“We are seeing you”: protesting violent democracies in Kosova

By Michael D. Kennedy and Linda Gusia

On November 28, Albanian Independence Day in Albania and the ‘Day of the Albanian Flag’ in Kosova, Albin Kurti, the spiritual leader of the major opposition movement called Vetëvendosje, addressed the public on Mother Theresa Street in the centre of Prishtina. He declared that Kosovar citizens should continue to struggle against a controversial piece of legislation over Serbian municipal organization in the north of Kosova. He, and nearly 100 others of his supporters, were arrested by new special police forces; Kurti is slated to be imprisoned for 30 days.

On November 30, shortly before a session of the Parliamentary Assembly dedicated to ratifying this legislation, the embassies of France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States declared that “demonstrations have passed peacefully and we would like to praise everyone, especially the Kosovo Police, involved.”

In other parts of the world, embassies do not normally evaluate the qualities of protest and police behaviour, but in Kosova, the “International Community” assumes a kind of tutelage over the political process. This was already evident in the realization of the international agreement, the object of protest, itself.

More at openDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/michael-d-kennedy-linda-gusia/we-are-seeing-you-protesting-violent-democracies-in-kosova

Critical Mass — Fall 2015

PDF version of Critical Mass — Fall 2015

Calls for Award Nominations

Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements Mayer N. Zald Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Student Paper Award

Anyone without a PhD in 2015 is considered a student, and any paper (published or unpublished) written in 2015 by a student or students (i.e., no PhD coauthors) is eligible.  A previously submitted paper may be resubmitted only if significantly revised.  Authors may submit their own work, or nominations may be made by section members. No lengthy nominating letters please, and please send all questions to the committee chair.  This award includes a $500 prize.  Send a copy of the paper electronically to each of the committee members by March 1, 2016:

Mayer Zald Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award:  Kenneth Andrews (chair), kta1@email.unc.edu; Drew Halfmann, dhalfmann@ucdavis.edu; Catherine Corrigall-Brown, corrigall.brown@ubc.ca ; Robert Braun, rb529@cornell.edu.

Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award

Articles and chapters from edited books with publication dates of 2015 are eligible. Authors may submit their own work, or nominations may be made by section members.  No lengthy nominating letters please, and please send all questions to the committee chair.  Send a copy of the article electronically to each member of the prize committee by March 1, 2016:

Best Published Article Award James M. Jasper (chair), jjasper@gc.cuny.edu; Neal Caren, neal.caren@unc.edu; Elizabeth Borland, Borland@tcnj.edu; Justin Farrell, justin.farrell@yale.edu 

Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements Charles Tilly Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award

Section members, authors, or publishers may nominate books with publication dates of 2015. Authors may submit their own work, or nominations may be made by section members or publishers.  No lengthy nominating letters please, and please send all questions to the committee chair.  Send or have publishers send a copy of the book to each member of the prize committee by March 1, 2016:

Charles Tilly Award for Best Book:  Belinda Robnett (Chair) brobnett@uci.edu, (University of California, School of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, 3151 Social Science Plaza, Irvine, CA. 92697-5100); Lee Ann Banaszak,lab14@psu.edu, (Department of Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, 31 Pond Lab, University Park, PA 16802); Edward Walker, walker@soc.ucla.edu, (Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 228A Haines Hall, Los Angeles, CA. 90095); Katrina Kimport, katrina.kimport@ucsf.edu, (UCSF-ANSIRH, 1330 Broadway, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612)

Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Dissertation Award

Any doctoral dissertation completed (i.e. successfully submitted, defended, and approved) in calendar year 2015 is eligible. Only nominations from the student’s dissertation chair or co-chair will be accepted. Nomination letters should not exceed two typed pages in length. The nomination letter should be accompanied by the dissertation in electronic form. Please direct all questions to the committee chair. This award includes a $1,000 prize. Send a copy of the nomination letter and dissertation to each of the committee members by March 1, 2016:

Outstanding Dissertation Award: Wayne Santoro (Chair), wsantoro@unm.edu; Tanya Saunders, saunders.425.osu.edu; Steven Boutcher, boutcher@soc.umass.edu; Melissa Wooten, mwooten@soc.umass.edu

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL NOMINEES MUST BE REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE ASA
TO BE CONSIDERED FOR SECTION AWARDS

 

Mobilization 20(3)

Dear Colleagues: Below I list the contents of the Mobilization’s latest issue, with short descriptions of the articles and contact information of the authors. This is an excellent issue. For submission information and inquiries, please contact Neal.Caren@unc.edu

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Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee

The Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville invites applications for one tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of the environment, beginning August 1, 2016. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in applied social science research on socio-environmental factors impacting communities in the United States. Teaching interests and collaboration with others in promoting community resilience; renewable energy, alternative agriculture and food systems, green economic development and technology, and other projects related to the human dimensions of ecosystem management and environmental policy would also be welcomed.

Our environmental faculty collaborates on educational and research projects with variety of departments and groups within the university (e.g., Offices of Sustainability, the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, the Sustainable Studies Working Group, the Water Resource Research Center, the Center for the Study of Social Justice, the Human Dimensions Research Lab, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, Environmental and Global Studies and Geography). The Department helped to establish environmental sociology within the discipline and we are looking for a scholar who will add to its reputation as a leader in this field. We are particularly interested in candidates who can contribute to our strength in social justice and whose research resonates with our other programs in political economy, globalization and criminology. The Department has a strong international reputation for excellence, has a vibrant intellectual culture, and is undergoing a period of expansion. Applicants must demonstrate promise of distinguished scholarship and excellent teaching, as well as experience or strong commitment in seeking external funding. Situated near the Smoky Mountains, our department offers a supportive and collegial atmosphere in which scholars make a variety of important contributions to the world. The Ph.D. in Sociology or a related discipline is required at the time of appointment. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Review of applications will begin October 12, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Please send a letter of application, CV, three letters of reference, two samples of writing, and a teaching statement to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Robert Emmet Jones (via email to: nloftis@utk.edu). For more information on the department, please see our website. (http://sociology.utk.edu).

