SASA congress keynote address in Mail&Guardian - posted on 4 August 2014


Academic position at the University of Johannesburg - posted on 4 April 2014


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The University of Johannesburg invites suitably qualified individuals to apply for the position of Lecturer Sociology within the Department of Sociology at a market-related remuneration package. The Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg offers programmes in Sociology, Industrial Sociology, Urban Studies, and Social Impact Assessment. The Department places emphasis on teaching excellence, innovative research, international scholarly links and community engagement.

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Statement - posted in December 2013


  The South African Sociological Association mourns the death of 
  former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
  on 5 December 2013.  

  Hamba Kahle, Madiba. May you rest in peace.
  Your legacy is our future.



Statement - posted to SASA mailing list on 1 November 2013



At its annual congress in July 2012, the South African Sociological Association (SASA), a professional body representing the discipline of sociology
and the professional interests of sociologists, adopted – by a substantial majority – the following resolution:

We resolve that any scholar based in Israel who wishes to be invited to present a paper at SASA must state that they are opposed to Israeli rule of
occupied Palestinian territories.

The formation of SASA twenty years ago (as a merger of two pre-existing associations) took place precisely at the moment that the ‘new’
South African democratic order was being forged. This founding history, together with a long and complex history of sociological involvement in
public intellectual life, as well as traditions of engaged scholarship in this country, form the backdrop against which this resolution was adopted.

At the July 2013 Annual General Meeting of SASA, it was agreed that the incoming SASA Council should communicate the content of the
resolution to the SASA membership. The resolution signals SASA’s recognition of the risk posed by Israel’s occupation of Palestinian
territories, and the devastating social consequences thereof. It also gives central recognition to the position of intellectuals and academic
institutions in the struggle for social justice.  

At a moment when we are confronted by immense social challenges – at a local, regional and global level – the resolution on Israel has
re-opened many questions about the role and significance of SASA, and sociological scholarship more generally, in critique and progressive
social change. These questions, and the debates they inspire will no doubt continue to energise and enliven SASA as a community of
engaged sociologists.

A statement issued by SASA Council on a resolution regarding scholars from Israel adopted at the Annual General Meeting of the
South African Sociological Association on July 3rd 2012.


Academic position at North West University - posted on 6 November 2013



SASA AGM approves new Constitution - posted on 9 July 2013
The 2013 Annual General Meeting of the South African Sociological Association has approved
ammendments to the SASA Constitution, including an addition to the preamble and a change of
main method of communication to that of the SASA mailing list. The new Constitution can be 
accessed under the 'About Us' tab of this website. 

Letter: Restructuring the ISA - posted on 9 July 2013

Dear Member:

  In a few days the representatives of the Research Committees and National
Associations (in good standing) will be asked to vote on organizational changes in
the ISA that have been proposed by the ISA Executive Committee.

The proposed changes involve the re-composition of the program committee for World
Congresses that will give wider representation to Research Committees and National
Associations and enable future ISA Presidents to play a more direct role in shaping
World Congress programs. If the proposals pass then they will take effect at the
2014 World Congress in Yokohama.

The details of the changes can be found at [1]. There you will also find
the rationales for and against the changes as well as the modification in the ISA
Statutes and By-laws that the changes will require. All 4 documents can be found in
the three official languages of the ISA, but the English version will govern in case
of ambiguity.

We encourage you to read the materials and post your comments and suggestions on the
blog and if you have questions I and others will try to answer them. Don't hesitate
to get in touch with your representatives to express your views!

  All changes in ISA Statutes and By-laws have to be approved by the Assembly of
Councils, which is composed of the representatives of the Research Committees and
National Associations (in good standing). They will have 90 days to register their

  Best wishes for an engaging and open discussion.

  Yours sincerely,

  Michael Burawoy
  ISA President

Petition: Defend Democracy in SASA - posted on 20 June 2013

Dear SASA member

Defend Democracy in SASA

At the 2012 SASA conference, held at UCT, a presenter from an Israeli university built on occupied Palestinian territory contemptuously rejected requests that he distance himself from his government’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land. In response, every sociologist in the room walked out, and held the session elsewhere.  Subsequently, the following resolution was put to SASA’s governing  body, its Annual General Meeting (AGM): 

Any academic from an Israeli institution who wishes to be invited to present a paper at a SASA conference must first indicate his/her opposition to Israeli rule in the occupied territories.

This resolution was passed by an overwhelming majority, with about a quarter of the meeting abstaining and fewer than ten people voting against. Despite this overwhelming adoption of the resolution, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape Town) exerted pressure on the SASA Council through a complaint about the specific incident and the subsequent resolution. This resulted in the Council revisiting the resolution, culminating - despite reported differences amongst Council members - in a decision of Council that the resolution was unconstitutional. The Council offered two reasons.

First, it said that motions had to be tabled 24 hours before the AGM, which had not occurred. But, technically, this was not a motion, it was a resolution (which had been brought to the AGM immediately after the incident). From the constitution, it is clear that 24 hours notice is not required. Clause 7(c) states:

At the Annual Meeting, a majority of the voting members present may: i) place items on the agenda of that Meeting; (ii) pass resolutions binding on the Council …

The second argument was that some of the people who voted were not members.  While indeed it is necessary for the Council to ensure that only paid-up members participate in the voting process, in the last decade this requirement has never been strictly adhered to. This therefore cannot be a basis on which to nullify the resolution. The danger here is that if the resolution is unconstitutional on these grounds, then the election of Council would be as well, and all decisions of Council since then would be nullified. This would retrospectively also apply to any previous Councils and AGMs where this was the case. This is therefore a potentially very damaging argument for the organisational integrity of SASA. Had the President genuinely believed that he erred in allowing the AGM to consider the resolution, the proper recourse would have been to resign. Alternatively, the Council could have taken the view that, since a substantial majority of members backed the resolution, it would accept the decision as binding.

