Call for submissions: Sectors Newsletter

It’s that time of year again!

The editors of the Sociology of Development section’s newsletter, Sectors, invite section members to submit news, information, recent publications, calls for papers, and job market announcements for the Fall issue of Sectors.

In particular we welcome:

–        photos taken at the Seattle meetings (of the section reception, business meeting, and/or sessions);

–        new member book or journal publications, with citation and/or abstract (abstract is not required, but strongly encouraged). A cover image for new book announcements as well as a link to the publication is welcome;

–        member announcements: news of completed dissertations, new positions and promotions, news of research grants and awards received by section members, obituaries;

–         Job market candidates: Please submit (1) your name, (2) affiliation/school, (3) email and website (if applicable), (4) specializations, (5) Dissertation Title, and (6) a short dissertation abstract (150-200 words);

–        news about opportunities: calls for proposals and papers, job and fellowship opportunities, grant opportunities, event announcements about upcoming conferences and workshops organized by section members;

–        short descriptions of member research projects in process.

We also encourage doctoral candidates to submit short articles (500-600 words) for Field Notes, a new series that will feature graduate student fieldwork experiences. “Field Notes” articles may reflect upon the implications of recent research—methods and/or findings—for international development scholarship. Pieces also may address particular fieldwork experiences, such as the author’s positionality, the field site, methodological choices and challenges, etc. See attached for more information.

The submission deadline is October 31st, 2016.

Please send all material to Sectors’ co-editors, Svetla Dimitrova and Kelly Birch Maginot, at <> < <>> . The Fall 2016 edition of Sectors is scheduled for release in early December, so time-sensitive news items (such as calls for papers, job applications, etc.) should have mid-December or later deadlines.

Svetla Dimitrova & Kelly Birch Maginot

Dept. of Sociology

Michigan State University

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New Feminist Development Subsection

New Sociology of Development Subsection: Feminist Development

At the October Cornell conference, several Sociology of Development section members met over lunch and agreed to form a new subsection entitled Feminist Development.  This subsection is the successor to the former Gender Initiative interest group that has been inactive recently.

The group elected Kristy Kelly ( and Barbara Wejnert ( as the subsection co-chairs.

The purpose of the subsection is (1) to exchange information and resources on gender and development; and (2) to articulate and affirm collectively an intersectional feminist approach to development.

All members of the Sociology of Development section are warmly invited to join the subsection.  Please convey your interest to Kristy or Barbara who will add your name to the listserv.

Please visit the Feminist Development webpage, housed under the Subsections tab on the Sociology of Development website. We will be developing this page in the coming months and subsection members are welcome to contribute ideas and resources.

In addition to the co-chairs, founding members of the subsection include Rae Lesser Blumberg, Jennifer Keahey, Rebecca Kruger, Susan Lee, Ann Oberhauser, Farhana Sultana, Yvonne Underhill-Sem, and Mildred Warner.

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New Listserv Community

Would you like to hear more about what USAID is doing related to democracy, human rights, and governance in international development? Would you like your own research to have more of an influence on international development programs? If so, we invite you to sign up for a new listserv community here.

The Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (the DRG Center) at USAID is engaged in a concerted effort to generate and promote sound evidence in the DRG field. The DRG Center is located in Washington, DC and is the hub of USAID’s global development work in the sector. The DRG Center:

• Supports over 80 USAID missions worldwide by conducting sector assessments, providing input on long-term strategies for the DRG sector, designing innovative programs that address DRG development challenges, and evaluating the success of DRG programs.

• Sponsors cutting-edge research in the sector to inform DRG program design.

• Manages funding mechanisms through which DRG programming is implemented worldwide.

• Provides technical assistance and expertise during periods of crisis or opportunity.

The Learning Division of the DRG Center is made of up scholars and international development experts with an interest in using evidence to improve development outcomes. The Learning Division is establishing a new email community ( to strengthen connections with the scholarly community, to communicate the results of DRG-related research and evaluation activities funded by USAID, and to occasionally solicit community members’ publications and input on a specific topic. You are invited to join the list and to circulate this invitation to any colleagues who might be interested.

Who this is for: Membership in the DRG Learning list is open to scholars, researchers, evaluators, development practitioners, and policy analysts of all scholarly backgrounds and disciplines.

