Call for Session Proposals for ISA World Congress 2018

9th Mar 2017 | By and | Category: 2018 (Toronto), Conferences, ISA World Congress, News & Events

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 then go through a selection process, taking into account both thematic and geographical balances. The selected one will then be included in the ISA47 call for abstracts for the 2018 world congress of sociology.

The ISA47 board has suggested a few orientations for its program at the World Congress of Sociology. Please take them into account when preparing your proposal:

  1. Each panel should include at least one and if possible half of the speakers coming from the Global South (and if possible not only the richest Latin American countries). We need to get our colleagues from Africa and Asia on board! There won’t be any session on a specific geographical area.
  2. Some priority will be given to the topics we defined as our priority at our last board meeting: epistemologies of the South; trade unions and movements; conservative/extreme right movements.
  3. Our overall call will include diverse topics and cover a range of movements. Among the other topics that should have some space in our program: online/offline activism; environmentalist movements; outcomes of the movements; epistemology and practices of social movement studies (including the relation between researchers and activists)… And the topics you consider as relevant in 2018.

Two years ago, we received 69 proposals for our 14 slots initially allocated to our RC at the ISA Forum in Vienna. We will have slightly more slots this time, but we won’t be able to select all the proposals. The call is widely open. Some priority may be given to ISA47 members who have been active in some of our initiatives.

Note that session organizers will have to be members in good standing of ISA47 before the general call for abstracts is published (April 7th, 2017).

For questions or further information, please contact Geoffrey Pleyers, Breno Bringel, or any of the ISA47 board members.


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2 Comments to “Call for Session Proposals for ISA World Congress 2018”

  1. Lesley Wood says:

    Hi there, I was wondering what the sessions for RC47 will be for ISA 2018? When will they be available?

  2. Admin_chris says:

    Hi Lesley,
    thanks for asking. The Call for Abstracts is now available at

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