In practice, the Council overturned a resolution that was democratically adopted by the AGM. This poses a threat to SASA’s internal democracy as well as SASA’s role in broader societal affairs. We call on all SASA members to support this petition for the reinstatement and immediate implementation of the resolution.  We also request that you support the call for the following motion, headed ‘Defence of Democracy in SASA’, to be the first item on the agenda of the forthcoming AGM of the South African Sociological Association.

This Annual General Meeting, being the final decision making body of SASA:

1.  Notes that the following resolution was passed by an overwhelming majority at the 2012 AGM: ‘Any academic from an Israeli institution who wishes to be invited to present a paper at a SASA conference must first indicate his/her opposition to Israeli rule in the occupied territories.’

2.  Expresses its disapproval of the SASA Council’s decision to repudiate this resolution.

3. Re-affirms the resolution as the democratic decision of the AGM of SASA.

4. Reiterates that the resolution is binding on the Council in accordance with Article 7(c)(ii) of the SASA Constitution.

If you support this petition and motion, please send an email to with the following subject: I support the 'Defence of Democracy in SASA' petition and motion. Include your name, institutional affiliation, and any other SASA-relevant information.

We hope you will support this cause. Without democracy SASA is incapable of representing its members and its capacity to defend societal democracy is severely compromised.


Prof. Jimi Adesina (Research Chair in Social Policy, University of South Africa), President of SASA, 2004-06.

Prof. Fred Hednricks (Dean, Faculty of Humanties, Rhodes University), President of SASA, 2000-02.

Prof. Peter Alexander (Research Chair in Social Change, University of Johannesburg), Vice President of SASA, 2007-09, SARS editor 2008-10.

Dr. Shireen Ally (University of the Witwatersrand), SARS editor, 2009-12, SASA Council member, 2008-11.

Prof. Mokong Simon Mapadimeng (North-West University, Mafikeng Campus), President of SASA, 2007-09, Council member, 2010-13 .

Prof. David Cooper (Head, Department of Sociology, University of Cape Town), SASA Council member, 2011-12.

Ms. Babalwa Sishuta (Rhodes University), Vice President of SASA, 2012-13.

Dr. Liela Groenewald (University of Johannesburg), SASA council member, 2006-13.

Dr. Tapiwa Chagonda (University of Johannesburg), SASA council member, 2012-13.


Book launch: Contesting Transformation, Dawson & Sinwell - posted on 8 June 2013

Obituary: Prof Bernard Magubane - posted on 20 May 2013

Obituary: Dr Retha Gaigher, local medical sociologist - posted on 29 November 2012
Medical sociologist Dr Retha Gaigher, formerly of the University of Venda, passed away on Sunday morning, 25 November 2012, after a long and difficult battle with cancer. Retha Gaigher's work centred on issues such as health literacy and children with albinism. Her son, who asked that fellow sociologists be informed of her death, noted that while she shunned recognition, she was a formidable writer. She was also involved in the Tswelopele Day Care Centre in Indermark, Limpopo, which aimed to help meet the great need for early childhood development services in a community where the unemployment rate is high and most of the employed men work in cities several hundred kilometers away. Together with her husband, Ian, she ran the Lajuma Research Centre, which hosted postgraduate students and volunteers who worked with the centre to build a database of the biodiversity and ecology of the northernmost parts of South Africa. Retha will be sorely missed by loved ones.

Call to social scientists to sign Marikana statement - posted on 21 September 2012
To all social scientists in South Africa:

This link takes you to a statement on the Marikana Massacre:

We invite all social scientists in South Africa, including doctoral students and associated scholars, to add their name to the list of statement supporters.

This a matter of urgent concern and we will close the list on Friday 21 September, after which we will publish the statement and list of signatories.

Please forward this email to other South African social scientists.

A list of initial signatories appears below, and further down you will find the text of the statement.

Best regards,

Prof. Edward Webster (Wits)

Prof. Peter Alexander (UJ).

Initial signatories

Prof. Freek Cronje, Northwest University, President: South African Sociological Association
Prof. Eddie Webster, University of the Witwatersrand
Prof. Jacklyn Cock, University of the Witwatersrand
Prof. Peter Alexander, University of Johannesburg

Prof. Shireen Hassim, University of the Witwatersrand
Prof. Norman Duncan, University of Pretoria, Dean: Faculty of Humanities
Dr. Kelly Gillespie, University of the Witwatersrand
Prof. Ari Sitas, University of Cape Town
Prof. Noor Nieftergodien, University of the Witwatersrand
Prof. Maxi Schoeman, University of Pretoria
Prof. Jimi Adesina, University of the Western Cape
Prof. Francis Nyamjoh, Univeristy of Cape Town
Prof. Michael Burawoy, University of the Witwatersrand, President: International Sociological Association
Prof. Tina Uys, University of Johannesburg, Vice President: International Sociological Association
Prof. Henning Melber, University of Pretoria
Dr Nolwazi Mkhwanazi, University of the Witwatersrand
Prof. Peter Vale, University of Johannesburg
Prof. Roger Southall, University of the Witwatersrand
Prof. Jane Duncan, Rhodes University
Prof. Dirk Kotze, UNISA
Prof. Andries Bezuidenhout, University of Pretoria
Salim Vally, University of Johannesburg
Prof. Lawrence Hamilton, University of Johannesburg
Prof. John Daniel, School of International Training, Durban
Dr Hylton White, University of the Witwatersrand.

Marikana: Statement by South African Social Scientists

As social scientists we share with the public of South Africa the sense of shock and outrage that followed the recent massacre at Marikana. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who died.
As social scientists we also respond to what has happened in a particular way. Our disciplines avoid episodic description and uncritical acceptance of official statements. Through our research and teaching, we aim to contribute to an examination of social structures, social processes and social context, making sense of these historically and with awareness that they have political significance. Our research aims to reveal phenomena that are hidden, rather than rely on reports of what is immediately visible.

