This page and its discussion part is created for preparation, virtual conducting and post - Conference commenting, common research and publication planning of members and interested friends of International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Participation, organizational Democracy and Self-Management ( RC10) concerning issues raised by contributions to independent, integrative, joint and common sessions during

the XIX World Congress of Sociology,15-21 July 2018, Toronto, Canada

Theme: Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities

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Since the inception of the discipline, sociologists have been concerned with power, violence and justice. Current social, economic and political challenges enhance their relevance. As capitalist globalization expands and deepens, corporate power increases along with global, national and local inequalities. New geo-political power configurations and confrontations are emerging, with violence being used as a tool to oppress and also to resist oppression. Colonial histories and contemporary land appropriations reflect the structures and cultural processes that perpetuate violence against indigenous and minority communities. States’ failures to meet their responsibility to provide basic resources are often deflected by blaming the most vulnerable. Both global economic and geo-political processes create crises and massive displacements of people and, at the same time, fuel racism, nationalism and xenophobia. We have also seen an increasing buildup of a culture of fear as a powerful tool used by states, corporations and other institutions to generate popular support for curtailing freedom in the name of security. Efforts to curtail the flow of desperate refugees, attest to the reinforcement of national and racialized borders. Despite visible progress on equality issues, violence against women and intersectional violence point to the entrenchment of the gender border around the world. Equally significant is the need to consider the role of state and institutional power relations to ongoing everyday violence. In response to disempowerment, violence, and injustice we have also witnessed nonviolent movements, humanitarian interventions, and peace processes that have empowered communities, reduced violence, and promoted justice. These diverse communities have built solidarities outside the neo-liberal frames of state-global capital nexus.
This XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology will focus on how scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers, journalists and activists from diverse fields can and do contribute to our understanding of power, violence and justice.
Margaret Abraham ISA President
© 2016 ISA, International Sociological Association.
The ISA is a member of the International Social Science Council and enjoys a status of the Non-Governmental Organization in formal associate relations with UNESCO and special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The ISA is also a member of the International Council of Science.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM OF RC10 - accepted sessions in an alphabetic order of the session's title first letter:

Isabel DA COSTA, CNRS-IDHES, France,
Fatima ASSUNCAO, ISCSP - ULisboa, Portugal,


Citizen's Responses Towards the Institutions in Crisis: Collaborative Culture, Common Goods, and the Fracture within the Structures of Dominance

Civic Participation and the Process of Local Community Revitalization: Multinational Perpective and Experience

Entrepreneurship and Management from a Gender Perspective

From Industrial Democracy to Modern Day Populism

Latin American Social Movements, Social Justice and the State in the Global World

Microfinance and Its Implication on Empowerment

Organizations and Democracy: Sources of Redress of Social Inequalities, State Failure, and Oppressive Corporate Power

Participatory Action Research (PAR) – Taking Stock of Advancements and Challenges

Self Management As Goal and Means of Empowerment, Liberation from Violence and Justice for the Oppressed and Exploited
> URL on this wiki: Self Management As Goal and Means of Empowerment, Liberation from Violence and Justice for the Oppressed and Exploited

Social Injustice, Marginalization and Conflicts in Globalised World in the Context of Access to Food, Health Services &education: Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self Management

The Delivery of Justice and Human Rights


October 5 – 3 November 2017 24:00 GMT

  • Abstracts selection: Session Organizer must complete selection of abstracts and provide a final presentation designation (oral, distributed, poster, round table). Session Organizers move good quality abstracts unsuited for their sessions to the Program Coordinator’s bin for transfer to another session.

November 4 – 24 November 2017 24:00 GMT

  • Abstracts re-location: Program Coordinator re-locates good quality abstracts considered unsuited by Session Organizers from the Program Coordinator's bin to other sessions.

