- Chair: Gay Seidman, University of Wisconsin, Madison
- Chair-Elect: Tom Juravich, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Past Chair: Belinda Lum, Sacramento City College
- Secretary/Treasurer: Katherine Maich, Pennsylvania State University
- Council Member: Jasmine Kerrissey, UMass Amherst, 2020
- Council Member: Vanessa Ribas, UC San Diego, 2021
- Council Member: Lu Zhang, Temple University, 2022
- Student Co-Representative: Amelia Fortunato, CUNY 2020
- Newsletter Editor: Joseph van der Naald, (CUNY Graduate Center)
The 2019-2020 Section Officers are:
ASA Tour 05: Activist New York at the Museum of the City of New York
Monday, August 12
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Activist New York explores the drama of social activism in New York City from the 17th century right up to the present. including movements on issues as diverse as civil rights, labor, sexual orientation, urban development, and religious freedom. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components, the exhibit presents the story of activism in the five boroughs past and present
The tour is a curator-led guided tour. We will meet at the Hilton Hotel and make our way to the museum via subway. Attendees are responsible for purchasing their own subway fare. If you require the use of a taxi for accessibility reasons, please submit your receipt to ASA for reimbursement. The tour itself is wheelchair/scooter accessible. Advance registration is required, $20 per person.
For those who have time and would like, afterward we can also see the recently opened exhibit on the history of New York City labor, City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York. The exhibit traces the social, political, and economic story of diverse waves of workers—women, immigrants, people of color, and the “unskilled”—and their movements in New York through rare documents, artifacts, and video footage, and considers the future of labor in the city.
Tour registration is open now. If you have already registered for the Annual Meeting and would like to add a tour, return to the ASA membership portal, log in, and select 2019 Annual Meeting Registration in the Annual Meeting section.
Image text: The ASA Section on Labor & Labor Movements Invites you to A Memorial Honoring Dan Clawson. Monday, August 12, 2019 5:30pm-7pm. CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (The Murphy Institute) 25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor, New York, New York.
On May 7th of this year, we lost our dear friend and colleague Dan Clawson. During the upcoming ASA Meetings in New York City, the Labor and Labor Movement Section will host a memorial in his honor. We invite you to join us in remembering Dan, sharing memories, and celebrating a life well lived. The LLM & Marxist Sections will co-host a reception with light refreshments immediately following the memorial. Specific details provided below.
Distinguished Scholarly Monograph Award
Winner: Francoise Carre and Chris Tilly, Where Bad Jobs are Better: Retail Jobs Across Countries and Companies. Russel Sage Foundation. 2017.
Honorable mention: Adam Reich and Peter Bearman. Working for Respect: Community and Conflict at Walmart (The Middle Range Series). Columbia University Press. 2018.
Distinguished Scholarly Article Award
Winner: Diana Fu (2017) “Fragmented Control: Governing Contentious Labor Organizations in China.” Governance. Vol. 30, No. 3. 445-462
Critical Sociology Best Student Paper Award
Winner: Madison Van Oort, "The Emotional Labor of Surveillance: Digital Control in the Fast Fashion Retail"
Honorable Mention: Kathleen Griesbach, "Dioquis: Being Without Doing in the Migrant Agricultural Labor Process"
Lecturer in Work and Employment | University of Leicester
Closing date is 27 June
About the role
The Work and Employment Division and its associated research centre (Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures) within the School of Business is one of the largest and most diverse units of academics in industrial/employment relations and employment studies in the UK. In this role you will be involved in high quality research and contribute to the School’s undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning curriculum, as well as the supervision of postgraduate researchers.
In addition to being engaged in innovative learning and teaching, you will have an established reputation for research, with a strong record of publications (appropriate to your level of experience) in peer reviewed journals of substantial standing. You will have excellent networking skills which you use to seek out opportunities for collaboration both internally and externally. You will also be able to demonstrate the ability to generate external funding through research grants, contracts or other sources.
Finally, you will have a track record of engaging with a range of communities related to your research and teaching interests, including external organisations.
For informal enquiries, please contact either Glynne Williams (email@example.com) or Katharine Venter (firstname.lastname@example.org) , Co-Heads of Division.
We anticipate that interviews will take place on 16 July 2019.
Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. Our strength is built on the talent of our scholars, drawn to us by a mutual passion for discovery. We seek to embed an adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit into our research culture, and to create an environment in which both disciplinary excellence and interdisciplinarity thrive.
In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.
Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning main campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. A short distance away is the new Brookfield Campus, exclusively designed and dedicated to the School of Business, which includes a teaching centre, research facilities, business centre, offices, catering and extensive outdoor space.
