Miniconference on Global Health at Eastern Sociological Society Meetings in Boston March 14-17, 2019 (Abstract Submission Deadline: Oct 30)

Despite the global community’s commitments to health, articulated in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and more recently, the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), huge disparities remain in health outcomes and experiences between the global North and South. Almost two thirds of the global total of new HIV infections take place in sub-Saharan Africa. Almost all global maternal mortality occurs in developing countries. These inequalities are not limited to infectious disease: approximately 70% of cancer deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.


What are we to make of these global health “facts” when we know what “works” in saving lives? This mini-conference brings together critical scholars of global health to interrogate how we know what we know about global health. We examine global health epistemologies, asking how evidence is measured, interpreted, and translated into policy and clinical practice. Who decides what works, and how? What or whom is obscured by dominant global health discourses and data collection practices, such as randomized controlled trials (RCT)? And at a time when the role of science in policymaking is under attack, how, where, and with whom should we raise sociological critiques of evidence based global health science, practice, and policy?


This mini-conference offers an opportunity to explore exciting new theoretical directions in the sociology of global health. Although some of the tentative panels below on the politics of global health evidence are directly related to the conference theme, we invite papers that address a variety of theoretical issues related to global health, including but not limited to: ●Politics of Neglect: Maternal and Reproductive Health ● Promise and Pitfalls of Pharmaceuticals ● The HIV/AIDS Epidemic and Theory Building within Sociology ● Medical Sociology and Global Health ● Global Health Governance: Who Does Global Health, and How? ● Measurement and Evidence Building in Global Health 2 ● Health Systems or Magic Bullets? ●Interrogating the Epidemiological Transition: Double Burdens of Chronic and Infectious Disease ● Diseases with no borders (Zika, Ebola, H1N1) ● Macro-Variables and Micro-Realities in Global Health


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. Direct questions about the mini-conference to Siri Suh, Brandeis University ( and Joseph Harris, Boston University (



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New Issue of Sociology of Development

We are very pleased to announce that the new issue of Sociology of Development is live. This is a special issue authored by four of the keynote speakers at last year’s 6th Annual Sociology of Development Conference at Wayne State University; Rina Agarwala, Arthur Alderson, Thomas Dietz, and Moshe Semyonov. These papers well reflect both the high quality and broad diversity of discourse at the conference.

We would also like to take this opportunity to let you know that Remarq software has been added to the journal. Remarq is an interactive platform that facilitates scholarly exchange and collaboration on articles and topics of interest to our readership as a whole or to specialized interest groups. We’ll have more detailed information about Remarq in the near future.

Link to issue:

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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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