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Tuesday, September 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
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TIBS Colloquium: The End of Theory? The Place of Theory in Empirical Times


Date/Time: Thursday 11/15, 2:00-3:30pm

Location: Room 408


TIBS invites ARNOVA 2018 attendees to the colloquium debating the place of theory in the ever-evolving scholarship on nonprofit organizations and voluntary action. The emergence of new research methods may have short-changed theory development. Or, increased access to empirical data may offer an opportunity for the empirical revolution to overtake interest in theory. In response to these tendencies, the panelists examine whether there is an existential crisis for theory in times when change seems to be happening at ever quicker rates and theory provides the necessary signposts to make sense of the signals in the noise.



Joseph J. Galaskiewicz School of Sociology University of Arizona

Brent Durbin Department of Government Smith College

Jesse Lecy School of Community Resources and Development Arizona State University

Thema Monroe-White Campbell School of Business Berry College


Felice Davidson Perlmutter Award for Best TIBS Conference Paper


The Theory, Issues, Boundaries Section (TIBS) is calling its membership to submit their 2018 ARNOVA conference papers for the Felice Davidson Perlmutter Award. The Award recognizes the profound contribution that Felice gave to both TIBS and ARNOVA, with a special emphasis on the interplay between theory and practice. Felice’s commitment to social justice and social change has been an important catalyst in the field of nonprofit and voluntary studies.
The Award will recognize current research that represents strong promise for contribution to our knowledge of theory, issues, and/or boundaries.
The following criteria are necessary for all submissions:
• A clear focus on either advancing theory or boundaries, directing the reviewers to these advances;
• A reflection of the interdisciplinary nature of the field.
Important technical details:
• The submission must be accepted to the 2018 ARNOVA Conference;
• At least one paper author must be a current TIBS member;
• The submission is a full and complete manuscript at the time of submission;
• Submissions must not be more than 8,500 words, inclusive of bibliography, tables, etc.;
• Authors must remove their names from the submission for blind review by the committee.
Submissions are due by October 15 at Midnight, e-mailed to The winner will be recognized at the 2018 ARNOVA Conference TIBS Meeting.
The award review committee consists of David Berlan (Chair), Wolfgang Bielefeld, Eleanor Brilliant, Brad Fulton (2017 recipient), Laurie Paarlberg, and Jon Van Til. I am happy to answer any questions that authors may have at or 850-645-1914.

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