Our analyses are leading us to a recognition of continuities from our apartheid past, with these exposed through events at Marikana. These include:

• massive inequalities that impact adversely on all aspects of the social life of people who are poorer;
• widespread prevalence of low wages (with the persistence of migrant labour and the expansion of outsourcing, subcontracting and informal employment, all of which exacerbate pre-existing problems);
• increased levels of unemployment, especially among young people;
• a system of production based on private profit at the expense of people’s needs;
• domination of the economy by the mining industry, and, with this, repatriation of profits by foreign investors;
• racism that is structural as well as interpersonal;
• growing violence, including hidden violence associated with poverty;
• the prevalence of shacks and other low-cost housing, generally accompanied by the poor provision of basic services; and
• highly repressive forms of public order policing and administration (including the use of the doctrine of common purpose).

Popular perceptions of the Lonmin Marikana mine massacre were initially shaped by TV footage of a single part of the massacre, viewed from the standpoint of the police. This account was reinforced by media briefings, prejudiced reporting, and opinions that blamed the violence on inter-union rivalries. Social scientific research giving weight to accounts by workers has emphasised the culpability of the police, flawed and biased official versions of events, sympathetic treatment of popular culture, and the unity of workers around a demand for a living wage.

Moreover, as social scientists we have a normative concern with defending truth, justice and democracy. And from this stance, we join others in civil society, in calling for:  

• condemnation of the killing of strikers by the police, and the threat to the right to strike that this implies;
• recognition of the complicity of Lonmin, which has responded to workers with intransigence and insensitivity;
• appreciation that the gross inequality of rewards that exists at Lonmin, as elsewhere in mining and beyond, is indefensible;
• support for the legitimate demands of workers for substantially improved pay;
• a welcoming of the Judicial Commission of Enquiry and the investigation by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID);
• consideration of demands by civil society organisations for expansion of its terms of reference of the Commission of Enquiry;
• full and sympathetic consideration of evidence by Lonmin strikers and community members in the areas around Marikana;
• determination of who authorised the use of live ammunition at Marikana;
• an IPID-led inquest or investigation into each individual death;
• careful monitoring of the Commission of Enquiry by independent civil society researchers;
• criminal charges to be brought against any police officer who terminated or endangered the lives of civilians by ordering or implementing orders to use live ammunition, or who tortured protesters while they were held in custody;
• disbanding the task forces that carried out the massacre;
• suspending those responsible for mismanagement of the processing of the crime scene;
• dismissal of  the Acting Director of the National Prosecuting Authority, who accepted the use of ‘common purpose’ in charging all those arrested with murder;
• dismissal of those who authorised a violent assault on the mine workers; 
• the unfettered right of workers to belong to a union of their choice, combined with the promotion of strong, democratic unions; and
• immediate lump-sum payments and ongoing support to the families of miners and others killed at Marikana, and full compensation for those who were injured.


Academic positions at the University of the Witwatersrand - posted on 23 June 2012




The Department of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences enjoys an international reputation for outstanding teaching, research and public engagement, particularly in the fields of economic and industrial sociology, development sociology and health sociology. We are seeking to make THREE tenure-track appointments at the level of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer. Applicants from all fields of sociology are invited to apply, although preference will be given to those candidates able to teach in the broad areas of industrial, economic and development sociology; health sociology; political economy and political sociology; environmental sociology.

The successful applicants will have a record of research and publications appropriate to their levels of appointment, a commitment to teaching, learning and public engagement, and experience with culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Qualifications: PhD in Sociology or related discipline; and relative to level of appointment, an established research record, including publications in internationally recognised journals; and proven teaching record, preferably including strong post-graduate supervisory experience.

Duties: Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research supervision, a willingness to help build the discipline as well as service to the School, the university, the profession and the wider South African community.

Remuneration: The salaries will be at university levels, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Professor Roger Southall, + 27 11 717 4451;

To apply: Submit a covering letter, clearly indicating the post and level(s) applied for, detailed CV with names, addresses and details (including e-mail addresses) of three academic referees, a non-returnable writing sample of a sole authored publication, and certified copies of identity documents and qualifications to Helen Chemaly, Faculty Humanities Human Resources Office, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, WITS 2050.


Closing date: 27th July 2012

Applicants who fulfil employment equity requirements are particularly invited to apply.

Academic positions at the University of Stellenbosch - posted on 29 June 2012
Click here  for advertisement of academic positions at the University of Stellenbosch.

Van Zyl Slabbert Visiting Professorship [NOW CLOSED] - posted on 10 April 2012

The Open Society Foundation for South Africa has provided a five-year grant to fund a series of Van Zyl Slabbert Visiting Professorships in the Departments of Political Studies and Sociology in the Faculty of Humanities.

A successful candidate will hold the Van Zyl Slabbert Chair in Politics and Sociology, which honours Dr Slabbert’s commitment to an open, democratic society; his excellence in public service; and his research and teaching interests in politics and sociology. The Visiting Professor will normally hold the position for between six and twelve months. Shorter periods will be considered if appropriately motivated.

The Visiting Professor will be expected:

·          to engage in research and publication, public lectures and presentations on issues that align with Van Zyl Slabbert’s legacy, especially the issue of electoral democracy, and which links empirical research, theory and political practice

·          to encourage cross-disciplinary engagement and synergies between the academic departments and disciplines of Politics and Sociology

·          to teach or assist in the teaching of one or more postgraduate courses in the two departments, and advise postgraduate students.

Enquiries about this post may be directed to Professor Annette Seegers, Head of the Department of Political Studies on +27 21 650 3381.

Application process:

To apply, please e-mail the completed UCT Application form and all other relevant documentation as indicated on the form, with the subject line “Van Zyl Slabbert Visiting Professorship” followed by the reference number to: Ms Carla Ravens, Dean’s Suite, Faculty of Humanities, Beattie Building, University Avenue, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch 7700, South Africa.

E-mail: ; Faculty website:  

The application form can also be downloaded at

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete.

Reference number for this position: 2369

Closing date for 2012/2013 applications: 14 May 2012

UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at


Conference for the International Association for Critical Realism - posted on 24 January 2012
The Department of Sociology and the Faculty of Education at Rhodes University are co-hosts for the 2012 International Conference for the International Association for Critical Realism.

