Announcements for late June!

Hello Fellow CBSM Section Members!

Here are some announcements for the end of the month. Please note that our section day is Sunday, August 17, which will include all our section sessions and roundtables, as well as our business meeting and reception.   Our reception will be held at 7 pm at the Serrano Hotel, on the second floor, above the Jasper’s bar, across the street from the Hilton.

All the best,

1. ASA Datathon—Alex Hanna.
2. ASA Mini-Conference, “Psychodynamics and the Social,” updated—Lynn Chancer.
3. CfP, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change—Patrick G. Coy.
4.  New Book Series, Reproductive Justice—Zakiya Luna.
5.  Mobilizing Ideas, More Great Books for Summer Reading, Grace Yukich, David Ortiz, Rory McVeigh, and Dan Myers.
6.  CfP, Mobilization Special Issue on Nonviolent Civil Resistance—Sharon Erickson Nepstad.

1.  ASA Datathon—Alex Hanna.

ASA Datathon: Big Cities, Big Data — Sign-up by August 1!

As the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association gets closer, so does the first ASA Datathon!

We’re on from 1pm August 15 through 1pm the 16th at Berkeley’s D-Lab. Public presentations and judging will take place at one of the ASA conference hotels, the Hilton Union Square, Room 3-4, Fourth Floor from 6:30-8:15 on August 16th.

We’ve got a new website up — — that’ll be updated as the event approaches. If you haven’t signed up yet, please make sure you do!

Signing up will give us a better idea of who will be at the event and how many folks we can expect to feed and caffeinate. We’re also going to give teams a week to get to know each other before the event, so signing up will allow us to make sure everyone gets the same amount of time to work.

If you’re interested, you are invited. We don’t discriminate against particular methodologies or backgrounds. We hope to have social scientists, data scientists, computer scientists, municipal staffers, start-up employees, grad students, and data hackers of all stripes – quantitative, qualitative, and the methodologically agnostic.

Our title implies an interest in “big cities” but honestly, we’re more interested in real estate and housing data. Because a majority of the population lives in cities, cities will likely be important focal points in many of the projects that come out of the datathon. We’re hoping some teams focus on rural areas, too. Questions that we’ve considered include:

 – How are home buyers different now compared to home buyers ten years ago? Can the recession explain any of these differences? If so, would we expect a home-buying rebound or did the recession combine with other trends (increasing amount of student loan debt) to cause a permanent change in home buying patterns?

 – Who buys homes in rural areas? Are there halos of second-home buying around major cities? Around major airports? What kind of impact does this have on rural economies?

 – Are there specific industries that drive housing patterns? For instance, the tech industry is under fire in San Francisco right now for accelerating gentrification. Is this historically accurate? How does it compare to industries like the financial sector influencing prices in the New York metro area? Are these stories about single industries influencing real estate ecosystems oversimplifying more complicated patterns?

 – How does access to natural resources – and proximity to natural disasters – shape purchasing decisions, if at all? In other words, is there evidence that buyers take natural risks into their value considerations?

These are just some questions we’ve tossed around among ourselves. We’re sure our participants will come up with other great questions that use real estate and/or housing data.

We can’t wait to see what happens in August.

2. ASA Mini-Conference, “Psychodynamics and the Social,” updated—Lynn Chancer.

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3. CfP, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change—Patrick G. Coy

Call for Papers–Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change

“Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change,” an annual peer-reviewed volume of research, invites submissions for Volume 38 of the series. This volume will be non-thematic, i.e. submissions appropriate to any of the three broad foci reflected in the Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (RSMCC) series title will be considered.

RSMCC is a fully peer-reviewed series of original research that has been published annually for over 35 years. We continue to publish the work of many of the leading scholars in social movements, social change, nonviolent action, and peace and conflict studies.
Although RSMCC enjoys a wide library subscription base for the book versions, all volumes are published not only in book form but are also available online through Emerald Social Science eBook Series Collection via subscribing libraries. This ensures wider distribution and easier access to your scholarship while maintaining the book series at the same time.

To be considered for inclusion in Volume 38, papers must arrive by September 7, 2014.  Earlier submissions are especially welcomed. Decisions are generally made within 8-12 weeks.
Send submission as a WORD document attached to an email to Patrick Coy, RSMCC editor, at For initial submissions, any standard social science in-text citation and bibliographic system is acceptable. Remove all self-references in the text and in the bibliography. Word counts should generally not exceed 12,000 words, inclusive of supplemental materials (abstract, tables, bibliography, etc.). Include the paper’s title and an unstructured abstract on the first page of the text itself. Send a second file that contains the article title, the unstructured abstract, and full contact information for all authors.

