Research Committees

RC35 Conceptual and Terminological Analysis


The Committee on Conceptual and Terminological Analysis (COCTA) promotes discussion of and research on conceptual and terminological issues within the social sciences.

COCTA developed out of an Open Meeting at the 1970 World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and was initiated by Fred Riggs and Giovanni Sartori with the aim of providing a forum for the clarification of basic social science concepts. COCTA was recognized in 1976 as IPSA RC01 (now active as ‘Concepts and Methods’), in 1978 as RC35 of the International Sociological Association (ISA), and has at times also been institutionally represented within the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the American Political Science Association (APSA).

Today, as ISA RC35, COCTA continues to provide a lively forum for the discussion of social science concepts. COCTA advances academic exchange in the field of conceptual analysis specifically by participating at ISA congresses, organizing conferences, promoting publications and maintaining a newsletter.

Board 2014-2018

President David STRECKER, University of Jena, Germany,
Secretary, Treasurer & Newsletter Editor Elke WAGNER, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany,
Vice-Presidents North America Oliver KOZLAREK, Mexico
South America Alejandro BIALAKOWSKY, Argentina
Europe Gurminder K. BHAMBRA, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Africa James MERRON, University of Basel, Switzerland
Asia Sachiko TAKITA-ISHII, Yokohama City University, Japan
Australia Craig BROWNE, University of Sydney, Australia


RC35 Newsletter COCTANEWS

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