Mid-October Announcements

Hello Fellow CBSM Section Members!

Here are some announcements for the middle of October.  First a reminder about Critical Mass: Please send your news about recent publications, awards, conferences, fellowship opportunities, calls for papers, and other announcements that you would like to be included in the next issue. Also welcome are suggestions for themes to be discussed in future issues as well as submissions of short essays on topics relevant to the section. If you are interested in submitting an essay, please email Michelle Smirnova and Melissa Wooten at cbsmnews@gmail.com.   The deadline for submissions for the next issue is November 1.   Also, please check out the new CBSM Web site https://cbsm-asa.org/), if you have not already.

1. Mobilizing Ideas, new dialogue, Grace Yukich et al.
2. Job Opportunity, University of California, Merced, Paul Almeida.
3. Job Opportunity—University of Oklahoma, Ann-Marie Szymanski.
4. Job Opportunities, University of Texas–Javier Aureyo.
5. Job Opportunity—University of Arizona, Jennifer Earl.
6.  Call For Papers: Gender Matters Conference, Daniel K. Cortese.
7. CFP: EGOS colloquium subtheme: Movements, Markets, and Fields, Brayden King.
8. CPF: Western Social Science Association, Michele Companion.
9.  New Book—Soma Chaudhuri, Witches, Tea Plantations, and Lives of Migrant Laborers in India.
10. New Book—Randy Shaw, The Activist’s Handbook.

All the best,

1. Mobilizing Ideas, new dialogue, Grace Yukich et al.

Mobilizing Ideas has launched a new essay dialogue on contemporary U.S. racist movements and racial justice activism. Contributors include: Kathleen Blee, John Brueggemann, Betty Dobratz, Robert Futrell, Kim Ebert, Abby Ferber, Peter Owens, and Todd Schroer.  Authors address a variety of questions including: How is racist activism sustained during a time when expressions of overt racism have become much less common? What does the future hold for racist and other far-right movements?  Why have contemporary national movements around racial justice been so difficult to sustain? Where does the majority of racial justice activism occur today, and in what forms?

We invite you to read these insightful posts and to join the conversation by posting your comments.

Mobilizing Ideas Editors in Chief,

Grace Yukich, David Ortiz, Rory McVeigh, and Dan Myers


2. Job Opportunity, University of California, Merced, Paul Almeida.

Open Rank, Professor

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts invites applications from exceptional scholars for one position in Sociology at the Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Associate/Full Professor (tenured) level. Preference will be given to scholars who have the ability to teach graduate statistics; and who specialize in the study of social inequality (race, class, gender or sexuality), education, labor markets, immigration, or health and well-being. UC Merced is building a dynamic and high-quality Sociology faculty and we seek an outstanding scholar to assist with training graduate students in our new PhD program. Applications must be submitted online by October 15, 2013.

The University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.



3. Job Opportunity—University of Oklahoma, Ann-Marie Szymanski.

The Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Comparative Politics with a focus on contentious politics (including social movements, political violence, or revolution). Candidates should demonstrate research accomplishment and the potential for long-term scholarly productivity, the ability to offer undergraduate and graduate courses in their area(s) of expertise, and broad familiarity with the field of Comparative Politics. The position is open with regard to regional focus. Though not required, additional expertise in politics of the state (state formation and/or state failure) is desirable. Normal duties consist of teaching four courses each academic year.  The appointment begins 16 August 2014.  Salary will be competitive.  Applicants should have, or be close to completing, a Ph.D. and demonstrate a potential for excellence in teaching and a sustained record of publication.  To apply, please upload a letter of interest, curriculum vita, official graduate transcripts, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation athttps://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3016.  Screening begins October 26, 2013, and continues until the position is filled.  Direct inquiries to Paul Goode at paulgoode@ou.edu.  The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity employer.


4.  Job Opportunities, University of Texas–Javier Aureyo.

The Department of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the assistant professor level to begin Fall 2014. Area of specialization is open. Duties include undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, publication, and service to the department, college, and university. Applicants should at a minimum have a PhD in hand or expected by August 2014, demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence, and have a clearly defined research agenda.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter that includes a description of current and planned research, current Curriculum Vitae, writing sample, and three letters of reference to: Jennifer Glass, Search Committee Chair, Department of Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin, viaSOCfac@austin.utexas.edu. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2013. The University of Texas is an AA/EEO employer. A background check will be conducted on the successful candidates. Position funding is pending budgetary approval.


5.  Job Opportunity—University of Arizona, Jennifer Earl.

Here’s a great job opportunity for anyone who does some work on health-related movements:

University of Arizona. We invite applications for a tenured associate or tenure-track assistant professor position in health or health-related areas, to begin Fall 2014, contingent upon availability of funding. Review of applications begins October 7 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by November 1 will be assured of full consideration. Applications must be submitted on-line at https://www.uacareertrack.com/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1380738540676   Job Number 53640. Please submit a single pdf file that includes a cover letter, CV, research and teaching statement(s), two samples of written work, and evidence of teaching effectiveness (if applicable). Have three letters of recommendation sent as email attachments to SBS-SocSearch@email.arizona.edu.