The conference is being held at Rhodes from the 18th to the 20th of July. There is also a pre-conference workshop on Critical Realism on the 16th and 17th of July, which is particularly suitable for PhD students (but which is suitable for anyone who wishes a solid introduction to the fundamentals of Critical Realism).

There are four keynote speakers, including the two 'founders' of Critical Realism, namely, Roy Bhaskar and Margaret Archer. Roy Bhaskar is also running the pre-conference workshop.

For further information, go to

For any queries, contact Kirk Helliker at   or 046-6038361.

African Doctoral Academy Summer School - posted on 15 September 2011


9th to 20th January 2012

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Arts Building, Merriman Street, Stellenbosch University

The African Doctoral Academy of Stellenbosch University – in partnership with the International Political Science Association (IPSA) - is pleased to offer a Winter School in Social Science Research Methods. The Summer School is primarily aimed at prospective and current doctoral students in the social sciences and humanities but is open to anyone interested who has a master’s degree or higher qualification. The Summer School offers a range of one- and two-week courses covering research designs, a variety of basic and advanced quantitative and qualitative social research methodologies and tools, and a basic course on surveys and sampling.

Here is a brief outline of the course programme and links where you can find further information:

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND PRESENTERS: Please consult the webpage for more details on the courses offered, course descriptions, fees, and the presenters before completing a registration form.

REGISTRATION: Link to online registration form:

TUITION SUPPORT: Link to online tuition support application form:


The following courses will be offered during the FIRST week - Monday 9th to Friday 13th January 2012:
Course 1: Introduction to research designs in the social sciences (Johann Mouton - Stellenbosch University)
Course 2A: Introduction to SPSS and basic statistics for the social sciences (Cindy Lee Steenekamp - Stellenbosch University)

The following courses will be offered during the SECOND week - Monday 16th to Friday 20th January 2012:
Course 2B: Basic data analysis using SPSS (Cindy Lee Steenekamp - Stellenbosch University)
This course follows on from Course 2A, which is a PRE-REQUISITE for attending this course.

Course 3: Introduction to survey methods and sampling (Jan Vorster - Stellenbosch University)
Course 4: Qualitative data analysis with Atlas/ti (Lauren Wildschut - Stellenbosch University)
(A background in basic research methodology and computer literacy is assumed.)
Course 5: Factor analysis, item analysis and item reliability in SPSS (Nelius Boshoff - Stellenbosch University) This is an ADVANCED course.

The following courses will be offered during BOTH weeks - Monday 9th to Friday 13th AND continue from Monday 16th to Friday 20th January 2012:
Course 6: Methodologies of case studies (Ingo Rohlfing – Cologne University, Germany)
Course 7: Comparative research design and configurational comparative methods (Dirk Berg-Schlosser – Philipps University Marburg, Germany)
Course 8: Mixed methods design (Max Bergman – University of Basel, Switzerland)
Course 9: Multiple regression analysis (Bernhard Kittel – Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany)

Contact person:
Fran Ritchie
Summer and Winter Schools Administrator
African Doctoral Academy

Stellenbosch University
Tel: +27 21 808 3394


SASA members get free online access to SARS - posted on 13 September 2011

Dear colleagues

The SARS editorial team would like to thank Liela Groenewald and the team at Taylor and Francis for arranging access for paid-up SASA members to the online content of the South African Review of Sociology.

SASA members can access SARS online by:

a) Logging in to the secure members area on the SASA site

b) Hovering over the SARS tab and clicking on 'Members' Free Access'

You will be re-directed to the journal's site and will be able to access all the material that appeared in SARS from 2010 onwards. Back issues from 2001 are still available under 'Past Editions'.

Hard copies of the journal will, of course, still be sent to all paid-up members.

Kind regards
Marcelle Dawson
(on behalf of the SARS editorial collective)

Dr Marcelle C. Dawson
Senior Researcher
Associated with the South African Research Chair in Social Change
University of Johannesburg
Research Village, House 4 (Bunting Road Campus)
PO Box 524, AUCKLAND PARK, 2006
Tel.: +27 11 559 4272
Fax: +27 11 559 1439


Postgraduate programmes in Development Studies: Wits - posted on 18 August 2011

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Lecturer position at Rhodes University - apply by 15 January.

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Vacancy: Academic Position in the UJ Department of Sociology.
Closing date for applications: 28 August 2009.
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News about the South African Review of Sociology and Deadlines

Submitted by the editors: Peter Alexander, Shireen Ally, Marcelle Dawson and Bridget Kenny

Following discussions between the editors of SARS and Taylor & Francis, it is likely that our journal will be published by T&F under its Routledge imprint from the beginning of 2010. It is anticipated that in future SARS will be published three times a year. We still require clarity on some matters and any agreement on this important matter rests with the Council of SASA. In the meantime, the editors are once again considering papers for publication. At this stage two types of contribution will be considered.

1) Articles. Standard research articles or review articles that should be 5,000-8,000 words long. They should be accompanied by an abstract, not more than 200 words long, that summarises the argument made, indicating its novelty.

2) Briefings. Shorter papers, 1,500-3,000 words long. These should be based on research related to topical issue or report recent findings that might shape academic debate.

Those who know the Review of African Political Economy will be familiar with the distinction between articles and briefings. In both cases, papers will be peer reviewed if they have the potential to be accepted (that is, they are relevant to the South African sociological community and might be considered acceptable by a reviewer). To assist the journal fulfil its developmental mandate, potential contributors who have not yet been published in an academic journal should indicate that thet are a first time author.

In the future, articles and briefings may be submitted at any time, but for the next ssue the following deadlines apply:

Articles: 12 September

Briefings: 15 October

Contributions should be submitted to

The journal will also include Debates and a small section of Community News. Information about these will be made available later. The editors will also be announcing a deadline for proposals for special issues of the journal. For further information about SARS, including it new vision, see the editors’ report to the AGM, which is available on the SASA web site.

Editorial Board. The editorial board includes one member nominated by each department of sociology in South Africa. The aim is to make the EB more representative and more active. Whilst most departments have nominated somebody, a few have not yet done so. The deadline for further nominations in 12 September.

