The VIIIth Conference of the European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Studying Everyday Life: Generic Dimensions of Interactionist Inquiry, Poland – Łódź, 4-8.07.2017

04-08 LIPCA / 2017

Faculty of Economy and Sociology, University of Lodz

Rewolucji 1905 r 39, Lodz


EU SSSI, Department of Sociology of Organization and Management, Faculty of Economy and Sociology, University of Lodz


Krzysztof T. Konecki


Magdalena Wojciechowska


The conference seeks to build upon the organizational experiences and successful practices established through the previous EU SSSI conferences in Pisa (2010), Kassel (2011), Rotterdam (2012), Uppsala (2013), Aalborg (2014), Salford (2015), and Topola (2016). The aim is to provide an interdisciplinary and international forum within which to utilize and extend symbolic interactionist theory and methods in the thick description and exploration of human lived experience as an evolving social process embedded in the individual’s understanding of how to manage social and cultural constraints within given contexts. The conference is also intended to foster consideration of the ways in which such empirical endeavors contribute to a more generic understanding of human group life as represented in people’s perspectives, identities, activities, relationships, collective ventures, and the like.

The conference theme, Studying Everyday Life: Generic Dimensions of Interactionist Inquiry, draws upon an interactionist standpoint as well as ethnographic research in order to investigate the richness, complexity, and diversity of everyday life. It calls upon participants to assess and extend our understanding of human knowing and acting, as well as the theoretical, methodological, and conceptual dimensions of the sociological venture. This will create possibilities for a broader dialogue about focused inquiry into the social processes at the heart of the symbolic interactionist perspective.

The Conference has invited Research Committee 36 at the ISA, “Alienation Theory and Research,” to organize sessions and presentations at the Conference. Please indicate on your abstract submission form whether it is for an RC 36 session and send a copy to Vessela Misheva, RC 36 President, at Non-committee members are also welcome to present at these sessions.