The University of Arizona and the School of Sociology recognize the power of a diverse community and encourage applications from individuals with varied teaching methods, curricular perspectives, and backgrounds. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA Employer–M/W/D/V. The University conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and work history. In addition, a check of names and identification documents is conducted on all new employees to ensure they are legally authorized to work in the United States.


6.  Call For Papers: Gender Matters Conference, Daniel K. Cortese.

Governors State University

Announces the 4th annual


April 11-12, 2014

University Park, Illinois

Gender Matters is an academic conference highlighting research on gender, women, and sexuality across all disciplines and historical periods. Conference planners seek to bring together students, activists, and researchers to discuss the ongoing role of gender in structuring society. We invite submissions for individual papers or pre-constituted panels.

This year’s theme, Embodying Praxis, Engaging Solutions, focuses our attention on positive deviance, on exploring what works as we seek solutions and improvements to the challenges faced by our world. While conference planners invite work on all matters of gender, we are particularly interested in work that explores how evidenced-based practices and outcomes related to gender and/or sexuality are used to effect positive change in behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, policies and procedures.

Potential topics for papers or panels include, but are not limited to: politics of representation; gendered health and medicine; feminist geographies; futurity and queer temporalities; queer intimacy and kinship; health disparities; illness narratives; globalization; postcolonial feminism; new media; gendered, racialized, and sexualized bodies; parenting; social justice; performativity; intersectionality with ethnicity, race, and/or citizenship; sexual subcultures; activism; public/private spheres; transgender rights; queer(ed) histories and historically queer; feminisms; drag performance; masculinities; gender and/or sexuality as studied in any field.

·       Keynote Speaker:Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General

·       Featured Performance:“Generation SEX,” an ensemble performance by Chicago-based Teatro Luna.

Submission guidelines and forms can be found at: http://www.govst.edu/gendermatters

Please note that only submissions adhering to the stated guidelines will be accepted.

For individual papers or posters, please submit a title page with complete author contact information, and an abstract of 500 words. For panels, please submit a 500-word rationale and description of the panel, type of panel (paper panel, roundtable discussion, performance), contact information for all panelists, and 250 word abstracts for each presenter.

Please direct inquiries to gendermatters@govst.edu<mailto:gendermatters@govst.edu>

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: 2 December 2013

Acceptance Notifications: 15 January 2014

Early Registration Deadline: 3 February 2014 ($25 students; $55 regular)*

Registration Deadline: 17 March 2014 ($40 students; $70 regular)*

Gender Matters Conference: 11-12 April 2014

*Registration fee includes access to conference proceedings including paper and panel presentation, keynote address, continental breakfasts, lunch, and reception.


7. CFP: EGOS colloquium subtheme: Movements, Markets, and Fields, Brayden King.

Please consider submitting your paper to Movements, Markets, and Fields subtheme for next year’s colloquium for the European Group for Organizational Studies in Rotterdam, Netherlands, July 3-5. You can submit your short papers from September 16 to January 13. Follow this link if you’re interested in joining our subtheme. We look forward to your submissions!

EGOS CFP: Rotterdam, 2014

Sub-theme 22: Movements, Markets and Fields


Brayden King, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, USA


Simone Schiller-Merkens, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, Germany


Philip Balsiger, European University Institute, Florence, Italy


Call for Papers

Over the past decade, scholars have paid increasing attention to movement activism targeting organizations and markets. Pioneering research has studied whether and how this activism matters for the emergence and change of industries, markets, and corporations. These studies have suggested a revised perspective on markets and organizations as fields of political conflict (King & Pearce, 2010; Bartley and Child, 2011). While the field concept has a long tradition in organization theory, scholars have only recently begun to think about fields as sites of continuous struggles over meaning, identities, and positions (Bourdieu, 2005; Beckert, 2010; Fligstein & McAdam, 2012). Fields take shape and evolve as a result of contentious interactions between different kinds of actors. In order to further advance this scholarship, this sub-theme is especially interested in papers that adopt a field approach to study the interactions between movements, organizations, and markets.

We invite papers that address the strategic interactions between (a) movements and firms, (b) between different kinds of social movement organizations, and (c) within firms and social movement organizations. With respect to interactions between movements and firms, we particularly welcome papers that address the counter-strategies used by organizations to react to movement demands, and the market transformations that eventually result from this. Possible research questions to be asked are:

•                How do corporations react to movement activism? Why do firms sometimes comply with a movement’s demands, and at other times treat their demands as irrelevant?

•                How do movement demands, targets, and tactics get transformed in the interactions between social movements and corporations?

•                What consequences do firms’ counter-strategies have on field positions, identities, and market categories?

•                How does the interaction between movements and corporations influence the processes, tools, and standards of valuation and evaluation on which markets are built?

Social movement organizations (SMOs) often target the same set of corporations. However, we know little about the interactions between them and the strategies with which they differentiate themselves. We therefore encourage papers that address questions such as:

•                How do different types of SMOs interact in their mobilizing against corporations?

•                When do SMOs coordinate their actions and when are they in conflict? What effects does this have on their outcomes on corporate targets?

