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Members of MSS may self-nominate for MSS committees by emailing the Executive office with your name, contact information and committee interest. Appointments will be finalized at the Fall board meeting. All appointments are made by the current MSS Board President.

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Jobs / Academic Positions

Institution: Concordia College (Moorhead, MN)

Position: Sociology Teaching Fellow

Starting Date: August 15, 2020

Learn more about this posting or apply for the position here.

A complete, printable posting can be found here.

 -posted through June 1, 2020


Institution: Winona State University (Winona, MN)

Position: Instructor/Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies

Starting Date: August 2020

Learn more about this posting or apply for the position here.

A complete, printable posting can be found here.

 -posted through March 16, 2020


Institution: Winona State University (Winona, MN)

Position: Instructor/Assistant Professor of Sociology

Starting Date: August 2020

Learn more about this posting or apply for the position here.

A complete, printable posting can be found here.

 -posted through April 17, 2020


Institution: Iowa State University 

Position: Assistant Teaching Professor, Women's and Gender Studies Program

Starting Date: August 16, 2020

Learn more about this posting or apply for the position here.

A complete, printable posting can be found here.

 -posted through March 15, 2020


 

 Other Opportunities 

Call for Papers

DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS

19th Annual Conference of the International Social Theory Consortium

(http://socialtheory.org/istc2020-cfp.html)

University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida

May 14-16, 2020

Thirty years ago, after the collapse of European communism as a system of power, hopes were high that an era of democracy would ensue the likes of which had never been seen.  In many regards, this hope was justified.  Within the context of globalization and neoliberalism, levels of economic wealth in many countries and around the world reached unprecedented heights, accompanied by an explosion of technological innovations.  Starting in the mid-1990s, more people lived in societies with formally democratic political systems for the first time.  Yet, already at that time, this indicator of quantitative went hand in hand with concerns of a growing qualitative deficit:  that the process of democratization was beginning to go in reverse, and that quantitative success neither did translate into, nor was consonant with the further development of democratic institutions, levels of participation and representation, and constructive communication between elected officials and voters.  Today, those early concerns are proving to have been justified:  democracy is on the defensive, right-wing movements, parties and politicians are proliferating and increasingly success, support of democratic institutions is weakening, the very idea of solidarity across an array of differences appears to be under attack (if the concept itself retains any meaning and relevance to begin with), and the ability to place oneself into the circumstances of others seems to give way, paradoxically, to a sort of structural selfishness that is incongruous with the notion and standards of awareness of self, not to mention the capacity to engage in critical self-reflexivity.  Under these conditions, the purpose of the conference is to bring together rigorous disciplinary and innovative inter-, trans- and multidisciplinary theoretical perspective to examine, scrutinize and reflect upon well-Established notions and currently prevailing assumptions about the historical foundations, impending success, overall desirability, functional adequacy and categorical suppositions regarding democracy in the 21st century.

NOTE:  As usual, all submissions that fall into the general area of social theory will be considered, and papers are not required have to address directly democracy, or the theme of democracy in crisis, although abstracts that will address or touch upon this nexus of issues from any angle will be welcomed.

Possible Topics:

The End of Democracy; In Defense of Democracy:  Political Implications of Contemporary Social Theory; The Currency of Weber's Theory of Democracy; Popular vs. Elite Democracy; Was Democracy and Illusion?; Liberal vs. Illiberal Democracy; Democracy and Post-Enlightenment; Avant-garde as "Social" Democracy in Action; The Rise (or Return) of Counter-Enlightenment; Feminist Perspectives on Democracy; Democracy and Postmodernity; Reconsidering the Nature of Democracy in the 21st Century; The End of Modernity?; The End of Progress; The Future of Capitalism; Democracy and/vs. AI?; Administered World; Democracy in Post-socialist Context - 30 Years after the Fall of the Wall; Democracy beyond Democracy - Is there an Alternative?; Political System(s) in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution; What Use is Political Correctness Today?; Ecology, Democracy, and Dystopia; The Twin Crisis of Labor and Environment; End of Labor -- End of Democracy?; The Meaning of Democracy Today; The Rise (or Resurgence?) of Authoritarianism; The End of Democracy; In Defense of Democracy:  Political Implications of Contemporary Social Theory; The Currency of Weber's Theory of Democracy; Popular vs. Elite Democracy; Was Democracy and Illusion?

Submission Deadline:  March 15, 2020

To submit your abstract (required), paper, and/or session proposal -- including your affiliation and rank (faculty, graduate student, etc.) -- please create an account at  ISTC 2020 in St. Petersburg, Florida

If you should be running into problems, please send an email to [email protected].

Stephen Turner will host the 2020 annual conference and can be reached at [email protected].