Also see this document which included the AGM report.


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Die Noordwes-Universiteit wag aansoeke in vir die volgende pos:










Minimum vereistes: Vir die Junior lektor ‘n BA (Hons) in Sosiologie met onderrigleer- en navorsingsbetrokkenheid of vir die Lektor ‘nMA in Sosiologie met ongeveer 3 jaar onderrigervaring en bewys van navorsingsuitsette gelewer.


Die Universiteit onderskryf die beginsels van die Wet op Gelyke Indiensneming en pas hierdie beginsels toe. Terwyl meriete, gegrond op kwalifikasies, ervaring en bewese prestasies, die grondslag vir aanstellings uitmaak, is die Universiteit verbind tot die behoefte daaraan om te transformeer en sy personeelprofiel te diversifiseer.

Die Universiteit behou die reg voor om nie ? aanstelling te maak nie.


Sluitingsdatum: 10 Julie 2009.


Diensaanvaarding: Soos ooreengekom met die suksesvolle kandidaat.


Vergoeding en byvoordele: ? Mededingende vergoedingspakket kan beding word. Aantreklike studievoordele sowel as die gewone byvoordele geld.


Vir ? volledige POSPROFIEL en’n AANSOEKVORM, skakel die Departement Mensehulpbronne, tel. (018) 299 4960/4961 of stuur ? e-pos na





The North-West University invites applications for the following position:










Minimum requirements: For the Junior lecturer a BA (Hons) in Sociology with teaching-learning and research involvement or for the Lecturer a MA in Sociology with approximately 3 years’ teaching experience and proof of research output.


The University subscribes to and applies the principles of the Employment Equity Act. While merit, based on qualifications, experience and proven achievements, forms the basis for appointment, the University is committed to the need to transform and diversify its staff profile. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.


Closing date:10 July 2009


Commencement of duties: As agreed with the successful candidate.


Remuneration and fringe benefits:A competitive remuneration package is negotiable. Attractive study benefits as well

as the normal fringe benefits apply.


For a JOB PROFILE AND APPLICATION FORM, contact the Human Resources Department,

tel. (018) 299-4960 / 4961 or e-mail:

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A conference organized by the University of the Johannesburg’s Centre for Sociological Research with the University of the Witwatersrand’ History Workshop and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.


To be held in Johannesburg, 23-26 June 2009


The world is now a more unequal place than at any point in our lifetimes. In an earlier era, this polarization would have been understood – in popular as well as academic discourse - through the language of ‘class’. The meaning of this concept was always contested, and it had various references – class structure, class position, class consciousness, and so on – but few doubted that classes existed and mattered politically. Now, though, many social theorists and political actors have abandoned the idea, and most would be hard pressed to provide definitions with much confidence. Nor has the assault been purely ideological. Evidence from different corners of the world reveals that individual class identities are flexible, often multiple, and sometimes absent, and social structures have changed in ways that can appear to defy assessment in terms of class.


This conference takes, as its starting point, three assumptions:


1)Class is an essential concept for understanding history, and it remains an important basis for popular mobilization against inequality and marginalization. However, critiques of class are not merely about intellectual fashion; they also reflect changing realities


2)There is a pressing need for research and debate on the meaning of class, both with respect to class identity and class structure, and also in relation to other ways of understanding the social world and political change.


3)There is much to be gained from an engagement between people trying to make sense of the concept in different parts of the world, and between academics on the one hand and activist intellectuals on the other.


Hitherto, most of the literature on class has been generated in the North. This conference aims to expand debate by also drawing on experiences and research from the South. A dialogue between North and South will highlight the extent to which, in our globalized world, classes are universal or geographically conditioned. South Africa has greater inequality and worse unemployment than almost anywhere else in the world, and the conference’s location will underline the importance of factoring the realities of poverty into any class-based understanding of society.


The following are some of the themes and questions the organizers would like to consider:

  • Is there a poor class separate from the working class?
  • Why do so many people describe themselves as middle class?
  • How is class consciousness diffused and defused?
  • To what extent have marketing and the media changed perceptions of class?
  • Can contemporary views of class reshape the ways we think of the past?
  • How has class shaped struggles for democracy in the era of globalization?
  • How does class intersect with race, ethnicity, nation, gender and generation?
  • What is the relationship between class, faith and politics?
  • Is class politics still relevant?
  • Has globalization globalized class experience?
  • Is there a new ‘Empire’ of capital?
  • Does language shape the meaning of class?
  • Can there be exploitation without class?
  • Has urbanization eradicated the peasantry?


Participation in the conference will be based on the presentation of a paper that presents an original idea based on evidence. This might be a traditional academic paper, but we also invite contributions from union, social movement and NGO activists. The organizers will select papers on the basis of an abstract, no more than 300 words long, summarizing the purpose of the proposed paper. Please email your abstract to Annelize Naidoo at . Remember include the title of the paper, your name, institutional affiliation, email address, and fax and telephone numbers.


Keynote speakers include: Erik Olin-Wright (Wisconsin-Madison), Satish Deshpande (Delhi), Alex Callinicos (King’s College, London), Birgit Mahnkopf (Berlin School of Economics), Celi Scalon (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro).


Final date for submission of abstracts: 6 April 2009


Final date for submission of paper: 25 May 2008


Registration fees. OECD countries (full): R2500. OECD countries (students): R1,500. Non-OECD (full): R1000. Non-OECD (students): R600. A few bursaries for participation from non-OECD countries are available to cover registration. Applicants for these should email including their CV. Payment can be made by Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT). For this, use the following information. ABSA Bank, branch code:632005, account number: 405 628 0705 (University of Johannesburg). Give you first initial and surname as the reference.


Accommodation. We strongly advise participants to arrange their accommodation in one of the many guest house in the Melville district of Johannesburg. This is pleasant and safe area with many restaurants and bars. Transport will be arranged to take participants to and from Melville and the conference venue. Our transport will also assist participants staying at the Millpark Holiday Inn.