•                How do SMOs develop their repertoires of action and identities, in isolation from one another, in competition, or in cooperation with one another?

•                Do (and if so, how) SMOs perpetuate differences in ideology over time in their collective mobilization against the same set of corporate targets?

•                Regarding the identity and practices of SMOs, why do some of these organizations become specialists with a narrow repertoire of activities while others become jacks-of-all-trades?

Finally, organizations are also contested from within and can be seen themselves as fields of contested interactions between different kinds of actors. We therefore invite papers that look at issues surrounding the following questions:

•                What forms does political conflict in firms take? What about political conflict and activism within SMOs?

•                Under which conditions do activists within organizations achieve their aims?

•                What role do extra-organizational factors play for the outcome of internal movement activism?

•                How do firms retaliate against their employees for activism?

•                What consequences do internal conflict and strategic interaction have on the development of organizational identities, goals, and values?


Bartley, Tim and Curtis Child. 2011. “Movements, Markets and Fields: The Effects of Anti-Sweatshop Campaigns on Us Firms, 1993-2000.” Social Forces 90(2):425-51.

Beckert, Jens (2010): ‘How do Fields Change? The Interrelations of Institutions, Networks and Cognition in the Dynamics of Markets.’ Organization Studies, 31 (5), pp. 605–627.

Bourdieu, Pierre (2005): ‘Principles of an Economic Anthropology.’ In: Neil J. Smelser & Richard Swedberg (eds.): The Handbook of Economic Sociology. Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp.75–89.

Fligstein, Neil & Doug McAdam (2012): A Theory of Fields. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

King, Brayden G. & Nicholas A. Pearce (2010): ‘The Contentiousness of Markets: Politics, Social Movements, and Institutional Change in Markets.’ Annual Review of Sociology, 36 (1), pp. 249–267.


8. CPF, Western Social Science Association, Michele Companion.

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to invite you to submit an abstract of a paper, panel, or roundtable for presentation in the Globalization and Development section of the Western Social Science Association 56th Annual Conference April 2-5, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Albuquerque Hyatt.

The Section on Globalization and Development encourages research and papers on policies, problems, social movements, cultural representations, disasters, communities, and livelihoods. I hope you can join us in 2014 to present your latest work.

The WSSA conference provides an affordable opportunity to present at a peer-reviewed national conference. In addition to scholars, graduate students and junior faculty are particularly welcome because of their fresh perspectives. Mentors of junior faculty and graduate students are encouraged to offer joint papers. In addition, self advocates, community advocates, providers, and government agency personnel are especially welcome to submit proposals.

Attached to this email, you will find an Abstract Form Call for Papers.doc and other conference related material (WSSACallforpapers.pdf). To look at past or future conferences or explore more about WSSA, please visit http://wssa.asu.edu/.

Your abstract must be received either via e-mail or post-marked regular mail by December 8, 2013. Please include the following information: Title of Presentation, First author’s name, affiliation, mailing Address, telephone number and email address; Other author’s names, affiliations, and emails, and an abstract that does not exceed 200 words.

E-mail your abstract to me (Michele Companion): mcompani@uccs.edu


9.  New Book, Soma Chaudhuri, Witches, Tea Plantations, and Lives of Migrant Laborers in India.

Soma Chaudhuri 2013.  Witches, Tea Plantations, and Lives of Migrant Laborers in India: Tempest in a Teapot. Lanham: Lexington Books, A division of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

Witches, Tea Plantations and Lives of Migrant laborers in India: Tempest in a Teapot” is the first systematic book length project on the topic of contemporary witch hunts in Sociology, and on India. Bringing together a holistic theoretical perspective drawing from sociology, anthropology, and post colonial history, Chaudhuri argues that witchcraft accusations among the adivasi worker communities in the tea plantations of Jalpaiguri, India, are a protest against the plantation management. Thus the witchcraft accusations are not as “exotic and primitive rituals of a backward” adivasi community during times of stress, but rather as a powerful protest organized by a marginalized community against its oppressors. The typical avenues of social protest are often unavailable to marginalized workers due to lack of resources, organizational and political representation, a situation that is similar across plantation workers globally. The book illuminates how witchcraft accusations should be interpreted within the backdrop of labor-planters relationship, characterized by rigidity of power, patronage, and social distance. A complex network of relationships—ties of friendship, family, politics, and gender—provide the necessary legitimacy for the witch hunt to take place. At the height of the conflict, the exploitative relationship between the plantation management and the adivasi migrant workers often gets hidden, and the dain (witch) becomes a scapegoat for the malice of the plantation economy.

·         More information on the book can be found at: https://sites.google.com/site/somachaudhuribooks


10. New Book—Randy Shaw, The Activist’s Handbook.

UC Press is proud to announce The Activist’s Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century by Randy Shaw. In this thoroughly revised and updated edition, Randy Shaw’s hard-hitting guide to winning social change, the author brings the strategic and tactical guidance of the prior edition into the age of Obama. Shaw details how activists can best use the Internet and social media, and analyzes the strategic strengths and weaknesses of rising 21st century movements for immigrant rights, marriage equality, and against climate change. Shaw also highlights increased student activism towards fostering greater social justice in the 21st century.


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