Essay competition for new scholars from the economic South
Frequency: every four years
Research Committee Women in Society (RC32) of the International Sociological Association is organizing a world-wide essay competition to stimulate the formation of a theoretical framework for comparative studies on the changing position of women throughout the world, with emphasis on the analysis of social movements. These papers should provide an analysis of the effects of women's movements in bringing about change in the cultural, religious, ethnic and national political spheres of women's lives, with particular concern for the issues of violence, sexuality and reproductive rights as matters of social justice.
Papers should identify cultural codes, issues, the emergence of movements, the building of solidarity ties and/or other relevant dimensions for the analysis of social movements. Ways of dealing with the State and with dominant elites, and the emergence of change may be considered. Studies of movements concerned with different forms of discrimination or with different forms of feminism in the South, and historical studies of women's movements and processes of institutionalization can also be submitted, as long as they contribute to the sociological analysis of social movements. Papers should include both theoretical formulation and empirical research.
An International Jury will be established by RC32. Papers will be evaluated on the basis of their use of sociology to work out questions about women's social movements; their conceptual innovation; their way of developing the arguments; the possibility of their use in a comparative international framework. Papers that are not on the topic as outlined above will not be considered.
New scholars who are sociologists and are normally residents of the Economic South or are members of indigenous groups, including students temporarily in the North during their graduate studies, are eligible. Only one submission, whether as author or co-author, is allowed.
Language of submission
Written papers in English, French or Spanish, the official languages of ISA are invited. Capacity of verbal communication in one of these languages is also desirable.
The winner(s) will receive an award certificate. Although funding cannot be promised, RC32 will provide support to help the winner(s) find resources to attend the RC32 meeting.