You may be interested to know that our conference will be followed by the annual conference of the South African Sociological Association, which will be held at the University of the Witwatersrand from 28 June – 2 July. Also, the FIFA Confederation Cup will be held in South Africa from 14 - 28 June. Whilst this will make a visit to Johannesburg more interesting for some, it also means that participants should book accommodation as soon as possible

  • Item posted on 11 November 2008




Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th April 2009

Cardiff City Hall, Cardiff


The 2009 Conference is a new way of organising the annual conference of the Association. Instead of the conference being organised under a single conference theme, participants can present on whatever topics they wish within broad streams (and open streams) that reflect the core research areas of the membership:



Culture, Media and Society

Economy and Society


Generations and the Lifecourse

Medicine, Health and Illness




Science and Technology Studies Social Divisions / Social Identities

Social Relationships

Space, Mobility and Place

Open Stream(s)


All BSA study groups have been strongly encouraged to contribute posters/ papers and other activities addressed to these streams. There will also be opportunities for study groups to meet independently.


Plenary speakers at the conference have been confirmed as Patricia Hill Collins from the University of Maryland, USA and Boaventura de Sousa Santos from the University of Coimbra, Portugal and University of Madison-Wisconsin, USA. They will speak on topics relating to the 2009 conference theme:


The Challenge of Global Social Inquiry

Within each of the main streams a sub-plenary will be organised to address the Conference theme. These sub-plenaries will be staggered across the Conference timetable.


Further information available from:

BSA Website:

  • Item posted on 28 October 2008

The Indian Sociological Society (ISS) is having its conference for the All India Sociological Society in Jaipur, India from 27 to 29 December. Fees vary between A,B and C category counties and SA falls under the B category as stipulated by the ISA. Access full details of the conference on the following sites: and For more information, email .

  • Item posted on 9 October 2008
  • Item posted on 1 September 2008

Call for nominations and applications for the South African Review of Sociology (SARS), a Journal of the South African Sociological Association (SASA).


The editorial collective’s term of office is four years. Although the editing of the journal is non-remunerative, it however offers the incumbents a challenging and fulfilling experience in editing and spearheading one of South Africa’s well established and respected SAPSE accredited journals. This is also an opportunity to contribute towards the building of a transformed scholarly community of sociologists in South Africa.

The editorial collective’s main responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the journal by making editorial decisions

  • Upholding the values and principles as well as the vision of the SASA in terms of pursuing the new initiatives and addressing challenges as highlighted above,

  • Being accountable to the SASA membership through reports on the journal’s progress and the finances at the SASA Annual General Meeting (AGMs),

  • Convening the AGM of the Journal at the SASA annual conferences aimed at dealing with matters pertaining to the journal,

  • Appointing a senior editor or convenor from amongst members of the editorial collective, and

  • Approaching guest editors, where necessary, for the special issues of the journal.

The SASA Council is thus delighted to invite nominations and/or applications for the editorial collective for a new term of four years. Nominations and applications are invited from currently registered members of SASA only. When nominating or applying, the following information should be supplied:

  • the nominee or applicant's full name
  • the nominee or applicant's CV

It is important that consent is received from the nominee before submitting his/her name and details. Nominations and applications are open until Friday 19th September 2008. The Council will make the appointments during its next Council meeting in October 2008. All applications and nominations should be sent to the SASA Secretary, Dr Monty Roodt at the following addresses and contact numbers:


Department of Sociology
Rhodes University
Tel: 046 6038868
Phone: 0832326646


  • Item posted on 13 August 2008
  • 1 new item posted on 7 August 2008



Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th April 2009, Cardiff City Hall, Cardiff

The 2009 Conference is a new way of organising the annual conference of the Association. Instead of the call for papers being organised under a single conference theme, participants can present on whatever topics they wish within broad streams (and open streams) that reflect the core research areas of the membership:

Work, Economy and Society


Medicine, Health and Illness

Social Divisions / Social Identities


Science and Technology Studies

Culture, Media and Society

Space and Place


Social Relationships



Generations and the Lifecourse

Open Stream(s)

All BSA study groups are strongly encouraged to contribute posters/ papers and other activities addressed to these streams. There will also be opportunities for study groups to meet independently. The BSA Presidential Address and two Keynote Plenaries organised to address the Conference theme:

The Challenge of Global Social Inquiry

Within each of the main streams a sub-plenary will be organised to address the Conference theme. These sub-plenaries will be staggered across the Conference timetable.

Abstract submission form available from

BSA Website:


Friday 26th September 2008: Deadline for abstract submission.

Friday 16th January 2009: Last date for presenters to register.


  • 1 new item posted on 15 July 2008

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  • 1 new item posted on 10 June 2008

Constitutional amendment proposed on forum. All SASA members please read.

  • 1 new item posted on 9 June 2008

From Universiy World News, 9 June 2008

AFRICA: Sociologist to lead donor's regional programmes
Date: 08 June 2008

Nigerian sociologist Dr Omotade "Tade" Akin Aina has been selected as programme director of higher education in Africa for the Carnegie Corporation of New York. It was announced last week that Aina - whose widely recognised research has investigated urban poverty, governance and development - would "refine and implement the corporation's strategy to accelerate economic and social development in Africa by strengthening teaching, research, scholarship and leadership".

Aina, who for the past decade has been the Ford Foundation's regional representative for East Africa based in Kenya, will join Carnegie Corporation in September. Both Ford and Carnegie are founding members of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa, a consortium of foundations that are investing $300 million over the decade to 2010 in higher education on the continent. The partnership has been supporting the development of university infrastructure and capacity, especially information technologies and internet connectivity.

"Africa's vibrant universities are helping to prepare a new generation of leaders in civil society, industry and government who can meet the continent's many needs," said Aina in a Carnegie Corporation statement. "We must continue to find innovative approaches to strengthening these institutions while pioneering new ways of linking them to offer the highest quality instruction to scholars, scientists and humanists."

Aina studied sociology at the University of Lagos and the London School of Economics, and has a doctorate from the University of Sussex. He became a professor specialising in urban poverty, governance and development at the University of Lagos, and published widely on a range of issues. He was also an activist, co-founding the Nigerian Environmental Study Team and the Lagos Group for the Study of Human Settlements.

