4-8 July 2016, Topola, Bulgaria

Integrating Interactionist Traditions:

Building Theoretical, Methodological, and Disciplinary Bridges in the Study of Everyday Life



10:00-12:00 Conference Registration

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-13:30 Conference Opening

13:00 13:05 Andrew Blasko, Chair, Local Organizing Committee

13:05-13:15 Antoaneta Hristova, Director IPHS, Host Institution, BAS

13:15-13:20 Vessela Misheva, Chair, International Organizing Committee

13:20-13:30 Thaddeus Muller, Vice President, EU SSSI


13:30-14:15 Gary A Fine, Northwestern University, Chicago, US

Group Pleasures: Collaborative Commitments, Narrative Gratification, and the Sociology of Fun

14:15-14:30 Discussion

KEYNOTE SPEAKER 14:30 – 15:30

14:30-15:15 Staci Newmahr, SUNY Buffalo State, New York, US

Gazing at our (Aging) Navels: Ethnography, Memoir, and the

Epistemology of Midlife

15:15-15:30 Discussion

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

PLENARY PANEL 16:00 – 17:15

Panel Coordinator: Vessela Misheva, Uppsala University, Sweden

Traditions in the Studies of Everyday Life in Central and Eastern Europe

16:00-16:30 Krzysztof T. Konecki, University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland

Qualitative Sociology and the Symbolic Interactionist Tradition in Poland

16:30-17:00 Kolyo Koev, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria

The Tacit and Manifest History of Everyday Life Studies in Bulgaria

KEYNOTE SPEAKER 17:00 – 18:00

17:00-17:45 Thomas DeGloma, City University of New York, US

Bridging Cultural Sociology and Symbolic Interaction: A Comparative and Interactionist Sociology of Anonymity

17:45-18:00 Discussion


Room I

Session 1: Recipes for Interaction Success

Chair: Thaddeus Müller, Lancaster University, UK

18:00-18:20 Michal Kaczmarczyk, Department of Sociology, University of Gdansk, Poland

Civil Disobedience as the Key to the Concept of Law

18:20-18:40 Lisa Flower, Lund University, Sweden

Dramatic Subtlety: How Defense Lawyers Do Loyalty within the Emotional Regime of the Courtroom

18:40-19:00 Kolyo Koev, New Bulgarian University, Sofia

The Lie as an Anticipatory Move in Everyday Speech

19:00-19:15 Discussion

Room II

Session 2: Scenes of Modern Everyday Life

Chair: Michael Dellwing, University of Kassel, Germany

18:00-18:20 Meropi Tzanetakis, Vienna Centre for Societal Security, Austria

Trust and Distrust in an Anonymous Online Environment. The Case of Cryptomarkets for Drugs

18:20-18:40 Thaddeus Müller, Lancaster University, UK

Cannabis Dispensaries, Stigma, and Strategies of Legitimization

18:40-19:00 Irene Psaroudakis, University of Pisa, Italy

Me, Nothing, and My Doppelganger

19:00-19:15 Discussion

20:00Conference Dinner


KEYNOTE SPEAKER 09.00 – 10:00

09:00-09:45 Sam Hillyard, Durham University, UK

The Increasing Importance of the Absent and Its Implication for Interactionism

09:45-10:00 Discussion

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break


Room I

Session 3: Interaction On-Line

Chair: Emma Engdahl, Gothenburg University, Sweden

10:30-10:50 Silvia Pezzoli, University of Florence, Italy, and Carlotta Bizzarri,

University of Florence, Italy

From Net Generation to Bot Generation? Young Students Teaching Digital Technologies and Robotics: An Interactionist Analysis of the “Learning2teach” Project

10:50-11:10 Ivanka Mavrodieva, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Virtual Communication, Digital Culture, and Interaction in Bulgaria

11:10-11:30 Julija Naskova, Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design,

Hong Kong, China

Symbolic Interactionism and Human-Centered Design: Blumer’s Principles in User Experience Studies

11:30-11:50 Diana Bakalova, Department of Psychology, IPHS, BAS

Tindering: A Symbolic Interactionist Perspective of Online Dating

11:50-12:00 Discussion

Room II

Session 4: Exploring Interaction Spaces

Chair: Joseph Kotarba, Texas State University, US

10:30-10:50 Jeffrey van den Scott, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, US

