CALL FOR PAPERS
“Consuming In, and Consumed By, a Trump Economy”
*one-day pre-American Sociological Association mini-conference*
Friday, August 10, 2018, 8:30 am-4:00 pm
Rutgers University, Camden, NJ
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR BRIEF ABSTRACTS OF PRESENTATIONS!
The Consumers and Consumption section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) is excited to host a one-day conference on Friday, August 10, one day prior to the 2018 ASA meetings. The event will be held at Rutgers University-Camden, located just over the Ben Franklin Bridge from Philadelphia. Participation is open to all, whether or not you are a member of the section or of ASA. Contributions from graduate students and junior scholars are especially welcome.
In addition to an open call for research in the sociology of consumption, we invite submissions related to the theme of “Consuming In, and Consumed By, a Trump Economy.” We view this theme as a broad call to explore how consumption is being (re)structured, enacted, and contested in the contemporary political moment, both within and beyond US borders. Themed presentations needn’t limit their focus to the Trump presidency. We welcome a range of perspectives (including historical and theoretical) investigating dynamics of consumption within this broader political, neo-liberal, plutocratic moment.
Submissions may explore a wide range of topics, including but not limited to the following:
- consumption and climate change
- social media and “fake news”
- struggles for food justice, housing justice, or environmental justice
- the dynamics of excess and scarcity
- consumption, race/racism, and white supremacy
- precarious labor and the “sharing” or “gig” economy
- boycotts and ethical consumption
- consumption and disaster capitalism
- sexual harassment in consumer industries
- credit, debt and inequality
- consumption and nationalism
- consumer culture, big data, and surveillance
- celebrity culture
- philanthropy and corporate social responsibility
We will continue our tradition of devoting one mini-conference session to a dissertation workshop with student presentations of work followed by comments from faculty members of the Section. PhD students may note whether they want their abstract to be considered for the dissertation session.
Further details regarding conference website and registration are forthcoming.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ABSTRACTS:
March 16, 2018 extended to March 30, 2018
- A separate cover sheet with title, name and affiliation of author(s), and email of contact person (first author)
- An abstract of 250-300 words detailing your topic, research questions, data, and a striking conclusion
- Note if you wish to be considered for the dissertation workshop (PhD students)
- Do not put identifying information in the body of the abstract, but only on the cover sheet
Email your proposal to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put “Consumption Mini-Conference” and your name in the subject line
Notice of acceptance will be sent out in early May
Kate Cairns and Dan Cook, co-organizers