Before joining the Ford Foundation in 1998, Aina was deputy executive secretary of the Dakar-based Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. He has spoken and written about African universities, including authoring a monograph critically assessing the history of higher education on the continent, Quality and Relevance: African Universities in the 21st Century.

"Tade's grasp of Africa's complex development needs, the difficult questions he asks and the truths he seeks will help the Corporation better understand the challenges in building human capacity," said Carnegie's president, Vartan Gregorian.

"Throughout his career as a scholar and administrator, he has worked with determination to develop routes toward deepening democratisation, reforming public policy and building civil society." Gregorian added that Aina was selected after an international search for a leader who understands the imperative for human resource development in Africa, and champions the role of universities in development.

Created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote "the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding", the corporation's capital fund had a market value of US$3 billion last year. In Africa, Carnegie is working in South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria, investing in initiatives that include networks of scholars and institutional support for universities and libraries.
  • 1 new item posted on 16 May 2008
N-AERUS 2008 Conference
Barcelona 11-13 September 2008

Is international action changing urban poverty on the ground or not?
The Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) framework has been put in place
through one of the international agreements hosted by the United Nations
where governments from around the globe have committed themselves to
developing a series of actions addressing the reduction of poverty, hunger,
disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against
women. Those MDGs most directly related to urban development and planning
are located within Goal Number 7, which addresses environmental degradation
and sets objectives in the areas of access to safe water and sanitation and
improvements in slums. The MDG framework is but one example of several
efforts emerging in the last half century identifying development targets at an
international level of governance. However, such initiatives raise the following
How successfully do such policy efforts transcend the various tiers of the
existing multilevel governance structures from the global all the way to the
How effectively are they translated and operationalised in context so as to
secure the intended objectives on the ground?
What scope do they posses for in-built replicability and flexibility and what
are the conditions required for such processes to deliver the targeted
The conference aims to provide a platform to discuss the policy-praxis nexus in
today's multilevel governance context and explore the actual delivery of
development and poverty reduction in a localised manner, hence the emphasis
on their operationalisation at the urban level. The relevance of such issues is
highlighted by the celebration in 2008 of the International Sanitation Year, urban
sanitation being one of the issues this conference will address, among the wide
range of other themes linked to urban poverty reduction which will be
We are interested in the analysis of actors involved in development and urban
poverty reduction projects and the scales at which they work, the different aid
cultures, and the different scales of intervention, focusing on the range from the
local to the urban. We are also interested in analysing their technological
discourses and capabilities and their adaptation to local realities. Within this
framework, we wish to explore the role of universities and research centres
working on urbanisation in the South.
The conference will include papers addressing poverty reduction approaches
from an urban to local perspective including specific experiences from
programmes and projects and their links with the responses to goals such as
the MDGs and other internationally-driven initiatives.
To this end, 4 sub-themes are proposed:
1) Poverty reduction theory and ideology within a context of globalisation
How do political and macro-economic ideologies and approaches influence the
formulation and operation of poverty reduction policies? This sub-theme
proposes a critical analysis of whether, and how, governments at various levels
pursue a balance between policies which respond to pressures from
globalisation (e.g. privatisation) and those which seek to protect urban
livelihoods and equity. Is there a meeting point in framing and applying policies
related to poverty while favouring globalisation-linked policies? This sub-theme
offers scope to address issues such as: macro-economic ideologies and their
interaction with national/local contexts; implementation of urban poverty
reduction programmes within the context of globalisation and neo-liberal
economic agendas; alternative approaches to urban development and poverty
reduction; and policy approaches to livelihoods among the urban poor.
2) Institutional articulation of urban poverty reduction programmes and
projects with government spaces, popular spaces and negotiated spaces
To what extent do these programmes and processes respond to the institutional
structures (i.e. the organisational structures and mental models that both
underpin and result from these) that exist in each place or to imported models?
The sub-theme proposes a critical review of the appropriateness to context of
organisational processes related to the achievement of the MDGs and other
internationally-driven initiatives, and of how internationally-promoted processes
such as participation, negotiation, etc. are adapted to specific contexts in the
preparation and implementation of local programmes and projects. This subtheme
therefore offers scope to address issues such as: cultural influences;
legal and regulatory frameworks; planning, implementation and monitoring
frameworks and processes; role of public, private, aid agency, NGO and
community actors; development of civil society organisations and networks;
partnerships; social capital; and finance.
3) Appropriate responses for urban poverty reduction: technologies and
organisational approaches
This sub-theme proposes a review of the issue of appropriate technologies
within the framework of the discourse of sustainability and the context of new
emerging technologies which leapfrog the need for large fixed infrastructures
(micro-generation, photovoltaics, decentralised services management, etc.). It
provides the opportunity to explore the potential of, and experience in, using
such technologies to reduce urban poverty and support urban livelihoods. It also
allows an examination of the environmental impacts of such technologies and
the implications of such impacts for long-term sustainability of urban poverty
reduction approaches. This should be seen in conjunction with organisational
structures, both in terms of adapting/developing technologies which are
appropriate to existing organisations and institutional models, and in terms of
the impact of new technologies on organisational restructuring. This sub-theme
offers scope to examine issues such as: advantages and disadvantages of the
use of appropriate technologies in urban poverty reduction; experiences and
lessons in the use of such technologies to aid urban poverty reduction; social,
economic and environmental impacts of appropriate technologies; use of local
knowledge in identifying and developing appropriate technologies; interactions
between technologies and social and organisational structures in urban poverty
reduction; scaling up of appropriate technologies to the scale of the slum, city
and beyond.
4) Role of research in urban poverty reduction
Within this context, what is and what ought to be the role of research, especially
from universities and research centres, in generating discourse and proposing
appropriate rather than imposed organisational approaches and technologies?
What intellectual (and other) forms of collaboration can be established – and
are established – between researchers and research centres in the North and
the South? To what extent is the ‘North-South’ conceptualisation still valid when
it comes to research and to possible research collaboration? There is scope
therefore within this sub-theme to discuss issues such as: implications of
research infrastructures (funding streams, organisational structures, capacity,
etc) in the North and the South, and potential for, and experiences of, higher
collaboration between these; examination of trends in research approaches an
capacity related to urban poverty; potential and examples of impact of research
on urban poverty reduction, from policy-influencing and lobbying level to local
project implementation level; interactions between researchers and the urban
  • 1 new item posted on 1 April 2008

Registration for the 2008 SASA Congress is now open. The deadline for online submission of abstracts has been extended to 18 April. The 2008 SASA Congress registration form can be found on the SASA website, under SASA conferences. Reduced conference fees will be limited to those who have received confirmation that their 2008 membership is up-to-date from the SASA treasurer.

