42nd World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology (IIS) “The Social Sciences, New Conservatisms and New Radicalisms”

42nd World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology (IIS) “The Social Sciences, New Conservatisms and New Radicalisms”

Venue: University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Date: 5-7 September, 2018.

The IIS and Wits University School of Social Sciences invite abstract submission for the 42nd World Congress of the IIS. There is presently a wave of political, socio-cultural and economic conservatisms and radicalisms sweeping across the world. These polarising and intersecting conservatisms and radicalisms are epitomised and mediated by contradictions and confluences of leftist, rightist and centrist populisms and politics. Across the world – from Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, North America, to Oceania – we are increasingly seeing the resurgence of variations of conservatism and radicalism that have percolated and are percolating through societies and nation-states and which increasingly structure socio-political institutions and the worlds of everyday life. As part of a response to this, we call for a critical, multidisciplinary, and inter-locutional re-thinking of the constitution of life – of emerging ‘political’, ‘social’, ‘cultural’, and ‘economic’ forms – in contexts characterised by these new conservatisms and radicalisms.

We welcome scholarly submissions from a variety of perspectives in the social science and related disciplines focusing on, but not limited to, any of the following broad thematic clusters. 

(A) The rise of populism and (in-) tolerance: new nationalisms and nativisms; neo-fascism; ethnopolitics; global geopolitics of difference; religious intolerance; sexual intolerance; cultural intolerance; political intolerance; popular politics and elections; violence and pacifism as forms of protest; the ethics and forms of political dissent; reclaiming space for debate and tolerance; the (il) legitimacy and (dis-) ethics of leadership; popular economics and the politics of empowerment; radical economics; the political class/elite and populist discourses; (post-) neoliberalism. 

(B) Transnationalism, migration, citizenship and the politics of exclusion/inclusion: the politics of borders; statecraft and the question of the ‘other’; policing and securitisation of space; the political class and xenophobia; the politics of rights and entitlements; transnational and local terrorism; transnational religion; inhabiting diverse rural and urban worlds; everyday encounters with ‘otherness’; geographies of sameness, difference and diversity; economics of ‘otherness’ and ‘otherising’ economics; migrants and financial exclusion/inclusion; new regionalisms; rural-urban (dis-) junctures.

(C) The question of identities: youth identities and politics (youth radicalism; youth, struggle narratives and historical memory; education and the youth; youth sub-cultures; politics and the youth); race, ethnic, class, gender, sexual, and generational identities; religious and cultural identities.

(D) Youth subcultures and education: youth identities and politics (youth radicalism; youth, struggle narratives and historical memory); politics and the youth, education and the youth; youth and marginalization.

(E) Social/global justice, poverty and society: neoliberalism/capitalism and globalization; globalization and inequalities; globalization and poverty; capitalism and inequalities; capitalism and poverty; the politics of poverty; nature of poverty; politics, governance and social justice; poverty and culture; causes of poverty; poverty and distribution of resources; poverty and social inclusiveness; poverty and justice.

(F) (De-) coloniality and postcoloniality: decolonial and (post-) colonial epistemologies; border thinking; the decolonial turn in (higher) education in the ‘Global South’; youth and the call for decolonisation in higher education; negating and (re-) curating colonial legacies; the decolonial project as popular politics; the state(s) of postcolonial states.

(G) Eco-radicalism and eco-conservatism: toxicity, waste, and detritus; pollution; climate change; hydropolitics; the energy-water complex; eco-politics; eco-socialism; eco-feminism; ecourbanism; eco-tourism; eco-theology and eco-spirituality; indigenous knowledge and the environment; eco-criticism; environmental histories; ethics of environmental conservation and preservation; population and the environment; environmental fundamentalism; environmentalisms.

Paper abstracts
Individual paper abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Submissions should be in word document and must include author’s brief bio of not more than 100 words, institutional affiliation, and contact details (email address, phone number, etc.). 

Panel proposals/abstracts
We welcome panel proposals that seek to bring together, into interactive engagement on key topics, researchers across the world.

Submissions of panel proposals must not be more than 500 words, and individual abstracts for the panel should be 250 words. Submissions of both panel proposals and individual abstracts in the panel have to be in word document and must include author’s brief bio of not more than 100 words, institutional affiliation, and contact details (email address, phone number, etc.).

Submission deadline and acceptance notification 

Paper abstracts and panel proposal/abstracts should be sent to
42iis2018worldcongress@gmail.com by 15 May, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be
communicated by 15 June, 2018.

Conference sponsorship and fees
Participants will not be charged any conference registration fee. The organizers will cover the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence for a number of participants. Participants for whom no sponsorship is provided will cover their own travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.

Local Organising Committee
Dr. Obvious Katsaura
Prof. Muchaparara Musemwa
Prof. Edwin Etieyibo


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