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Social Enterprises and Empowerment

with RC 26

I Monday, 11 July 2016: 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM, NIG, Hörsaal 4A KS

Social Enterprises and Empowerment. Part I

II Monday, 11 July 2016: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM, NIG, Hörsaal 4C G

Session Organizer(s):
Social Enterprises and Empowerment. Part II

Maria FREGIDOU-MALAMA, mma@hig.se, University of G_vle - Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Sweden
Session in English
Joint Session with RC10
Social entrepreneurship and social enterprises create social change for the development of value for the society and individuals wellbeing. By creating new employment structures marginalized people are empowered to establish, develop and lead their own enterprises which enhances their independence. The enterprises are people oriented, driven by social causes, democratically owned and controlled by their members and take economic and social responsibility for the development of local societies for the benefits of the members and the society. They attract members by stressing democratic management and members´ sovereignty, educating people, involving and networking with people and organisations globally and using mouth to mouth marketing. By developing networks with members and other stakeholders they promote problem solving in the local economy. Cooperatives, mutual organisations, work integration social enterprises, NGO: s or other associations operate to create sustainable change in the society. For the established social enterprises we can see an enlargement of the market and also increased responsibility pressure for innovations. Research on social enterprises can contribute to the literature about business development by presenting a model of successful operation of alternative enterprises. What characterises social enterprises, their organising, leadership, members´ democracy, networking with the public sector for joint undertakings, social responsibility, women in social enterprises, micro credits, credit cooperatives, success factors, financial aspects or social causes are vital issues for research. Comparative Studies between countries and organisations can be an essential issue in how to produce social change in today´s international world and market social business.

Sociology of the Future: Braiding Theory-Making and Policy/ Practice Change-



Critical Reflections on Gender and Future of Democracy;
Monday, 11 July 2016: 02:15 PM - 03:45 PM, Juridicum, Seminarsaal 10
Sociology of the Future: Braiding Theory-Making and Policy/ Practice Change


Diversities in Theory Making and policies for the Future
Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM, NIG, Seminarraum 5C G - see below

Session Organizer(s):

Eleni NINA PAZARZI, enina04@yahoo.gr, University of Piraeus, Greece
Julia ROZANOVA, julia.rozanova@yale.edu, Yale University, USA
Session in English

Social theory and applied sociological research are frequently viewed as specialized and separate sub-fields of sociological discipline. Applied sociological research serves as foundation for evidence-based practice change across many fields like management, public administration, social work, education, and healthcare, to name just a few essential areas. Looking forward, is making sociological theory and conducting applied research going to increasingly be two separate ‘camps’ inside sociology, or will they come together and if so, how and under what circumstances? This question is extremely relevant both from the point of view of sociology of knowledge and the future of sociology itself and from the point of view of research-informed practice. As societies strive and struggle towards better, more peaceful, more democratic, and more participatory futures, applied sociological research may illuminate the way, but simultaneously theory is crucial for making sense of changes. But is applied research mostly or exclusively a user of sociological theory – or is it also a creator of new theory to better explain the contemporary state of the world?
This Roundtable session invites papers that explore in a national or in comparative perspective the specific cases of ‘braiding’ and coming together of theory-making and policy and practice change and/or of divergence of theoretical and applied sociological research, in various areas including but not limited to:
  • Public Sociology:During the last decades, disciplines of Social Sciences and Sociology have moved from a “pure” science to public social science. The increasing numbers of social problems and diverse issues have led to the need of re-conceptualization in the field of sociology in many aspects. Public Sociology, as Burawoy states, could play a role in this aspect, only as “organic public sociology” by being not just a form of sociological practice that suits to the social justice foundations of sociology. This reorientation of sociology to promote collaborative research and dialogue between the public and the sociologists on issues of social justice, equality, democracy, participation, working life conditions etc is the only way to promote this dialogue and to play an active role in societies and to achieve a better world in several spheres of life. Some key questions to be answered or discussed in the context of the theme of this session would be: How can sociology contribute to the debates on key issues of society? Which are the ways that researchers, practitioners and activists can collaborate in order to have a better knowledge of reality and influence the changes for the future? How public sociology can challenge the past of the theory and research on working life, participation and democracy in organizations? How the organization can be more democratized and use more participatory practices?
  • The World Social Forum as a Sociological Arena to build a Better World:
    There are two alternative projects of globalization that the session wants to outline and contrast. The Neoliberal project, associated with the tenets of classical economic theory, particularly as formulated by Milton Friedman at the Chicago School, fundamentally based in the mind set of competition and the gale of creative destruction through profit driven entrepreneurship, expanding market forces leading to short-termism, privatization, consumerism. It’s global reach is annually discussed at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. The World Social Forum (WSF) emerged since 2001 in Porto Alegre, RGS, Brasil, as an alternative to the WEF. The WSF constitutes an insurgent project of alter-globalization process of social inclusion, currently under construction at the local, national, regional and planetarian levels, with a clear emphasis on political, negotiated (plus/plus), non-violent ways of conflict resolution and a culture of peace. It is a space for supporting radical social innovation in line with the utopian and self-management traditions in the social sciences, conceived in terms of social economy, human solidarity and sharing, local development, participatory democracy and the reclaiming of the commons and social welfare. How may this project become viable and sustainable at the planetarian level? To become viable, self-management approaches is becoming the preferred road to approach the realms of economic production and distribution of goods and services, with an ecology-friendly approach to nature and agriculture (agro-ecology), also including financial services, fair trade, social equality, quality education and health for all, and the use of science and technology for the common good