November 30, 2017 24:00 GMT

  • Notification letters: Confex sends notification letters to:
  • Authors and co-authors of accepted abstracts
  • Authors of rejected abstracts

December 15, 2017 - January 26, 2018 24:00 GMT

  • Sessions Scheduling December 15 - January 15: Confex schedules Joint Session, Round Table, and Poster sessions January 16 - January 26: Program Coordinators schedule regular sessions

January 31, 2018 24:00 GMT

  • Applications for Registration Grants deadline: Program Coordinator receives applications for ISA grants submitted by the participants

February 15, 2018 24:00 GMT

  • Submission of proposed Registration Grants recipients: Program Coordinator sends a list of selected individuals and amounts recommended to the ISA Secretariat for verification and approval.

March 20, 2018 24:00 GMT

  • Registration deadline for presenters: Registration must be paid by the deadline. Confex matches registrations with accepted presenters and will send out last reminder to register. Presenters who have failed to register will be automatically deleted from the program.

April 14 – April 30, 2018 24:00 GMT

  • Final modifications: Session Organizer modifies sessions based on withdrawal of non-registered presenters.

4. 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 participation – except being listed as Program Coordinator or Session Organizer. Program Coordinators and Session Organizers can organize a maximum of two sessions where their names will be additionally listed in the program. A “participant” is anyone listed as an author, co-author (oral presentation and/or distributed paper), plenary speaker, roundtable presenter, poster presenter, panelist, critic, discussant, session (co)chair, or any similar substantive role in the program. A participant cannot present and chair in the same session.
  • ISA and RC/WG/TG membership ISA does not require anyone to be a member in order to present a paper, and provides different registration fees for members and non-members. Those RCs which require that presenters in their sessions are members of the RC, and/or also of ISA, should clearly inform potential presenters about these requirements from the very start of conference preparations.
  • Registration payment In order to be included in the program the participants (presenters, chairs, discussants, etc.) need to pay registration fees by March 20, 2018. If not registered, their names will not appear in the Program Book and in the Abstracts Book. For co-authored paper, in order for a paper to appear in the program, at least one co-author should pay the registration fee by the early registration deadline March 20, 2018; the names of other co-authors will be listed as well. If other co-authors wish to attend the conference they must pay the registration fee.


Call for Abstracts

April 25 – 30 September 2017 24:00 GMT

  • Abstracts submission: Participants and organizers of invited sessions must submit abstracts on-line via Confex platform. Abstracts must be submitted in English, French or Spanish. Only abstracts submitted on-line will be considered in the selection process.
  • SUBMIT before September 30, 2017 24:00 GMT

Call for sessions_XIX World Congress of Sociology_2018_Toronto

Dear RC 10 members, colleagues and friends,
We are pleased to announce that the call for sessions for the XIX World Congress of Sociology, which will be held in Toronto, Canada, from 15 to 21 July in 2018, is now open.
The general theme of the Congress is "Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities".
We propose that RC10 sessions follow the theme of the congress with a special focus on "Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management", as well as particular attention to gender, social movements, public sociology and democracy issues.
Please note that: - the call for sessions will be open from 2nd of February to 15th of March 2017; - that the proposals must be entered directly into the ISA dedicated Confex website; - that due to ISA procedures it will not be possible to enter sessions manually into the Confex website system after that date (there are no exceptions for late proposals). - that RC10 members will be given priority in case we receive more session proposals than time slots available for RC10 sessions, and that we strongly encourage the organizers of sessions to be(come) RC10 members.
You will find details on the possible types of sessions as well as a timeline for key ISA Congress deadlines under the following link:
The information is also available and will be frequently updated on our own Internet Forum at:
Finally, please also note that once the program with RC10 sessions will be finalized, the abstract submission will open in the ISA dedicated Confex website from April 25 to September 30, 2017.
We look forward to receiving your session proposals! Please circulate this information to your contacts.

With our best wishes,

Isabel da Costa and Fátima Assunção RC10 Program Coordinators

Begin a submission of sessions to the following:

Research Committees Deadline: March 15, 2017 Thematic Groups Deadline: March 15, 2017
Working Groups Deadline: March 15, 2017

Guidelines for Program Coordinators

During the time that abstract submission is open from April 25 - September 30, 2017 you will have 'view only' privileges. On October 5, 2017 full use of the system will become available to you.

