XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Sociology on the move, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 2010

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Research Committee on
Futures Research RC07

Programme Coordinator
Markus Schulz, New York University, USA, isarc07@gmail.com

Congress Programme

Future Moves
Markets, Politics, and Publics in Global and Comparative Perspectives

What are the pertinent future trends?  What are the forces that shape futures? Which factors nourish the social imagination, and which factors restrict it?  What are, or should be, sociology's own future moves to meet the challenges of our time? — A broad array of sessions offers to engage with these and other questions by focusing on specific themes such as globalization, the environment, social movements, state and insurgent terrorism, media and new technologies, urbanism, work and leisure.  Other sessions provide opportunity to concentrate on conceptual issues or to discuss policy matters and the experiences of practitioners.  The program is meant to provide a platform for a broad spectrum of methodological, theoretical, and practical approaches, including interdisciplinary collaboration.  We invite proposals for papers, posters, and sessions on any of the topics indicated below or other issues related to futures research.

Sessions

Session 1: Globalization: Futures after the crisis. Part A
Organizer: Jan Nederveen Pieterse, UC Santa Barbara, USA, jnp@uiuc.edu

Session 2: Globalization: Futures after the crisis. Part B
Organizer: Jan Nederveen Pieterse, UC Santa Barbara, USA, jnp@uiuc.edu

Session 3: Environmental futures
Organizer: John Urry, Lancaster University, UK, j.urry@lancaster.ac.uk

Session 4: Power, politics, publics: Sociological experiences
Organizers: Raquel Sosa, UNAM, Mexico, rsosa@servidor.unam.mx and Markus S. Schulz , USA, isarc07@gmail.com
How does sociology relate to policy, power, and publics?  How do sociologists contribute to social projects and alternative views?  What is the experience of sociologists who engage in "critical" or "public" modes of doing sociology, including collaboration with social movements or public service?  What can we learn from comparisons between different national experiences and different disciplines?  What lessons can be learned from recent experiences in Latin America or other sites of the Global South?  What is to be done to make sociology and the sociological imagination more relevant?

Session 5: Conceptualizing future in social theory
Joint session of RC07 Futures Research [host committee]and RC16 Sociological Theory

Session 6: Social movements and the future. Part A. Organization and imagination
Joint Session of RC07 Future Research [host committee] and RC48 Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change

Session 7: Social movements and the future. Part C. Protest and outcomes
Joint Session of RC07 Future Research [host committee] and RC48 Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change

Session 8: Nations, politics and social imagination
Organizer: Timothy W. Luke, Virginia Tech, USA, twluke2@vt.edu

Session 9: New media futures. Part A. Theoretical Perspectives
Joint Session of RC07 Futures Research [host committee], RC14 Communication, Knowledge, and Culture and RC23 Sociology of Science and Technology

Session 10: New media futures. Part C. Collective action and politics
Joint Session of RC07 Futures Research [host committee], RC14 Communication, Knowledge, and Culture and RC23 Sociology of Science and Technology

Session 11: Future of state and insurgent terrorism. Part A
Organizer: Jeff Goodwin, New York University, USA, jeff.goodwin@nyu.edu
Political violence against "innocent" civilians has generated a great deal of discussion and debate in recent years. What explains past episodes of state and/or insurgent terrorism? Are the two linked? How has the rhetoric of "terrorism" been used by political actors? Will we see more or less--or different kinds of--terrorism in the future? Papers on any of these concerns are encouraged.