What it will be like: A one-way (DRG Learning -> members) communication system with traffic of approximately one email per month. Users who sign up with anything other than a Gmail account will not be able to manage their subscription online, but with such low traffic this should not be a problem. Replies to the list will not be accepted and members of the list will not be able to send email to the list (you will not be spammed). Typical emails to the list might include:

• a quarterly newsletter reporting on Learning Division activities

• summary findings from USAID-sponsored impact evaluations

• announcements of new publicly available USAID-funded research and evaluation reports in the DRG sector

• requests for proposals for USAID-funded research grants

• targeted requests for list members to share their scholarly publications with us so we can incorporate the latest research in communications to USAID staff designing programs in the field.

How to join: We ask that you fill out a brief profile for our information and so that we can target requests for scholars to share their research publications with us on specific topics. Once you have filled out the profile, you will be added to our mailing list. The form can be found here.

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Call for Papers


Submission Deadline: March 31, 2017

Sociology of Development invites papers for a special issue on Global Health and Development. The issue welcomes sociological contributions across thematic foci and analytic approaches. Potential topics could include (but are by no means limited to): comparative analyses of health policies and policymaking, international organizations and health, inequalities in health outcomes, gender, class, race/ethnicity, and health, globalization and health challenges, migration and health in global perspective, and mental health policies and inequalities across the globe. Manuscripts should be approximately 8,000 words in length, including references, tables and figures. For formatting instructions, see:–5At9ScZoTk&e= .

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017.  All manuscripts should be submitted online through the journal’s submission system ( ). Please clearly state in your cover letter that the manuscript is for consideration in the Global Health and Development special issue. Questions about the special issue can be directed to the guest editor: Shiri Noy, at

Sociology of Development is an international journal addressing issues of development, broadly considered. With basic as well as policy-oriented research, topics explored include economic development and well-being, gender, health, inequality, poverty, environment and sustainability, political economy, conflict, social movements, and more.

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Call for Volunteers

Dear Sociology of Development Member:

We need your help!

  1. Would you be willing to serve on one of our section award committeesthis year?  If so, please send me a quick email with the committee of your preference. FYI: The majority of the work for these committees will take place in the late part of the spring 2017 semester.

Book Award committee

Faculty Article Award committee

Student Article Award committee

  1.  We are looking for a new co-editor for our section newsletter,Sectors!The call for applications is below.

Thanks in advance for your willingness to serve–it is your participation that makes our section work.

With appreciation,


CFA–Sectors Editor

We are seeking a new co-editor of our section newsletter, Sectors!  This is a great opportunity for a young scholar to become involved with the section and network with other individuals in our subfield.   The newsletter is published semi-annually (in the fall and spring semesters) and includes news from the Council and members of the section, feature stories, calls for papers and other opportunities in the field, and the section’s official reports. Sectors is e-mailed to all current section members through the listserve and posted on the section’s website and Facebook page.

The co-editor will have a two-year term from August 2017 to July 2019.  During the first year (2017-2018), the new editor will work in a team with one of the current co-editors. During the second year (2018-2019), s/he will continue working with a new co-editor selected in 2018.  Both co-editors will work collaboratively to shape the content and formatting of the newsletter. S/he will not only respond to submissions but seek out and develop original content for the newsletter.

The Section Council will select the co-editor from all interested parties, and the co-editor will report to the Council regularly (during council meetings).  The co-editor will work closely with the Chair and the Secretary-Treasurer of the Section.


  • Member of the Sociology of Development Section;
  • Strong teamwork skills;
  • Strong organizational skills, including ability to meet deadlines;
  • Strong written communication skills;
  • Strong MS Word and Acrobat Reader skills (both programs are currently used to format the newsletter);
  • Graduate students are welcome and encouraged to apply. 


Application consists of:

  • a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement of interest and qualifications
  • a one-page CV


Please submit applications to: by December 31, 2016.