Hello Labor and Labor Movement Members,
I hope the semester went well for everyone. I am writing with a call for any items you might want included in our last newsletter before ASA meeting in August. The deadline to submit items is quickly approaching, June 7th, 2019, with the newsletter being published in July. Please send along any of the following:
Our newsletter editor, Joseph van der Naald (email@example.com) will again be putting together the publication for us. Please send along any relevant materials to him before the June 7th deadline.
Belinda C. Lum, Ph.D.
The 8th annual conference of the Sociology of Development Section
University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, Indiana
Conference Dates: Oct 17-19th, 2019
Paper Proposal Submission Deadline: May 25, 2019
The University of Notre Dame will host the 8th annual conference of the Sociology of Development section of the American Sociological Association. The conference will be held October 17-19th, 2019, at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. The theme of the conference is “Development in Dialogue: Engaging Practitioners and Other Disciplines.”
The conference will explore points of connection as well as tension between sociologists of development, scholars of other disciplines, and development practitioners. In the public eye, the development field has been largely dominated by economists, policy analysts, donors, and practitioners. Recently, however, there has been a surge in research that that uses the unique tools of sociology to understand the problems and dilemmas of development. This conference will generate deeper dialogue between sociological research and other perspectives in the field of development. We will consider opportunities for (and barriers to) broader communication and exchange across disciplines, and address the challenges involved in connecting the insights of systematic sociological research with the experiences of practitioners.
We are seeking thought-provoking presentations and engaging conversations on numerous topics, spanning a wide range of perspectives, approaches, scales, regions, and disciplines. The University of Notre Dame is pleased to provide development scholars with an outstanding venue in which to exchange ideas and engage in dialogue that bridges disciplinary and practice boundaries. We will draw on numerous units and centers of expertise at Notre Dame in the areas of development, democracy, peacebuilding, health, education, religion, environment, engineering and other fields, while engaging the insights of sociologists and other disciplinary scholars from around the world.
A series of plenary sessions and invited keynote speakers will focus on selected conference themes, but other sessions will be organized entirely based on papers that are accepted through this open call. We encourage all scholars with interest in development, including scholars from fields other than sociology, to consider attending. The conference is open to all, whether you are presenting or not.
PLENARY SPEAKERS & THEMATIC AREAS
Confirmed plenary speakers include:
The conference will also include curated special panels on the following topics:
In addition to those plenary and special panels, the conference will include parallel paper sessions on a range of topics relating to the sociology of development. We welcome a wide range of development-related topics, whether considered at the global, regional, or local levels, including but not limited to:
HOW TO SUBMIT A PAPER PROPOSALDEADLINE: MAY 25th, 2019
Go to tinyurl.com/DevCon19 to complete application form and submit 500 word abstract
CONFERENCE LOGISTICSInformation about travel, lodging, and other logistics available at the conference website: https://devcon19.weebly.com
Some meals will be provided for participants during the conference. Pending total attendance and ongoing fundraising, there may be a modest registration fee of no more than $35 for participants who are able to pay. If there is a registration fee, we anticipate being able to offer waivers to presenters who self-identify as coming from under-resourced universities or countries.
Partial funding to defray costs of airfare or lodging will be available on a need-basis for some graduate student participants and scholars from under-funded institutions, but funds are limited. When you apply, Please specify if you would like to be considered for partial funding (this will not affect the chances of being accepted).
For questions, please contact our Conference Coordinator Theresa Hanlon (Therese.Hanlon@nd.edu).
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU IN OCTOBER! Erin Metz McDonnell, Tamara Kay, & Ann Mische Luiz Vilaça, Tomás Gold, & Leslie MacColman
Conference Executive Planning Committee Graduate Student Conference Coordinators
Conference generously sponsored by:
Call for Applications: 9th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences - Linking Theory and Empirical Research
International Conference on “Solidarity at Work”
14-15 November 2019
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Call for Applications
Deadline for submission: 30 April 2019
Launched in 2018 by the Wissenschaftskolleg and the International Research Center Work and
Human Life Cycle in Global History (re:work), the transnational network Working Futures brings
together sociologists, historians, philosophers, economists, law experts and anthropologists to
discuss current transformations in the world of work and the epistemological challenges they
raise for the historical and social sciences. The goal of the network is to create a space for mutual
exchange and understanding with respect to the futures of work, as well as work of the future,
among scholars from different disciplines and countries while centered around a Franco-German
nucleus. It endorses the premise that thinking about the futures of work requires an in-depth
knowledge and analysis of its contemporary mutations (the concrete forms they take, their causes
and repercussions). To this end, the network has developed an approach which examines the
transformations of work at the intersection of four processes: siliconization, financialization,
ecologization and democratization.