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Volume 38

Edited by Patrick G. Coy, Kent State University, USA

Housed at the Center for Applied Conflict Management at Kent State University, a long-standing characteristic of the esteemed Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change series is publishing new theoretical and empirical work that connects previously disparate sub-fields. This volume continues that tradition by opening with five papers that join social movements research with organizational theory, new institutionalism, strategic action fields, and nonviolent action.

One study does this by examining how the Fenian Brotherhood organized a transnational revolutionary movement for Ireland’s independence. Another paper analyzes the strategic relations between conservative, moderate and radical organizations in different movements, while a further study zeroes in on nonviolent action campaigns. One chapter examines how the North American SlutWalk campaign responded to the organizational field by strategically adapted their framing to make it more resonant transnationally.

Further chapters examine how LGBT organizational presence influences the passage of hate crime legislation, and how the women’s movement in Franco’s Spain persevered through repression and abeyance partly due to cultural practices.

If you are teaching a course in this area you can request a FREE inspection copy.

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CBSM Announcements, mid-September

HI All,

I hope that your fall semester/quarter is off to a positive start.  We are in good shape as a section with 804 members, enough to sustain our allocation for five sessions at the 2016 annual ASA meeting.  However, please keep actively recruiting. Less than 800 members results in a loss of a session.

I want to thank all of you who volunteered to serve on the Membership Committee. Shortly, the Chair of that committee will be in touch with you to discuss ideas to increase our membership and the diversity of the section.

Below are several important announcements.

Cheers,
Belinda Robnett
Chair, CBSM Section of the ASA
Department of Sociology
UC Irvine
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Call for Nominations for the McCarthy Award

The Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dame invites nominations for the 2016 John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior. The award honors scholars who have made “outstanding contributions to the scholarly literature concerned with social movements, protest, collective violence, riots, and other kinds of collective behavior over the course of her or his career. The recipient will be a person who has made major contributions not only through her or his own research, but also through teaching and mentoring other, more junior, scholars as they have developed their own research and scholarly identities.”

The award recipient will receive the award in the spring of 2016 in a ceremony held at the University of Notre Dame in conjunction with the Center’s seventh Young Scholars in Social Movements Conference. In addition to attending the award ceremony and banquet, the selected recipient will deliver the closing keynote lecture for the conference and have the opportunity to consult with faculty and graduate students about their ongoing research projects.

Previous Winners of the McCarthy Award:

2007 John McCarthy (Inaugural Award)
2008 Verta Taylor
2009 Mayer Zald
2010 Doug McAdam
2011 William Gamson
2012 Pamela Oliver
2013 David Snow
2014 Bert Klandermans
2015 Sidney Tarrow

Please send the names of nominees, along with a brief statement supporting the nomination, no later than October 15, 2015 to Rory McVeigh, McCarthy Award Committee Chair, rmcveigh@nd.edu (email nominations strongly preferred)

Department Head – Texas A&M

The Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University invites applications for the position of Department Head.

The position carries the rank of Professor and will have a starting date of July 1, 2016, or as otherwise negotiated. The Department Head reports to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Candidates should have a doctoral degree in Sociology or a closely related field, a nationally or internationally recognized record of scholarship, excellence in teaching, and administrative experience. The department specializations are: culture; crime, law and deviance; demography; organizational, political and economic sociology; race, class and gender; and social psychology. Areas of specialty are open but preference will be given to candidates whose teaching and research interests match those of the department. Once hired, the department head will be expected to conduct research and publish, teach courses and engage in administrative activities.

Texas A&M University offers a wide range of research opportunities including the Texas Research Data Center (TXRDC), the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute, and the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research. The Sociology Department: (http://sociology.tamu.edu/html/home.html) is large, collegial, and intellectually and demographically diverse with 35 faculty members.

The department’s undergraduate program has about 600 majors and the doctoral program has about 90 students. Texas A&M University is a large and expanding research university in Bryan/College Station, a growing metropolitan community with a clean environment, attractive amenities, and a low cost of living. It has close proximity to the large metropolitan areas of Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. The University is a land, sea, and space grant university.

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application that includes a discussion of their leadership philosophy, and administrative, teaching, and research experience. They should also submit a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references to: Dr. Reuben May, Search Committee Chair, 311 Academic Building, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4351. Alternatively, electronic submissions in Word or pdf files may be emailed to: SOCIsearchDH@tamu.edu. References will be contacted only after candidates are informed.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2015, but continue until the position is filled. Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, seeks to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples and is actively working to promote an intercultural learning community.

Photos from CBSM Reception

Honoring Hank Johnston,  Founder of Mobilization, for his commitment to the success of this journal.

Honoring Hank Johnston, Founder of Mobilization, for his commitment to the success of this journal.

Mobilization cake

Mobilization cake

Incoming Chair, Belinda Robnett, enjoying the company of CBSM section members at the 2015 CBSM ASA Reception

Incoming Chair, Belinda Robnett, enjoying the company of CBSM section members at the 2015 CBSM ASA Reception