Research Committee on
Women in Society RC32


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Essay competition for new scholars from the economic South

Established: 2001
Frequency: every four years

2013 Theme: "Women’s/Feminist Social Movements: Advocacy for Change Throughout the World"
Deadline: September 06, 2013

The Research Committee on 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 feminism and women’s social movements. Papers should provide an analysis of the effects of feminism and/or women’s movements in bringing about change in various spheres of women's lives, paying particular attention to issues of political, economic, religious, and social justice.

Papers should identify patterns of social, economic, or political formation, and building of solidarity ties and/or other relevant dimensions for the analyses of social movements. Papers can examine different approaches to advocating with the State and dominant elites on issues of social justice, including monitoring and enforcing women’s political, economic, and social rights. Studies of emerging women’s/feminist movements in the economic South and issues that inform their development and advocacy around different forms of discrimination 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.

Format, presentation and accompanying information for 2013 essay competition
Candidates must submit an original paper that has not been previously published anywhere. Papers should be typed and double spaced. Maximum length is 6000 words (i.e. no more than 20 pages of text) and a maximum of 10 pages of references and notes. Notes and the
bibliography should appear at the end of the text. The paper's title but not the applicant’s name should be on the top of the paper. Since papers will be judged anonymously, name, address, e-mail, phone and fax numbers (if relevant) and an abstract of the paper (250 words maximum) should be submitted on a separate page. A brief curriculum vitae should also be submitted. Papers which do not conform to these requirements run the risk of being rejected. An electronic version (.doc or .pdf) of the paper should be e-mailed as an attachment to the Committee Co-Chairs of the 2013 essay competition for new scholars from the economic South: Akosua Adomako Ampofo and Josephine Beoku-Betts; and Please indicate “RC32 Essay competition” in the subject of your message. An electronic acknowledgement will be given upon receipt of the electronic submissions.

Deadline for the 2013 competition is September 6, 2013. The winner(s) will be notified by January 15, 2014.

Competition winner(s) will be invited to present their papers at the XVII World Congress of Sociology which will take place in Yokohama, Japan, in July 2014. The winner(s) will receive an award certificate at the RC32 Reception. Although full funding cannot be promised, RC 32 will provide partial financial support to help the winner(s) attend the conference.