Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences

Linking Theory and Empirical Research

Berlin, July 16 – 27, 2017

We are delighted to announce the 7th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences. The summer school aims at supporting young researchers by strengthening their ability in linking theory and empirical research. The two-week program creates an excellent basis for the development of their current research designs.

In the first week, we address the key methodological challenges of concept-building, causation/explanation, and micro-macro linkage that occur in almost all research efforts. We strive for a clarification of the epistemological foundations underlying methodological paradigms. In the second week, these methodological considerations are applied to central empirical fields of research in political science, sociology, and other related disciplines. In this second part of the program, participants are assigned to four thematic groups according to their own research topics. The thematic areas covered are: “External Governance, Interregionalism, and Domestic Change”, “Citizenship, Migration, and Identities”, “Social Struggle and Globalization”, and “Democracy at the Crossroads”.

The program is characterized by a varied format comprising lectures, workshops, seminars, and one-to-one consultations. During the summer school, participants will also have the opportunity to present and discuss their own work extensively. Participants will be provided with hands-on advice for their research designs.

The school brings together a faculty of renowned international and Berlin-based scholars. Among the confirmed international lecturers are Dorothee Bohle (Central European University), Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore), Gary Goertz (University of Notre Dame), Macartan Humphreys (Columbia University), Sanjay Reddy (New School for Social Research), Saskia Sassen (Columbia University), and Hendrik Wagenaar (University of Sheffield).

The Berlin Summer School was co-funded by the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Moreover, we receive generous funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Details on travel grants and tuition fees can be found on our webpage.

The international summer school is open to 50 PhD candidates, advanced master students, and young postdocs. The call for applications is currently open. Applications can be submitted online via the application form on the summer school webpage until March 31, 2017.

The decisions of the selection committee will be announced to the applicants in April. For more information, please visit our webpage at www.berlinsummerschool.de.

If you have any further questions, please contact the organizing team at summerschool.bgss@hu-berlin.de

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CFP: Annual Section Conference Deadline, February 28

Development Sociologists and Friends:

The call for participation for our sixth annual section conference is below (and PDF is attached).
Please submit your work!  Looking forward to seeing you in Detroit!

Call for Participation

 

ASA Sociology of Development Sixth Annual Conference

 

Disparities in Development:

Global, Regional and Local

 

October 5-7, 2017

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Rina Agarwala, Arthur Alderson, Thomas Dietz,

Saskia Sassen, Moshe Semyonov, and Howard Waitzkin

The processes of development generate a broad range of disparities across populations, cities, economies and geographies at the global, regional and local levels.  A central theme of this conference will be to identify and explore these disparities, with an emphasis on labor, health, race, gender, urban life, and the economy. Explorations of other areas of disparity along with other topics in the sociology of development are welcome.

Disparities take on many forms, from environmental degradation to the increasingly precarious nature of work, from growing hunger in both more advanced and developing regions to a growing crisis of an adequate supply of fresh water. The consequences of uneven development are manifest in the dislocation of people seeking a better life by moving from countryside to cities, from the poor countries of the Global South to wealthier countries of the Global North.  Migration puts pressure on limited resources while neoliberal policies shred the social safety net.  Diseases once on the verge of eradication are beginning to return, increasing numbers of children live in poverty, and nationalism and xenophobia create barriers to migrants in search of a better life.

This is the first annual Sociology of Development Conference to be held in the Midwest.  The City of Detroit and surrounding communities are microcosms of many development issues traditionally explored within the Global North-Global South framework.  Flint has become emblematic of what happens when extracting revenues dominates local political actions resulting in lead poisoning of a vulnerable population.  Dearborn contains a large Muslim community and still draws immigrants looking to flee the ravages of war and poverty.  Detroit represents both the potential of a strong industrial economy and the consequences of capital flight.  This conference seeks to provide scholars with a venue to exchange ideas and to explore the nature of these disparities from a wide range of perspectives, disciplines, and geographies. Practitioners outside the Academy are encouraged to participate.

