Development Section Announcements

Below are the section announcements. It includes a call for papers and job announcements.


Call for Participants

“Connecting Students to the Labor Movement”
Annual Meetings of the Southern Labor Studies Association
March 6–8, 2015
Washington, DC – The George Washington University

Deadline: February 9, 2015
(Papers not necessary)

We invite labor activists and academics alike to participate in a panel to discuss how they have used the classroom as a conduit to engage students in the labor movement. This session, open to activists and academics, will offer lessons for new or emerging collaborative projects and can serve as a bridge between activists/scholars working independently but with similar goals. Participants may wish to address such questions as: What do unions need from student volunteers? What can students, faculty, and universities gain from working with unions? What can students contribute to fights for economic justice, both when workers on campus are seeking student support and when students contribute to campaigns removed from their campus? What obstacles do academic-activist collaborations present and how can they be overcome?

If you have questions or are interested in joining us in Washington, DC this March, contact Jeff Larson ( or Kate O’Neil (


13th Chinese Internet Research Conference
May 27-28, 2015
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Call for Papers

The University of Alberta’s China Institute invites paper proposals for the 13th annual Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC) to be held in Edmonton, Canada on May 27-28, 2015. While following the CIRC tradition of welcoming a wide range of general submissions, this year’s conference will highlight the themes of “(un)civil society” and “Chinese internet or internet in China?”

(Un)civil Society

To date, much research on the Chinese Internet has focused on internet censorship as well as state-society confrontations. While these issues continue to hold importance, a new generation of research could help to unpack the multilayered and multidimensional reality and contradictions of the Chinese Internet. As the population of Chinese netizens has surpassed 600 million, not only has the Chinese internet become a contentious medium for the state and an emergent civil society, it has also given voice to controversial exchanges between various social groupings along ideological, class, ethnic, racial and regional fault lines. Some examples include the internet flame war between Han Han and Fang Zhouzi that defamed “public intellectuals” in China, the Left-Right debate amongst China’s intellectual communities that occasionally spill over into street brawls, online breach of privacy (e.g. certain instances of “human flesh search engine”), conflict between “haves” and “have-nots,” contention between Han and ethnic minorities in Tibet and Xinjiang, racial discourse on mixed-race Chinese and immigrants, and debate over the “sunflower movement” in Taiwan and the “umbrella movement” in Hong Kong. Papers on this theme will shed light on uncivil exchanges online that fail to produce consensus or solutions and the social/cultural/political schisms that complicate the promise of constructive citizen engagement and civil society in China. Conversely, papers that illustrate, analyze and reflect on overcoming incivility online, without curtailing citizens’ rights to speech, security and safety are also welcome.

Chinese Internet or Internet in China?

Papers on this theme could consider the extent to which internet applications and user patterns in China are unique or simply representative of global trends, with local variations in terms of technology use and the associated cultural meanings. They might also address the growing popularity of Chinese internet applications among users abroad. Put differently, how “unique” and how “Chinese” is the “Chinese internet?” Should we be talking about a “Chinese internet” or the “internet in China?” Comparative perspectives as well as the development of fresh theoretical angles are encouraged.

Papers may be submitted outside these two themes. Researchers are invited to submit proposals on any aspect of the development, use, and impact of the internet in China. Topics may include the economic, political, cultural, and social dimensions of internet use in China, may focus on interpersonal, organizational, international, or inter-cultural dimensions; and may explore theoretical, empirical, or policy-related implications.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

Internet business, entertainment, and gaming
Research methods, web metrics, “big data” analysis, and network analysis
The digital divide along class, gender and rural-urban lines
The globalization of such Chinese internet firms as Baidu, WeChat, and Alibaba
Cultural activities or cultural tensions expressed through such popular mediums as microblogs (weibo), and WeChat (weixin)
The China Institute will sponsor participants’ meals during the conference dates, but is unable to cover travel costs. A limited number of university accommodations are available at reduced rates on first-come-first-served basis. There is no registration fee for this conference. As in past years, top single-authored papers by graduate students will receive awards. Participants are also invited to join in a three-day, self-paid trip to the Canadian Rockies after the conference. Please submit paper proposals of no more than 400 words in length with the subject line of “CIRC proposal” by February 15, 2015 to Acceptance notices and panel information will be released in March 2015.

CIRC 2015 Organizers

Ashley Esarey, University of Alberta
Min Jiang, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
CIRC Steering Committee

Ang Peng Hwa, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Hu Yong, Peking University
Randy Kluver, Texas A&M University
Jack Linchuan Qiu, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Peter K. Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law, and founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School

Website link:


Job Announcement: National University in San Diego, CA

Job ID:

Title: Sociology Faculty
Department: Department of Social Sciences
Company: National University
Job Position/Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor
Special Program and Areas of Faculty Expertise: Science and Technology, Environmental Sociology
Region: West (San Diego)
Salary Range: Negotiable

Job Description:

The Department of Social Sciences in the College of Letters and Sciences at National University in San Diego, CA invites applications for a FULLTIME Sociology position at OPEN RANK (Assistant/Associate/Professor) determined by experience. Initial full-time appointment with benefits is for two years, renewable for longer-term contracts. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in sociology, university-level teaching experience, and evidence of an active research agenda. While areas of specialization are open, we have particular interest in science/technology/medicine, sustainability/environment, and/or globalization. To apply, please send as attachments a current CV, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Margaret Greer ( Application deadline: February 28, 2015. Applications considered until position is filled. National University is a private, non-profit university accredit
ed by W
ASC and an equal opportunity employer.

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

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