  • Gender Equality Issues: Women's Voices in Management in Different Cultural Settings:
    This proposal is to develop the issue of gender equality through contributions to a specific table in the Roundtable about “Sociology of the Future: Braiding Theory-Making and Policy/Practice Change”
    Our own presentation for that table would explore women's voices in management in different cultural settings – contexts emphasizing and materializing gender equality such as in the Nordic countries and in other settings less committed to gender equality such as the Mediterranean and the more traditional societies. We attempted to extend the knowledge base on the relationship between gender and top management, entrepreneurship and leadership in the complex socio-political and culturally diverse societies. Due to the combined scholarly and pragmatic orientation, it aims to derive insights amenable to implementation into economic and educational policies; namely endeavours to enhance the research-practice interface, making the knowledge obtained from research usable - be converted to operations, in particular policy recommendations and training activities and point at potential partnerships among international forums, national and local governments and NGOs engaged in gender equality issues.
    Bibliography: Helena Desivilya Syna and Carmen Eugenia Costea (eds): Women's Voices in Management: identifying innovative and responsible solutions, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 (forthcoming).
    Mino Vianello and Mary Hawkesworth (eds.): Gender and Power: Toward a Just Democratic Future, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 (forthcoming).
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Participation and Democracy in the Futures We Want: Social Actors and New Demands

- emerging trends in Brazil;

Monday, 11 July 2016: 16:00 PM - 017:30 PM, Juridicum, Seminarsaal 10

Participation and Democracy in the Futures We Want: Social Actors and New Demands


- rediscovering democracy: actor demands in several sectors
Monday, 11 July 2016: 14:15 PM - 15:45 PM, NIG, Seminarraum 5C G

Round-table Organizer(s)
Fatima Assuncao, University of Lisboa Portugal, fassuncao@iscsp.ulisboa.pt, University of Lisboa, Portugal
; Luciana Souza, Faculdade de Direito Milton Campos, Brazil, dralucianacsouza@gmail.com
Session in French, English, Spanish

After a long period of dictatorships, Latin America resumed his political and social reconstruction from primarily from the1990s when new constitutional parameters were established by the legal system with the purpose to consign rights born of the demands made by the socia lactors.Almos tthirty years later we must make an assessmen tif the demands were met, whether social actors remain the same,which instruments were created to support this process of redemocratization and, finally, if what is meant or democracy on the continen ttoday corresponds to the desire expressed in the streets in previous years,especially in the social struggle phase against local military regimes. This session welcomes articles that discuss this reality from a historical perspective, as well as the predictive point of view or even the analysis on the current situation in any particular country.

Climate Change, Famines and Conflicts in Globalised World: Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM, Juridicum, Seminarsaal 20
Climate Change, Famines and Conflicts in Globalised World: Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management

Session Organizer(s):

P P Balan balanpp25@gmail.com

The climate change, famine (due to draught and flooding both) and conflicts seem to be affecting a sizeable population in the globalised world. Participation, organisational democracy and self-management seem to be crucial for addressing issue of growing problems the world is facing today due to climate change, famines, food crises and conflicts. The earth`s ability to produce food for the world population is limited and climate change seems to be affecting future prospects. Market forces are getting strong and creating hurdles for livelihood of millions of people and also efficient management of existing resources for poor. The chances of famines seem to be more in both the areas facing water scarcity or water overflows. It seems humanitarian relief systems are grossly inadequate. The peace development in many regions seem to be at stake due to growing conflicts and poor organisational regimes. The session will address the theoretical and methodological challenges by exploring the emerging issues and options in the context of famines and conflicts and how participation, organisational democracy and self management could help to tackle such emerging challenges.

The Role of Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management in the Futures We Want,

II Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM, Juridicum, Seminarsaal 20

The Role of Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management in the Futures We Want. Part II
I Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 02:15 PM - 03:45 PM, NIG, Seminarraum 5C G
Session Organizer(s):
The Role of Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management in the Futures We Want. Part I
Isabel DA COSTA, isabel.da-costa@ens-cachan.fr, CNRS-IDHE, _cole Normale Sup_rieure de Cachan, France
Session in French, English
The “Futures we want” should foster Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management. Most often than not however, the responses to the crisis have, on the contrary, recently entailed in many countries unpopular austerity measures decided in a top down and technocratic manner that have threatened existing social and political participative schemes. Thus participation and organizational democracy seem to be shrinking rather than increasing at the global level. Increasing inequality, oppression, and ecological destruction have also brought about protests and struggles for a better world.
How are different forces positioned to shape futures? What visions for alternative futures are imaginable, desirable, and achievable that include democracy and participation at all levels? What can we learn from comparing struggles in different countries and settings? What are viable roadmaps for participative social transformation?
This session will focus on how the Futures we want can include an increased role for democracy and participation at all levels, from the workplace to the political sphere.

N.B.
RC10 involved all the members of its executive in writing a collective paper
12.2 Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self Management: Past, Present, and Future
Isabel DA COSTA, CNRS-IDHE, France; Julia ROZANOVA, Yale University, USA; Fatima ASSUNCAO, University of Lisboa, Portugal; Eleni NINA-PAZARZI, University of Piraeus, Greece; Catherine CASEY, University of Leicester, United Kingdom,
in order to engage and exchange with other RCs during the ISA Common sessions for ISA 2016 Forum:
"From its inception in 1978 within ISA, the activities of RC10 on “Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management” have aimed at uniting the professional qualities, social consciousness and experience of its members for work on its field and the promotion of its topics. These seem more than ever part of the struggle for a better future, which we believe should include democracy and participation at all levels from the workplace to the political sphere. However, the responses to the crises have, on the contrary, recently entailed in many countries unpopular austerity measures decided in a top-down technocratic manner that threatened existing social and political participative schemes. Thus participation, organizational democracy, and self-management seem to be shrinking rather than increasing at the global level and increasing inequality, oppression, and ecological destruction have brought about protests and struggles for a better world.
In our contribution we will first present the perspective of RC10 regarding the common topics of the Forum, and then develop what we believe are important topics for future directions, in particularly those steaming from our sessions in this Forum, such as: Public Sociology to promote collaborative research and dialogue between the public and the sociologists on issues of social justice, equality, democracy, participation, working life conditions, and other related issues; the future of participation in organizational life with a focus on the development of capabilities, capacities and innovations; gender relations and the construction of a more participative society by looking at women’s participation in entrepreneurship; unequal opportunities to participation for citizens within total institutions, in particular prisons, and nursing homes; and the need for continuing struggles for democratic participation."
Integral version of the collective paper's abstract:

