Call for Applications: Section newsletter, Sectors, co-editor. Deadline December 31, 2018.

We are seeking a new co-editor of our section newsletter, Sectors. This is a great opportunity for a junior scholar to become involved with the section and network with other individuals in our subfield. The newsletter is published semi-annually (in the fall and spring semesters) and includes Council and section news, feature stories, calls for papers and other opportunities in the field, and the section’s official reports. Sectors is e-mailed to all current section members through the listserv and posted on the section’s website.

The co-editor will have a two-year term from August 2019 to July 2021. During the first year (2019-2020), the new editor will work in a team with one of the current co-editors. During the second year (2020-2021), they will continue working with a new co-editor selected in 2020. Both co-editors will work collaboratively to shape the content and formatting of the newsletter. They will seek out and develop original content for the newsletter and maintain regular features.

The Section Council will select the co-editor from all interested parties, and the co-editor will report to the Council regularly (during council meetings). The co-editor will work closely with the Chair and the Secretary-Treasurer of the Section.


• Member of the Sociology of Development Section;

• Strong organizational skills, including ability to meet deadlines;

• Strong written communication skills;

• Strong MS Word and Acrobat Reader skills

• Graduate students are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Application consists of:

• a one-page statement of interest, qualifications, and ideas for the newsletter

• a one-page CV

Please submit applications to: by December 31, 2018. Applicants will hear back by the end of the Spring 2019 term.

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Call for proposals to host the 2020 Sociology of Development’s Annual Conference. Deadline December 31, 2018.

Would your university like to host a future ASA Sociology of Development Section Annual Conference?  If so, please send a short (2-5 page, single spaced) proposal that includes the following information to Jennifer Hsu (

a. Leadership

b. Dates

c. Location and venue: Description of facilities and Interesting development-related aspects of the location

d. Sponsoring organization(s)

e. Theme and format

f. Resources (please indicate which if any are secured at this time): Organizational; Facilities; Financial

Please contact Jennifer Hsu, secretary-treasurer, with any questions:


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World Conference on Women’s Studies on November 1-3, 2018 in New York City

The conference title is Gender Equality Unlocks the Power of Nations, and the conference is organized by the World Center for Women’s Studies ( Scholars from Asia, Africa and Europe are coming and it would be a chance to develop research collaborations. There will be also published volume consisting of presented paper (papers will go through peer review process).

If you wish to attend, please email Barbara Wejnert an abstract of your presentation so she can add you to a program (Barbara Wejnert at: Registration information also enclosed in the attached document (the discounted room rate is available until October 9).

The registration fees (eventbrite tickets) include breakfast and lunch for ALL the participants both from the developing countries and developed countries. Eventbrite page:

The hotel registration (with discounts) for participants of the 4th WCWS is ready to use.

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CFP: Cities of the Arab World: Theory, Investigation, Critique (February 14-16, 2019)

Call for Papers

Cities of the Arab World: Theory, Investigation, Critique

February 14-16, 2019

Global Urban Studies Program

Michigan State University

Contemporary Arab cities are dynamic entities within and through which larger national, regional and global political-economic, technological and cultural forces interact. Global discourses of urban development and redevelopment, for example, contribute to traumatic dislocations in predictable ways, but also open new pathways to power and new dynamics of place- and community-making as local forces turn such discourses to their own purposes. Social conflict and war, too, have their own political economies and logics of creation and destruction, as politicians and profiteers speculate, and rebels and refugees improvise and innovate survival strategies and new forms of self-government. Reconstruction further reorganizes urban space and economic opportunity, as it gives rise to new and innovative approaches to urban planning, architecture and heritage preservation. Burgeoning creative scenes introduce new aesthetics and make possible new identities and forms of resistance. At the same time, they commodify culture and anchor emergent art markets with increasingly global connections.  Just as Kurds, Copts, Armenians and Chaldeans have contributed to the creative flux of Arab cities, contemporary migrants from the Arab world have created hybrid cultural and political formations and new linguistic landscapes as migrants adapt to and alter metropolitan spaces around the world.

