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RC47 Newsletter July 2018 (includes Toronto program)

Jul 11th, 2018 | By and

Dear friends and colleagues, The XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology will start in a few days. The research committee 47 “Social classes and social movements” proposes a very timely program in a world increasingly shaped my reactionary movements and authoritarian regimes but where progressive movements remain also very lively and creative. With 31 panels
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Call for abstracts: XIX ISA World Congress

Aug 16th, 2017 | By and

The XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology (Toronto, July 15-21, 2018) 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. In this context, the Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movements (RC47) participates with 21 panels
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Call for Session Proposals for ISA World Congress 2018

Mar 9th, 2017 | By and

Dear members of ISA47, The deadline for panel proposals at the next world congress of sociology is nearing. Please register your session proposals directly on the ISA website before March 15th (!!).  (Then choose RC47). Proposals should be thematic open call for abstracts (and not closed sessions with invited scholars). These panel proposals will
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Freedom of expression under threat on Indian University campuses

Mar 1st, 2017 | By and

The recent violence at Delhi University’s Ramjas College is another example of growing threat to freedom of expression on Indian University Campuses since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in 2014. The violence erupted after the nationalist group ABVP disrupted a seminar titled, ‘Cultures of Protest’.  This incident, once again highlights the
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Repression against Turkish academics continues

Feb 15th, 2017 | By and

With an new state of emergency decree published on 7 February 2017, the Turkish government has expelled another 4,464 public workers, among them 330 academics (source). According to, this purge turns “Turkey into an ‘intellectual desert.’” The ISA 47 Initiative against repression of academics strongly condemns the recent wave of purge and assault on
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Call for Papers: Youth, Change, and Social Agency

Jan 13th, 2017 | By

From 26 to 28 April 2017, the ISA reseach committees 34 and 47 will be holding a conference on “Youth, Change, and Social Agency” at Bethlehem University in Bethlehem, Palestine The deadline for submitting proposals is 30 January 2017 Young people shape the futures of their society. They envision, plan, challenge practices and present new
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New Initiative Against Repression of Academics

Nov 22nd, 2016 | By and

During the ISA Forum in Vienna, members of RC 47 decided to take on a more active role against different forms of repression posed on academics. This decision is a timely response to recent repressive developments within authoritarian regimes of the global South as well as the so called democracies of the global North. Today,
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ISA RC47 Forum Program

Jul 8th, 2016 | By , and

Download the program in PDF Social Movements in the 2010s ISA47/48 Preconference. Vienna, July 9th 2016   Location: Konferenzraum, Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, Wien (2 blocks behind University´s main buliding)   Anna Szolucha’s photo exhibition  “Through our eyes”  will be exposed in the conference room.   9:00-9:20am: Welcome words, Priska Daphi & Geoffrey Pleyers (RC47)
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ISA47 Special Session on Repression

Jul 8th, 2016 | By

ISA47 Special session on  Repression and violence against social movement scholars and sociologists Saturday July the 9th, 18h-20h Location: NS II, Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, University of ViennaChair/Introduction: Geoffrey Pleyers, ISA47, University of Louvain The situation in Egypt (tbc) The situation in Turkey, by Buket Turkmen (University of Galatasaray) The situation in India, by Shruti Tambe (University of Pune) The
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Social movements in the 2010s

May 29th, 2016 | By and

Social movements in the 2010s ISA47 Preconference. Vienna, July 9th 2016 (download and share the program!)   Limited space – please register till 15 June 2016 by sending an e-mail at  Free entrance for members of RC47. 9:00-9:20am: Welcome words, Priska Daphi & Geoffrey Pleyers (RC47) & Tova Benski (RC48)   9:20-11:00am: Plenary panel:
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