, especially at a time when many countries have spent decades rolling back social safety nets. Precarious workers in healthcare, nursing homes, grocery and retail stores, transportation, and delivery have been unable to work remotely and had to interact closely with customers and patients often without sufficient safety measures. Workers in restaurants, bars, and movie theaters have been laid off and faced a reduction in benefits, adding great uncertainty to their already precarious working conditions. Many self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig-workers, and freelancers have been facing unemployment without being laid off as their contracts go unrenewed. With limited access to collective bargaining power and adequate protective measures, precarious workers have been exposed to higher risks of unfair treatment and exploitation. The pandemic also put workers in otherwise “good” jobs in precarious situations. Millions of high-skilled and high-paid workers in full-time positions have experienced precarity after being temporarily furloughed or forced to work on reduced hours, often for an unspecified amount of time. 

The special issue aims to bring together cutting-edge studies from diverse disciplinary backgrounds on precarious work and well-being during the pandemic. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • the influence of employment precarity on workers’ risk of exposure to and infection with COVID-19; 
  • the influence of employment precarity on workers’ mental, physical, and socioeconomic well-being; 
  • changes in employment precarity during the pandemic and subsequent short- and long-term consequences for well-being; 
  • the influence of employment precarity on workers’ healthcare accessibility and utilization; 
  • individual and family adaptations to the risks of unemployment and illness; 
  • the influence of employment precarity and risk of illness on social relationships between co-workers and between front-line workers and customers/patients; 
  • public policy adaptations to mitigate the risks of unemployment, precarious employment, and illness; 
  • employer and labor union interventions to mitigate the risks of unemployment and illness; and 
  • social disparities (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class) and global variations in all the above themes. 

Prospective contributors are welcome to consult with any of the conference organizers and guest editors about the potential fit of their projects. To submit your paper, please email it to by November 15, 2021. 

Call for Papers: Seminar “Rethinking the free time/work time divide”

Seminar “Rethinking the free time/work time divide”

The seminar is organized by CIMMA-IMAGER (UR 3958), a research group affiliated with Université Paris-Est Créteil, France.
The (online and/or on-site) bimonthly sessions will take place from October to December 2021.
Proposals (300-word abstract + short biography) should be submitted by May 3, 2021.
Participants will be notified in June 2021.

In a seminal article entitled “Time, Work-Discipline, and Industrial Capitalism” (1967), the historian E. P. Thompson analyzed the evolution of the concept of time in British society in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He demonstrated the importance of incorporating the question of time into the study of the transformations that took place in the organization of labor during industrialization. Subsequently, scholars have questioned the ways in which temporal norms in work contexts have changed over the past two centuries. For example, historians of labor have highlighted the role of trade unions in organizing the length of work hours since the end of the nineteenth century, while sociologists of labor have been particularly interested in definitions of “work” and the issue of measuring and managing the time that our contemporary societies devote to work.

Like others, E. P. Thompson also noted that the concept of time and its evolutions are issues that do not only concern work. The time devoted to hobbies, sports, holidays, entertainment, or tourism has become inherent to the study of free time. For example, social history has documented its institutionalization, as well as the practice of leisure and vacation in British or North American societies from the nineteenth century to the present day. Following in the tracks of Robert Stebbins, who coined the concept of “serious leisure,” some sociologists have renewed the theory of leisure practices.

Building on studies of volunteer work or “gray areas” of employment on the one hand, and of workers’ leisure practices on the other, this conference proposes to combine work time and free time in the English-speaking world in order to explore their various definitions, redefinitions and the ways in which they have interacted over the centuries. This means considering the ways in which these two temporalities have changed and hybridized each other, generating tensions or new forms of balance or complementarity. How has legislation in different countries regulated free time and labor time? To what extent have new practices of work and leisure blurred the boundaries between these two temporalities? How have different perceptions of the private and professional spheres changed the way people think about and experience work and leisure time?

For this seminar, we invite researchers in the various disciplines of the humanities and economic and social sciences to consider the following topics and approaches:

  • Mapping the intersections of research on free time and work time.
  • Philosophical approaches to work and leisure.
  • Images and representations.
  • Forms of work (craftwork, servile work, volunteer work, charity work, activism, “gray areas” of employment…).
  • Social conflicts, mobilization, and labor rights.
  • Gender and the organization of work.
  • Recreational practices in the workplace.
  • Boundaries, liminality, and intersections.
  • Methodological and archival particularities.

Submission of proposals and contact: and


Cindy S. Aron, Working at Play: A History of Vacations in the United States, New York, Oxford University Press, 1999.

Peter Bailey, Leisure and Class in Victorian England: Rational Recreation and the Contest for Control, 1830- 1885, London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1978.

