Call for Papers
Call for submissions: Journal of Appalachian Health
Friday, February 08, 2019 10:31 AM

The Journal of Appalachian Health is now open for both readers and authors. The journal is an online, open access, peer-reviewed journal with a mission of creating a healthy and thriving Appalachia. The journal, thanks to the support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will require no subscription fee or author publication fee.

The journal is particularly interested in receiving submissions that focus on Appalachian health inequities and social determinants of health. If you are interested in submitting articles for publication in the journal, the instructions for authors and further descriptions are located at:

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IRSA 2020 Call for Session Proposals
Thursday, February 07, 2019 11:26 AM

Rural Sustainability in the Urban Century 

XV World Congress of Rural Sociology, 8-12 July 2020, Cairns, Australia 

Call for Session Proposals 

Whose versions of sustainability count in the urban century? How does spatial disadvantage intersect with injustices based on gender, ethnic, linguistic, religious and other dimensions of social difference? What opportunities do flows of people, capital, information and commodities between urban and rural spaces present for sustainable rural development? Delegates to the 2020 World Congress of Rural Sociology will consider these and many other questions relevant to contemporary rural society. Proposals for themed sessions are welcome. Please note proposals are due 26 April 2019 and must be prepared following the guidelines in the link below. 

For more information, click here.

Call for Papers: Symbolic Objects in Contentious Politics
Monday, January 28, 2019 12:03 PM

Symbolic Objects in Contentious Politics

Objects imbued with symbolic content can be powerful signifiers. In moments of protest and social unrest such objects can divide and unite social groups, tell stories, make declarations, spark controversy, and even trigger violent upheaval. This one-day conference will draw together scholars from a variety of fields to discuss symbolic objects in contentious politics: their meanings, usages, functions, and social responses.

SYMBOLIC OBJECTS are objects which hold symbolic value in contentious political action. We take a broad view of what these include; ranging from flags to protest placards, from controversial statues to symbolic bodies, from Anonymous masks and balaclavas to the machete and the AK47. Importantly, they are not simply symbols (they must be physical objects) nor are they merely objects (they must hold symbolic value). Symbolic objects can symbolise resistance, collective action, and peoplehood (racial, ethnic, religious, political, class, gender, sexuality, and others); they can present narratives, articulate symbolic arguments, and make proclamations; and they can be used as tools in protest and other collective actions.

Call for papers - Advancing Socio-Hydrology / Coupled Human-Water Systems
Friday, January 11, 2019 03:40 PM
Are you a social scientist working on water-related issues?  Do you want your research to reach beyond social science?  Please consider submitting your work to a special issue of the Hydrological Sciences Journal.

I am part of a team of guest editors representing multiple disciplines in an effort to push the boundaries of interdisciplinary water research. 

Brief background: Socio-hydrology is an emerging interdisciplinary area focused on the interactions between humans/social systems and water/hydrological systems.  Hydrological Sciences Journal is the official journal of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), a global network of over 8,000 water scientists in 200 countries.  There is much interest in social science research among the water science community, and the IAHS in particular.  The current research initiative of the IAHS for this scientific decade (2013-2022) is "Panta Rhei - Everything Flows: Change in Hydrology and Society.”  Through this initiative, there are extensive efforts in the water science community to integrate insights from social science in order to address, ameliorate, and solve persistent social/water challenges.

Submit to the special issue after discussing your abstract with me (sociology guest editor) or one of the other topical editors if your work more closely aligns with another area. 

More details on topical areas, scope, guest editors, submission guidelines, and timelines are here:
International Sociological Association’s Research Committee 28 2019 Summer Meeting
Tuesday, January 08, 2019 02:58 PM

The International Sociological Association’s Research Committee 28 2019 Summer Meeting will take place at Princeton University, August 15-17, 2019.  RC28 invites all scholars working in the field of social stratification and social mobility to contribute to its Summer 2019 Meeting.

The theme for this year’s conference is Social Inequality and Social Mobility in Comparative Perspective.  Papers on this theme are particularly welcome.  The conference will also feature regular sessions on all fields of stratification research (e.g. on intergenerational mobility, education, labor markets, gender, family, migration and ethnicity, economic inequality, poverty, life courses, health and well-being, political sociology, methodology); contributions relevant to the broad research agenda of the RC28 are also welcome. All scholars working in the field of social stratification and social mobility are invited to contribute papers for submission.

The deadline for submission is Friday, March 1, 2019. Acceptance is limited, so we encourage you to submit your extended abstract or full paper as soon as possible. Authors will be informed about the committee decision by May 1, 2019.

For conference information and submission instructions, please visit

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