Animals and Society section CFP

Kathryn Asher is organizing an upcoming ASA session which may be of interest to section members:

Seen and Unseen: The Role of Visibility in Humans’ Use of Nonhuman Animals

Papers to be presented at the Animals and Society section session, American Sociological Association annual meeting, August 23, 2016, Seattle, WA

Description: Exploring how visibility and invisibility (removal from sight) make us more or less comfortable about different types of animal use by considering how exposure weakens support for animal use and/or leads to increased tolerance of that use.

Possible Topics (but not limited to)
– The effects of graphic imagery
– Reactance and message aversion
– The politics of representation of animals and animal-related issues in news media, television, film, and advertising
– Undercover investigations
– Ag-gag laws
– The effect of animal advocacy oriented actions and materials
– The role of language, e.g., “it” vs. “she” or “he,” murder vs. slaughter, livestock vs. cow, depersonalized scientific language
– Bearing witness/The Save Movement
– The concept of the absent referent
– The politics of sight
– Representing animals en mass vs. telling individual animals’ stories
– The de-animalization of meat and other animal products
– Traditionally hidden forms of animal use, e.g., factory farms and slaughterhouses, euthanasia in shelters, animal experimentation, and dog/cockfights
– (More) public forms of animal use, e.g., rodeos, bullfights, zoos, circuses, marine mammal parks, dog/horse racing, public dissections at zoos, public animal sacrifices, hunting
– Other ways we watch animals, e.g., companion animals, birding, whale watching, photographing animals, scuba diving, animal sanctuaries, safaris, ecotourism

Deadline: January 6, 2016, 3pm EST. Submit via the online system at

Paper Criteria
– Only papers will be considered. No abstracts or paper proposals.
– Limited to 25-35 pages (including footnotes, table, and bibliographies). Session will be one hour and 40 minutes with four to five papers.
– Papers must reflect original empirical or theoretical research or major developments in previously reported research. Papers are not eligible for inclusion if they have been read previously at ASA or other professional meetings, if they have been published prior to the meeting or accepted for publication before being submitted to organizers for consideration, or if they have been modified in only secondary respects after similar readings or publication.

More Information: Session Organizer, Kathryn Asher (University of New Brunswick), Discussant, Cameron Whitley (Michigan State University).

New Book on American Evangelism

Markofski, Wes. 2015. New Monasticism and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism. New York: Oxford University Press.

New Monasticism coverFor most of the last century, popular and scholarly common sense has equated American evangelicalism with across-the-board social, economic, and political conservatism. However, if a growing chorus of evangelical leaders, media pundits, and religious scholars is to be believed, the era of uncontested evangelical conservatism is on the brink of collapse – if it hasn’t collapsed already. Combining vivid ethnographic storytelling and incisive theoretical analysis, New Monasticism and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism introduces readers to the fascinating and unexplored terrain of neo-monastic evangelicalism. Often located in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods, new monastic communities pursue religiously inspired visions of racial, social, and economic justice-alongside personal spiritual transformation-through diverse and creative expressions of radical community.

In this account, Wes Markofski has immersed himself in the paradoxical world of evangelical neo-monasticism, focusing on the Urban Monastery-an influential neo-monastic community located in a gritty, racially diverse neighborhood in a major Midwestern American city. The resulting account of the way in which this movement reflects and is contributing to the transformation of American evangelicalism challenges entrenched stereotypes and calls attention to the dynamic diversity of religious and political points of view which vie for supremacy in the American evangelical subculture. New Monasticism and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism is the first sociological analysis of new monastic evangelicalism and the first major work to theorize the growing theological and political diversity within twenty-first-century American evangelicalism.

Conference announcement: Revisiting Remaking Modernity

Elisabeth Anderson and Barry Eidlin are pleased to announce Revisiting Remaking Modernity: New Voices in Comparative-Historical Sociology, a mini-conference sponsored by the ASA Comparative-Historical Section, the Northwestern University Department of Sociology, and the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University. The conference will be held at Northwestern University on August 21 from 9am-6:30 pm.

Ten years after the publication of the landmark edited volume Remaking Modernity (Duke 2005), the time is ripe to take stock of comparative-historical sociology’s past, present and future. The conference will open with a plenary panel featuring the book’s editors (Julia Adams, Elisabeth Clemens, and Ann Shola Orloff) in conversation with scholars in the early stages of their careers (Robert Braun, Marcus Hunter, and Catherine Lee).

A central aim of the conference is to bring comparative-historical sociology into fruitful dialogue with other areas of sociology. Panel topics include gender & sexuality, race & ethnicity, religion, collective action, war and organized violence, social policy, environment, development, colonialism, and cities in comparative-historical perspective.

Registration includes lunch and a post-conference reception, and is $15 for students, post-docs, and adjuncts, and $25 for faculty.

For more information about the program, location, and how to register, please visit

Political sociology at the ASA meetings

We have an impressive line-up of political sociology panels and roundtables at this year’s ASA meetings in Chicago. Look for our section events on SATURDAY, August 24.

The section reception is organized jointly with Economic Sociology section, and will be held in the Hilton on MONDAY, August 24. Note that the incorrect date was listed in the preliminary online program and in Footnotes. The correct time and place will be listed in the conference program.

Section Award Winners!

2014 was a great year in political sociology.

The Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship (Book) Award will be awarded jointly to two books:

David Scott Fitzgerald and David Cook-Martín, Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014) and Mara Loveman, National Colors: Racial Classification and the State in Latin America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014)

The Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship (article) Award will be awarded to Malcolm Fairbrother, University of Bristol, for “Economists, Capitalists, and the Making of Globalization: North American Free Trade in Comparative-Historical Perspective,” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 119, no. 5, with an honorable mention to Delia Baldassarri and Amir Goldberg for their article “Neither Ideologues nor Agnostics: Alternative Voters’ Belief System in an Age of Partisan Politics,” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 120, no. 1.

The Best Graduate Student Paper Award will be awarded to Robert Braun of Cornell University for “Religious Minorities and Resistance to Genocide,” with an honorable mention to Pablo Gaston of the University of California-Berkeley for “Contention Across Social Fields: Labor Organizing and Community-Based Living Wage Campaigns in the Southern California Hospitality Industry.”

All award winners will be recognized at our business meeting on SATURDAY, August 22, at 11:30 AM. Please come to congratulate them!

Thank you to all the awards committee members who did the hard work of deciding among the many entries, and to the section members who kept them busy by writing and publishing and nominating so much excellent scholarship this year.