Call for Participants: 40th International Labour Process Conference (Hybrid format)

Dear colleagues,

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 40th International Labour Process Conference, which will take place in Padua, Italy, 21 – 23 April 2022. The ILPC 2022 will be held in a hybrid format. You can choose to participate online or in person. Registration for Online Participation is open until SUNDAY APRIL 3rd. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT REGISTER HERE.

About the conference:

The 2022 Conference focusses on labour mobility and the mobilization of workers, aiming to develop its theoretical understanding, the implications of migration in the labour process and its connections with work and migration policies. The theme of labour mobility encompasses a variety of related topics, from migrants’ experiences of the labour market to wider issues of occupational mobility in the labour processes. The movement of workers in and out of jobs and occupations is especially important given the growth of precarious employment and the gig economy where insecure workers fear remaining forever stuck in the same spiral of mini jobs or social instability.

The Coronavirus pandemic has had tremendous implications on both of these understandings of labour mobility. On the one side, the tensions around labour migration have been exacerbated by the health crisis and the subsequent border closure, showing how the mobility of labour is crucial for many actors – workers, employers, states, unions but also temporary agencies and brokers – involved in the labour processes. On the other side, the (post?)-coronavirus time risks to worsen the segmentation of labour market along the lines of gender, race, nationality, age, education, social class and visa status.

This bulk of reflections mingles with the great amount of attention towards how social reproduction activities are interlinked with labour processes and in particular with the mobility of labour. While occupational mobility in the labour market is indeed strongly influenced by domestic and caring work in the household, international labour migrations sustain the social reproduction activities occurring in the country of origin and destination of migrant workers and their families.

Another key aim of the Conference is to understand how labour mobility shapes work and employment relations, affecting both dynamics of control and resistance in the labour process and individual and collective actions. Although labour turnover and subjective mobility practices have been, for long time, conceived as opposed to collective strategies to organize labour, the experiences of workers’ mobilizations show how boundaries between the two are actually much more blurred.

Therefore, the Conference will address the role of labour mobility in the international labour process, by developing a debate on several aspects: at a critical time of change for the world economy following the pandemic, how do labour migrations and the mobility of workers across borders, sectors and occupations shape and are shaped by changing labour processes? How do technological and social changes in work controls and production processes interact with the mobility of workers across jobs and borders? How do the mobilizations of workers challenge the dichotomy between individual and collective forms of actions?

Call for Participants: Fake News? Perspectives from Cultural Sociology

ASA Section on Cultural Sociology presents:
Culture in Contemporary Life (CCL) Series
Fake News? Perspectives from Cultural Sociology

What is fake news? Who determines it? Can we rely on fact checkers and how should they judge? Is fake news simply a pejorative term used to silence voice of dissent? How is this label being used? What are the responsibilities of social media platforms in the production and dissemination of fake news? How can sociologists and particularly cultural sociologists contribute to this area of research? 


Speakers:

Francesca Tripodi (the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Gary Allan Fine (Northwestern University)

Jaron Harabam (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) 

Date:

March 29, 2-3 pm ET
Zoom link: https://umich.zoom.us/j/93933529816

For questions or comments, please contact Alejandra Cueto Piazza (alejandra_irene_cueto_piazza@brown.edu)

Call for Participants: Talking about Walking Mannequins, Zoom Discussion

Talking about Walking Mannequins

Wednesday, March 30th, 11:15 AM EST / 8:15 AM PST via Zoom.

Register now for more details, and to join as the authors and a panel of expert discussants explore this important new book.

Authors:

  • Joya Misra (Sociology and Public Policy, and Director of the Institute for Social Science Research, UMass Amherst)
  • Kyla Walters (Sociology, Sonoma State University)

Discussants:

  • Maxine Craig (University of California, Davis), author of Ain’t I a Beauty Queen? Black Women, Beauty, and the Politics of Race
  • Eileen Otis (Northeastern University), author of Markets and Bodies: Women, Service Work and the Making of Inequality in China 
  • Dennis Nickson (University of Strathclyde), coauthor of Aesthetic Labour 

Call for Participants: 2022 Warwick Summer School on Practice and Process Studies

Dear Colleague 

We’re pleased to share details of the 2022 Warwick Summer School on Practice and Process Studies.

2022 Warwick Summer School on Practice and Process Studies: Studying Emotion or Affect?

Hybrid event; 12 – 14 July 2022

Applications close 18th March 2022. To find out more click here and to apply click here

The Warwick Summer School convenes scholars interested in practice and process studies in an open and multi-disciplinary learning community characterized by dialogue, discussion, and joint exploration. The Summer School is designed for those with an advanced understanding of practice and process theories. The three days will consider the state-of-the-art of practice, process and routines studies (2 days) and how we can advance practice and process studies on emotion and affect (1 day). The hybrid event will take place online and in-person at Warwick University, UK, for those happy to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

If you have any questions, please email matthew.hurst@warwick.coc.uk or mira.slavova@wbs.ac.uk

We look forward to seeing you!

The organizers,

Mira Slavova & Matthew Hurst

Call for Participants: Qualitative Methods Workshop (June 29-July 2)

Qualitative Methods Workshop

June 29 – July 2nd, 2022

Nova School of Business & Economics

Campus of Carcavelos

Lisbon, Portugal

Join us for an intensive 4-day experiential workshop in qualitative research methods for studying work and organizing. The goal of this workshop, open to doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows and early-career faculty, is to provide project-based, interactive training in qualitative research methods and build community and networks across qualitative researchers.