The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway”: A Case for the Arctic as a New Orient

10:50-11:10 Patrick Williams, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Interacting with the Underground: Reflections on Relations, Interactions, and Outcomes between Academia and Singapore’s Multi-subcultural Music Scene

11:10-11:30 Anna Kacperczyk, University of Lodz, Poland

Between Individual and Collective Actions: Creating Innovations in the Social World of Climbing

10:30-11:50 Christian Abrahamsson, Oslo University, Norway, and Emma Engdahl,

Gothenburg University, Sweden

Spaces of Experimentation in the Human Sciences

11:50-12:00 Discussion

12:00 13:30 Lunch Break

WORKSHOP I 13:30 – 15:00

13:30-15:00 Lauren Langman, Loyola University, Chicago, US, and

Tova Benski, College of Management-Academic Studies, Rishon LeTsiyon,


Emotions and Social Movements

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break


Room I

Session 5: Symbolic Interactionism: Old and New

Chair: Lauren Langman, Loyola University, Chicago, US

15:30-15:50 Emma Engdahl, Gothenburg University, Sweden

The Birth of Symbolic Interactionism: From Self-interest as a Moral Principle to Interest in the Self of Contemporary Western Culture

15:50-16:10 Lea Hagoel, Israel Institute of Technology, Faculty of Medicine, and

Devorah Kalekin-Fishman, University of Haifa, Israel

Integrating Sociology and Bio-Medicine in Everyday Life: An Authoethnography á-deux

16:10-16:30 Martin Durdovic, Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Parallels of Reflexivity: Symbolic Interactionism, Hermeneutics,

Critical Realism

16:30-16:50 Vessela Misheva, Uppsala University, Sweden

Not for Profit Social Entrepreneurship: A Symbolic Interactionist Perspective

16:50-17:00 Discussion

Room II

Session 6: Otherness as a Career

Chair: Tova Benski, College of Management-Academic Studies, Rishon LeTsiyon, Israel

15:30-15:50 Ergyul Tair, IPHS, BAS

Perceptions of Work Qualities of Three Ethnic Groups in Bulgaria Depending on Personal Experience

15:50-16:10 Riad Azar, London School of Economics, UK

Brain Waste: The Deskilling of London’s Migrant Professionals

16:10-16:30 Iva Kirovova, Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

What Does Career Development Mean?

16:30-16:50 Ilina Nacheva, IPHS, BAS

Self-Enhancement and Helping Behavior: The Motivations of Volunteers in the Registration and Reception Centers for Refugees in Bulgaria

16:50-17:00 Discussion


Room I

Session 7: Interaction Cases and Measurements

Chair: Silvia Pezolli, University of Florence, Italy

17:00-17:20 Jakub Niedbalski, University of Lodz, Poland

The Influence of a Sports Activity on the Process of Identity Reconstruction and Social Rehabilitation of people with Physical Disabilities

17:20-17:40 Agneta Holmbom, Psychology, Uppsala, Sweden

Interaction and Autism

17:40-18:00 Mayiana Mitevska-Encheva, SULSIT, Sofia, Bulgaria

Cultural Domains within Personal Perspectives

18:00-18:15 Discussion

Room II

Session 8: Modeling Interaction Behavior

Chair: Andrew Blasko, IPHS, BAS

17:00-17:20 Zornitsa Totkova, IPHS, BAS

Symbolic Interactionism and the Perceived Style of Parenting

17:20-17:40 Gergana Nenova, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Towards an Integrative Model of Parenting within the

Symbolic Interactionist Framework

17:40-18:00 Elitsa Dimitrova, IPHS, BAS

Constructing HPV-vaccination in the Bulgarian Context:

