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by Linda Christiansen-Ruffman, Saint Mary’s University, Angela Miles, University of Toronto, and Marilyn Porter, Memorial University, Canada On February 5, 2019, Ann Barden Denis passed away suddenly from cardiac arrest. She was only 73. Ann committed much of her life to sociology, to interdisciplinary scholarship, to equality in society, and to respectful social relationships across […]

by Karin Scherschel, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Germany The dynamics of migration and flight are, simply put, the result of an inequitable global distribution of social, economic, cultural, and political rights. We would not reflect on or talk about migration if the modern globalized world was not divided through borders into nation-states. The political […]

by Gerda Heck, The American University in Cairo, Egypt During a summit of African leaders hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin in October 2018, she introduced a new 1 billion euros development fund to tackle unemployment in Africa, a problem she said is spurring the “mass migration” from Africa to Europe. This points […]

by Carlos Sandoval, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica Since October 2018, great international attention has been paid to the collective flight of Central Americans from their home countries, especially from Honduras and El Salvador. This so-called “caravan” of migrants moved first through Guatemala and then Mexico and many were, in June 2019, waiting hopefully […]

by Bediz Yılmaz, IMIS-University of Osnabrück, Germany and Maya Association-Mersin, Turkey With 3.6 million Syrians and another 600,000 from other nationalities, Turkey is by far the country with the largest refugee population in the world. This has become for Turkish authorities a fact to boast about and is applauded by other countries, who talk of […]

by Sarah Schilliger, University of Basel, Switzerland While the leaders of the EU member states are pushing ahead with migration policy restrictions, accepting the death of thousands of people in the Mediterranean Sea and criminalizing those who rescue refugees in distress, municipal governments of various European cities are declaring their cities “Solidarity Cities.” Cities have […]

by Julia Kaiser, University of Leipzig, Germany and Jasper Stange, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany How will our world look in a century? According to recent studies, the majority of the global population will be subjected to heat conditions beyond human survivability for several weeks per year. Aridification will affect more than 30% of the […]

by Moustapha Tamba, Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Senegal Private Catholic education remains prominent today in Senegal. In 1816, the colonial administration entrusted the teaching of French to the Church, in particular to congregations such as the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny, the Brothers of Ploërmel, the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, the Sisters […]

by Souleymane Gomis, Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Senegal Reflecting on the sociological dimension of the Senegalese education system is an opportunity for a comprehensive and systematic analysis. The aim is to show the strengths and weaknesses of its structure and functioning from the colonial era to the present day and to identify its […]

by El Hadji Malick Sy Camara, Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Senegal With the introduction of Islam, an increasing number of households across Senegal have become familiar with the Arabic language. Indeed, Arabic is of paramount importance to the population, of which 95% is Muslim. The Arabic language appears to be highly valued among […]