GD1.3, February 2011

Global Dialogue
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The third issue of Global Dialogue begins with an interview with the President of the Japanese Sociological Society, Shujiro Yasawa, talking about his past and Japanese sociology. We continue the lively debate about global sociology and cosmopolitanism, supplemented with reports from China, Malaysia, Argentina, Colombia, Poland, Australia and the UN. We have articles on the history of the Madrid office and on the global reach of the internet. Margaret Abraham, Vice-President for Research, tells us of the plans for the forum in Buenos Aires. The theme, appropriately enough, is “Social Justice and Democratization” — very much in line with the social movements, expanding from Tunisia to Egypt and beyond. The newsletter gets longer and I’m delighted to say it has also expanded into three new languages — Portuguese, Japanese and Arabic — making 8 in all. Global Dialogue is an extraordinary feat of international collaboration by dedicated teams of young sociologists. I thank them all for their hard work of translation, editing, and designing, as they stretch our community across the earth.

Editorial (1.3)

This third issue of Global Dialogue expands its reach. Two teams of translators – one in Japan and the other in Brazil – have volunteered to add two new languages to the 5 we already have. Through the network of translation teams Global Dialogue is building its own international community of young sociologists. This issue […]

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Shujiro Yazawa: An Internationalist Par Excellence

Shujiro Yazawa, President of the Japanese Sociological Society, has traveled to all corners of the globe, imbibing sociology wherever he goes — the embodiment of what he calls multi-versality. He has been teaching sociology in Japan for more than 45 years, and has published 15 books and over 70 papers. He served on the Executive […]

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Tango in Buenos Aires – ISA Forum, 2012

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, […]

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Fresh Kidneys: What Does Cosmopolitan Theory Have to Say to Southern Sociology?

by Ulrich Beck, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich Global Dialogue, which has just been launched, is in serious danger of becoming an exercise in global monologue. My thesis was and is: We are not living in an era of cosmopolitanism but in an age of cosmopolitization. Raewyn Connell asks rhetorically: “… can we not hear the Northern […]

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Multi-Versalism: A New Paradigm?

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 […]

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Chinese Sociology Faces the Challenge of Rapid Economic Development

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 […]

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Organized Crime at the UN

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 […]

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Sociology and Environmental Change: Report from Malaysia

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 […]

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Dispatch from Australia

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 […]

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Scientific Circles – A Project of Polish Junior Sociologists

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 […]

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Notes on an Engaged Sociology in Colombia

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 […]

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History Corner

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 […]

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Who’s Connected? Sociologists and the Global Digital Divide

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 […]

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The Global Interface Project: Linking Sociology and Movement Activists

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 […]

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