Doctor-parent Interactions

18:00-18:15 Discussion

Room I

Evening Session: Interactionist Challenges From Other Sciences

18:30-19:00 Nils Bergvall, Uppsala University, Sweden

Fraternizing with Androids

19:00-19:15 Discussion

20:00 – Dinner


KEYNOTE SPEAKER 9:00 – 10:00

09:00-09:45 Lauren Langman, Loyola University, Chicago, US

The Coming of Protean Selfhood

09:45-10:00 Discussion

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

WORKSHOP II 10:30 – 12:00

10:30-12:00 Joseph Kotarba, Texas State University, US

Topics and Projects Concerning Symbolic Interaction and Music

12:00-13:30 Lunch Break

PANEL SESSION 14:00 – 16:00

14:00-16:00 Panel: Dramaturgical Analysis in a Networked World

Coordinator: Michael Dellwing, University of Kassel, Germany

Gregory Smith, University of Salford, UK

Sam Hillyard, Durham University, UK

Katrin Tiidenberg, Tallin University, Estonia


Room I

Session 9: Methodological Choices

Chair: Ergyul Tair, IPHS, BAS

16:00-16:20 Emma Engdahl, Gothenburg University, Sweden

Developing the Concept of Depressive Love: Some Methodological Notes on Working Abductively with Inspiration from John Dewey’s Ideas on the Patterns of Inquiry

16:20-16:40 Manol Manolov, University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria

Nonlinearity in Literature and its Applied Aspects in Social Psychological Research Concerning with Social Norms

16:40-17:00 Lorenzo Gangitano, Faculty of Medical Science, Anglia Ruskin University,

Cambridge Campus, UK

Social Construction of Situational Improprieties in Two Emergency Departments (UK and Italy): Rediscovering Goffman’s Frame Analysis

17:00-17:20 Alexey Pamporov, Open Society Institute and Institute for the Study of

Societies and Knowledge, BAS

The Qualitative and Quantitative Use of Vignette Questions on Sensitive Topics

17:20-17:30 Discussion

Room II

Session 8: Self-Other Interaction

Chair: Vessela Misheva, Uppsala University, Sweden

16:00-16:20 Antoaneta Hristova, IPHS, BAS

Is There a Basis for Tension in Daily Life between Bulgarians and Roma?

16:20-16:40 Yolanda Zografova, IPHS, BAS

Are Others Different?

16:40-17:00 Diana Janusauskiene, Lithuanian Social Research Centre,

Vilnius, Lithuania

The Feeling of (in)Security of National Minorities in Lithuania

17:00-17:20 Andrew Blasko, IPHS, BAS

The Impact of Power within Social Interaction

18:00-Reception, Evksinovgrad Palace

Hosted by the Mayor of Varna, Mr. Ivan Portnih, with representatives of the

Bulgarian media, for international guests

20:00 – Dinner


WORKSHOP III 09:00 – 11:00

09:00-11:00 Lisa-Jo Van Den Scott, Memorial University of Newfoundland,


Visual Methods in Ethnography

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

KEYNOTE SPEAKER VI 11:15 – 12:15

11:15-12:00 Joseph Kotarba, Texas State University, US

The Theoretical Intersection of Science and Music

12:00-12:15 Discussion

12:15-12:30 Conference Closing

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-Excursion I

Workshop for Doctoral Students: Interpersonal and Intergroup Interactions

in Everyday Life

12:45-13:00 Antoaneta Hristova: Workshop Opening

13:00-14:50 Part I: Social Discussions

13:00-13:10 Stanul Grozev: Friedrich Nietzsche on the Origins of Language and Truth

13:10-13:20 Dimitar Panchev: Homelessness, Stigma, and Symbolic Interaction

13:20-13:30 Hristo B. Panchev: Semiotic Sabotage as a Means for Establishing Reciprocity in Public Communication

13:30-13:40 Ivan Karagyozov: Some Key Features of Process Supervision through the Prism of Professional Expert Opinion

13:40-13:50 Trayanka Grigorova: Alexithymia, or How Difficult it is to Think about Feelings

13:50-14:00 Discussion

14:00-14:10 Diana Apostolova: Neglected Social Suffering: The Insecurity of “Invincible” Social Groups

14:10-14:20 Gavrail Gavrailov: Social Entrepreneurship in Nutrition. Examples from Bulgaria

14:20-14:30 Vladislava Lendzhova: Ordinary Action or Sacred Ritual?

