Professional Development Sessions

Professional Development sessions will be held at 19:30 – 20:50 on Monday through Thursday, July 14-17, 2014.

Not open for submission of abstracts


Sessions 1 and 4

Academic Publishing and Its Key Roles

Sessions Organizer
Jennifer PLATT, University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Monday, July 14, 2014: 07:30 PM - 08:50 PM
Session 1

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 07:30 PM - 08:50 PM
Session 4

These two sessions are designed to inform colleagues about some of the issues and opportunities involved in international academic publishing of the kinds undertaken by the ISA. Each will consist of several short presentations, by members of the ISA's publications team, on different aspects of the topic.

Some topics especially suitable to early-career colleagues are in the first session, and some more relevant for their seniors in the second, but everyone is welcome to both; we shall also raise some issues about important recent changes in the publishing situation. We plan to allow time to develop each listed topic a little, but also to let questions and discussion lead in directions responding to participants' felt needs and interests.

The speakers will be the current editors of various ISA publications, plus the Vice President for Publications.

Session 2
Tuesday, July 15, 2014: 07:30 PM - 08:50 PM

Junior Sociologists meet Senior Sociologists

Session Organizer

Emma PORIO, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines,

In Conversation: Connecting Senior and Junior Sociologists at the World Congress.

This session with simultaneously run round tables will provide the opportunity for junior sociologists to engage with well-established and renowned sociologists in a more informal setting. Starting with some introductory remarks from the senior sociologist at each roundtable, the session will be opened to answering questions from the junior sociologists.

The ISA is committed to encouraging emerging sociologists and this session is one small but important initiative at the Congress to increase the dialogue among a global community of junior and senior sociologists

Session 3
Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 07:30 PM - 08:50 PM

Global Dialogue – 4 Years On

Session Organizer
Michael BURAWOY, University of California-Berkeley, USA,

The purpose of this session is to discuss progress made and challenges facing the ISA newsletter and magazine Global Dialogue. The idea is to discuss its possible future and directions of development. Global Dialogue appears 5 times a year in 14 languages. Each issue has about 20 articles, varying in length from 500 to 2,500 words. Global Dialogue publishes articles on sociology from different parts of the world, arranges debates about major issues in sociology, especially international sociology, invites distinguished sociologists write columns on “sociology as a vocation,” reports on conferences throughout the world, presents photo-essays and interviews, etc. 

A panel session in which representatives from the editorial teams from all over the world – Spain, Colombia, Iran, Taiwan, Poland, Russia, Romania, Lebanon, Tunisia, Brazil, India, Japan – discuss their experiences working on Global Dialogue and suggest new directions. 

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June 2014