This conference seeks papers that explore the complexities and contradictions of Arab cities and Arab urban communities around the world. Organizers seek theoretically driven, holistic and historically grounded individual and comparative studies that explore both significant challenges and the creative resilience in meeting those challenges in Arab cities and communities. Through concrete case studies, comparisons and ethnographies, participating scholars are asked to attend to the discourses, power structures, institutions, technologies, and strategies shaping Arab cities and communities, as well as the political-economic and socio-cultural forces that drive, benefit from, resist, or are produced by them.

We are particularly interested in papers that focus on the following issues:

  • The impact of war, occupation and/or reconstruction on Arab cities.
  • Political economies of urban development and redevelopment in Arab cities. Who “owns” the city and with what political, economic or cultural effect?
  • Minority communities and their contributions to or marginalization within Arab cities.
  • Youth culture, gender, or fashion in Arab cities.
  • Climate change and environmental challenges and Arab Cities, including, but not limited to: supply of potable water and sanitation; waste management; transportation; energy consumption; air pollution; and uncontrolled urban growth.
  • Linguistic landscapes and hybridities in the Arab world and Arab communities around the world.
  • Arab migration and diaspora communities: Identity -, city- and community- making outside the Middle East.
  • Representation of Arab cities and urban life in literature and film.
  • The city or the urban in Arab political thought and subaltern movements.

We intend to publish conference papers in special issues (or special sections) of peer-reviewed journals and a peer-reviewed edited volume. We ask that participants supply draft papers for circulation by February 2, 2019 for circulation amongst panel participants as a first step in the peer review process.

Transport, accommodation, and meals during the conference will be subsidized by the organizers.

Please submit abstracts for papers (max 300 words) and a CV to Dr. Najib Hourani at houranin@msu.eduwith the subject line “Arab Cities 2019 Abstract.”

The deadline for abstract submission is October 5, 2018.


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CFP: Sociology of Contemporary South Asia

Boston, March 16-19, 2019
Deadline for Abstract: October 30, 2018
Previously a contrast case against which classical sociologists defined European industrial societies, South Asia has become a distinct region of sociological inquiry in its own right. Nonetheless, the study of specific contemporary and historical contexts within South Asia is often jettisoned underneath the umbrella of “Global and Transnational Sociology,” “Sociology of Development,” or “Asian Studies” in disciplinary spaces. In this mini-conference, we center the multitide of contexts on the subcontinent to draw the sociology of South Asia into core theoretical conversations in our discipline. Recognizing the rapid expansion of cutting edge scholarship in the areas of gender, development, urban studies, political economy, and education that focus on South Asia, this miniconference aims to provide a forum for sociologists of South Asia to engage with colleagues who share an understanding of our disciplinary, geographic, and historic contexts. We invite sociologists working on contemporary South Asia from a diverse range of theoretical perspectives, geographical concentrations, and methodological commitments to participate in a conversation on two critical, interrelated questions: first, what might be distinctive about the sociological study of South Asia? And second, how might the sociology of South Asia push all sociologists to rethink core concepts, categories, and assumptions? We invite papers that bring theoretical and methodological tools from sociology to bear on the study of contemporary India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Afghanistan. Specific topics of study could include social movements; struggles over land, housing or water rights; caste politics; formal and informal labor; agrarian economies; urbanization; education; finance; public health; citizenship practices; changing religious discourses and practices; body and embodiment; sexuality, or gender. We also welcome theoretical papers that engage postcolonial studies, subaltern studies, political economy, or feminist epistemologies with reference to contexts in South Asia. The mini-conference will take place during the ESS Annual Meetings in Boston, MA. With a focus on critical, substantive, and relevant feedback on ongoing work, we also hope the mini-conference will provide a crucial opportunity to build community among a growing group of U.S.-based South Asianist sociologists.
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: Those wishing to present papers in this mini-conference should submit an abstract of no longer than 250 words by October 30, 2018 through the ESS submission portal at Proposals not accepted for the mini-conference will be submitted to the ESS general call for submissions. To submit to this mini-conference, select “Mini Conference Presentation” in the “Submission type” drop-down menu. Supply your title and abstract. After hitting “Next”, select the name of the mini-conference from the keyword drop-down menu. Please direct any questions to organizers Smitha Radhakrishnan ( and Gowri Vijayakumar (
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CFP: Symposium on Sustainable Development in SE Asia

