ISA Forum of Sociology

Professional Development Sessions

ISA Publications

Six sessions organized by the ISA Publications Committee, Coordinator: Eloísa Martín, Vice-President Publications

Meet the editor: Academic writing sessions delivered by ISA editors

Session 1 July 15, 2020 12.30 to 14.00
Meet the Editor: On Developing Writing Habits and the Publishing Process

Kelvin Low, editor of e-symposium and Social Justice and Democracy
This panel is a platform where early-career scholars and graduate students can benefit from suggestions and discussions on how to develop writing habits and routines and learn about publishing cycles when engaging with the publication process in academia. Ideas about how to manage one’s time in research, writing and publishing will be shared, across the different genres of academic publishing to include book reviews, journal articles, monographs and edited volumes.

Session 2 July 16, 2020 12.30 to 14.00
Meet the Editor: Turning Research into Publications in Sociology Journals

Karim Murji and Sarah Neal, editors of Current Sociology
This interactive session is aimed at early-career researchers, PhD students and anyone interested in getting published in international journals in sociology. The editors of Current Sociology will discuss the processes and procedures of submitting research papers to peer-reviewed sociology journals. The session is designed to provide an overview of how to write for academic journals, what are the common pitfalls, what is needed to make good-quality papers, and what referees and journal editors are looking for in the papers that are submitted for consideration. We will also encourage participants to think about the differences between submitting to and publishing in generalist and specialist journals.

Session 3 July 17, 2020 12.30 to 14.00
Meet the Editor: The Backstage of Journal Editing and Editorial Decisions

Marta Soler-Gallart, Editor of International Sociology
Publishing in international journals is part of the life of all scholars worldwide as it is the only way to contribute to the international scientific community and advance knowledge. To be successful in this endeavor there are several stages, orientations and criteria that potential authors need to know. In the journal International Sociology for instance, as part of our aims and scope, we publish excellent sociological contributions from all corners of the world; however, the challenge is often how to draw relevant contributions for global sociology from very good locally situated studies. This session will discuss the challenge of submitting articles for international sociological audiences and provide tips and insights from the backstage of editing a journal, including peer review process and the ethics of publication.

Session 4 July 18, 2020 12.30 to 14.00
Meet the Editor: What Editors Look for in a Book Manuscript and How to Prepare Your Proposal

Chaime Marcuello Servós, Editor of SAGE Studies in International Sociology books and Current Sociology Monographs
Books are an essential tool for disseminating ideas and research results. Books remain a key option for disseminating theories and practices that do not fit within the narrow limits of journal articles. This session offers a pragmatic synthesis for preparing proposals and manuscripts. Against the backdrop of the diversity of publishers and editors, some key tips will be suggested that facilitate publication. To this end, some figures on international book publishing will be presented first. Second, the types of books and their differences will be described. Third, the main issues to be considered in a proposal and a manuscript will be raised. Fourth, the patterns of evaluation and review will be outlined. Finally, we will analyse the SSIS books editorial guidelines.

Session 5 July 16, 2020 16.00 to 17.30
Meet the Editor: How to Write a Book Review and Why It is Important for Early-Career Scholars

Junpeng Li, Editor, International Sociology Reviews
Book reviews have a long history but have met with suspicion in academic circles for a while. In this talk, I will make the case for the importance of book reviews for scholars, particularly early-career scholars. I will focus on the pragmatic side by showing how early-career scholars can make book reviews a strategic component of their career and how they can write good book reviews. I will also share my views on what a book review editor looks for and what an author should avoid.

Session 6 July 17, 2020 16.00 to 17.30
Meet the Editor: Public Sociology: Writing for Publics

Brigitte Aulenbacher and Klaus Dörre, editors of Global Dialogue
The session refers to publications written for a wider audience in the frame of public sociology and contextual global public sociology illustrated by the magazine of the International Sociological Association Global Dialogue. It consists of three parts. The first part presents and discusses the tasks, challenges and promises of public sociology: how can sociology address non-academic publics and how can scientific knowledge be prepared to be disseminated outside of academia and with reference to local and global contexts. The second part explains and discusses some fundamental guidelines that should be considered concerning the composition of the text, the language and the style used, illustrated by sequences of articles. The third part includes some exchange on writing and review experiences. The session addresses scholars from all strands of sociology who are interested in disseminating their findings and results and in getting support to write short pieces for wider audiences and in reflecting on this form of knowledge transfer. 

Teaching Sociology

2 sessions organized by the ISA; Coordinator: Bandana Purkayastha

Session 1 July 16, 2020 14:45 to 15:45 
Teaching Social Theory
Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley, USA
There are different ways to teach social theory. Most usually, it takes a survey approach, often based on text books with selections or summaries. Students are moved from one theorist to the next, often too many to absorb or really appreciate. In this mode students get a sense of the sorts of issues that have concerned social theorists. I take the ethnographic approach to theory, requiring students to read carefully chosen, small extracts in relation to specific questions around a common theme. In that way students learn how to put together a composite picture, like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. And then to put theories into conversation with one another around the same common theme. I will show how I do this with the theme of the "division of labor". I call this living theory: on the one hand, making theory live by bringing it into relation to the contemporary world and on the other hand, through concentrated reading students live theory, dwell in theory so that it becomes a part of their world. That's the goal, but the achievement is another matter.

Session 2 July 17, 2020 14:45 to 15:45
Teaching: The Other Public Face of the Discipline
Katherine A. Lyon, University of British Columbia, Canada, and  Annette Tèzli, University of Calgary, Canada, Coordinators of  Thematic Group Sociological Teaching 
While much attention has been attributed to the dissemination of sociological research as a form of public sociology, teaching sociology, especially at the introductory level, has received noticeably less consideration. This session features a panel of teaching scholars who will facilitate dialogue between experienced and early career sociologists teaching introductory courses in diverse national contexts. The goal of this workshop is to make transparent the many social, institutional, and societal factors that shape individual teaching practices, and how, in return, these teaching practices maintain, shape and re-shape these contexts.

In Conversation with Senior Sociologists: Making Connections, Bridging Generations

July 15, 2020 14:15 to 15:45
Roundtable session organized by the ISA Early Career Sociologists Task Force. Coordinators: Filomin Gutierrez, Jay Chen, Eloisa Martin, and Elina Oinas

This session with simultaneously run round tables will provide opportunities for early career sociologists and graduate students to engage with established sociologists in an informal setting. Starting with some introductory remarks from the featured sociologist at each roundtable, the session will address questions from junior sociologists about matters that concern practitioners of the discipline - teaching, doing research, publishing and performing service tasks - and the challenges entailed in negotiating academic terrains. The ISA is committed to supporting emerging sociologists and this session is one small but important initiative at the Forum to foster and enhance dialogue and debates among a global community of junior and senior sociologists. The remit of the session is to contribute to the professional development of early career sociologists – including graduate students – and to share experiences of academia as practitioners. The session organizers will select up to 100 early career and graduate students who will attend the IV ISA Forum of Sociology.