Abstracts selection: October 5 - November 3, 2017
- Session Organizer must complete selection of abstracts and provide a final presentation designation (oral, distributed, poster, round table).
- Session Organizer can move good quality abstracts unsuited for the session to the Program Coordinator’s bin for transfer to another session.
- Note: abstracts transfers should be done as early as possible so they may be placed into other sessions.

From April 25 - September 30, 2017 you will have the ability to add abstracts to your session(s) by clicking on the "Add New Abstract" link in the Session Control Panel.

1. Conference format

Schedule of the sessions

  • All sessions of Research Committees (RC), Working Groups (WG) and Thematic Groups (TG) will last 110 minutes except of an evening time-slot 19:30-20:50 that lasts only 80 minutes and is recommended for Business Meeting.

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Session allocation

The number of sessions will be allocated based on the number of the ISA members in good standing in the group as of October 2016 according to the scheme provided below. Members in good standing are individual members who have paid both ISA and the RC/WG/TG membership due for the current year.
Nº of ISA members in each group as of October 2016
Nº of sessions
250 members and more
200-249 members
150-199 members
100-149 members
50- 99 members
25- 49 members
<25 members
The number of allocated sessions is the total number of all sessions assigned to RC/WG/TG and includes all types of sessions as well as:
  1. A time slot for a Business Meeting;
  2. Joint sessions. Joint sessions cannot constitute more than 50% of all sessions in which a RC/WG/TG is involved (as host and/or co-organizer).
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Type of sessions

RC/WG/TG are encouraged to diversify the form of their sessions. A combination of the following types of sessions is suggested:
  • Paper presentation session It is recommended that each session uses its 110 minutes to accommodate 4-5 papers and 15-20 minutes of collective discussion. All other papers should be listed as distributed papers in the relevant session and serve as “waitlist” for Session Organizers. These papers will be listed in the program and, providing the authors register in time, their abstracts will be included in the abstracts book. If a participant does not show up, the first participant listed under distributed papers will be asked to present a paper.
  • Featured or Keynote Speaker A session featuring a leading researcher in one of the RC/WG/TG fields, with a presentation of between 35 and 60 minutes duration, followed by a discussion period. This kind of session can attract more people from outside your group. These sessions are organized directly by Program Coordinators and/or Session Organizers and are not open for abstract submission.
  • Panel Session Panel session accommodates a larger number of invited panelists who will debate around a specific theme or on current issues of particular importance to the area of research. The floor will then be opened to the audience. Panel sessions are organized directly by Program Coordinators and/or Session Organizers and are not open for abstract submission.
  • Invited Session Sessions organized directly by Program Coordinators and/or Session Organizers. These are not open for abstract submission.
  • Author meets their Critics A debate around an important recent publication that could be presented by the author(s), with commentators and opening the floor to the audience. These sessions are organized directly by Program Coordinators and/or Session Organizers and are not open for abstract submission.
  • Roundtable Session In order to accommodate more papers, a regular session time-slot may be used for a maximum of 5 concurrent running round table presentations in one room (maximum of 5-6 presenters at each table). Five tables will be set up at the same time and in the same room. Each table will accommodate 10 persons including the presenters (suggested number of 5 presenters). Each RC can organize up to 2 Round Table sessions.
  • Poster session Poster presentations of research information and results. Each RC can organize up to 2 Poster sessions. Each RC will be given a specific date/time for its Poster Session.
  • Joint Session Joint Sessions are sessions organized jointly by two or more RCs, or an RC combined with a WG or TG on a theme of overlapping interest. Please note that Joint Sessions must be included in the regular session allocation of one of the participating units. Joint sessions cannot constitute more than 50% of all sessions in which a RC/WG/TG is involved (as host and/or co-organizer).
  • Integrative Session Integrative Sessions connect around a debate on a common theme at least 3 Research Committees, Working Groups, Thematic Groups, National Associations (ISA collective members), or a combination of any 3 units. The deadline for submitting proposals is January 15, 2013. For more details, see
  • Business Meeting Each RC/WG/TG is obliged to hold a Business Meeting to discuss current organizational matters as well as to conduct election, if appropriate. As an evening time-slot 19:30-20:50 is shorter and lasts only 80 minutes, it is recommended for Business Meeting.
  • Other formats Having a variety of types of sessions can enhance the quality of a meeting, especially if the organizers find the right people to participate in them. The above are simply suggestions. Other formats, such as a hands-on workshop, or a session on pedagogy may also be appropriate for your group.