14:30-14:40 Raina Dushkova: The Scandal in the Messages of the Political Campaigns during 2013 and 2014

14:40-14:50 Discussion

14:50-15:10 Coffee Break

15:10-17:00 Part II: Psychological Discussions

15:10-15:20 Gergana Mitkova Gigova: Neuroticism, Anxiety, and the Tendency to Social Withdrawal

15:20-15:30 Nikolina Mileva: Мeasuring Anxiety in Primary School

15:30-15:40 Rositsa Racheva: Factors Associated with the Formation of the Problematic Usage of Psychoactive Substances among Adolescents

15:50-16:00 Sezgin Bekir and Ergyul Tair: Working Styles among Public and Private Sector Employees

16:00-16:10 Discussion

16:10-16:20 Georgi Biandov: On the Actual Situation of Religious Consciousness among the Younth in Bulgaria as a Function of “Symbolic Indeterminancy”

16:20-16:40 Zhenia Ivanova: The Free Time of Children Deprived of Parental Care. Behavior and Interaction in Everyday Life

16:40-16:50 Anelia Markovska: Аpproaches to the Study of Psychological Time

16:50-17:00 Discussion

18:00-19:00 EU SSSI Business Meeting

20:00Conference Closing Dinner


10:00- Excursion II

09:00-10:40 Part III: Interactionist Discussions

09:00-09:10 Angelina Yordanova: Play as an Instrument for Facilitating the Transition from Childhood to Adulthood in Adolescence

09:10-09:20 Desislava Damyanova: Game as a Symbolic form in Daily Practice (East and West)

09:20-09:30 Martin Cenov: The Influence of Emotional Intelligence and Individual Differences on Self-acceptance and Acceptance by Others

09:30-09:40 Plamen Guetchev: Communication in Search of Meaning

09:40-09:50 Discussion

09:50-10:00 Margarita Kumanova: Models and Strategies for Dealing with Stress. A Theoretical Overview

10:00-10:10 Katia Peneva: Models of Partnership in People of the Third Age and Their Significance for Psychic Health and Subjective Wellbeing

10:10-10:20 Zhaklina Andonova: Systems Theory of the Family. The Structure and Models of Interactions in the Family

10:20-10:30 Teodora Hristova: The Individual Presentation of Users in Online Social Networks in the Pursuit of Mutual Relations

10:30-10:40 Discussion

10:40-10:50 Coffee Break

10:50-12:15 Interactionist Discussions

10:50-11:00 Petya Petrova: Everyday-Institutional Interaction with Interlocutors in Anthropological Fieldwork

11:00-11:10 Martin Cenov: Subjective or Group Assessment of Emotional Intelligence?

11:10-11:20 Ekaterina Nikolopulu: Cognitive and Reflective Regulation of Behavior in Interpersonal Interactions

11:20-11:30 Discussion

11:30-12:15 Antoaneta Hristova: Presentation of scientific results – skills and issues

12:15-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:40 Part IV: Philosophical Discussions

13:30-13:40 Petya Klimentova: The Problem of Everyday Citizenship through the Prism of Luc Boltanski’s and Laurent Thévenot’s Concepts of Lines of Importance and Modes of Engagement

13:40-13:50 Maria Spasova: Oral History as a Method in Analyzing Poverty

13:50-14:00 Svetlina Koleva: The Structure of the Psychopathic Personality in Adolescence – Christopher Patrick’s Triarchic Model

14:00-14:10 Christina Teodosieva: The Theory of Identification as Interpersonal Interaction

14:20-14:30 Discussion

14:30-14:40 Coffee Break

14:40-17:00 Part V: Discussions on Developmental Problems

14:40-14:50 Krasimira Mineva: The Influence of the Clarity of the Image of the Self upon Autonomy

14:50-15:00 Galina Petkova: Children’s Attitudes towards Older Adults

15:00-15:10 Todor Bonev: Theoretical Orientations in the Investigation of Agressivity in the School Environment. Informational-Processual Models

15:10-15:20 Discussion

15:20-15:30 Violina Vasileva-Aleksandrova: The Development of Authentic Mutual Relations in Class for the Prevention of Violence in School through the Use of Art and Drama

15:30-15:40 Konstantin Antonov: An Investigation of the Effect of Group Work as a Determinant for Raising the Level of Cognitive Functioning and a Prerequisite for the Social Integration of Children with Mental Retardation in a Day-care Center

15:40-15:50 Svetozar Dimitrov: The Influence of the Psychic Construct of the Fear of Annihilation upon the Functioning of Schizophrenic Patients

15:50-16:00 Iovka Georgieva: The Level of the Self-evaluation of Motivations for Approval in Young Volunteers in Bulgaria

16:00-16:10 Discussion

16:10-16:50 Margarita Bakracheva: Academic and Popular Writing

16:50-17:30 Margarita Bakracheva and Zornica Totkova: Workshop Closing