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International Sociological Association

ISA Presidents and their presidential addresses

From: Devorah Kalekin-Fishman, ISA Vice President, Publications, 2006-2010

In 2009, the International Sociological Association marked its jubilee anniversary.  What started out as a 'small band... a happy few' sociologists from the US and Europe has now grown to an association of nearly 5000 professionals world-wide.  Moreover, while growing to include researchers from all the continents, the ISA has witnessed change in every dimension of social living across the globe and has attempted to provide a showcase for how sociologists theorize and research the transformations. 

Reflecting on the extent to which association events mirror the changes, the Publications Committee decided that an appropriate way to sum up trends in sociology would be to trace addresses made by ISA presidents at successive congresses.  Jennifer Platt kindly agreed to carry out this project, and the results have been uploaded for ISA members on the occasion of the XVIIth ISA World Congress at Gothenburg, Sweden.


From: Jennifer Platt, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom

You will find the material collected introduced at ISA Presidents
I hope that members find it interesting, even though it may not be regarded as complete.  There are two main reasons why it is incomplete.  One is that I have not been able to track down equally useful sources for every president - some seem to have written about themselves, or been written about by colleagues, much more than others.  The second reason is that my knowledge of the relevant languages and sociological cultures outside English-language areas is limited - and that is especially where I hope that you can help. You are warmly invited to talk to me about it at the forthcoming ISA World Congress of Sociology in Gothenburg, or to send in any comments and suggestions that you have for improvement of the material presented.




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