Conf/CfP - XIX World Congress of Sociology: Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities, 15-21 July 2018, Toronto, Canada

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About the conference

Since the inception of the discipline, sociologists have been concerned with power, violence and justice. Current social, economic and political challenges enhance their relevance. As capitalist globalization expands and deepens, corporate power increases along with global, national and local inequalities. New geo-political power configurations and confrontations are emerging, with violence being used as a tool to oppress and also to resist oppression. Colonial histories and contemporary land appropriations reflect the structures and cultural processes that perpetuate violence against indigenous and minority communities. States’ failures to meet their responsibility to provide basic resources are often deflected by blaming the most vulnerable. Both global economic and geo-political processes create crises and massive displacements of people and, at the same time, fuel racism, nationalism and xenophobia. 

We have also seen an increasing buildup of a culture of fear as a powerful tool used by states, corporations and other institutions to generate popular support for curtailing freedom in the name of security. Efforts to curtail the flow of desperate refugees, attest to the reinforcement of national and racialized borders. Despite visible progress on equality issues, violence against women and intersectional violence point to the entrenchment of the gender border around the world. Equally significant is the need to consider the role of state and institutional power relations to ongoing everyday violence. In response to disempowerment, violence, and injustice we have also witnessed nonviolent movements, humanitarian interventions, and peace processes that have empowered communities, reduced violence, and promoted justice. These diverse communities have built solidarities outside the neo-liberal frames of state-global capital nexus.

This XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology will focus on how scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers, journalists and activists from diverse fields can and do contribute to our understanding of power, violence and justice.

Margaret Abraham
ISA President

Duties and deadlines

January 15, 2017 24:00 GMT

  • Announcing Program Coordinators:  RC/WG/TG provide name and contact details of Program Coordinator to the ISA Secretariat isa@isa-sociology.org 
  • Proposals for Integrative Sessions which involve at least 3 Research Committees, 3 National Associations or a combination of the two
  • Regular sessions by National, Regional, Linguistic and Thematic Associations
  • Author Meets Critics sessions
  • Ad Hoc Sessions

Should be received at the ISA Secretariat isa@isa-sociology.org for selection process.

Rules for all presenters

  • Limited appearance in the Program
    Participants may be listed no more than twice in the Program. This includes all types of participation – except being listed as Program Coordinator or Session Organizer.  Program Coordinators and Session Organizers can organize a maximum of two sessions where their names will be additionally listed in the program.
    A “participant” is anyone listed as an author, co-author (oral presentation and/or distributed paper), plenary speaker, roundtable presenter, poster presenter, panelist, critic, discussant, session (co)chair, or any similar substantive role in the program.
    A participant cannot present and chair in the same session.
  • ISA and RC/WG/TG membership
    ISA does not require anyone to be a member in order to present a paper, and provides different registration fees for members and non-members. Those RCs which require that presenters in their sessions are members of the RC, and/or also of ISA, should clearly inform potential presenters about these requirements from the very start of conference preparations.
  • Registration payment
    In order to be included in the program the participants (presenters, chairs, discussants, etc.) need to pay registration fees by March 20, 2018. If not registered, their names will not appear in the Program Book and in the Abstracts Book. 
    For co-authored paper, in order for a paper to appear in the program, at least one co-author should pay the registration fee by the early registration deadline March 20, 2018; the names of other co-authors will be listed as well. If other co-authors wish to attend the conference they must pay the registration fee.

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