RSMCC Website:

3.  New Book Series, Reproductive Justice—Zakiya Luna.


Call for Proposals

The new reproductive justice book series from University of California Press will publish works exploring the contours and content of reproductive justice.  The series will include primers aimed at students or people new to reproductive justice and books of original research.  Authors are invited to submit proposals that will engage activists, academics, and others. The first primer will be, What is Reproductive Justice? by Rickie Solinger and Loretta Ross. We are now accepting submissions for books featuring original research.

The phrase “reproductive justice” was coined in 1994 to describe an intersectional framework drawing attention to how the right to have a child and the right to parent are as important as the right to not have children. In the two decades since, RJ organizations and scholars have pursued a number of projects that pay close attention to the social, political, and environmental context in which sex, pregnancy, and parenthood are regulated.  

The RJ series is interested in original manuscripts that engage reproductive justice within a complex context. Topics could include:
•    abortion
•    assisted reproductive technology 
•    birthing options 
•    coerced obstetrics 
•    criminalization of reproduction 
•    drug use and parenting
•    environmental degradation and infertility 
•    incarcerated people and  reproductive rights 
•    population control 
•    queering family formation
•    youth parenting 

The RJ perspective and movement has provided a contemporary generation of activists and scholars – together with stalwart veterans— new energy.   This is an exciting time to consider the new vision for the 21st century that RJ offers.  The editors of the new series are seeking projects that reflect this vision and new energy.

Proposal Submission Procedures
A complete submission to the RJ book series will include 1) a book proposal of no more than 4,000 words, 2) a CV, and 3) one or two published writing samples. Please refer to the UC Press website for general book proposal elements and procedures. In addition, note that for book proposals for the RJ series the following items should be included: a market considerations section with discussion of pedagogical applications and innovative marketing ideas and an author biography section that describes previous work including, if relevant, connections with reproductive health, rights and justice organizing. We are not requesting manuscript chapters at this time, although additional information may be requested after initial review of submissions.

The RJ series is affiliated with the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law. Thus, authors of original texts who secure contracts with the RJ book series will have the opportunity to apply for a Visiting Researcher affiliation with CRRJ that includes access to UCB resources such as writing space and library access that assist in completion of the manuscript. 

The RJ series editors and advisory board will review submissions and may request additional material before recommendation to UC Press editorial review. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, but for full consideration in the initial publication cycle, please submit by July 15, 2014. Please email submissions and any questions to all the series editors at

Series editors:
Rickie Solinger, Historian (Senior Editor)
Khiara M. Bridges, Anthropology and Law, Boston University (Co-editor)
 Zakiya Luna, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara (Co-editor)

 More info on the UCP website (

5.  Mobilizing Ideas, More Great Books for Summer Reading, Grace Yukich, David Ortiz, Rory McVeigh, and Dan Myers.

Mobilizing Ideas: More Great Books for Summer Reading

On July 1 Mobilizing Ideas will add several new contributions to our summer essay dialogue on great books for summer reading.  Included in this group of posts will be Elisabeth Clemens’ review of two recent works at the intersection of history and social theory that challenge some of our basic assumptions about mobilization and political insurgency.  We also have a new group of Contributing Editors who have been writing interesting posts for the Daily Disruption stream of the blog, so be sure to check the site often to see what is new.

6.  CfP, Mobilization Special Issue on Nonviolent Civil Resistance—Sharon Erickson Nepstad.

Sharon Erickson Nepstad will be guest editing a special issue of Mobilization, focusing on the theme of nonviolent civil resistance.  Mobilization is a leading international peer-reviewed journal of research about social and political movements, strikes, riots, protests, insurgencies, revolutions, and other forms of contentious politics. Its goal is to advance the systematic, scholarly, and scientific study of these phenomena, and to provide a forum for the discussion of methodologies, theories, and conceptual approaches across the disciplines. For this special issue, we encourage submissions on topics such as variations of nonviolent strategies across divergent political contexts and against diverse targets, the effects of repression on nonviolent movements, factors shaping the outcome of civil resistance struggles, tactical choices and shifts between armed and unarmed forms of struggle, how civil resistance affects conflict dynamics, long-term consequences of violent versus nonviolent struggle, and the international diffusion of nonviolent methods.  All submissions should be sent to Sharon Erickson Nepstad, guest editor, at Submission deadline for this special issue is November 1, 2014.

Submissions should include the following: 1) a title page, containing full contact information for all authors; 2) an abstract of approximately 150 words; and 3) the manuscript (maximum length is 40 double spaced pages, not including tables and references).  Please remove all self-references in the text and in the bibliography.  All manuscripts must be sent as a Word document.  For more information about manuscript formatting and submission, please visit: