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SASA 29th Annual Congress 2024

Dates: Wednesday, 1st – 4th July 2024

Venue: Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Theme: Sociology and its Publics: Institutions, audiences, and vocabularies in a new era of contestation

The 29th SASA Congress will take on a hybrid format with a combination of virtual and face-to-face presentations.

Abstract submission process:

Abstract Deadline: 29 March 2024.

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.

Submissions are encouraged in these themes (see the call for papers), or in others organized in our SASA working groups, listed at:

Please email abstracts, together with author details to: AND cc’ the appropriate SASA working group convenor with your submission.

Details on registration to follow shortly on the SASA website

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SASA 27th Annual Congress

Dates: 10th -13th July 2022

Venue: Sol Plaatje University (SPU), Kimberley, South Africa

Theme: Sociology and COVID-19 pandemic: Reimagining the present and the future

The 27th SASA conference will happen during a period when the global community is still grappling with the new normal. This conference will thus take a hybrid format (a combination of virtual and face to face presentations) in line with the COVID 19 protocols.

Abstract Deadline: 01 April 2022.

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.

Find the call for conference abstracts/papers here.

Conference communication and abstract submission may be directed to:

XX ISA World Congress of Sociology 2023

1047 Wcs2023

Resurgent Authoritarianism: The Sociology of New Entanglements of Religions, Politics, and Economies

The global rise of authoritarianism, as well as populism, xenophobia, and racism, makes our task as sociologists more crucial than ever. This dilemma is assisted by the gradual symbolic thickening of public culture through combinations of extreme nationalist and religious fervour.

What is the best way to analyze global resurgent authoritarianism? In addition to dealing with the scars of the colonial era, a postcolonial approach should be supplemented with another approach; we need to find ways to diagnose and resist this resurgence. This approach should take into account how authoritarianism affects not only our societies but also our knowledge production. The self-centred and unspoken have become more important than the told and argued. We are concerned not only with the hard authoritarianism that heralds the brutalization of society and politics, but also the soft authoritarianism that often thrives in the shadow of neoliberalism, as the state moves deftly in the open or in secret to devise modes of governance that shore up its power against popular discontent.

A special interest of our Congress is how to disaggregate the Western, but also sociological, assumption of secularism as inherent in modern society and at the same time analytically dissociate the state from religion. While this separation is still a crucial pathway toward democracy and citizenship, the process needs to be problematized. We particularly look forward to discussing the promising avenues of inquiry within sociology and related disciplines about what has been termed ‘post-secular societies’ and ‘multiple secularities’.

Thus the XX ISA World Congress of Sociology will focus on how sociologists worldwide can (and do) contribute to the understanding of the resurgent authoritarianism and analyze the new entanglements of religions, politics, and economies. It will also focus on how sociologists engage (physically and critically) in the formidable social movements we are witnessing today in different parts of the world and in a renascent civil society.

The XX ISA World Congress of Sociology in Melbourne, Australia, June 25-July 1, 2023 will be in a hybrid format. Further details will be provided in due course.

Sari Hanafi, President of the International Sociological Association