Presidential Sessions


Monday, July 14, 2014: 08:30 AM - 10:20 AM

First Presidential Plenary
Facing an Unequal World

Session Organizer
Michael Burawoy, ISA President 2010-2014
14 July 2014, 08:30-10:20

The last 40 years have seen a wave of marketization that has swept through the world. Wherever it has landed it has created turmoil in economic and social life. These four presentations explore specific ramifications of this process: Guy Standing (University of London, UK), considers the formation of a world-wide precariat as a new “dangerous class”; Sarah Mosoetsa (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)  shows the increasing dependence of disenfranchised populations on an ill-equipped household economy in South Africa; Chizuko Ueno (Tokyo University, Japan) focuses on the intensification of the gender gap due to the continuing reliance on women for care-work; and Luc Boltanski (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France) reflects on the formation of economies of authenticity that have spawned reactionary politics from both the left and right in Europe.           

Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 03:30 PM -05:20 PM

Former ISA Presidents Session
ISA at 65: Looking Backwards, Looking Forwards

Session Organizer
Michael Burawoy, ISA President 2010-2014

Formed in 1949, the International Sociological Association has been in existence for 65 years.  During that time sociology in general, but the ISA and international sociology in particular, have been transformed, shifting from a European and US centric professional discipline to a global sociology that is ever more conscious of the diverse and unequal conditions of its production.

In this Special Presidential Session, 5 former Presidents of the ISA

reflect on where sociology has come from and where it might be going.     

Friday, July 18, 2014: 02:00 PM - 03:20 PM

Second Presidential Plenary
Alternatives to an Unequal World

Session Organizer
Michael Burawoy, ISA President 2010-2014
18 July 2014, 14:00-15:20

In this plenary we consider alternatives and challenges to an unequal world. Erik Wright (University of Wisconsin, USA) lays out his sociology of real utopias, presenting actually existing institutions that challenge capitalist inequalities; Elizabeth Jelin (Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social, Argentina) searches for new arrangements to organize care-work that lies at the center of inequality; Pun Ngai (Polytechnic University of Hong Kong) presents a revolutionary project for China that reinvents the praxis of communism, while Walden Bello (Member of House of Representatives of the Philippines) reflects on the limits and possibilities of a politics of reform.  

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