Learn how to:​

• Collect qualitative data through interviews, participant and non-participant observation, archival data and artifacts

• Code data, write memos, create visuals and use other analysis techniques

• Develop grounded theory

• Frame your data to make theoretical contributions to the literature

• Navigate the writing and publishing process

• Be an active and engaged qualitative researcher

Faculty: 

Beth Bechky, NYU

Anne-Laure Fayard, NOVA SBE

Ruthanne Huising, EMLYON

Hila Lifshitz-Assaf, NYU

Melissa Mazmanian, UC Irvine

Apply here by March 15, 2022: https://www.qualitativemethodsworkshop.com/

Questions?  Contact: qualitativemethodsworkshop@gmail.com

Call for Participants: Bankers in the Ivory Tower Author Meets Critics Panel

Join the UC Berkeley Social Science Matrix on February 3rd, 2022 from 12-1:30pm PST for an “Author Meets Critics” panel discussion focused on the book, Bankers in the Ivory Tower: The Troubling Rise of Financiers in US Higher Education, by Charlie Eaton, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced.

Professor Eaton will be joined in conversation by Professor Emmanuel Saez and Professor Jonathan Glater. The panel will be moderated by UC Berkeley Letters & Science Executive Dean Jennifer Johnson-Hanks.

For a zoom link, register here: https://tinyurl.com/t5fnvj76

Call for Participants: Revisiting Cultural Methods to Address Racism

Culture in Contemporary Life (CCL) Series 

Revisiting Cultural Methods to Address Racism

What theoretical perspectives can cultural sociology provide to address the current debates on race and racism? How to design research to unmask the systematicity of racism as well as the dynamics of creating change? In this online panel, four distinguished cultural sociologists will shed light on the pressing issues of race and racism in the academy and in the news. 

Speakers:

Ellen Berrey (University of Toronto)

Marcus A. Hunter (University of California, Los Angeles)

Mario L. Small (Harvard University)

Derron Wallace (Brandeis University)

Moderator

Yan Long (University of California, Berkeley)

Date:

Jan 27th, 2-3 pm ET

Zoom link: https://umich.zoom.us/j/93675437883

For questions or comments, please contact Yan Long (longyan@berkeley.edu)

Call for Participants: “TRUST BEYOND THE NETWORK” lecture by Professor Ronald Burt

RONALD S. BURT is the Charles M. Harper Leadership Professor of Sociology and Strategy, University of Chicago and Distinguished Professor, Bocconi University.

His presentation is titled “Trust Beyond the Network.” To participate, you can join us online on Zoom February 4, 2022: 9:00-10:00am Mountain Standard Time.

Please register here.

Meet the Editors: Publishing International Research in OOW Journals

Meet the Editors: Publishing International Research in OOW Journals

Research conducted outside the U.S. plays an important role in the study of Organizations, Occupations and Work. Yet it also can present unique challenges when publishing in sociology journals. What do journal editors look for in such research? How do you frame your findings for an audience unfamiliar with the your specific context? When and how do you introduce your research subjects and time-consuming effort that went into collecting your data? How do editors and peer reviewers who are not area experts assess your study? 

In this online panel, editors at leading sociology journals that publish OOW research will help the authors navigate these important questions. Editors will describe their journal’s approach to manuscripts that analyze non-U.S. data, demystify what makes for a successful publication, and explain their general review process and how they specifically handle papers with an international focus.

This panel is primarily aimed at Ph.D. students and junior scholars who conduct OOW research outside of North America. We also welcome members of the broader community of OOW (and adjacent) researchers who want to better understand the unique opportunities and challenges of publishing with non-U.S. data.

Confirmed speakers:

Elizabeth Clemens (Editor, American Journal of Sociology)

Daniel B. Cornfield (Editor, Work and Occupations)

Jesper Sorensen (Editor-in-Chief) Sociological Science

Date: February 25th 1pmET

Registration. Please fill out this form at least 48 hours prior to the event.  Registered participants will be emailed a link to the workshop 24 hours before the event.  You can also use this form to submit questions for the editors.

For questions or comments, you can katherine.sobering@unt.edu.

Organizers:

Elena Obukhova, McGill University

Katherine Sobering, University of North Texas

Yan Long, University of California, Berkeley

Call for Participants: Gender, Professions, and Organizations Writing Workshop

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The 21st semi-annual Gender, Professions, and Organizations Writing Workshop will take place from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday, January 27th 2022 – the day of pre-conference activities for the Sociologists for Women in Society winter meeting in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. We are delighted to be able to hold this workshop in-person at the SWS winter meeting once again. 

Originally a workgroup of sociologists doing research on gender and academic careers, scientific workplace organizations, and organizational transformations to promote gender equality, the workshop now includes scholars of gender, professional work, and organizational change. The purpose of the workshop is to learn about the range of work that 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! 

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 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 day will be organized as two sessions with time to learn about each other and our work and time for writing in each block, with a lunch break in between. The last part of the workshop brings us back together for a brief discussion of the day and future plans. Participants are welcome to join for the morning, afternoon, or both. We will make a reservation for lunch for all who wish to join.

All interested sociologists are welcome to join the workshop. Send an email to Sharla Alegria (sharla.alegria@utoronto.ca)  to reserve your spot. Please let us know if you would like to attend the morning session, afternoon session, or both, and if you would like to be included in the lunch reservation (self-paid) .

Your SWS meeting fee will cover the room cost for the workshop. Participants should bring their own laptop computers (and maybe an extension cord) and snacks to share, we do not have extra funding.

Best,

Melissa Abad (Stanford University)

Sharla Alegria (University of Toronto)

Ethel Mickey (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Firuzeh Shokooh Valle (Franklin and Marshall College)

Founding organizers: Kathrin Zippel, Laura Kramer

Former organizers: Christina Falci, Laura Hirshfield, Julia McQuillan, and Enobong Hannah (Anna) Branch, Shauna Morimoto, Rodica Lisnic, Elizabeta Shifrin