[ Informação Sari Hanafi, International Sociological Association ]

Letter from the President, December 2018


I was honored to be elected the President of the International Sociological Association during its XIX ISA World Congress in July 2018 in Toronto. I met many of you there, but I would like to address all members of the ISA from time to time to keep everyone up to date as to what is going on in our ISA.

New direction for a Global Sociology
We live in a turbulent world of social inequality, violence and injustice. Cases of severe poverty are coupled with recurring outbursts of state repression, conflict and displacement, states of military occupation and spaces of exception, as well as global and local military insurgencies and resistance. Despite their substantial divergences, along a continuum, they exhibit different points along the passage from the rule of law to the “law of rules”. Our world is going through a period of turmoil, full of Trumps and mini-Trumps, yet I believe in the potential of our discipline, sociology, to address many of the above critical issues.

The program that I introduced in my speech as a candidate for this position highlights a three-point agenda: first, because I am wary (very wary indeed) of antagonistic binary categories such as tradition/modernity, East/West, and universalism/contextualism, I propose various sociologies to always be in dialogue. Second, it is very important that some concepts in sociology claim universality, such as human rights, but I see their universality as possible only through an overlapping cross-cultural consensus, and not by universalizing values coming from the Euroamerican context. For that, we need to construct Sociological Theory Beyond the Canon, in order to talk like Syed Farid Alatas and Vineeta Sinha. However, the postcolonial approach is not sufficient to account for problems of knowledge production, and should be supplemented by what I call a post-authoritarian approach, i.e. considering not only the impact of colonialism, but also the impact of local authoritarianism (whether it be brutalizing or neoliberal) on knowledge production. Third, secularization theory is in real crisis, and cannot account for the transformation of citizens’ relationships with religion. While secularization is still a very important pathway toward democracy and modernity, this process needs to be problematized on a post-secular basis in order to free it from some of its excesses and pathologies. Our task as sociologists is to work on this (for more details about this program see http://globaldialogue.isa-sociology.org/global-sociology-toward-new-directions)

Call for more active participation
I am so lucky to have a wonderful elected team in ISA: Vice-President of Research Geoffrey Pleyers (Belgium), Vice-President of National Associations Filomin Gutierrez (Philippines), Vice-President of Publications, Eloísa Martin (UAE and Brazil), Vice-President of Finance and Membership Sawako Shirahase and an Executive Committee composed of 16 members from all over the globe. Needless to say, we heavily rely on the hard work of our earnest Executive Secretary Izabela Barlinska and her team.

We all work across the same lines to make our Association more global through fostering more active participation from all corners of the world. We look forward for your participation in the forthcoming 16th ISA Laboratory for PhD Students Santiago de Compostela (Spain, 2019), 4th ISA Forum of Sociology in Porto Alegre (Brazil, 2020), 5th ISA Conference of the Council of National Associations in 2021 (venue tbc), and the 20th ISA World Congress in Melbourne (Australia, 2022). We also encourage you to submit your research to ISA publications: Journals Current Sociology, International Sociology, and International Sociology Reviews as well as to ISA Digital Publications (Global Dialogue which translated into 17 languages, eSymposium and Sociopedia) and ISA books collection, Sage Studies in International Sociology. In order to be more inclusive, ISA allows the possibility of submitting your manuscript in languages other than English but this will be in coordination with the concerned editor.

Participation in the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology in Toronto
Our XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology was true success, with the participation of 5,805 sociologists. We are proud to announce that 58% from them are female and 21% are students. However, the geographical distribution shows a significantly skewed representation of Northern countries (defined as Europe, North America and Australia), with 71% of the total participation (for more details see statistics). We will seek to redress this disparity in forthcoming ISA events. I regret that many scholars from the Global South (especially from the Middle East) were unable to join the congress due to visa problems. We will be ensuring that, for future ISA events, the local committee will be tackling these issues head on.

Finally, vacations vary across cultures and societies; yet let me wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and a happy and prosperous 2019.



[ Informação International Sociological Association ]

ISA PhD Students Lab 2019

The International Sociological Association (ISA) invites applications from PhD students in sociology or interdisciplinary programs (with a strong sociology component) to attend the XVIth ISA International Laboratory for PhD Students in Sociology to be organised jointly by the ISA, and the International Migration Sociology Team at the Faculty of Sociology at the University of A Coruña (ESOMI), Spain. Dr Laura Oso, Director of the International Migration Sociology Team, will coordinate the Laboratory.

Globalisation has been accompanied by a growing interest in the study of mobilities, understood in its broadest sense (bodies, objects, virtual, communicative and imaginative), with some scholars referring to the Mobility Turn (Urry, 2007). These mobilities – their causes and consequences, as well as their meanings, constructs and regulations, lie at the centre of the configuration of societies on a world scale. Furthermore, globalization has sparked a debate into the emergence and increase in new forms of inequalities among societies (gender, race, class, age, ethnicity, and nationality), due to the supranational spatial integration of economies and societies and unequal market flows. The PhD Laboratory will focus on the intersection between mobilities and social inequalities in a globalized world.

The Laboratory will include a series of lectures delivered by leading sociologists from Spain and the international community. However, the core of the programme will be presentations by the students of their own work and subsequent discussion by students and faculty of the work. The theme for this Laboratory has been conceived in broad terms, and students’ research may focus on or be related in a variety of ways.

The working language of the workshop will be English. Participants in the workshop should be able to understand and speak English well. The students who apply must be at an advanced stage of their doctoral studies; they should have made some progress with the collection of data and have commenced the writing their dissertations. The Laboratory is meant to contribute to the quality of each student’s research project and final dissertation and thus students with nearly completed PhD are not eligible to participate.

Because of limitations on places, participants in any previous ISA Laboratory for doctoral students should abstain from applying.

Each interested candidate is requested to submit the following documentation in a pdf format:
1. An application letter (in English) specifying the topic of her/his research, the expected date of degree completion, the motivation to apply, and email addresses of referees (one page)
2. An application form (https://www.isa-sociology.org/frontend/web/uploads/files/isa-lab-2019-application-form.doc)
3. A curriculum vitae (maximum two pages in English).
4. An abstract (maximum 1,000 words) of the applicant’s research project (in English), including information about the main theoretical approach(es) and the main methodological approach(es) that are used in the research
5. Two letters of recommendation (in English, French or Spanish).
(a) One from the student’s dissertation adviser or a dissertation committee member that comments on the research project (including the current stage of the research), theoretical and methodological approach(es) as well as the anticipated date of completion, and
(b) The other from the Department Chair or another professor that can comment about the applicant’s academic merits (in comparison with other students in the same programme) and about the candidate’s potential for leadership in the social sciences.
Letters of recommendation can be e-mailed separately by referees to isa@isa-sociology.org

Applications and supporting documentation must be received (pdf format) by International Sociological Association at isa@isa-sociology.org not later than March 31th, 2019.
Late applications will only be considered if places remain available.

Selection criteria include: excellence of research, diversity of theoretical approaches, gender and geographic diversity of the candidates. Selection results will be announced by May 15th, 2019.

The local host and the International Sociological Association will cover travel and lodging expenses (including meals at the Laboratory) for the participants.



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[ Informação Instituto de Sociologia, Letras UPorto ]

Newsletter IS | N.º 62 | Dezembro 2018

Link: http://isociologia.360graus.pt/paginasdirectas/newsletters/NewsletterPreview.ashx?u=45552&n=116



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ICS Noticias 10 de Dezembro

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Agenda CES | 07/12/2018 a 20/12/2018

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