6th European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction Conference

Working the Interactionist Tradition: Contributions, Legacies and Prospects

29 - 31 July 2015
MediaCityUK

Working the Interactionist Tradition: Contributions, Legacies and Prospects

29 - 31 July 2015 University of Salford, Manchester

The University of Salford is proud to host the 6th European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction conference (EU-SSSI), "Working the Interactionist Tradition: Contributions, Legacies and Prospects", which will be held at our MediaCityUK Campus from 29 - 31 July 2015.

Building on previous successful EU-SSSI conferences, most recently at Aalborg (2014) and Uppsala (2013), the meeting will provide a truly interdisciplinary forum for those using ethnographic and qualitative approaches to understand the social and cultural realities of contemporary societies.

Our conference theme draws upon interactionism’s distinguished record and continuing vigour as a way of investigating the diversity, richness and complexity of contemporary social life.

Interactionism has a distinguished record as a vigorous way of investigating the diversity, richness and complexity of contemporary social life. This will be a truly interdisciplinary forum for those using interactionist approaches to understand the social and cultural realities of contemporary societies. Join us!

Keynote speakers

Professor Paul AtkinsonPaul Atkinson

"Rescuing Interactionism from Qualitative Research"

Paul Atkinson is Distinguished Research Professor in Sociology at Cardiff University. He holds degrees in social anthropology and opera studies and is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is very widely known through his many books and papers on the development of qualitative research methods, cultural production and medical knowledge. With Sara Delamont he was a founding editor of the SAGE journal Qualitative Research. His most recent book is For Ethnography (2014).

Ruth HorowitzRuth Horowitz

"In the Public Interest: What can a Sociologist Contribute?"

Ruth Horowitz is Professor of Sociology at New York University. Trained at the University of Chicago, her most recent book is In the Public Interest: Medical Licensing and the Disciplinary Process (2012). Previous books have explored the relevance of interactionist ideas and methods for understanding the situation of teenaged mothers, juveniles involved in street crime, and minority communities. Teen Mothers (1995) was given the C.H. Cooley Award.

Professor Joseph A KotarbaJoseph Kotarba

"The Symbolic Interactionist as Writer"

Joseph Kotarba is Professor of Sociology at Texas State University following a long career at the University of Houston. His most recent authored book is Baby Boomer Rock ‘n’ Roll Fans: The Music Never Ends. (2013). He is internationally known for his extensive research and publications on symbolic interactionism, existential sociology, health and illness, deviance, and music scenes. In 2009 he was presented with The George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

Dennis WaskulDennis Waskul

"Everyday Ghosts: Ghostly Encounters in Everyday Life" (with Michelle Waskul)

Dennis Waskul is Professor of Sociology at Minnesota State University and incoming President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. He has has published extensively in areas of symbolic interaction, sociology of the body, sociology of the senses, sexualities, and computer-mediated communications. His books include Self-Games and Body Play: Personhood in Online Chat and Cybersex (2003) and Body/Embodiment: Symbolic Interaction and the Sociology of the Body (co-edited; 2006). His keynote talk draws on research conducted for a forthcoming book with Temple University Press.

Yves WinkinYves Winkin

"Who Holds the Truth of the Interaction? Bourdieu, Goffman or the Symbolic Interactionists?"

Yves Winkin is Director of scientific and technical culture at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) and Director of the Musée des Arts et Métiers (Paris). Previously Professor of Anthropology and Communication at the École normale supérieure, Lyon, his most recent books include Erving Goffman: A Critical Introduction to Media and Communication Theory (with Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, 2013) and a volume on the pleasures of urban walking (with Sonia Lavadinho). He has edited a book on the international reception of Bourdieu and published very widely on the social and biographical contexts of Goffman’s sociology.