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by Sari Hanafi, American University of Beirut, ISA Executive Committee The newly established “World Social Sciences and Humanities Network” (World SSH Net) in cooperation with UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC) and the Science Council of Argentina (CONICET) held a three-day workshop (28-30 October, 2010) on “Cultural elements […]

by Peilin Li, President of the Chinese Sociological Association The 2010 annual meeting of Chinese Sociological Association, with the central topic of “Chinese road and social development”, has symbolic significance. 30 years have passed since the reform and since the policy of opening to the outside world. In that period, China has been through political […]

by Rudolf Richter, University of Vienna As an observer I attended the 5th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. It took place 18-22 October, 2010 in Vienna, Austria. The Conference was established as a vehicle for State Parties to report on the implementation of the […]

by Ruchira Ganguly Scrase, President of the Asia Pacific Sociological Association The 10th Conference of the Asia Pacific Sociological Association was held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia in December 2010. It was co-hosted by the University of Malaysia, Sabah (USM) and the University of Wollongong (UOW). The general theme of the conference was “Social and Environmental […]

by Dan Woodman, Australian National University The 2010 conference of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) was held at Macquarie University in Sydney, December 6-9. The conference began with a sociology trivia night. The collective store of esotery in the Australian sociological community was much improved by the night (beware of entering casual conversations with your […]

by Tomasz Kukolowicz, University of Warsaw, and Lukasz Srokowski, University of Wroclaw The section of ‘Scientific Circles’ is a part of the Polish Sociological Association (PSA). Around 100 students from 15 universities belong to the Section. The name of the Section comes from a popular form of student self-organization in Poland – scientific circles. These […]

by Ana Lucía Paz Rueda, Icesi University There are 15 sociology programs in Colombia, 6 in private and 9 in public universities. Professional sociology emerged in 1959 paying special attention to rural topics, political issues, social change and the analysis of the state. In the decades that followed, sociological interests expanded to include industrial and […]

by Jennifer Platt, University of Sussex, Vice-President for Publications ISA members now are accustomed to having Izabela Barlinska at the center of things, running the office in Madrid. She has been there as Executive Secretary since 1987, but this long period of stability follows one of repeated changes in both personnel and locations. Earlier locations […]

by Jen Schradie, University of California, Berkeley Card catalogues, typewriters, and microfiche were once technological tools of the academic trade. Today, many sociologists rely on Jstor, laptops and Endnote. But what of sociologists from the Global South? When researchers began studying the digital divide in the early 1990s, they examined the binary gap between people […]

by Cristina Flesher Fominaya, University of Aberdeen Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements is an open-access multi-lingual journal that seeks to build a global dialogue between activists and academics working with social movements, across language, cultural and ideological differences, and between disciplinary and activist traditions. The idea was born from a group of […]