Call for Papers – ‘Forgotten Interactionists of Color’, Special Issue of Symbolic Interaction edited by Julien Grayer and Christopher T. Conner #sssi #sociology #journal

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I wanted to announce an exciting project that I am working on with Julien Grayer, a doctoral candidate here at the University of Missouri. We are preparing a guest edited issue of Symbolic Interaction (the flagship journal for the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction) on Forgotten, Neglected, and Mispresented Symbolic Interactionists of Color. We invite you to share this and if interested to please get in touch with us immediately!

The purpose of this special issue is to highlight the work of those marginalized within the Symbolic Interactionist tradition due to their race. While there has been a significant amount of attention paid to the marginalization of WEB DuBois, one of the greatest Sociologists to have lived, less attention has been paid to other scholars of color who were unfairly dismissed and experienced racism from other scholars in positions of power. This special issue seeks to make a contribution in helping to correct the scholarly record, highlight the work of those who have been undeservedly marginalized, and to create an opportunity for those working in this important area.

Articles need to follow the author guidelines of the journal available online here: We are particularly interested in papers that resolve some of the theoretical limitations within Symbolic Interaction (i.e. the astructural bias), and in papers that utilize the interactionist framework towards understanding contemporary issues. Submissions should not exceed 10,000 words in length. Shorter papers (6,000 – 8,000 words) are welcome and encouraged. 

Papers that utilize non-traditional perspectives, methods, and new accounts are encouraged and welcome.

To submit a paper please send a brief abstract (title and outline of 100 words or less) no later than October 30th 2021 to and First drafts should be submitted between January 1st and March 30th. We anticipate completion of this project, including final reviews, by July 2022.

We are particularly indebted to Jonathan Jimenez, Korey Tillman, and David R. Dickens who are completing a similar projected with Lexington Books. Our project focuses on Symbolic Interactionists, while their project transcends paradigmatic limitations. I encourage you all to check out their volume when it comes out!

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