The collective paper will be orally presented during
Common Session 2A - The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World
Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 17:45-19:15
Location: Hörsaal I (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
Chair:
Dilek CINDOGLU, Abdullah Gul University, Turkey

Democratic Decentralisation and Justice Delivery

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM, NIG, Seminarraum 5C G
Democratic Decentralisation and Justice Delivery


Session Organizer(s):

P. P. BALAN, balanpp25@gmail.com, Kerala Inst Local Administration, India
Session in English
The problem of access to justice encompasses absence of knowledge as to one’s rights; where to go in case of violation of a right and what to do in order to get redressal. The problem is further aggravated by one’s incapacity to understand legal jargon. The high cost involved in the legal procedure, which keeps the aggrieved away from the formal court set-up is also another matter of concern. The widespread corruption prevailing in the judicial system and the legal complexities of the system are another hindrance. The procedure in courts is extremely complex, which only lawyers can understand. In addition to the above, denial of access to justice has led to mushrooming of parallel systems of justice. Nobly can deny the fact that democratization of the justice delivery system should start at the grass roots level through transforming and sensitizing existing dispute settlement mechanisms to human rights and constitutional values and linking them with the formal justice system. Justice is critical to any poverty reduction agenda and economic growth. A functioning justice system is not only a mark of development but also a factor of development. Thus, access to justice is not only central to the realization of constitutionally guaranteed rights, but also to broader goals of development and poverty reduction and urgently needs acceptance as a development indicator.

see above:
Diversities in Theory Making and policies fort the Future
Rediscovering Democracy, Social Actors and New Demands
Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM, NIG, Seminarraum 5C G

The Future of Organizational and Workplace Participation: Capacities, Capabilities, Innovations

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM, NIG, Seminarraum 5C G
The Future of Organizational and Workplace Participation: Capacities, Capabilities, Innovations

Session Organizer(s):

Catherine CASEY, c.casey@leicester.ac.uk, University of Leicester, United Kingdom

Volker TELLJOHANN, volker_telljohann@er.cgil.it, IRES Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Session in English
Researchers and practitioners have observed that employee participation in workplace and organizational politics and decision-making is frequently subject to fluctuations in interest, commitment, durability and effectiveness. Participation presents an ambivalent character. Many have noted decline in established institutional channels such as works councils and trade union representation and/or the distinct unevenness of active retention of those institutions across sectors, occupations, and demographic distribution. Organizations are pressured to adopt dynamic and flexible structures for market competitiveness which can inhibit the development and effectiveness of participatory channels.
At the same time, new or refreshed models of voice expression and interest representation are evident, including over the recent decade efforts to implement the Information and Consultation of employees Directive in various European Union member-states. As well, the continuing development of European Works Councils in transnational companies is generating new institutional arrangements and capacities. Furthermore, researchers turn attention to investigation of the uses and potential of new social media as channels for employee expression and demand formation.
What are the factors that may affect the capacity, quality and effectiveness of participation institutions in organizations? What stimulates or obstructs development among organizational personnel of the skills and capabilities to participate? How are actors addressing those concerns? Are fresh linkages between capabilities and democratic polities emerging?
This session invites papers that address questions of the future of participation in organizational life. In particular, papers that address questions of the development of capabilities, capacities and innovations are encouraged.


Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM, NIG, Seminarraum 5C G
The Impacts of the Debt Crisis on the World of Work in Southern Europe
Session Organizer(s):

Maria da Conceicao CERDEIRA, mcerdeira@iscsp.ulisboa.pt, SOCIUS, Portugal

Fatima ASSUNCAO, fassuncao@iscsp.ulisboa.pt, University of Lisboa, Portugal
Session in Spanish, English
The current crisis has strongly affected the southern European countries, especially those that required financial assistance. Changes in labour law and collective bargaining, cuts in social benefits and salaries, high rates of unemployment among young people and soaring levels of emigration indicate the multiple ways in which these societies have been under pressure. In addition, the Greek case has shown that the analysis of the effects of the European debt crisis cannot be dissociated from a reflection on the meaning and place of solidarity in the European Project.
As the fights for the futures we want involve a global sociology, this session aims to debate the impacts of the debt crisis in the world of work, by considering the trends observed in southern Europe. The discussion is also expected to address the role of European institutions in designing mechanisms that promote solidarity among individual member states.
Bearing in mind the experience of the countries under analysis, we invite proposals that address questions such as: What are the effects of the debt crisis on the level and quality of employment of different social groups? What are its implications on the regulation of employment? How does trade unionism interact with the development of protest movements? How can European institutions promote labour standards and social welfare through effective forms of cooperation between member states?
We therefore welcome papers that discuss the impacts of this crisis on employment and industrial relations in southern Europe and consider the construction of the European project.


Rediscovering Latin America democracy: actor demands in several sectors

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 14:15 PM - 15:45 PM, NIG, Seminarraum 5C G
Session Organizer: Luciana SOUZA
Chair: Teresa MONTAGUT
After a long period of dictatorships, Latin America resumed its political and social reconstruction primarily from the 1990s when new constitutional parameters were established by the legal system with the purpose to consign rights born of the demands made by the social actors. Almost 30 years later we must make an assessment if the demands were met, whether social actors remain the same, which instruments were created to support this process of redemocratization and, finally, if what is meant by democracy on the continent today corresponds to the desire expressed in the streets in previous years, especially in the social struggle phase against local military regimes.
This session welcomes articles that discuss this reality from a historical perspective, as well as the predictive point of view or even the analysis on the current situation in any particular country.