 
 

The conference will include keynote plenary talks or panels on the following Disparities:

·       Health                                      

·       Economic                                                 

·       Gender and Race

·       Environmental                   

·       Urban                                                         

·       Labor

In addition to these conference themes, we look forward to exploring a wide range of Development related topics, whether considered at the global, regional, or local levels, including (but not limited to):

·       Religion

·       Migration

·       Social Movements

·       Agriculture

·       Poverty

·       War and Conflict

·       Developmental Idealism

·       Education

·       Public policy

·       Trade and Investment

·       Law

 

Instructions for submissions of papers or sessions

The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2017. Notifications will be sent out mid-March 2017.

Individuals should submit the title of their talk and an abstract (one page maximum), and include their affiliation and email address.  Session organizers should submit proposals (three page maximum) with the session title, a summary of its scope, a list of participants with their affiliations and email addresses, and titles of the papers with brief abstracts.  For more information, and to submit your paper or session proposals, contact Prof. Jeffrey Kentor, socdev2017@wayne.edu .

Detailed information about the program, including the venue, accommodations, and registration information, is available on the conference website: http://socofdevelopment.weebly.com/

There is no fee for registration. Travel/hospitality grants will be provided to some participants, but they are limited. Please specify whether you would like to be considered for partial funding. Some meals will be provided for participants during the conference.

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CFP: Health and Society in South Asia

Health and Society in South Asia Conference

April 10, 2017

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

 

The Penn Demography Club is pleased to announce a one-day “Health and Society in South Asia” Conference scheduled for April 10th, 2017 at the University of Pennsylvania. The conference is designed to connect graduate students, early career researchers, and more established scholars who conduct high-quality research on contemporary population issues in South Asia. The conference will feature one-hour presentations from three established scholars and two sessions of shorter presentations from junior scholars (such as graduate student or post-doctoral fellows). We anticipate that the small size of the conference will enable active discussion between participants and create lasting connections between researchers of South Asia.

 

Call for papers

 

We invite graduate students and post-doctoral scholars to submit a short abstract (300 words) and an extended abstract (1000 words) or working paper on original quantitative research on population in South Asia with a focus on the following topics:

  • social stratification, mobility, and inequality
  • gender, marriage, and family
  • poverty and development
  • aging, health, and mortality

Six individuals will be selected to give 15-minute presentations. Submit papers through this online form by March 1. Please do not submit more than two papers as a first author and indicate if you require funding for travel in the submission—we have limited funding to help graduate students attend. We will inform participants if they were selected by March 8.

 

For any questions, contact the conference organizers at southasiaconf2017@sas.upenn.edu.

 

For more information and for registration, visit our website-web.sas.upenn.edu/southasiaconf2017/

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Qualitative Research Training Workshops

TRAINING WORKSHOPS ON QUALITATIVE RESEARCH at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. All workshops held twice per year in May and August. Registrations are now open for May 2017. Visit our website https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__tinyurl.com_rsph-2Dqr&d=DQIGaQ&c=AGbYxfJbXK67KfXyGqyv2Ejiz41FqQuZFk4A-1IxfAU&r=206SdPG1XaFFqa9Ex7s2bGNLIj-nZ4_zc5-cMwBnvMQ&m=8C5Let5Av0Zs0e5ONVjr01b3DehjusTLGQvIv69EBQs&s=U6E7UFznLVPVj7vqQvFiW48Rzfd5xhThnV-nhlkilVQ&e=  or contact kmuwwak@emory.edu or 404-7273152.

Qualitative Research Methods, May 15-19, 2017. Registration Fee $750 (Students $650). This 4-day workshop covers theory and practice of qualitative data collection. It is suitable for anyone involved in designing, conducting, evaluating, training or managing qualitative research.

Mentored Qualitative Methods, May 20, 2017, 9am-12.30pm. Registration Fee $130. This half-day workshop enables you to bring your own qualitative research project or proposal and receive expert individual mentoring specific to your project.

Qualitative Data Analysis, May 22-24, 2017. Registration Fee $600. This 2½ -day workshop integrates theoretical principles, practical skills and hands-on software sessions for analyzing qualitative data.

Mentored Qualitative Analysis, May 25, 2017, 1.30-5pm. Registration Fee $130. This half-day workshop enables you to bring your own project and data and receive expert individual mentoring on qualitative data analysis specific to your project.