Peter Bailey, “Leisure, Culture, and the Historian: Reviewing the First Generation of Leisure Historiography in Britain”, Leisure Studies 8:2, 1989, 107-127.

Jean-Yves Boulin, Tiphaine de Rocquigny and Jean Viard. L’économie du temps libre (4/4). Le travail à l’assaut des loisirs. Entendez-vous l’éco? France culture, December 20, 2018. 58’.

Marie-Christine Bureau and Patrick Dieuaide, “Institutional Change and Transformations in Labour and Employment Standards: An Analysis of ‘Grey Zones’”, Transfer: European Review of Labor and Research, 24:3, August 2018, 261-277.

Hugh Cunningham, Time, Work and Leisure: Life Changes in England since 1700, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2014.

John Krinsky and Maud Simonet, “La servitude et le volontaire: les usages politiques du travail invisible dans les parcs de la ville de New York”, Sociétés contemporaines 2012/3 (n°87), 49-74.

Catriona M. Paratt, “Little Means or Time: Working-Class Women and Leisure in Late Victorian and Edwardian England”, The International Journal of the History of Sport 15:2, August 1998, 22-53.

Robert A. Stebbins, “Serious Leisure: A Conceptual Statement”, The Pacific Sociological Review 25:2, April 1982, 251-272.

Tim Strangleman, “Representations of Labour: Visual Sociology and Work”, Sociology Compass 2:5, 2008, 1491-1505.

E. P. Thompson, “Time, Work-Discipline, and Industrial Capitalism”, Past and Present 38, December 1967, 56-97.

Call for Papers: Issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences

Issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences on:

Administrative Burdens as a Mechanism of Inequality in Policy Implementation

Edited by
Pamela Herd, Georgetown University
Hilary Hoynes, University of California Berkeley
Jamila Michener, Cornell University
Donald Moynihan, Georgetown University

This special issue invites empirical papers that seek to enlarge our understanding of how administrative burdens contribute to inequality in policy implementation processes and outcomes, and potential solutions to these problems. Administrative burdens are people’s experiences of policy implementation as onerous. Burdens include learning costs, i.e., the time and effort it takes to find information about public services and what is required to access them; compliance costs, which include the paperwork needed to demonstrate eligibility, and the time and financial costs required by administrative processes. Administrative burdens also take the form of psychological costs. Psychological costs include the experience of stigma from applying for and participating in an unpopular program. They might also arise via a sense of a loss of autonomy when people feel they are subject to intrusive or coercive state power, the stresses from not knowing whether one can negotiate administrative ordeals where critical resources hang in the balance, or the accumulation of frustrations that come with burdens, especially those seen as unjust or unnecessary.

Social scientists have grappled with this issue from specific disciplinary perspectives. Economics has focused on ‘take-up’ or how these barriers impede access, for eligible populations, to social welfare policies. Political science has explored how politics can shape the creation of burdens and how the experience of burdens can influence beliefs such as political efficacy and trust in government. Sociology has emphasized how these burdens, within the context of organizations, are both a function of and a contributor to gender, race, and class inequality. Public administration has clarified the organizational basis of administrative burdens, including the use of bureaucratic discretion. The goal of this issue is to bring insights from multiple disciplines to grapple with the broader implications of these burdens for inequality.

Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for articles.

Anticipated Timeline

Prospective contributors should submit a CV and an abstract (up to two pages in length, single or double spaced) of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material (e.g., tables, figures, pictures, references that don’t fit on the proposal pages, etc.) no later than 5 PM EST on April 21, 2021 to:

NOTE that if you wish to submit an abstract and do not yet have an account with us, it can take up to 48 hours to get credentials, so please start your application at least two days before the deadline. All submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in part or in full. Only abstracts submitted to

will be considered. Each paper will receive a $1,000 honorarium when the issue is published. All questions regarding this issue should be directed to Suzanne Nichols, Director of Publications, at and not to the email addresses of the editors of the issue.

A conference will take place at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City on February 25, 2022. The selected contributors will gather for a one-day workshop to present draft papers (due a month prior to the conference on 1/25/22) and receive feedback from the other contributors and editors. Travel costs, food, and lodging for one author per paper will be covered by the foundation. Papers will be circulated before the conference. After the conference, the authors will submit their revised drafts by 6/1/22. The papers will then be sent out to three additional scholars for formal peer review. Having received feedback from reviewers and the RSF board, authors will revise their papers by 11/1/22. The full and final issue will be published in the fall of 2023. Papers will be published open access on the RSF website as well as in several digital repositories, including JSTOR and UPCC/Muse.

Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for articles.