Civic Participation in Globalising World. Inequalities, Patterns and Determinants

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM, NIG, Seminarraum 5C G
Civic Participation in Globalising World. Inequalities, Patterns and Determinants


Session Organizer(s):

Pawel STAROSTA, starosta@uni.lodz.pl, University of Lodz, Poland
Session in English
Session Abstract
The process of global transformation is accompanied by various consequences. One of the globalist's fundamental theses assumes that alongside the free flow of goods, ideas and people, possibilities of citizens to shaping political and social structures increase as well. In the other world, a greater range of freedom and smaller pressure from state structures put the individual potential to the increase of common good, democracy and civic participation. On the other hand, the proponents of globalization underline that the processes of globalization, mainly the declining role of the national state and the growing role of freedom of individuals leads to quite opposite results. According to them, the normative system undergoes differentiation and relativisation, social life becomes increasingly privatised and consequently the public sphere falls down.
The main goal of this session is to make an attempt at answering three main problem questions:
1/ What is the general level of civic participation in different societies and social settings in the end of the first decade of the 21st century and what is the scale of inequalities in this respect?
2/ What patterns of civic participation dominate in different societies and communities? what models or what variables are best fitted to explain changeability of civic participation levels and patterns in a globalizing world?

Self-Management as Simultaneous Goal and Means of Overcoming Systemic Accumulation of Capital Crisis

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM, NIG, Seminarraum 5C G
Self-Management As Simultaneous Goal and Means of Overcoming Systemic Accumulation of Capital Crisis
Session Organizer(s):

Vera VRATUSA, vvratusa@sezampro.rs, Belgrade University, Serbia, retired
Session Chair:
Azril Bacal, Sweden Un, retired
Session in English, Spanish and French
The main aim of this session is to initiate longitudinal, multidisciplinary and multi-perspective comparative research of self-management theory and practice, focusing what is common and what is specifically different between concepts and practices of self management, participation and organizational democracy, all three contained in the official name of RC10.
This session calls for face to face and virtual dialogue (at http://isarc10internetforum.wikispaces.com/ISA+2016 and discussion part of http://isarc10internetforum.wikispaces.com/Self-Management+As+Simultaneous+Goal+and+Means) on theoretical and empirical, quantitative and qualitative social relations’ transformation oriented research of historical, socially structured and individual sources of undesirable present state of social inequality, oppression, re-colonization war and ecological disaster, on the one hand, and diverse visions of attainment of desirable alternative futures of equality, freedom, solidarity and ecological sustainability on the other, focusing participation in substantially democratic and self-managing overcoming of class division of alienated labor on managing and executing work functions as simultaneous goal and means of desirable future attainment.

RC10 Business Meeting

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM, NIG, Seminarraum 5C G


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Forthcoming deadlines:

Since April 5, there are no more forthcoming deadlines. Isaconf.confex.com system has withdrawn from the Program papers' authors who did not register by April 5. RC10 Program coordinators and session organizers must finalize the RC10 program in just a few more days, so please answer ASP to queries that might come your way during this time, like invitations to chair sessions having similar topic to your own presentation in another session, provided that you still do not have two appearances in the Third ISA Forum Program.


Past deadlines:




WebForum: http://futureswewant.net


TO: Presidents and Board Members Program Coordinators of the ISA Research Committees, Working Groups, and Thematic Groups
FROM: Markus S. Schulz, ISA Vice-President for Research and President of the ISA Forum 2016
RE: 2016 ISA Forum & Research Council updates
DATE: 05/04/2015
Dear Colleagues:
I am writing to update you on the next steps and plans for the 2016 ISA Forum on “The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World.” But first of all let me thank all participating RC/WG/TGsg for the fabulous work done so far. My special gratitude goes to the Program Coordinators who have done an excellent job in organizing the programs while fostering an amazing diversity of approaches and instilling the intellectual courage to engage the big questions of our time. Fifty of the ISA’s fifty-five RCs, all four WGs, and all four TGs are participating in the Forum. The fascinating array of 695 planned RC/WG/TG sessions bodes well for our activities in Vienna next year.
(1) PROGRAM. The Forum will be designed in a way to provide the largest number of time-slots to the participating research units. The Opening and Closing Plenaries will feature prominent sociologists from around the world. The Local Organizing Committee will convene three sessions with a focus on the host city/country/region and its vibrant sociologies. Specials workshops will be held to introduce the editors of ISA publications, to provide tips on publishing, and for junior sociologists to meet senior peers. At the heart of the Forum will be Common Sessions connecting the research of participating RC/WG/TGs with a focus on the common conference theme. An online Web Forum will prepare these debates and facilitate collaboration across RC/WG/TGs.

(2) RESEARCH COUNCIL. Two business meetings of the Research Council are being planned for Vienna, one in the morning of July 11, and the other on July 15, the day after the Forum, with time set aside for scholarly discussion. Each RC can nominate a Delegate and an Alternate. WGs and TGs can nominate an Observer. Presidents are asked to send the names of their unit’s representatives along with proposed agenda items to isa@isa-sociology.org and ‘cc’ to markus.s.schulz@gmail.com by December 15, 2015.
(3) COMMON SESSIONS. It is my pleasure to invite each RC/WG/TG to propose a leading scholar of their area as a plenary speaker for the Common Sessions. The purpose of the Common Sessions is to foster dialogue among our RCs, WGs, and TGs by jointly focusing on the common theme of the Forum, on forward-oriented modes of sociology to tackle the huge challenges of our time, on the future visions of different social actors, and their struggles for a better world. It will be an opportunity for each RC/WG/TG to showcase work done in its respective area and exchange the latest insights and inspirations across different research units. The speakers will have a choice on how to address the common theme from the perspective of their respective unit. For example, they could provide a summary of the current state-of-the art; an overview of how the major paradigms within the field operationalize, deal with, or ignore futures; a historical narrative of how futures have been treated within the field as it developed over time; a discussion of an important trend or scenarios in the field; or they could focus on a substantive empirical issue, or theoretical or methodological problem. Rapporteurs will be taking notes and provide summaries. If budget allows, videos of the common sessions will be recorded so that colleagues who are unable to attend may watch a particular talk at another time. Short versions of the papers (max. 15 pages or 3500 words each) will be published as Proceedings. Presidents are asked to nominate their proposed speaker in consultation with the Board to isa@isa-sociology.org and to help ensure that the Speaker’s paper title, brief abstract, and keywords are entered into the submission system by September 30, 2015.
(4) WEB FORUM. Prior to the Forum in Vienna, there will be a Web Forum in cyberspace. This virtual online space is a key component of the broader effort to foster exchange and collaboration across RCs, WG, and TGs. The Web Forum serves not only as a stepping stone on the road to the physical meeting later in 2016, but it is also meant as a dynamic space to experiment with virtual infrastructures for scholarly networking and broader public outreach. As a start, each RC/WG/TG’s President, or other delegate whom the President wishes to nominate in consultation with the Board, is invited to contribute to the intellectual debate by submitting a thought-piece (research report or op-ed style essay), ideally with some relation to the broad, forward-oriented theme of the Forum. This thought-piece can be anywhere from 300 to 1500+ words (plus optional illustration(s), 10-120 words bio, portrait picture, and weblink). An accessible writing style is encouraged because the audience are fellow sociologists from across the different subfields as well as a general, educated global public that we want to convince of sociology’s relevance. You may submit your contribution at any time but it is appreciated if you can send the intended date of submission along with a proposal for further contributions from members of your unit to isaWebForum@yahoo.com, with the name of your RC/WG/TG in the subject line, by June 1, 2015.
(5) LOCAL FACILITIES. In response to frequently asked questions, let me say that the buildings planned for our Forum are indeed all in close proximity to one another in the very center of Vienna. I was impressed during my site visit by the splendor of the University’s historical buildings. And yet, almost all rooms are fully wheelchair-accessible (one or two of the exceptions are under construction). Acoustic appears to be good, as all rooms are usually used for instructional purposes. Availability of PowerPoint projectors is being assumed. A list of translators, catering companies, and other local information is being assembled by our partners in Austria. Patios, parks, and an abundance of nearby cafés and restaurants will make it easy for members to converse in less formal settings.
(6) TIME-SLOTS. Maximum efforts will be made that each fully participating RC/WG/TG can have its own room during the Forum. According to our current plans, each RC/WG/TG can request once submissions are over up to two additional sessions, though not more than a total of 20.
(7) GUIDELINES. The “Guidelines for Program Coordinators” posted on the ISA website have the most updated details. (http://www.isa-sociology.org/forum-2016/guidelines-for-program-coordinators.htm)
(8) LOC WEBSITE. The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is posting on its site at the University of Vienna not only useful practical information but also interesting background about the university, the city, the country, and its impressive sociologies, along with presentations of the LOC members. LOC staff person Ida Seljeskog has done a fabulous job in designing it: http://isaforum2016.univie.ac.at/. Please do not miss to visit this website.
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(9) THANKS. Countless people are to be thanked for their hard work of preparing the Forum. Special thanks goes to our extraordinarily energetic President Margaret Abraham, who is bringing in her unique experience of having successfully organized the previous Forum in Buenos Aires during her term as Vice-President for Research. Benjamin Tejerina, the Vice-President for Finance and Membership keeps a watchful eye on our spending to ensure that our plans are on rock-solid grounds. The Research Coordinating Committee serves as the Forum’s Program Committee and has provided crucial input at every stage, including a rigorous fire-testing of the program theme. Particularly heartfelt thanks go of course to the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) under the experienced leadership of Rudolf Richter at the University of Vienna for their enormous preparations and generous hospitality. Last but not least, let me thank Izabela Barlinska and her team in Madrid, Juan Lejárraga and Ignacio Reguera, for their tremendous support without which none of our activities would be possible.
Again many thanks to all of you for your hard work and leadership. Best regards, Markus

Action Items Summary -
June 1, 2015: Propose contributions to Web Forum -
Sept. 30, 2015: Propose Speaker for Common Sessions -
Dec. 15, 2015: Nominate Research Council Delegate and Alternate or Observer


Markus S. Schulz, PhD Vice-President for Research President, International Sociological Association (ISA) and President of the ISA Forum 2016 Currently at: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Sociology Lincoln Hall MC454 Urbana, IL 61821, USA Phone: +917.657 50 32 Email: markus.s.schulz@gmail.com Web: http://www.markus-s-schulz.net

Sujet :
ISA Forum blog call for participation
Date :
Tue, 12 May 2015 12:38:33 +0200
De :
International Sociological Association <isa@isa-sociology.org>


To: Presidents and Secretaries of the ISA Research Committees, Working and Thematic Groups
Dear Colleagues,
The ISA Vice-President Research, Markus Schulz, and the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, Rudolf Richter, of the Third ISA Forum of Sociology in Vienna, July 2014, cordially invites ISA Research Committees, Working and Thematic Groups to participate in the ISA Forum Blog: http://isaforum2016.univie.ac.at/blog
The blog serves to promote the ISA Forum 2016 in Vienna and should help to prepare a lively conference. With this blog we wish to encourage interaction between individual scholars as well as many participant groups:
Local Organizing Committee and Austrian and Central European Sociology:
  • The institutes represented in the LOC are contributing content related to their respective locations concerning Austrian sociological thought, research on the host country and continent (for example on history and history of science) and the theme of the Forum.
  • Members of the LOC introduce themselves by presenting their main issues of research and publications of interest concerning the forum’s theme.
We would like to invite you to coordinate participation in the blog from your RC/WG/TG. Possible contributions:

  • A discussion of the ISA Forum main theme “The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World” from the perspective of your RC/WG/TG
  • A presentation of your ongoing research and upcoming RC/WG/TGs sessions in Vienna, initiating a pre-forum discussion to be continued at the Forum.
  • A worldwide perspective on topics discussed within the Central and Eastern European context
  • An introduction of the work and thematic focus of the president of the RC/WG/TG in form of an interview

The posts should ideally encourage interaction, address the reading public and invite them to leave comments and contribute their own perspective on the topic discussed. The texts should be written in English and the length of each post should be max. 1000 words, shorter posts are very welcome.
We ask interested RCs/WGs/TGs to send their contributions to Celi Scalon <**celiscalon@gmail.com**> and Dieter Bögenhold <dieter.boegenhold@aau.at>
Yours,

Markus Schulz Rudolf Richter

ISA VP Research Chair of the LOC


From: Isabel da Costa <isabel.da-costa@ens-cachan.fr> Date: Wed, 03 Jun 2015 14:12:09 +0200 Subject: RC10 contact for and participation in the ISA Forum blog Dear colleagues,

RC10 welcomes the possibility to participate in the ISA Forum Blog and will encourage all its members to use this possibility. RC10 has had for several years an interactive Internet Forum for its members http://isarc10internetforum.wikispaces.com/ and greatly appreciates the opportunity to interact with the ISA Forum blog.

Our colleague Vera Vratusa (see her 2 email addresses in copy at of this message) is the creator and editor of our RC10 Internet Forum. Therefore the RC10 Board has nominated Vera Vratusa as RC10 coordinator for our participation in the ISA Forum blog.

Concerning the proposition that RC10 ("officially?") contributes to the debate by submitting a 300 to 1500+ words thought-piece with some relation to the broad theme of the Forum, we are in the process of consulting the RC10 Board and session organisers before sending you anything. RC10 is about "Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management", a consultation procedure is important for us, and our contribution should hopefully come out of a collective and participative effort and may be part of that effort will be take place through the RC10 and ISA Forum blogs...

Concerning the rest of your questions, please find underneath RC10 replies.

Thank you again for your initiative, Best regards, Isabel da Costa -- Isabel da COSTAPrésidente du CR10 de l'Association Internationale de SociologieISA/RC 10 "Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management" Chargée de recherche CNRS à l'IDHESNational Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) Senior Researcher at IDHEInstitutions et Dynamiques Historiques de l'Economie et de la Société (IDHES)IDHE - CNRS UMR 8533Ecole Normale Supérieure de CachanBâtiment Laplace, 2ème étage61, avenue du Président Wilson94235 Cachan Cedex - FRANCEtel: + 33.(0)1.47.40.68.31email: isabel.da-costa@idhe.ens-cachan.frhttp://www.idhe.ens-cachan.frhttp://www.isa-sociology.org/rc10.htm

We would like to invite you to coordinate participation in the blog from your RC/WG/TG. RC10 nominates Vera Vratusa, the creator and editor (webmaster) of our interactive Internet Forum (wiki space), as coordinator for RC10 participation in the ISA Forum blog



Possible contributions: · A discussion of the ISA Forum main theme "The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World" from the perspective of your RC/WG/TG If this means RC10's 300 to "1500+ words thought-piece", RC10 "Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management" is in the process of consulting its Board and session organisers before sending something to the blog, a consultation procedure is important to us and our contribution should hopefully come out of a collective and participative effort. RC10 Board members and session organisers are invited to participate in the blog concerning all themes -- thus including the main theme -- by sending their contributions to Vera as RC10 Blog coordinator and the ISA Forum blog organisers

· A presentation of your ongoing research and upcoming RC/WG/TGs sessions in Vienna, initiating a pre-forum discussion to be continued at the Forum. Vera has already created the discussion pages regarding RC10 sessions in our wiki. She will coordinate with the ISA Forum blog so the information or postings are also sent to you Vera (or Fátima Assunção, RC10s Secretary, if in pdf format) can also send the ISA Forum blog organisers the presentation of our sessions in Vienna (which is also available in html format at the Forum site call for communications RC10 Session organisers can add to this by sending further contributions on their sessions and all RC10 members are encouraged to participate, since the information on the ISA Forum blog has already been posted by Vera on RC10s interactive Internet Forum (wiki space)

· A worldwide perspective on topics discussed within the Central and Eastern European context

· An introduction of the work and thematic focus of the president of the RC/WG/TG in form of an interview I'll be happy to comply, please let me know how and when you wish to do this interview The posts should ideally encourage interaction, address the reading public and invite them to leave comments and contribute their own perspective on the topic discussed. The texts should be written in English and the length of each post should be max. 1000 words, shorter posts are very welcome.

We ask interested RCs/WGs/TGs to send their contributions to Celi Scalon <celiscalon@gmail.com> and Dieter Bögenhold <dieter.boegenhold@aau.at>



From: "Vera Vratuša" <vvratusa@orion.rs>
Date: Wed, 03 Jun 2015 16:30:13 +0200
Subject: Re: RC10 contact for and participation in the ISA Forum blog

Dear colleagues,
In order to observe as much as possible the originally proposed deadline of June 1, please let me propose to you in the new capacity of a RC10 coordinator for our participation in the ISA Forum blog, the following introductory information on interactive RC10 Internet Forum, specificities of RC10 preliminary program approach to the main theme of ISA Forum 2016 on desirable futures and a call to boundary spanning virtual dialoguing at emerging ISA Forum 2016 Blog of RC10:

RC10: Participation, organizational democracy and self-management

on internet and in the futures we want


ISA RC10 on participation, organizational democracy, self-management Internet forum, created at http://isarc10internetforum.wikispaces.com/home in December 2008 under the ISBN number 978-86-88347-01-3 and Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 License, became in the meantime a reliable instrument for the prompt and up to date information and archival data base for all interested in activities and plans of ISA rc10 members and friends concerning founding legal documents (statutes), collective self-reflection, membership and election procedures, Boards, 24 past conferences and in June 2015 four forthcoming conferences, 2 on line courses, 2 on line research networks, 21 past RC10 Newsletters from May 1988 to December 2010 and other publications, petitions, in memoriam... the list is open.

Statistics on sharply increasing average and peak number of unique visitors of the home page of the ISA RC10 Internet Forum from 2009 to 2014, witness about the rising interest in this Forum, especially in the circumstances when the Newsletter stopped to appear regularly:

unique visitors 2009.png

unique visitors 2014.jpg

The interactive potential of ISA RC10 Internet forum and discussion part of its sub-pages dedicated to specific themes is still not used to the fullest, having in mind that by June 2015 just 59 colleagues out of many more accepted paper presenters joined the forum by filling in the form at http://www.wikispaces.com/user/join?goto=http%3A%2F%2Fisarc10internetforum.wikispaces.com%2Fspace%2Fjoin. Maybe the Board members who still did not join, should make an example by joining themselves and then calling others to join as well : ). All interested are invited to join this wiki Forum and begin to practice participation,organizational democracy, self-management and self-reflection by editing home and other pages of our RC10 Internet Forum, contributing to lively asynchronous and synchronous debates and deliberation concerning themes of common interest.

The common denominator of entire ISA RC10 preliminary program for ISA Forum 2016, publicized at http://isarc10internetforum.wikispaces.com/ISA+2016 and at http://www.isa-sociology.org/forum-2016/rc/rc.php?n=RC10, presents hypothesis that social organizational forms and social activities designated by concepts contained in the title of our RC, participation, organizational democracy and self-management, present simultaneous aims and instruments of social construction of desirable futures, emancipated, solidary , egalitarian and ecologically sustainable development of capacities of each and all members of human society.

ISA Forum 2016 is good opportunity to make the subpages dedicated to it at internet address http://isarc10internetforum.wikispaces.com/ISA+2016 even richer with material for present and future researchers of respective session themes than sub pages of previous ISA Congresses and Forums, by making all or majority of extended abstracts and drafts of full papers and other contributions available on line before and after ISA Forum 2016, for present and future virtual discussion, common research and publishing planning. This will enable participation in these activities of all interested, regardless of frequent financial obstacles to face to face participation on the spot.

ISA Forum 2016 Blog at http://isaforum2016.univie.ac.at/blog/ opens further opportunities to span boundaries between different RCs/WGs/TSs and address the main theme of ISAForum 2016 - "The Futures We Want:Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World" as multi-dimensionally and as complexly as possible.

At emerging ISA Forum2016 RC10 Blog we will continue to briefly present and stimulate dialoguing on common features and specificities of ISA RC10 futures' research. It is rooted in historical structural and interpretative constructivist explanation and understanding of history, present state and future trends in active participation in strategic decision making, autonomous and authentic emergence of organizational democracy forms and practice of cooperative integral self-management overcoming class division of labor between minority of managers and dominated and exploited majority of executionaries, perpetuated through accompanying centralization and concentration of big capitalist private property from local to global plane.

All mentioned issues are relevant for research and policy making in both societies of the so called former real socialism and societies of the present real capitalism. The author of these lines and ISA RC10 members and friends therefore call upon colleagues sociologists from kindred RCs/WGs/TSs and interested reading public at large, to leave their comments and suggestions concerning ISA RC10 Internet Forum themes in general and sub-pages dedicated to ISA Forum 2016 main theme on wanted futures in particular, on relevant sub-pages of http://isarc10internetforum.wikispaces.com/. If this is too complicated for you to join our ISA RC10 Internet Forum by filling in the form at http://www.wikispaces.com/user/join?goto=http%3A%2F%2Fisarc10internetforum.wikispaces.com%2Fspace%2Fjoin, please leave your comments and suggestions on this emerging ISA Forum 2016 Blog page of ISA RC 10.

Vera Vratusa , Full Prof. in retirement
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Sociology
Creator and organizer of http://isarc10internetforum.wikispaces.com/
Personal webpage http://veravratusaesociology.wikispaces.com/
CV http://www.wikispaces.com/user/view/vvratusa



Call for Sessions:

2 February, 2015 - 15 March, 2015 24:00 GMT

Session proposer must submit session's description on-line
Session proposals must be submitted in English, French or Spanish.

Dear RC 10 members, colleagues and friends,I'm happy to announce that RC 10 has entrusted me with a new mandate and has also elected a new secretary, Fatima Assuncao from the University of Lisbon (School of Social and Political Sciences, Sociology).
We are already working together on organizing our future mid-term conference, hopefully to take place in Lisbon in 2017, and will be sending you some news on that when the preparation will be more advanced.
Meanwhile, please find below the link to the RC10 Call for Sessions for the ISA Forum in 2016, Vienna, Austria.
http://www.isa-sociology.org/forum-2016/rc/rc.php?n=RC10

Please note that:
- the deadline for submitting session proposals is the 15th of March,
- that the proposals must be entered directly into the ISA dedicated web site,
- that due to the new ISA procedure it will not be possible for the organizers to enter sessions manually into the system after that date
- and that we recommend that you send me and Fatima a copy of your session proposal by mail so we can keep track in case a proposal was not considered by the system.
RC10 sessions will focus or refer to Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management when addressing the general theme of the ISA Forum on The Futures we Want and the Struggles for a Better World.
The information is also available on our own Internet Forum at
http://isarc10internetforum.wikispaces.com/ISA+2016

We look forward to receiving your session proposals.
With our best wishes,
Isabel da Costa
ISA RC10 President
Fatima Assuncao
ISA RC10 Secretary


REMINDER – ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE
to
Research Committee 10 on Participation, Organizational Democracy and
Self-Management at the 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World Vienna, 10-14 July 2016
Dear colleagues,

We would like to remind you that the deadline for submitting abstracts to the forthcoming ISA Forum in Vienna is the 30 September 2015. After this date, the abstracts submission system will be closed and no further abstracts will be taken into account.
If you are planning to participate in RC10 Sessions, please submit your abstract on-line before the 30 September 2015 at:
https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/forum2016/cfp.cgi

You will find information about our program by clicking the following link:
http://www.isa-sociology.org/forum-2016/rc/rc.php?n=RC10

For extended description and discussion please go to RC10 Internet Forum at:
http://isarc10internetforum.wikispaces.com/ISA+2016

Even if you cannot attend the Forum, we strongly encourage you to participate by contributing to a lively discussion of the themes either:
- as usual in RC10’s Internet Forum at http://isarc10internetforum.wikispaces.com/

- or in the newly created ISA Forum Blog at http://isaforum2016.univie.ac.at/blog

We are looking forward to your participation in our program.
Please share this reminder with your contacts.
Thank you.
Kind regards,
Isabel da Costa
ISA RC10 President
Fátima Assunção
ISA RC10 Secretary


Call for Abstracts

14 April 2015 - 30 September 2015 24:00 GMT
Anyone interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract on-line to a chosen session
on-line submissions
on-line submissions


The abstract (300 words) must be submitted in English, French or Spanish.


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Subject: Letter from the President to ISA Members
time: Wed, 17 Jun 2015

Greetings! As part of my commitment to ongoing communications I want to take this opportunity to update you on what we have been doing at the ISA since my last letter in January 2015.
Executive Committee annual meeting: In March 2015, ISA Executive Committee (EC) for the period 2014-2018 met for the first time at its annual meeting at the Jagellonian University in Cracow, Poland. The EC meeting and a symposium, Global Sociology - Local Perspectives were organized and warmly hosted by Grazyna Skapska, Executive Committee member and our institutional hosts, Jagiellonian University, Polish National Bank, Polish Sociological Society. The EC meetings were intense and productive. The first two days were devoted to the separate meetings of the Publications Committee chaired by VP Vineeta Sinha, Membership and Finance Committee, chaired by VP Benjamín Tejerina, Research Coordinating Committee, chaired by VP Markus Schulz and National Association Liaison Committee chaired by VP Sari Hanafi. The EC then met as a whole for two days culminating on the last day with the successful symposium organized by our hosts. A summary of the reports and my letter is posted on the web: http://www.isa-sociology.org/letter-from-president/index.htm
A comprehensive report prepared by Brigitte Aulenbacher, (Vice-Chair), Rudolf Richter (Chair) and Ida Seljeskoj of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the ISA Forum was provided to the EC members prior to the meeting. Brigitte Aulenbacher presented to the RCC and EC the main issues including poster, opening reception, sponsorship and LOC Blog.
I attended all the meetings of the four committees and at the EC meeting that I chaired, I reported on my activities since taking office as ISA President. These included my involvement in (1) ISA Presidential Operational Activities, including Transitional Activities related to World Congress in Yokohama; Capacity Building of the ISA Secretariat and ongoing Interaction with ISA Vice-Presidents and Local Organizing Committees. (2) Presidential Travel and Speaking Engagements at American Sociological Association, Indian Sociological Society, Japanese Sociological Society. (3) Presidential Projects: Initial planning of the aims and scope of the project on Mapping Sociologists for Social Inclusion and as a Global Resource. We also briefly touched upon the initial planning required for coordinating a global project on ending gendered and intersectional violence.
The EC discussed and accepted my proposed title, Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities for the 2018 World Congress of Sociology in Toronto. Two other items were discussed: First, setting up a sub-committee to develop a proposal for short term ISA Partner institution fellowships that would complement a number of our ongoing projects, including ISA Ph.D. Labs, and the second, support from the Haverford Institute of Public Sociology (HIPS) by providing 10 travel grants of $500 to support the goals of ISA and the Presidential commitment to encourage participation at the ISA Forum among junior sociologists. Sub-committee reports were provided by Robert Van Krieken on RC/WG/TG Statutes Revision; on Early Career Sociologists by Vineeta Sinha, Human Rights by Sari Hanafi. Activities reports were provided by Stewart Lockie on the International Council for Science; by Ramon Flecha and Marta Soler on the Oñati International Institute of Sociology of Law. Rosemary Barberet presented a report prepared jointly with Jan M. Fritz about their participation in the 58th session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Emma Porio, ISA representative at the GDN reported on GDN’s recent activities, and Vineeta Sinha reported on the preparations for the International Laboratory for Ph.D. students to be held in Singapore in July 2015.
On behalf of the EC, I would like to thank our hosts in Cracow for their hospitality, especially Grazyna Skapska. A special thanks to Izabela Barlinska and the ISA Secretariat for their invaluable role in organizing and coordinating our successful EC meetings.

Other important Information:
Third ISA Forum of Sociology, July 2016, Vienna, Austria The Call for Abstracts for the Forum has been open from 14 April 2015 and will close on 30 September 2015 24:00 GMT at http://www.isa-sociology.org/forum-2016/ I encourage you to submit your abstracts for what will surely be an intellectually stimulating and engaging forum.
New membership administration Over the last decade our association has grown and new activities and conferences have been added. To meet the increasing needs of the association, ISA Executive decided to improve membership administration by incorporating new technologies provided by the JL System. This new system allows members to update their profile on-line, check membership status and complete payments due. Please visit https://isa.enoah.com/Sign-In
Abstracts of PhD Dissertations ISA encourages students who are in the middle of their PhD studies or have completed in the last 5-6 years to add their PhD dissertation abstract and a short bio to the special open access database on the ISA website. The entries are searchable by keywords, author, title, as well as areas of interest, country and supervisor's name. http://www.isa-sociology.org/abstracts-dissertations/ I want to especially thank Oleg Komlik, Chair of the Junior Sociologists Network http://www.isa-sociology.org/junior_sociologists_network.htm who has been pivotal in promoting this initiative. We hope this initiative will foster collaborations and the exchange of ideas among junior sociologists and help promote ISA’s goal of advancing and disseminating sociological knowledge throughout the world.


Notification: 30 November 2015

  • Session Organizer will handle all correspondence concerning the session and is responsible for informing authors by November 30, 2015 whether their papers have been accepted for presentation.
  • A final presentation designation (oral presentation, distributed paper, poster, or round table presentation) needs to be stated. This information can be modified later once registration check has been completed. Note: Distributed papers will be listed in the program and their abstracts will be included in the Abstracts Book, providing the authors pay a registration fee in time. If a participant does not show up, the first participant listed under distributed papers will be asked to present his/her paper.





Registration deadline for presenters: April 5, 2016 24:00 GMT


  • On the registration deadline April 5, 2016 presenters who have failed to register will be automatically deleted from the program.
  • It is very important that all participants respect conference deadlines concerning registration and submission of abstracts. No extension of deadlines is possible
  • On-line conference registration



Rules for All Presenters


  • Limited appearance in the Program
    Participants may be listed no more than twice in the Program. This includes all types of activities requiring physical presence: chair or co-chair, author or co-author (oral or poster presentation, distributed paper), roundtable presenter, panelist, critic, discussant.

    In addition, participants may be listed in the Program up to two more times as Program Coordinators and/or Session Organizers.
    RC/WG/TGs can further limit the number of appearances within their own sessions.
    A participant cannot present and chair in the same session.