Vol. 7, No. 1, December 2005


Academic Position: The Department of Sociology invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Sociology, beginning August 2006. Ph.D. or dissertation successfully defended prior to issuing of contract. Preference given for a specialist in Popular Culture with additional strengths in Theory and Methods. Commitment to teaching excellence and to development and promotion of the Belmont Sociology Program on and off campus required. Willingness to engage students in co-curricular activities and to teach at all levels and in alternative course formats (e.g. 8-week formats, online) is necessary. All Belmont undergraduates complete an innovative general education program with significant interdisciplinary components. Belmont University is particularly seeking applicants who can demonstrate an interest in and ability to work collaboratively in course design and to teach interdisciplinary and topical courses in this program.

Send letter of application, vitae, statement of teaching philosophy (including, if desired, other teaching materials), and three letters of reference (at least one addressing teaching performance) to Dr. Andi Stepnick, Sociology Search Chair, Department of Sociology, Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212. Each applicant is asked also to respond in writing to Belmont's mission, vision, and values statements, articulating how the candidates' knowledge, experience and beliefs have prepared him/her to function in support of these statements. (These statements are found, for example, at: Screening of candidates will begin January 31, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled. . For additional information regarding the Department of Sociology see


Call for Abstracts, Papers, & Special Session Proposals CONSUMER CULTURE THEORY CONFERENCE, University of Notre Dame, August 2-3, 2006

Conference Theme: The conference focuses on the Consumer Culture Theory Approach explicated by Eric Arnould and Craig Thompson in the March, 2005 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research. Qualitative, interpretive, ethnographic, videographic, netnographic, poetic, and phenomenological consumer research is sought. The intent is to provide a forum for work in early stages (abstracts), completed work (papers), and thematic topics addressed by several projects (special session proposals). Methodological papers will be welcome as well as substantive papers. Organizers are seeking a publisher to produce an edited book of the best papers presented at the conference. Submission Deadline: May 1, 2006

Contact Conference Co-chairs for details and complete Call for Papers: John F. Sherry, Jr., Russ Belk


Call for Papers: JBR Special Issue on Anti-Consumption

The Journal of Business Research (JBR) announces a call for papers with the intention of publishing a special issue concerning anti-consumption. This call for papers is coupled with a symposium held in June 2006 by the International Centre for Anti-Consumption Research (ICAR). For more information on ICAR, anti-consumption, and the 2006 Symposium, please visit Those attending or presenting at the symposium are invited to submit full-length papers for consideration into the JBR special issue. Note: submissions are NOT restricted to ICAR affiliates or those attending the symposium; this is an open call.

Topics:The following is a list of various topic areas that could be classified under anti-consumption; a large proportion of this list with relevant references is viewable at the ICAR website:

  • The undesired self and image congruency;
  • Consumer resistance and culture jamming;
  • Brand avoidance;
  • Voluntary simplification;
  • Organisational disidentification;
  • Boycotting;
  • Demarketing;
  • The effect of negative information;
  • Negative disconfirmation;
  • Dissatisfaction and exiting;
  • Service recovery;
  • Consumer grudge-holding and retaliation;
  • Innovation resistance and technophobia;
  • Risk aversion towards genetically modified foods;
  • Social Marketing to promote responsible consumption and behaviour.

The above list is by no means exhaustive, and interested authors are invited to consider the fit of other potential topics through discussion with Michael Lee.

Special Issue: Eligible papers should take into consideration the unique positioning statement and intended audience of JBR, as well as the objectives and topic areas of ICAR. Manuscripts to be considered for this special issue should be submitted no later than July 15, 2006. JBR aims to have the special issue published in 2007. Authors of papers that are currently under review or who will submit their manuscript before the special issue due date, may indicate if they wish to have their paper published in the special issue, upon acceptance.

Submission Manuscripts should be submitted in electronic format according to the submission guidelines given on the Journal's web site:

and addressed to: JBR Special Issue, Michael S W Lee, Special Issue Co- Editor, Journal of Business Research,

Michael R. Hyman, Special Issue International Co-Editor
Michael S. W Lee, Special Issue Co-Editor & Symposium Coordinator
Karen Fernandez, Special Issue Associate Co-Editor


Call for Papers: International Sociological Association, XVI World Congress in Durbin, South Africa, 23-29 July 2006.

Papers are sought for the session on Children, Consumption and Popular Culture sponsored by Research Committee 53 (Sociology of Childhood) of the International Sociological Association.

As media, brands, icons, products and markets expand their reach in a global economy, children and childhoods are thereby transformed. The pace, extent and trajectory of these transformations remain largely unclear and under-examined. The papers in this session will address, in theoretical and empirical ways, how childhoods are becoming articulated in relation to marketized cultural production and, as well, the ways in which children's practices (and parental action) transform or otherwise re-articulate the meanings offered by children's culture industries. Especially welcome are papers situated in or addressed to non-Western/non-Global North contexts.

Abstracts are due by 15 December 2005 to Dan Cook ( Final papers are due by 15 May 2005. Participation requires the payment of the World Congress registration fee (details at For all sessions offered by RC53, go to and find the ISA icon.


Consumption, Markets Culture (CMC), Special DVD Issue: Resonant representations,Volume 8, No. 3, September 2005. CMC is pleased to announce the release of the latest issue (September 2005) which includes a DVD attachment with videos as well as photo essays, and sound essays from contributors from Europe, North America and Asia. The guest editors are Russell Belk (University of Utah, USA) and Robert Kozinets (York University, Canada). This may be the first of its kind for a journal like ours.

CMC is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to critical essays and research papers concerning consumerism, markets and popular culture. It is published under the auspices of Routledge - a division of Taylor and Francis. We are completing eight years of successful publication and invite interested scholars to submit their work. For a detailed description of the journal, please visit our website and/or write to us: Alladi Venkatesh; A. Fuat Firat, Co-Editors-in-Chief


The Journal of Research for Consumers is a Web-based interdisciplinary journal publishing consumer research that furthers the interests of consumers through information provision and theoretical advancements. Empirical, theoretical, and methodological articles are featured, along with commentaries and essays that seek to further consumers' understanding of the consumption process and its many implications. The Journal is a "free-to-air" online-only journal. Submissions are double-blind peer-reviewed. The journal is published bi-annually: