About SSSI and Call for Papers

About SSSI

The SSSI is a group of academics who adhere to a broad and inclusive definition of SI, which tends to focus on qualitative research and is inspired by the work of a wide range of authors, such as Patti Adler, David Altheide, Paul Atkinson, Howard Becker, Joel Best, Sherri Cavan, Kathy Charmaz, Adele Clarke, Stan Cohen, Norman Denzin, Jack Douglas, Gary Allan Fine, Erving Goffman, Harold Garfinkel, Arlie Hochschild, Deborah van den Hoonaard, Ruth Horowitz, Jack Katz, Lyn Lofland, Donileen Loseke, Ken Plummer, Laurel Richardson, Clinton Sanders, David Silverman, Jacqueline P. Wiseman, Helena Znaniecki Lopata and many, many others.

Most scholars who attend our conferences share the use of qualitative methods to describe and analyse the social construction of the worlds they study. Most of us share a common set of academic concepts, such as ‘social construction’, ‘meaning’, ‘perspectives’, ‘interpretation’ and ‘interaction’. Most studies that are presented at our conferences have a micro- or meso-sociological character, some have a more theoretical angle and a few focus on the more general level of society. In general, academics from a wide range of fields, such as urban studies, health, sexualities, media, race/ethnicity, identity work, deviance and crime, participate in the conferences. Therefore, it is not uncommon that papers are accepted that are not directly related to the theme of the conference.  Still, it would be appreciated if you could relate your work to the theme of the conference.

Click here to find out about membership of SSSI

You can access lectures at the European SSSI conference in Uppsala here

Download information about the European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (PDF, 267 kb)

Call for Papers

The 2018 annual conference will take place at Lancaster University on 4, 5 and 6 July 2018. The conference welcomes and supports young academics, such as those who are working on Master’s degrees and PhDs, who would like to present their developing work.

Please send abstracts (150 words) to: Thaddeus Müller –

Extended deadline for abstract: 17th June 2018 (there is some minor flexibility)

Submissions will be checked for quality and we will try to place them in a session with papers that address similar themes/topics. Those who want to organize a specific session are also welcome to do so. You can send a proposal and your email address will be published on the website so persons can reach you directly. So far, we have sessions on radical sociology/criminology, management studies, music, friendship, cultural criminology, self-injury, disability and the online world (gaming).