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Call for Papers

The Political Violence of Capital: Paramilitary Formations
In Global Perspective
Editors: Jasmin Hristov, Jeb Sprague-Silgado and Aaron Tauss

Paramilitary violence is a specific type of violence exercised by non-state actors and/or state agents operating outside the boundaries of legality, on behalf of economically and politically powerful social forces. Its objectives typically revolve around attacking social movements, activists, Leftist politicians and other individuals or groups who challenge the established social order, as well as facilitating land acquisition through the forced displacement of civilians from land of strategic economic importance. Paramilitary groups may also perform other functions such as ‘social cleansing’, and ‘protection’ of private property. Despite its anti-democratic character, over the past decades paramilitarism has evolved as a revamped strategy pursued by dominant groups and elites operating through different state apparatuses primarily in developing countries. Today paramilitary formations are present in varying degrees across the Americas and other areas worldwide. A central characteristic common to all is their alliance with capital and, frequently, a mutually supportive relationship with the state’s coercive apparatus and possibly other state institutions, ranging from complicity to active collaboration. In nations where economic elites are contesting reformist, nationalist, or Left-oriented governments, paramilitary groups have been used to destabilize the regime and undermine its popular support. As is well documented, paramilitary actors have been responsible for some of the most horrifying human rights violations and yet this type of violence is very poorly understood and investigated. In part, this has to do with the fact that paramilitaries are often categorized as “organized crime” which strips the political motivations and social consequences of their actions.

This edited volume examines the pervasive and persistent but little understood phenomenon of paramilitarism and its varying expressions throughout the world. Our aim is to reveal some of the most common features that characterize paramilitary groups such as: a)  use of violence to facilitate the accumulation of capital accumulation by transnational corporations and local companies integrated within the global  economy; b) engagement in human rights violations and illegal activities; c) attacks against social movements, Leftist organizations or individuals, and poor rural or urban communities; d)  collaboration with sectors of national and/or transnational state forces, e)  ‘security’ as an ideological cover, and f) a trend towards flexibilization and decentralization of forces. The objective is to compile empirically-oriented investigations that enable us to theorize and understand the role of paramilitaries in the processes of capitalist globalization and the increasing exacerbation of social inequalities. We are especially interested in demonstrating that although frequently the lines between paramilitarism and organized crime are blurry and fluid, paramilitary violence has comparatively much deeper implications and hence cannot simply be reduced to criminal activities. We are also open to exploring different possible configurations in the relationship between paramilitary groups, rival political factions, organized crime, and other actors.

We are seeking proposals /abstracts of 500 words maximum for chapter contributions to the volume. We encourage submissions of proposals for works that address paramilitary violence in any part of the world. The deadline for submitting a proposal is November 1, 2016. Please include your full name, institutional affiliation, and current position in the same Word document as the abstract. Acceptance notification will be sent out by Nov 15. If accepted, contributors will be given a general list of guiding questions that should be addressed in their work and completed chapters would be due by March 15, 2017.

Please insert in the subject line of your email: “paramilitary proposal” and send your document as an attachment to:

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Barcelona Development Conference

An International, Interdisciplinary Conference sponsored by the World Society Foundation
May 11-13, 2017, Barcelona, Spain,

How can development occur in the face of mounting global inequalities and the rapid depletion of the world’s resource base? Innovative approaches are needed to better understand recent trends in the distribution of wealth, income and opportunities in the capitalist world economy, and more fully comprehend the availability, use, and governance of resources. Original ideas are equally needed to gain insights into the transformative politics that might help to address the tensions and possible trade-offs between inequality reduction and sustainability.

Co-organized by the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), the World Society Foundation (WSF), the Sociology of Development Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA), and the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD), this conference invites scholars, practitioners and policy-makers to explore new directions for analyzing these pressing challenges and identify the kinds of institutions, policies, and collective action that are (or would be) necessary for achieving the reduction of global inequalities in a sustainable manner.

Confirmed keynoters include Catherine Boone (LSE), Melani Cammett (Harvard), Patrick Heller (Brown), Sam Hickey (Manchester), Timur Kuran (Duke), Branko Milanovic (CUNY), and Maristella Svampa (CONICET).

The WSF provides 30 travel grants to participants for cover their travel and accommodation costs. These grants are given on a competitive basis for the strongest paper submissions, though with a preference for graduate students, and scholars and policymakers working at institutions in the Global South.

The organizing committee will develop sessions based on the pool of submissions it receives and group related papers into thematically connected panels.


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