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International Sociological Association

Social Justice, Equality and Modernization in South Asia: Nations, Regions and Beyond
Bangladesh Sociological Association
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
December 21-22, 2012
Abstracts: November 30, 2012

Bangladesh Sociological Association (with support from International Sociological Association) invites participation in its bi-annual conference 2012 on December 21-22, 2012 at the Senate House Auditorium, University of Dhaka.

South Asia is undergoing unprecedented social change in the 21at century. The South Asian drama of development and social change is marked by rapid economic growth, growing unevenness, and violence: all are vital issues for sociological analysis. The aim of the conference is to look into the nature of this change, its drivers and consequences. Modernization (and re-modernization in recent years) has been the keyword for understanding this process of social change in the region for over the last fifty years. The central issues the conference will address are: how far modernization, re-modernization and globalization are adequate to understand the process of development and social change in South Asia and its variations across nations and regions; and how to ensure social justice and equality for millions of the poor in the age of globalization and neo-liberalism. The main sessions will be organized around the following themes:

Rethinking modernization: A South Asian perspective
In search of social justice in the age of globalization
Poverty, inequality and violence: nations, regions and lessons
Urban transition, social capital, collective action and anomie
Governance and political crisis
Culture, religion and representations
Climate change, environment and sustainability
Gender, ethnicity, identity, health and well-being
Sociology in the 21st century: dominant discourses, regional voices and alternatives -- South Asian Perspective

Deadline for submission of Abstract: November 30, 2012

Please include in your (100 words) abstract
Name and affiliation
Email address
Mobile / Tel:

Notification for paper acceptance: 5 December, 2012

Full paper submission deadline: 20 December, 2012

Conference Registration Opens: 1 December, 2012

Registration fee Tk. 1000 for local and South Asia; Other international participants: US$50.00.

Local hospitality including accommodation, food, local travel and registration fee will be provided to a limited number of foreign participants.

Contact address:

Professor S. Aminul Islam
Department of Sociology
University of Dhaka

Cell: 88-01711272750
International Sociological Association