The term “solidarity” seems to have fallen out of theoretical fashion despite the fact that it has a
long history of describing the shared struggles of those oppressed by economic or political power structures. This conference aims to explore the past, present and future of “solidarity at work” on both the conceptual and empirical level. Its focus is on the world of work, which it wants to investigate from a transnational perspective. How have the concepts, conceptions and categories
of solidarity shaped labor and the labor movements of different countries? What about the divergent conceptual meanings and practices in these assorted contexts? How have power relations as well as people’s everyday life been changed by the various practices related to
solidarity? How do technological and managerial changes help to shift ideas and practices of solidarity? Do we see new forms emerging? Who are the agents of “solidarity at work” and what are the concrete mechanisms involved? More broadly, what are the levers and brakes of solidarity in the workplace today?
We want to explore these themes along three axes:
1) The History of the Concepts, Conceptions and Categories of Solidarity from a Transnational Perspective“Solidarity” is a concept that is easy to caricature because of its abstractness. But there are also
more concrete conceptions and categories of solidarity that guide social practices and are embedded and expressed in them. Why has the concept of solidarity, narrowly defined as workplace solidarity, seemed to have lost its resonance? Has it been supplanted by other concepts such as “commons” or Gemeinwohlwirtschaft? Which actors are involved in the production of
categories of solidarity and in which social fields do these categorization processes take place? The first panel is interested in the genesis of such concepts, conceptions and categories and their long-term development in different countries. While the transnational network Working Futures focuses on a comparison between France and Germany, we also invite submissions that take into account other national traditions or transnational comparisons.
analyze whether these case studies can be understood by the traditional concepts, conceptions and categories of “solidarity” as well as just how theory and practice have influenced each other.
least because of new technologies which disrupt the traditional workplace and hence undermine
the social ties among co-workers. But we also see new forms of solidarity in play. Are these
merely new expressions of the old concept of solidarity, or do we need new certain conceptual
tools for grasping these phenomena? This third panel is interested in both descriptive and
normative accounts of new forms of solidarity and what “solidarity at work” could mean in the
Interested researchers are invited to send their proposals (800-1000 words) together with a CV,
contact information and a list of publications to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 30 April 2019
Notification of acceptance: 1 June 2019
Accommodation and travel costs will be covered for participants in the conference.
Sasha Disko (Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin)
Lisa Herzog (TU Munich)
Bénédicte Zimmermann (Centre Georg Simmel, EHESS & Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin)
Call for Papers -Inequalities and Social Justice in the 21st Century CityASA pre-conference hosted by the Community and Urban Sociology Section
The ASA Community and Urban Sociology Section is pleased to announce a one-day conference on Inequalities and Social Justice in the 21st Century City to be held on Friday, August 9, 2019 at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Researchers will present projects in different thematic panels throughout the day and the conference will also host graduate student roundtables, where graduate students get the chance to meet and receive feedback from more senior scholars.
Throughout the world, cities have become sites of the most extreme manifestations of social and economic polarization. In the United States, for example, as cities are experiencing “revitalization” in the forms of increased in-migration and investment, they are simultaneously setting records for unaffordability and homelessness, while racial segregation has remained stubbornly persistent. Similar dynamics are present in large cities throughout Europe. In some cities in the Global South, spectacular forms of wealth have come to coexist with stark poverty. In many cities, new and old inequalities have combined with vulnerability to climate events to produce new forms of environmental injustice. The mechanisms driving these new inequalities are myriad– from the growing interconnectedness of the global economy to the financialization of urban economies— even if their consequences are not well understood. Even less-well understood are the ways that cities can provide the staging grounds for alternatives that reduce or mitigate these inequalities, or produce social justice. Yet, across the political spectrum, city-based alternatives have captured the imagination as providing a meaningful sites for connection, integration, and democracy. Whether we are speaking of progressive administrations, social movements, innovative policies, pragmatic leadership, or action on climate change, cities have emerged for many authors as a privileged site for innovative action and emergent social justice.
In keeping with the 2019 ASA Theme, Engaging Social Justice, we invite urban scholars to critically reflect on new and old urban inequalities and also on their alternatives. Seldom does the scholarship on inequalities interact with the literature on alternatives, and here we invite that dialogue. Is a socially-just city possible? We welcome scholars engaging mainly with research on inequality as well as those principally focused on alternatives, with the aim of developing conversation across and within these scholarly communities. This one-day conference will bring together members of the ASA Community and Urban Sociology Section as well as other scholars studying these--andmany other—compounding urban issues. New York City is a particularly interesting context in which to have these conversations, given its diversity, inequality, and history of social justice politics. We encourage papers that focus on:
Extended abstracts should be submitted to email@example.com by March 30, 2019, with the subject line “Abstract submissions.” Participants will be asked to register and pay an onsite registration fee of $20 for faculty and $10 for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Lunch will be provided.
Organizing Committee: Gianpaolo Baiocchi (NYU), Kiara Douds (NYU), Rachel Dwyer (OSU), Jacob Faber (NYU), Davon Norris (OSU), and Gerard Torrats-Espinosa (NYU).
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