CFP: A New History of Sociology? Southern Perspectives

Deadline: June 1, 2022

Proposal of a special issue for Tapuya
A New History of Sociology? Southern Perspectives

To be directed by:

Stéphane Dufoix, Professor of Sociology, University Paris-Nanterre (France) and
Chen Hon-fai, Associate Professor of Sociology, Lingnan University (Hong Kong)

Writing the history of sociology has predominantly been a Western endeavor that would hide its name. Produced in such countries as the United States, France, Germany and Great Britain for the greatest part of it, sociology offered a synecdochical disciplinary narrative that would – and most often still does – assimilate the authors, concepts, theories, journals, and institutions from these “metropolitan” countries to represent the past and present of sociology.

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CFP: ‘Our’ Contemporary Conjuncture: Sense-making from a Decolonial Epistemic Perspective

Deadline: March 1, 2023

Editors: Saajidha Sader, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Corresponding Editor; Rasigan Maharajh Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa; Relebohile Moletsane, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; Sabelo J Ndlovu-Gatsheni, University of Bayreuth, Germany.

The 21st century provides a vantage point to witness the ravages of a global sixth mass extinction, with accelerating climate change, inequality and endemic poverty and precarity for the majority of peoples who are located in the global South and who have contributed the least to environmental pollution and ecological destruction. Besides creating the general alienation of producers from their lands and the products of their labour, the existing international division of labour and its institutional frameworks serve to reproduce and extend the combined, uneven, yet common characteristics of capitalist accumulation. The emergence of a zoonotic illness: severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, and its rapid spread into a global pandemic, further illustrate our precarity as a species. Linked to these, an epistemic capture has buttressed imperialism and ‘normalised’ worldviews that remain centred upon ways of thinking essentially framed in Western Europe.

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