 Call for Papers: Approaches to Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia – Research & Action 

Dates: December 17-19, 2018 

Venue: Southern Institute of Social Sciences, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 

Overview and objectives: The Southern Institute of Social Sciences (SISS) (HCMC), in collaboration with the Asia Center, University of Utah, and generously supported by a Henry Luce Foundation grant to the Mekong Region Development Research Group, is organizing a 2.5 day symposium of scholarly presentation and discussion of leading edge research and action approaches to sustainable development (SD) across communities of Southeast Asia. The goals of the symposium are to create a collaborative community of scholars interested in addressing SD challenges through research and action, and to foster interdisciplinary knowledge and conversations on ways to conceptualize, conduct, and translate research into policy and practice around SD in the region. The symposium organizers will seek venues for publication of symposium proceedings in order to disseminate select symposium papers to a wider audience of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. 

The first two days of the symposium will consist of two keynotes, 2-4 paper sessions comprised of participants’ original research papers, and guided discussions on SD questions submitted by the symposium organizers and participants. The organizers request that interested researchers, from academic, policy, and NGO sectors, submit for consideration original concept or research papers that address approaches and challenges to achieving sustainable forms of development. Case studies documenting community successes in achieving SD, and which can inform ongoing challenges in Vietnam and elsewhere in the Mekong Region, are particularly welcome, as are papers elaborating transboundary development issues. We also welcome papers that take up the following issues in relationship to sustainable development: gender, demography, migration, health, environment and natural resources, transportation and built environment, ethnicity and indigeneity, and culture. 

The symposium’s primary regional focus will be the Mekong Region countries, however papers that focus upon other regions with parallel development challenges are also welcome. 

On the final day of the symposium, participants are invited to take part in a guided field trip to the XaMat border, TanBien district, TayNinh province. We will visit communities that have participated in SISS’ ongoing research on transboundary SD issues. 

The University of Utah Asia Center, with generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation, will cover the costs of airfare, visa preparation, accommodation and meals for the duration of the symposium. 

Submission guidelines: Please submit a title page (including authors and affiliations), paper abstract (up to 250 words) and CV to Ms. Nguyen Minh Chau ( no later than October 1, 2018 

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CFP: Volume on Gender and Practice

Call for Proposals for a Volume on Gender and Practice

Advances in Gender Research 27 Edited by

Vasilikie Demos, Marcia Texler Segal & Kristy Kelly

Submission of Abstract for Consideration by Sept. 30, 2018

First Draft Due: December 15, 2018

Publication Date: Late Fall 2019/Early Winter 2020

This call is for submissions in the form of a paragraph or two proposing a chapter for a volume in the AGR book series focusing on gender and practice. We take a broad approach and welcome a range of papers that may relate to any and all forms of practice including those led by practitioners, academics, and activists.

Submissions should be approximately 150 to 500 words.  We welcome academic research papers framed by theory and including methodological details and findings.  In order to broaden the scope of this volume of AGR and to highlight practice, we also welcome submissions focused on “praxis” or the engagement, application, evaluation or development of applied research, policy, and practitioner tools for bringing women, men or gender into their work. Specific topics of interest include feminist practices for organizational change, policy-making, gender budgeting, program implementation, monitoring and evaluation, teaching and learning about gender, advocacy work, as well as methods and theories for researching gender in practice. We  encourage submissions from a broad range of gender and practice fields including feminist movement-building, education, climate change, health, finance, labor relations, employment, immigration, refugees, human rights, political participation, leadership, policy, media, LGBTQ, children and youth, men and masculinities, aging, tourism, law, gender mainstreaming, violence, peace and security, civil society, humanitarian aid and development, urban development, disaster mitigation, multilateral agencies, and historical or comparative perspectives on any of these.

We seek submissions from all countries and regions, but papers must be in English and all work must be submitted as a Word document. The editors will base their decision to publish on editorial and peer review.  Proposals and inquiries should be sent to all three editors: Vicky v.demos.agr@gmail.comMarcia mtsegal.agr@gmail.comand Kristy

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