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.

Belinda Robnett
Chair, CBSM Section of the ASA
Department of Sociology
UC Irvine


Our section is pleased to co-sponsor a pre-ASA 2016 mini-conference with the Labor and Labor Movements section on “Precarious Labor and Resistance in China, US, and around the World.”  Please look for future announcements regarding a call for papers and other details.


1. We would like to invite section members to submit recent publications and job market announcements for the Fall edition of Critical Mass.
Job market candidates: Please submit (1) your name, (2) affiliation/school, (3) email and website (if applicable), (4) specializations, (5) Dissertation Title, and (6) a short dissertation abstract (150-200  words).

Please also submit any recent publications that you would like to be included in the newsletter.

Please send all announcements to Kelly Birch Maginot and Loredana

2. The Florida State University Department of Sociology invites applications for the Mildred and Claude Pepper Eminent Scholar Chair in Social Gerontology. The Pepper Eminent Scholar Chair is an endowed position tied to the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. The Chair is expected to complement one or more of the Pepper Institute’s four research foci: (1) aging and health disparities, (2) pathways to later life, (3) transportation and neighborhoods, and (4) politics of aging.  We are seeking applications from scholars at the Associate or Full Professor levels who have a record of funded research and experience with interdisciplinary research on aging-related policy issues. Applications should include a personal letter and curriculum vitae; letters of reference will be requested at a later date. Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  All application materials should be submitted electronically to John Reynolds, Chair, at

Florida State University is a Carnegie Foundation-classified Research I institution.  Among its 42,000 students are 8,500 graduate students pursuing over 200 programs of study.  For information about the Department of Sociology, visit our webpage at For information about the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, visit Related activities within the University include the Claude Pepper Center (, the Institute for Successful Longevity ( and the USDOT-funded Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (  Tallahassee is Florida’s capital, affording access to policy makers, state agencies, and advocacy organizations; principal employers are state government and three higher education institutions.

Florida State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Members of race-ethnic minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

From now and until January 29, 2016, ASA is accepting nominations for its nine major awards.

Each August the American Sociological Association proudly presents awards to individuals and groups deserving of recognition.

ASA members are encouraged to submit nominations for the following ASA awards. The deadline for nominations is provided with each award criteria. Each award selection committee is appointed by Committee on Committees and approved by ASA Council. The award selection committees are constituted to review nominations. These awards are presented at the ASA Annual Meeting each August. Remember! The deadline for submission of nominations is January 29, 2016. Currently, the ASA presents the following awards:

Distinguished Book ASA Major Award

Dissertation ASA Major Award

Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues ASA Major Award

Jessie Bernard ASA Major Award

Cox-Johnson-Frazier ASA Major Award

Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology ASA Major Award

Distinguished Career ASA Major Award for the Practice of Sociology

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching ASA Major Award

W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award

Any questions or concerns should be sent to Governance at We hope you will help us find those special sociologists who disserve this kind of recognition.

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, (email nominations strongly preferred)

Announcing New Issue of Journal of World-Systems Research

We are happy to announce the publication of the Summer/Fall 2015 issue of the Journal of World-Systems Research(, which is a special issue on World-System Biographies, guest edited by Kevan Harris and Brendan McQuade.

The papers in this special issue explore the intersections of biography and history, demonstrating how decisions and actions of particular individuals were shaped by the larger world-historical context, and how in turn the agency of individuals affects history. In this issue, David Huyssen explores the life of Alfred Winslow Jones, the socialist inventor of the hedge fund. Brendan McQuade explains George Orwell’s role in the Old Left. Roberto Ortiz considers Ruben Darío, the master poet of the periphery, identifying the continuing dilemmas of intellectuals from the periphery. Similarly, Ana Candela analyzes Chen Da’s transformation of sociology during the crises of social and political life in early 20th century China. Expanding the geographic range of cases, Şahan Savaş Karataşlı sifts through the career of Turkish Prime Minister Turgut Özal to unpack the heterodox path of neoliberal Turkey. Kevan Harris looks at the rise of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinezhad as a harbinger of 21st century forms of political struggle. Finally, Georgi Derluguian reflects on world-system biography as a method and uses it to frame the life of Immanuel Wallerstein himself.

In addition to our special issue, we have two outstanding articles: Jonathan Shefner, Aaron Rowland, and GeorgePasdirtz explore how austerity policies and the hardships they generate for people and communities affect protest. And Cristina A. Lucier and Brian J. Gareau show how the framing of discourse around the toxic waste trade undermines efforts of environmental activists.

Recognizing the upcoming meeting of the Framework Convention on Climate Change this December. We’ve invited leading environmental researchers and scholar/activists—Patrick BondNora McKeon, and Andrew Jorgenson—to share their insights in a special symposium on the climate crisis and antisystemic movements.

Our book review section features a special symposium on Nancy Plankey-Videla’s We are in this Dance Together: Gender, Power, and Globalization at a Mexican Garment FirmIn addition to this symposium, we also offer our usual complement of reviews, including a review of a non-English language book.

The Journal of World-Systems Research is available free online at It is the official journal of the American Sociological Association’s section on Political Economy of the World-System and one of the first scholarly, open access journals. Please help us spread the word about the issue and forward the details below to friends and colleagues. You can also now find JWSR and PEWS on Facebook (

Thanks for your support,

Jackie Smith, Editor

Jennifer Bair, Book review editor

Scott Byrd, Technical Editor

Danny Burridge, Managing Editor

George Weddington, Managing Editor

Journal of World-Systems Research

Social Media and Protest Identities

Dear All, We are delighted to announce the publication of the special issue on Social Media and Protest Identities of the journal Information, Communication and Society.

The special issue examines the continuing relevance and transformation of the process of collective identity in contemporary activism with particular reference to the use of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter across movements as Occupy, the indignados and Anonymous.

Please find below a summary of the special issue and a list of all the articles which can be accessed here


Paolo Gerbaudo and Emiliano Treré

Special Issue of Information, Communication & Society  – Volume 18, Issue 8, 2015

edited by Paolo Gerbaudo and Emiliano Treré

How does collective identity operate in social media activism across protest movements as Occupy Wall Street, the indignados and Anonymous? What are the different social media practices involved in the construction of collective identity? And how do forms of collective identity produced via social media reflect the affordances of these communication technologies and the dilemmas of digital society? Examining these and similar questions, this special issue sets out to explore the changing nature of collective identity in a digital era and to establish what opportunities and threats the new media ecology brings to processes of identity construction in contemporary protest movements. The contributions to the special issue recognize and problematize collective identity as a central object of concern for digital activists and conceive social media as platforms in which new identities are forged and channelled. The authors demonstrate that social media has become the key site where protest identities are created, channelled, and contested. Far from having disappeared from the horizon of contemporary activism, collective identity still constitutes a pivotal question for activists and scholars alike; one which is decisive to unders