Section Membership




Section on the History of Sociology
Calls for Papers & Information about Conferences

Special Issue of Sociology: Sociology and the Future of the Research Relationship
Papers must be submitted by Friday, August 31, 2007

Sociology draws on data derived from a variety of research methodologies which have different implications for the relationship between researchers, research participants and contexts, and wider research constituencies. This relationship is a dynamic one and it is currently being re-assessed in the context of changes in research technologies (e.g. visual and digital), governance (ethical and legal frameworks) and ongoing debates about epistemology (the nature and purpose of knowledge). This special issue will bring together contributions which reflect on the current state of the research relationship and its future. In particular we would be interested to receive papers which critique theory and practice on this topic across the full range of substantive areas of sociological investigation.

Potential contributions include:
o Risky research relationships
o Relationships throughout the research process – access, ethics, rapport and exit
o Power, hierarchy and responsibility
o Fads and fashions in choice of methodologies
o Teams versus lone researchers?
o The casualization of research careers
o Participatory research – possibilities and problems
o How far can user involvement go?
o The history of the research relationship
o Who pays for research? – commodification or empowerment
o Research and audit culture
o New technologies for research

The special issue will be edited by Graham Crow and Catherine Pope. The editors welcome contributions from sociologists working across the range of interests published in the journal and from those at early stages of their career as well as those who are more established. Submission guidelines, submission instructions, and the interface for submitting papers are available online at All manucripts will be subject to the normal referree process, but potential authors are welcome to discuss their ideas in advance with the editors.

The Second Annual Conference on International Social Sciences
University of Grenada, Spain, July 10-13 2007
This conference incorporates interdisciplinary work across the social sciences and between the social sciences and other disciplines. A theme statement is available the lays out various areas of interest for the conference, which include "sociology and history: the dynamics of synchrony and diachrony," "horizons of interest: agenda-setting in the social sciences," "politics in, and of, the social sciences," and a large variety of other topics. Papers can take the form of 15 minute presentations, 60 minute interactive sessions, 90 minute joint panels, or virtual presentations. Submissions can be made via the online process; they are due by June 12, 2007. Papers are also elligible for publication in the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.

Sociological Origins
Contributions in the following categories are invited for Sociological Origins, a journal devoted to the history and documentation of the early years of sociological inquiry:
--Original research articles
--Re-reviews of classic or unheralded books
--Reviews of recent books and articles
--Archival documents
--Bio-Bibliographical entries
--Department and organizational histories
Send submissions to Michael R. Hill, Editor, 2701 Sewell Street, Lincoln, NE 68502 USA

Sociology Compass
A new online-only peer-reviewed journal of sociology, Sociology Compass, seeks articles broadly addressed to sociologists and students on areas of interest across the discipline. For more information, view the journal's website.

Cheiron Conference: Joint Conference of the International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the European Society for the History of the Human Sciences
University College, Dublin, Ireland, June 26-29, 2007

For more information and instructions for submitting a paper, visit the Cheiron webpage. Submissions, limited to eight pages, are due by January 11, 2007.

Transatlantic Voyages, The International Congress of Sociology
University of Nancy 2 May 31-June 1, 2007

Transatlantic journeys between Europe and the American continent have long been a source of inspiration for sociologists. This conference addresses such journeys as part of our sociological tradition. The complete theme statement is available here. Papers may address the following themes, but other suggestions will be very welcome:

1) The journey: contributions could describe the conditions under which the journeys took place and the travellers reactions on arrival.
2) The societies observed: many social scientists crossed the Atlantic in order to carry out a study of the societies they visited. The studies they made took the form of community studies, studies of social structure or of local customs. Contributions could throw light on these studies and their influence.
3) Exchanges of ideas and mutual influence: how do the journeys carried out by social scientists, be they researchers or students, affect the sociology of their home countries? Sometimes the exchanges may be carried out by means of letters, or via published material which gives rise to new ideas and research.
4) The home society: transatlantic journeys and exchanges were also a basis for reflection on the authors own society. One example is that of Everett Hughes whose reactions to nazism were at the basis of the development of the concept of dirty work.

To submit a paper, send a proposal of one page or less to Cherry Schrecker.

4th Annual Harriet Martineau Sociological Society Working Seminar
National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland, May 21-23, 2007
Scholars from all cognate disciplines are encouraged to apply, but space is limited. Please make an inquiry as soon as possible to ensure a spot on the schedule to present and discuss your work. To encourage face-to-face interdisciplinary exchange, this invitation is extended primarily to scholars who are actively exploring Harriet Martineau's literary, artistic, philosophical, and/or social scientific contributions. A restricted number of moderately-priced accomodations will be available on the historic south campus. Recommended seminar readings by Harriet Martineau include: Ireland: A Tale (1832), Letters from Ireland (1852), the eight Irish articles from Household Works (1852), and The Endowed Schools of Ireland (1859). Copies of these works are available on CD as PDF files from Michael R. Hill. To inquire about participation, please contact Dr. Michael R. Hill, Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0324, or Dr. Deborah A. Logan, Department of English, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101.

If you would like to submit a call for papers, please contact Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur via email at Mikaila DOT Arthur AT nyu DOT edu.

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