Join Our Listserv to hear about upcoming workshops. Email kmuwwak@emory.edu with “JOIN QUALITATIVE LISTSERVE” in the subject line.

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CFP for Organized Session at SOC DEV Conference

Call for papers for a proposed panel on “Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Research and Consulting”

Jeffrey Jackson (University of Mississippi) and Cathy A. Rakowski (Ohio State University) are organizing a panel for the next Sociology of Development Conference to be held at Wayne State University in Detroit on October 5-7, 2017.

The panel is a next stage of a discussion on ethical dilemmas and quandaries in development research that took place at the last conference (held at Cornell University in 2016) and which generated requests from those present for a continuation of discussion on these important issues.

Please send paper title and a descriptive abstract to  rakowski.1@osu.edu by February 10th since the deadline to submit session proposals to the organizing committee is the end of February.

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Call for Papers: 6th Annual Sociology of Development Conference

Call for Participation

 

ASA Sociology of Development Sixth Annual Conference

 

Disparities in Development:

Global, Regional and Local

 

October 5-7, 2017

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Rina Agarwala, Arthur Alderson, Thomas Dietz,

Saskia Sassen, Moshe Semyonov, and Howard Waitzkin

The processes of development generate a broad range of disparities across populations, cities, economies and geographies at the global, regional and local levels.  A central theme of this conference will be to identify and explore these disparities, with an emphasis on labor, health, race, gender, urban life, and the economy. Explorations of other areas of disparity along with other topics in the sociology of development are welcome.

Disparities take on many forms, from environmental degradation to the increasingly precarious nature of work, from growing hunger in both more advanced and developing regions to a growing crisis of an adequate supply of fresh water. The consequences of uneven development are manifest in the dislocation of people seeking a better life by moving from countryside to cities, from the poor countries of the Global South to wealthier countries of the Global North.  Migration puts pressure on limited resources while neoliberal policies shred the social safety net.  Diseases once on the verge of eradication are beginning to return, increasing numbers of children live in poverty, and nationalism and xenophobia create barriers to migrants in search of a better life.

This is the first annual Sociology of Development Conference to be held in the Midwest.  The City of Detroit and surrounding communities are microcosms of many development issues traditionally explored within the Global North-Global South framework.  Flint has become emblematic of what happens when extracting revenues dominates local political actions resulting in lead poisoning of a vulnerable population.  Dearborn contains a large Muslim community and still draws immigrants looking to flee the ravages of war and poverty.  Detroit represents both the potential of a strong industrial economy and the consequences of capital flight.  This conference seeks to provide scholars with a venue to exchange ideas and to explore the nature of these disparities from a wide range of perspectives, disciplines, and geographies. Practitioners outside the Academy are encouraged to participate.

 

 

The conference will include keynote plenary talks or panels on the following Disparities:

·       Health                                      

·       Economic                                                 

·       Gender and Race

·       Environmental                   

·       Urban                                                         

·       Labor

In addition to these conference themes, we look forward to exploring a wide range of Development related topics, whether considered at the global, regional, or local levels, including (but not limited to):

·       Religion

·       Migration

·       Social Movements

·       Agriculture

·       Poverty

·       War and Conflict

·       Developmental Idealism

·       Education

·       Public policy

·       Trade and Investment

·       Law

 

Instructions for submissions of papers or sessions

The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2017. Notifications will be sent out mid-March 2017.

Individuals should submit the title of their talk and an abstract (one page maximum), and include their affiliation and email address.  Session organizers should submit proposals (three page maximum) with the session title, a summary of its scope, a list of participants with their affiliations and email addresses, and titles of the papers with brief abstracts.  For more information, and to submit your paper or session proposals, contact Prof. Jeffrey Kentor, socdev2017@wayne.edu .

Detailed information about the program, including the venue, accommodations, and registration information, is available on the conference website: http://socofdevelopment.weebly.com/

There is no fee for registration. Travel/hospitality grants will be provided to some participants, but they are limited. Please specify whether you would like to be considered for partial funding. Some meals will be provided for participants during the conference.

