July 28-July 31

In an effort to create spaces for crucial conversations, camaraderie and
intellectual exchange during this challenging time, the Society for the
Study of Symbolic Interaction invites participants to a multi-day online
social and professional event.  Registration information will follow, but
the event is free and open to all, including non-SSSI members.

We welcome symbolic-interactionist talks and papers on any topic. In light
of current events, we are particularly interested in conversations around
racism and racial justice, policing and law enforcement, meanings of
public/private space, public health and risk, and online interaction.

We are calling for:

Roundtable proposals: proposals must include a roundtable paper (maximum of
3500 words) and the names and email addresses of 4-6 participants.
Roundtables will occur via Zoom, and papers will be shared on Google Docs.

Mini-session abstracts:  detailed description of a 10-15 minute talk.
Mini-sessions will feature 2-3 speakers and will occur over Zoom.

“Video Volley” abstracts (detailed description of a conversation topic).
These may be discussion questions, informal descriptions of
works-in-progress, ethnographic videography, or visual sociology items.

Video Volley sessions are for dynamic, asynchronous back-and-forth chat
around common interests throughout the event.  They will be asynchronous
video conversations occurring through the (very simple!) video-sharing
program FlipGrid (available on iPhone, Android, PC and Mac).

Strange Days will also feature coffee klatches, cocktail hours, trivia
events, and an open-mic night during the event.  (Please indicate whether
you have interest in any/all of these activities in your submission.)

In order to plan a successful event in a very short time, we welcome
submissions as soon as possible,* but must adhere to a hard deadline of
July 1st.  *Please specify in the subject line whether your submission is a
roundtable proposal, a mini-session abstract, or a Video Volley abstract.

Please email all submissions and questions to: SSSIStrangeDays@gmail.com.