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by Herbert Docena, Focus on the Global South, Philippines, and the University of California, Berkeley This December, thousands of officials, activists, lobbyists, and maybe even some superstars will fly to Durban for the 17th conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Next June, many will again fly to Rio to mark two […]

Devorah Kalekin finishes her term as the founding editor of the International Sociology Review of Books (ISRB), and hands over to her successor Mohammed Bamyeh, at the end of 2011. Her important contributions are celebrated in an e-mail interview with Jennifer Platt, ISA Vice-President for Publications. Goodbye Devorah… JP: How did you come to develop […]

by Erik Olin Wright, University of Wisconsin, Madison Erik Wright is President-Elect of the American Sociological Association and the theme of his Presidency will be “envisioning real utopias,” which is also the title of his latest book. I assigned him the task of explaining in less than 1500 words what he means by real utopias […]

by Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley and ISA President The ISA Executive Committee spent 5 days meeting in Mexico City, generously hosted by the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, in particular by its Dean, Dr. Fernando Castañeda Sabido, who is also President of the Mexican Sociological […]

by Judith Blau, University of North Carolina, President of US Chapter of Sociologists without Borders and Alberto Moncada, President of Sociologists without Borders International Médecins Sans Frontières was, of course, at the forefront of the ‘without borders’ movement that accelerated with globalization. This list is hardly exhaustive, but indicative of the broad extent of the […]

by Margaret Abraham, Hofstra University, ISA Vice-President for Research It is my pleasure to announce that the ISA Executive Committee has selected Buenos Aires, Argentina to host the ISA Forum 2012 (August 1-4). In the interests of openness, the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association sent out a call for bids to RCs, WGs, […]

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 Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley Over 5,000 sociologists from 103 countries assembled in Gothenburg for the 17th. World Congress, July 11-17, 2010. This was the largest attendance ever, greater than Bielefeld in 1994, Montreal in 1998, Brisbane in 2002 or Durban in 2006. We should thank and congratulate the Program Committee shepherded by […]

by Jan Marie Fritz, ISA The International Sociological Association has standing with the UN’s Department of Public Information (DPI) and with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The ISA’s representatives for UN activities in New York are Rosemary Barberet (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) and Jan Marie Fritz (ISA Executive Committee member, University […]