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Job Posting: Arizona State University

DIRECTOR, SCHOOL OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Arizona State University

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) in the New College of
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, at Arizona State University (ASU) invites application
for School Director. This is an opportunity to take a leadership role in a rapidly growing,
socially conscious, innovative liberal arts college embedded in an R1 research
institution. SBS transcends disciplinary boundaries and fosters work that engages with
the community and the world.

The successful applicant will be expected to provide administrative vision, leadership,
and management for the School; to contribute to and foster the School’s
interdisciplinary teaching and research missions; to engage in research and teaching
that complement and strengthen current offerings and emphases in SBS; to engage
undergraduate and graduate students both in teaching and research; and to coordinate
efforts to acquire research funding that draws upon the diverse capabilities of SBS
faculty. We are seeking exceptional senior candidates for appointment at the rank of
Full Professor. We seek a leader who has an open and dynamic leadership style,
values transparency and collaboration, and has a proven track record of institutional
advocacy. We serve approximately 2,500 undergraduate majors (1,500 online and
about 1,000 in person) and 130 Masters students. The school has 50 full time faculty, 5
undergraduate degrees, and 4 Master’s level programs. We are currently developing
two new Master’s level programs and a PhD.

A founding premise of the school is that the study of human behavior, social institutions,
and culture can be best understood through interdisciplinary perspectives that integrate
diverse intellectual and methodological systems of inquiry. Through challenging
coursework, the students and faculty of SBS seek to understand how the human mind
works, how we communicate with one another, how and why we organize into social
and political groups as it relates to vital causes and issues, and ultimately how we make
sense of our world and the many places we occupy within it. Members of our School are
committed to excellence in teaching and research, and SBS is proud of the
accomplishments of our faculty, students, and graduates. We are a research-oriented
school where our priority is the discovery of new knowledge in all of our degree areas,
including majors in: Communication, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social
and Behavioral Sciences, and Social Justice and Human Rights. We offer minors and
certificates in such areas as Public Relations and Strategic Communication,
Sociocultural Anthropology, Applied Social Science, and Diversity and Equity Studies.

SBS also offers several Master’s degree programs and a new PhD program in
Psychology and Law (tentatively scheduled to start in Fall 2018). Students are
encouraged to participate in faculty-student collaborative research projects; to explore
cross-cultural and global perspectives; to employ the latest computer technology; and,
to apply what they have learned in community-based internships.

More information about the School, its faculty, and its degree programs can be found
at: https://newcollege.asu.edu/social-behavioral-sciences-degree-programs
Required Qualifications: The person appointed must have a PhD in Anthropology,
Communication, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or a
related discipline. In addition, candidates must demonstrate a) a research record of
excellence warranting appointment as a Full Professor with Tenure at ASU; b)
successful administrative experience comparable to the chair level or above; c) an
ongoing program of research and publication; d) a record of successful teaching; e)
evidence of ability to promote interdisciplinary collaborations in research and teaching;
f) evidence of commitment to diversity, and g) demonstrated experience promoting
funded research.

Desired qualifications: a) demonstrated experience working across the disciplines,
and b) history of successful extramural funding when relevant to field of study.
Deadline: January 30, 2017; if not filled, every Monday thereafter until the search is
closed.

Application procedures: Only electronic applications are accepted. Send curriculum
vitae, letter of application including a statement describing your research program and
teaching philosophy, a statement describing your administrative philosophy, and three
names of references along with contact information in a single pdf to: Ms. Sara
Cutrone at: Sara.Cutrone@asu.edu. Applicants should reference position #11844 in
their application.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/
Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to
race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other
basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) and Title IX
policy are located at https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and
https://www.asu.edu/titleIX

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful outcome (as determined by
the university) of the pre-employment screening activities, including a criminal history
check (or a fingerprint check), under Arizona Board of Regents policy 6-709.

ASU has developed a vision for the “New American University.” We believe the
university can transform society and enable student success. We value innovation,
transcend disciplinary boundaries, and foster work that engages with the community
and the world http://newamericanuniversity.asu.edu/#1. ASU has been named by US
News and World Report as the #1 Most Innovative University in the Country for the past
two years. New College, located on ASU’s West Campus, has a special place in this
mission as a socially embedded, interdisciplinary, liberal arts college with the resources
of and, in the context of, an R1 research institution.

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