Session 12: Future of state and insurgent terrorism. Part B
Organizer: Jeff Goodwin, New York University, USA, jeff.goodwin@nyu.edu

Session 13: New sociological perspectives. Roundtables
Organizer: Scott North, University of Osaka, Japan, north@hus.osaka-u.ac.jp

Session 14: Technological futures
Joint Session of RC07 Futures Research [host committee] and RC23 Sociology of Science and Technology

Session 15: Urban futures
Organizer: Dieter Hassenpflug, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany,  hassenpf@archit.uni-weimar.de
Mega-urbanization and urban hyper-growth in industrializing countries; progressing informal urbanization in low-growth countries, heterogeneous spatial restructuring processes that differentiate between shrinkage and growth and take place in advanced Western service societies; emergence of Global Cities and globalized regions, of edge or outer cities, of airports and shopping centers as attractive city-surrogates, etc.: How can these spatial phenomena be sociologically evaluated? Which social and societal demands towards space do they articulate? How do urbanized landscapes influence human coexistence and how do they impact traditional social practices? Will the habitats of the future consist of conglomerates of ethnic enclaves, segregated sociotopes of social and cultural parallel societies? Which scope of action for urban planning remains in the context of financial crisis, climate change, and scarcity of resources? What do the new urbanization tendencies imply for the theories of metropolitan life that have developed in the course of the emergence of the metropolis in the 19th and 20th century (Weber, Simmel, Chicago School, Lefébvre, etc.)? To which degree can theories of urban life today still be assigned to a particular discipline? In this regard, must we not consider operating from a ‘postdisciplinary’ situation?

Session 16: Values, identities, and simulation
Organizer: Hermilio Santos, PUCRS, Porto Alegre, Brazil, hermilio@pucrs.br
This session focuses on the contribution that sociology can make to the simulation of realities. Simulation of future is a mechanism used by organization's and individual's decision-making in everyday life to organize interaction, since acting implies to consider not only the past and present acts, but also the potential future acts of those (individuals and organizations) involved in the interactive context. Special attention will be given to theoretical discussion on this issue as well as current interdisciplinary approximations exploring sociology's potential role in simulation of social realities.

Session 17: Tomorrow’s education
Organizer: Sonsoles San Roman, Universidad Autonoma, Madrid, Spain, s.sanroman@uam.es
Where is “education” going? What are the educational trends being developed to maintain, reform and/or transform educational systems nationally, regionally, and globally? What are the major forces shaping the future of schools, universities and other educational
institutions? What are the major conceptual visions used to develop the new educational frameworks? Aspects to be considered may include, but are not limited to: education and globalization; education and diversity/difference and mobilities; new actors and new regulatory frames for educational organizations.

Session 18: Business Meeting


Joint sessions hosted by other RC

Joint Session: Social movements and the future. Part B. Mobilization and institutions
Joint Session of RC07 Future Research and RC48 Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change [host committee]

Joint Session: New media futures. Part B. Inequalities and practices
Joint Session of RC07 Futures Research and RC14 Communication, Knowledge, and Culture [host committee]

Joint Session: Gender, science, technology and innovation, and the future
Joint Session of RC07 Futures Research, RC23 Sociology of Science and Technology [host committee] and RC32 Women in Society

Joint Session: The Role of the internet in the future development of science in third world countries
Joint Session of RC07 Futures Research and RC23 Sociology of Science and Technology [host committee]

Joint Session: Emerging technologies and leisure
Joint Session of RC07 Futures Research, RC13 Sociology of Leisure [host committee], and RC23 Sociology of Science and Technology

Joint Session: Capitalism and crisis: Wither its future
Joint session of RC07 Futures Research, RC10 Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management, RC36 Alienation Theory and Research [host committee], RC48 Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change, and RC51 Sociocybernetics

Joint Session: Futures after the crisis: Theoretical, historical, and comparative perspectives
Joint Session of RC07 Futures Research , RC09 Social Transformations and Sociology of Development [host committee], and TG02 Thematic Group on Historical and Comparative Sociology

Integrative sessions

Integrative Session 1: Social change and the mitigation of climate change: Future scenarios
Integrative session of Research Committees RC24 Environment and Society, RC23 Science and Technology, RC07 Futures Research

Integrative session 9: Sociological challenges to development, inequality, recognition and environmental degradation in the global South
Integrative session of the Brazilian Sociological Society, South African Sociological Association, Indian Sociological Society, Research Committee RC07 Futures Research and RC21 Regional and Urban Development