Announcements for Early August!

Hello Fellow CBSM Section Members!

Here are some announcements for early August.  But first: a reminder that our section day is Sunday, August 17, which will include our section sessions, roundtables, 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.   It is listed in the ASA conference program as starting at 7:30, but it will start earlier.   In my next message, I will include links for all the sessions, which are currently listed in our newsletter.

Looking forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

All the best,

1.  Call for Nominations for the McCarthy Award—Rory McVeigh
2.   New Journal– Andrew Jorgenson and Jeffrey Kentor.
3.  The Participation Initiative–Pablo Lapegna.
4.  “Psychodynamics and the Social,” ASA Mini-conference, updated—Lynn Chancer.
5.  New Mobilizing Ideas Dialogue– Grace Yukich, David Ortiz, Rory McVeigh, and Dan Myers.
6.  Urban Research Based Action—Mark Warren.
7.  Job Opportunity—Richard Hogan.
8.  Cfp, “Social Movements and Place-Making in Global Cities”—Kimberly Creasap.

1.  Call for Nominations for the McCarthy Award—Rory McVeigh

The Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dame invites nominations for the 2015 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 2015 in a ceremony held at the University of Notre Dame in conjunction with the Center’s sixth 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

Please send the names of nominees, along with a brief statement supporting the nomination, no later than September 15, 2014 to  Rory McVeigh, McCarthy Award Committee Chair, (email nominations strongly preferred).

2.   New Journal– Andrew Jorgenson and Jeffrey Kentor.

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the new journal Sociology of Development (published by University of California Press) is ready for manuscript submissions!

The journal webpage, which includes manuscript preparation information, is here:

The manuscript submission webpage is here:

Sociology of Development is a new venue for scholarly work that addresses issues of development, broadly considered. Areas of interest include economic development and well-being, gender, health, inequality, poverty, environment and sustainability, political economy, conflict, and social movements, to mention only a few. Basic as well as policy-oriented research is welcome. The journal further recognizes the interdisciplinary scope of development studies and encourages submissions from related fields, including (but not limited to) political science, economics, geography, anthropology, and health sciences. A foundational principle of this journal is the promotion and encouragement of intellectual diversity within the study of development. As such, the journal encourages submissions from all scholars of development sociology, regardless of theoretical orientation, methodological preference, region of investigation, or historical period of study. 

Best wishes,

Andrew Jorgenson and Jeffrey Kentor, Co-Editors

3.  The Participation Initiative–Pablo Lapegna.

The Participation Initiative is organized by Phil Lewin, Pablo Lapegna, David Smilde, and Gianpaolo Baiocchi. During the ASA conference in San Francisco, we will have a special session within the Political Sociology Section. The name of the session is “Participation and its Discontents”, and this is the description:

“Discussions of civic and political participation seem to go through waves of enchantment and disenchantment. This workshop-style session will invite a broad conversation that looks at participation in context, avoiding assumptions that it is inherently transformative or irremediably regressive. Beginning with an open blog discussion in fall 2013, this session will not include formal paper presentations, but rather rely on short memos and moderated discussion among scholars working in this area”

The session is scheduled for Tuesday, August 19, from 10.30 to 12.10 (place TBA)

A goal of the session is to try to innovate on the standard ASA format -a modest attempt to “walk the talk”, so to speak. One way we are doing that is by getting the discussion going in advance. To do so, we launched a blog called Participation and its Discontents

Please join us for the session, check out the blog, and help us to spread the word!

4.  “Psychodynamics and the Social,” ASA Mini-conference—Lynn Chancer.

(See flyer for updates.)

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

Upcoming Mobilizing Ideas posts: The Origins of Social Movements

On Monday, August 4, Mobilizing Ideas will launch a new essay dialogue on the origins of social movements. Recent work by Doron Shultziner has shown the important role of shame and humiliation in prompting collective action (in this case, the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955). We have invited movement scholars and practitioners to discuss what we now know about the origins of social movements – and what the field’s emphasis on the Civil Rights Movement has highlighted or obscured in other collective-action processes.

Contributors include Jo Freeman, Tony Oberschall, and Doron Shultziner. Be sure to visit the blog on Monday to take a look.

6.  Urban Research Based Action—Mark Warren.

The ASA (sociology) node of the Urban Research Based Action Network (URBAN) has planned a series of activities to advance collaborative, community-based research at the upcoming ASA meeting in August. Please join us!

URBAN (the Urban Research Based Action Network) is a national, interdisciplinary network of scholars who are engaged in collaborative research to advance equity and social justice.

(For more information, see flyer.)

7.  Job Opportunity—Richard Hogan.

Here is an opportunity for a senior faculty member who is looking for a challenge.  Although I am not on the search committee, I would be happy to answer any questions that you might have.  The short story is that Bert Useem is stepping down and we are looking outside for someone to take charge.



Job ID: 10296
Institution: Purdue University
Department: Dept of Sociology & Anthropology
Title: Department Head
Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Full Professor
Areas/Special Programs: Open

For additional information on this position (including how to apply), visit the ASA Job Bank at

8.  Cfp, “Social Movements and Place-Making in Global Cities”—Kimberly Creasap.

Call for Panel Participants: “Social Movements and Place-Making in Global Cities” Urban Affairs Association Annual Meeting, Miami, FL, April 8-11, 2015

In recent years, Occupy protests, the Indignados of Spain, and the Arab Spring uprisings have demonstrated that space, place, and territoriality matter for social movements. These movements drew much scholarly attention to the politics of place-making, highlighting the ways in which the intricacies of place shape and are shaped by social movement action. This call for panelists seeks papers that engage with questions related to place-making—the construction of place as material, symbolic and/or practical—by social movements around the world. How do social movement places affect urban landscapes? How do the spatial dynamics of urban social movements affect what those movements do? How can place-making processes effect social change in cities around the globe? How do the processes of globalization affect social movement efforts at place-making? For many contemporary social movements, the future appears uncertain and the possibilities for social change are shrinking, given the ever-increasing rules and regulations that characterize urban public life. Place-making can be crucial for enabling movement activities to grow, and develop. However, place-making is not only a means to an end, but an important process in its own right. By bringing place-making to the center of social movement analysis, this panel will raise important questions and debates about the relationship between place and social change in urban contexts.

Please send your name, affiliation, and abstract (300 words or less) to Kimberly Creasap ( by September 1, 2014.

*Full details on the UAA meeting can be found at: