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by Céline Saint-Pierre, University of Quebec in Montreal, ISA Executive Secretary, 1974-1979, and ISA Executive Committee Member, 1986-1990 In 1974, Kurt Jonassohn and I were elected Executive Secretaries of the ISA. Tom Bottomore was President at the time and the Secretariat was moving from Milan to the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) where I […]

by Patricia S. Jaramillo Guerra with Fernando Cubides, National University of Colombia at Bogota On November 2-4 (2011) Colombian sociologists gathered in the city of Cali, for their 10th National Sociology Conference. The theme was heritage and rupture in contemporary Colombian sociology. The organizers were the sociology departments of Universidad del Valle, Universidad ICESI, and […]

by Elena Zdravomyslova, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Member of the ISA Executive Committee, 2010-2014 Leading scholars in the social sciences and humanities from Russia, European countries, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan came to Ufa to participate in the fourth World Congress of Turkic Sociologists, 4-6 September, 2011. The theme was: “Eurasian […]

by T. K. Oommen, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, Chair of the ISS Organizing Committee, and former ISA President, 1990-1994 The Diamond Jubilee Conference was held during December 11-13 (2011), at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. The Conference was hosted by the Centre for the Study of Social Systems (CSSS) JNU, a […]

by Tom Dwyer, University of Campinas, Brazil, and Member of the ISA Executive Committee, 2010-2014 The four BRIC countries, Brazil, Russia, India, and China, are being rapidly drawn together by the tectonic shifts in the global order. To better understand these processes and their implications for internal stratification sociologists from the four countries assembled in […]

by Theodoros Sakellaropoulos, Panteion University, Greece The current Greek fiscal or debt crisis -putting at risk the euro and the modern welfare state- as well as the policies developed as a response to the crisis can be understood only when taking into consideration firstly some specific characteristics of the development model adopted in Greece since […]

by Catherine Delcroix, University of Strasbourg, France Islamophobia has been on the rise in Europe for some time. Just recently I was in Brussels participating in a scientific workshop of sociologists coming from various European countries, all working on citizenship in Europe. An eminent member of the European Parliament, who had helped draft the European […]

by Vedi R. Hadiz, Murdoch University, Australia One of the most conspicuous features of the recent Arab Uprisings is that Islamic oppositional movements have not been at their forefront. That they did not take a leadership role is interesting given that Islamic groups, ever since the demise of most of the Left in Muslim societies […]

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 […]

by Robert Lambert, University of Western Australia, former President of the ISA Research Committee on Labor Movements Even in the darkest of times we have the right to expect some illumination, and that such illumination may well come less from theories and concepts than from the uncertain, flickering, and often weak light that some men […]