Early April announcements

Hello Fellow CBSM Section Members!

Here are some important announcements for early April.

1. CFS: CriticalMass–Michelle Smirnova and Melissa Wooten.
2.  New Mobilizing Ideas Dialogue–Grace Yukich, David Ortiz, Rory McVeigh, and Dan Myers.
3.  “Why He Was in Memphis”—Peter Dreier.
4.  Spaces of Contention, Discount– Walter Nicholls, Byron Miller, Justin Beaumont.
5. CFN: Humanist Sociology Book Award–Bhoomi K. Thakore.

All the best,


1.  CFS: CriticalMass–Michelle Smirnova and Melissa Wooten.

The deadline for submissions for the Spring 2014 issue of CriticalMass, the section newsletter, is May 1. We are particularly interested in the following, but are happy to consider any submissions:

–Announcements, including dissertations completed, books and articles published, faculty position openings, and calls for papers
–Book reviews of recent CBSM-related books

–Discussions of teaching CBSM-related courses or topics, classroom exercises, teaching resources, etc. for either graduate or undergraduate-level courses

–Interviews with activists

–Commentaries related to Ukraine crisis or other current social movements-related happenings (note that while we are an informal publication, commentary articles must be written in academic prose with complete references)

If you have graduate students, do pass this announcement on to them.
Submissions should be sent to the CriticalMass editorial team (Michelle Smirnova and Melissa Wooten)
at cbsmnews@gmail.com, by May 1.

2.  New Mobilizing Ideas Dialogue–Grace Yukich, David Ortiz, Rory McVeigh, and Dan Myers.

New Mobilizing Ideas Essay Dialogue: Violent State Repression

Mobilizing Ideas‘ March essay dialogue focuses on violent state repression. We have asked contributors to reflect on some of classic questions in light of contemporary cases: How does repression affect future protest? How do states decide to engage in violent repression? What responses are available to protestors? And, does the type of protestor or the cause matter for who is repressed? Contributors have also been encouraged to discuss the gaps in our understanding of the dynamics of political activism and state repression, and how ongoing events may fuel future research on this topic.

Contributors to the first round of essays on this topic are the following, with more to come next month: Hank Johnston (San Diego State University), Jack Goldstone (George Mason University), Carol Skalnik Leff and Peter Chereson (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and Heidi Reynolds-Stenson and Jennifer Earl (University of Arizona).

Our goal is to stimulate scholarly debate and discussion around this important topic, so please share your reactions to these posts in the comments section.

Thank you for supporting Mobilizing Ideas.

Editors in Chief,

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

3.  “Why He Was in Memphis”—Peter Dreier.

Most Americans today know that Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was killed 46 years ago — on April 4, 1968 — in Memphis, Tennessee. But fewer know why he was there.  As my Huffington Post article explains, King went to Memphis to support African American garbage workers, who were on strike to protest unsafe conditions, abusive white supervisors, and low wages – and to gain recognition for their union.  During the 1960s, King became increasingly committed to building bridges between the civil rights and labor movements. A half-century before Occupy Wall Street, King warned about the “gulf between the haves and the have-nots” and insisted that America needed a “better distribution of wealth.”


4.  Spaces of Contention, Discount– Walter Nicholls, Byron Miller, Justin Beaumont.

Dear colleagues,

For those of you who may have been contemplating picking up a copy of Spaces of Contention: Spatialities and Social Movements only to fall into sticker shock–it’s now available at a 50% discount.  Just go to www.ashgate.com and enter discount code A14iiT50.The discount is valid until the end of the year.

For more information:


5. CFN: Humanist Sociology Book Award–Bhoomi K. Thakore.


The Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS) is pleased to announce their 2014 Book Award. Authors, publishers, and AHS members may nominate books for consideration. The winner will be recognized at our annual meeting October 8-12, 2014 in Cleveland, OH. Nominations should be for Sociology or interdisciplinary social science books that approach their subjects from a humanist perspective.

As our Mission states:

Humanist sociologists strive as professionals, as scholars and as activists to uncover and address social issues, working with others to lessen the pain of social problems. We view people not merely as products of social forces, but also as shapers of social life, capable of creating social orders in which everyone’s potential can unfold. Difficult times give humanist sociologists opportunities to apply their special skills and perspectives for the purpose of creating a more humane world.

Eligible books should have been published in the calendar year 2013 or the first half of 2014. If a book was submitted for last year’s consideration, it cannot be nominated again.

To nominate a book, authors/publishers/nominators should e-mail a letter of nomination with the subject line “AHS 2014 Book Award Nomination” to Bhoomi K. Thakore atbhoomi.thakore@northwestern.edu. Authors/publishers should mail one copy of the book to each of the 4 award committee members listed at http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=12486. The deadline for nominations is June 15, 2014. Additional information about AHS is available at www.ahssociology.org.