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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CFP: Interaction turns in knowledge production – actors, problems, and methodologies

Deadline for abstracts: March 1, 2022

Editors:
Dra. Mariela Bianco
Mag. María Goñi Mazzitelli
Mag. Camila Zeballos

University of the Republic, Uruguay

Knowledge production in interaction among different actors –be it specific contributions, sustained collaborations or co-productions- is becoming an integral part of academic practices. This trend is reflected in a prolific literature within STS studies (Sutz et al, 2019; Vessuri, Burgos, Bocco, 2012; Bunders, et. al., 2010; Regeer, 2009; Hessels and van Lente, 2008; Nowotny, et al., 2001; Gibbons, et al., 1994; Funtowicz and Ravetz, 1993, among others) and other fields of knowledge such as feminist epistemologies (Harding, 1992). This body of literature has sought to systematize and analyze how these processes develop, who participates, what types of questions and problems are addressed, what methods are put in practice and what results emerge.

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CFP: Toxic Goodness: Spatialities and Temporalities of Sustainable Biofuels

Deadline for Abstracts: September 1, 2021

Call for Papers – Cluster for Tapuya: Latin American, Science, Technology and Society

Editors:

  • Duygu Kaşdoğan, İzmir Katip Çelebi University, Turkey
  • Jessica Caporusso, York University, Canada
  • Katie Ulrich, Rice University, USA

Description:

Biofuels have long been proposed as solutions to fossil fuel reliance, though they are contentious. For some, biofuels are alternatives to petroleum that sustainably leverage the reproductive capacity of photosynthetic lives, such as plants. Various actors have pursued strategies to promote this sustainable vision of biofuels: national and subnational governments, intergovernmental organizations, and related civil and private sector actors work to develop  “best governance practices,” while scientists and engineers carry out advanced biotechnological research to improve the productivity and efficiency of biofuel production. On the other hand, critical social scientific research on biofuels has largely examined the destructive and unjust impacts of biofuels production on rural/agrarian communities and ecologies, with a focus on the complex relationships between the Global North and Global South, between state, capital and society, and between nature and society.

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CFP: DOCUMENT, FACTUALIZE, AND COMMENSURATE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

New deadline for abstracts: April 15, 2021

Keywords: categories, counts, figures, registration technologies, documentary artifacts, archives,

political violence, facts.

Editors:

Oriana Bernasconi (Department of Sociology, Universidad Alberto Hurtado- Chile and Millennium Institute on Violence and Democracy -VIODEMOS) obernasc@uahurtado.cl

Paola Diaz-Lizé (Centre d’études des mouvements sociaux-CEMS-EHESS-Francia and Center for social conflict and cohesion studies COES- Chile) paola.diaz@ehess.fr

  1. Introduction

This cluster aims at strengthening the link between the field of social studies of science and technology (STS) and that of human rights, by examining three central operations that are part of the management of severe human rights violations: documenting, factualizing and commensuring.

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