Linguistic diversity

Although English is the administrative language of ISA, the Association does have three official languages, English, French and Spanish.
Presentations are primarily in the official three. However RC/WG/TGs are encouraged to support language diversity. If paper presentations are in languages other than English, then it is up to the RC/TG/WG to work this out creatively, given that ISA does not have funds to support simultaneous interpretation.
Suggested possibilities:
  • to have a translation of the abstract available as overheads, Power Point or distributed hard copy;
  • for the presenter to use a mixture of English and their preferred language;
  • to provide an oral sequential informal interpretation/summary by another RC member;
  • to have a whispered interpretation/ summary provided by another RC member;
  • to have a volunteer typing on a computer a summary of the remarks as they are made;
Most likely, there are other strategies as well. Implementing the strategies requires advanced planning, including the recruiting of qualified volunteers. It is equally important that the possibility of using such strategies also be widely known in advance, for the information of both potential paper presenters and also members of the audience and for the necessary technological devices to be available on the spot. Conference rooms are provided with screen and computer for PowerPoint presentations.

2. Program Coordinators and Session Organizers

Role of Program Coordinator and Session Organizer

The Program Coordinator of each RC, WG and TG is responsible for organizing a program of high-quality sessions.
In cooperation with the Board of the group the Program Coordinator must define session themes and, perhaps, an overall theme for the group’s program, and choose competent Session Organizers who will ensure that the program achieves the academic quality expected at a World Congress.
The Program Coordinator will be contacted by the ISA Secretariat about any matters concerning the group’s program and, if needed, the Program Coordinator will then inform Session Organizers.
After the issuing of the Call for Papers, the Program Coordinator will help Session Organizers to decide on acceptance of abstracts submitted on-line by conference participants. If needed, the Program Coordinator can transfer abstracts between various sessions of the group.
The Program Coordinator is expected to keep close track of the progress made by each Session Organizer and decide on the final structure of the program. The Program Coordinator is also responsible for sessions’ schedule.
Session Organizer is responsible for all correspondence concerning the session. It is the Session Organizer’s responsibility to submit accurate details about the session. All changes/updates should be done via on-line system.
It is very important that Program Coordinators and Session Organizers respect conference deadlines. No extension of deadlines is possible.

3. Duties and deadlines

January 15, 2017 24:00 GMT

  • Announcing Program Coordinators: RC/WG/TG provide name and contact details of Program Coordinator to the ISA Secretariat
  • Proposals for
  • Integrative Sessions which involve at least 3 Research Committees, 3 National Associations or a combination of the two
  • Regular sessions by National, Regional, Linguistic and Thematic Associations
  • Author Meets Critics sessions
  • Ad Hoc Sessions
Should be received at the ISA Secretariat for selection process; guidelines for applying are available on

February 2 – 15 March 2017 24:00 GMT

  • Call for Sessions
  • RC/WG/TG session proposer must submit session’s description on-line via Confex platform.
  • Invited session organizer (RC/WG/TG, Presidential, Plenary, LOC sessions, etc.) must submit session’s description on-line via Confex platform.

March 16 - 7 April 2017 24:00 GMT

  • Final list of Sessions: RC/WG/TG Program Coordinator must finalize a list of sessions. Sessions titles, descriptions and the language in which they will be held (English, French or Spanish), as well as contact details of session organizers (name, affiliation, country, e-mail) will be available on the ISA conference platform run by Confex.

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