  • 1 new item posted on 11 December 2007

Arrangements for the 2008 SASA Congress are well under way. The Call for Papers has been published on the website and abstracts may be submitted online. Please click on the relevant menu item for more information.

SASA's Google mailing list is another important source of up-to-date information on the conference and other matters, so please ensure that you are subscribed to that group at .

  • 1 new item posted on 15 November 2007



Conference announcement:

2008 Social Sciences Conference

Confronting Inequalities: Social Sciences and Public Challenges


Conference deadlines: Social Sciences Conference 2008

a.Conference AnnouncementEnd November 2007

b.Abstract Deadline14 March 2008

c.SSNSA to meet to discuss conference:4 April 2008

d.Scientific committee work through abstracts 5th and 6th April

e.Notification to presenters18 April 2008

f.Deadline for final papers submitted1 August 2008

g.Opening ceremony2 October 2008

h.Conference3 + 4 October (half day)


  • Preferably Birchwood – Arlene to check availability.
  • All expenses supported/fully funded


  • Discussants at the conference should act as first peer reviewers
  • Revised papers must be submitted by presenters by 2 February 2009
  • 1 new item posted on 1 November 2007

2007 Student Paper Competition - S Ally, 2007/11/01 15:00

The South African Sociological Association hereby invites submissions for the Best Student Paper Presented to the 2007 Annual Congress in Potchefstroom

First Prize: Book Prize, plusOne year’s subscription to the South African Review of Sociology and free registration for 2008 SASA Annual Congress

Eligibility: All postgraduate students registered at a South African university (full-time or part-time) for an Honours or Masters in Sociology who presented a paper at the 2007 Annual Congress are eligible for the competition.

Submission Information: All papers should be submitted via e-mail in MS Word format to the Chair of the Selection Committee, Dr Shireen Ally:
Selection and Announcement:

The Selection Committee, comprising members selected by the SASA Council, will review all eligible submissions, and select a winner.

Deadline: 14 December 2007

  • 1 new item posted on 19 August 2007
Call for proposals: 2008 SASA Congress themes
SASA members are invited to submit proposals for themes for the 2008 SASA Congress, to be hosted by Stellenbosch University. As SASA Council needs to agree on a theme at their next meeting on 18 September, proposals should be sent to the Council Secretary at on or before 13 September 2007.
In terms of criteria, themes should be broad enough to attract scholars from outside the discipline of Sociology to the Congress. Proposals should include a motivation for the theme, as well as a proposal for a keynote speaker(s) to be invited with the theme in mind.
  • 1 new item posted on 11 July

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and follow the instructions.

  • 2 new items posted on 10 July 2007

To Whom It May Concern

I am Antonella Spanò, board Member of the Italian Sociological Association (AIS).

The AIS, in collaboration with the Faculty of Sociology, at the Federico II University of Naples have carried out a project for the online publication of abstracts pertaining to the scientific work written by members of the Association: ItalSoL (Italian Sociology on Line) in English.

The project, begun in 2004, updates its database every year, and in the past
has distributed a Cd to all the participants at the XVIth World Congress of Sociology in Durban. At present almost 600 abstracts of printed works written by AIS members are included in the data base. The next update, planned for September, will bring the total of abstracts from 2003 to 2007 up to about 1000.

The online database permits bibliographical research by author, title, or word in the abstract, and by keyword. For each bibliographical reference, it is possible to find the following information: the title in Italian, complete bibliographical references, title in English, author’s Department and e-mail, abstract in English, keywords in English.
As the aim of our project is to make Italian sociology better known, it would be very important for us to enter into collaboration with sociology associations in other countries. I am writing therefore to ask you to kindly put the ItalSoL link on your association’s site. The link is:

Thank you very much for your help. I look forward to hearing from you

Yours Sincerely,
Antonella Spanò

Prof. Antonella Spanò, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Dipartimento di Sociologia
Vico Monte di Pietà n.1, 80134 Napoli
Tel. 0039 081 2535845
e-mai address

1968: Impact and Implications


BSA Theory Study Group Conference

In collaboration with the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research


3-4th July, 2008, Birkbeck, University of London


Call for Papers

This conference is timed to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of May 1968. It seeks to provide a forum for reflecting back on the events of that time as well as thinking about their implications for current and future endeavours – theoretical and political. Alongside plenary events with keynote speakers and roundtables, there will also be a number of parallel paper sessions. We would welcome ideas for roundtables and papers on the following streams:

  • The Legacy of 1968: Sociological and Theoretical Considerations
  • Social Movements: Theory and Practice
  • Global Considerations
  • Feminism and Women’s Movements
  • Questioning Science and Expertise
  • Civil Rights Movements in the US
  • Empire, Decolonization, Postcolonial Others
  • Transforming Sexualities: Gay Liberation and Beyond
  • Poetry, Art, and Performance
  • Critical Theory and Protest
  • The Situationists and Subversion
  • The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Marxism
  • Structuralism, Post-structuralism, Politics
  • Black Power and Pan-Africanism
  • Student Politics and the Politics of Education
  • The Post-68 Subject: Personhood and Self
  • Poster Presentations
  • Open stream


  • Paul Gilroy, Anthony Giddens Professor in Social Theory, LSE, author of Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack and The Black Atlantic
  • Juliet Mitchell, Professor of Psychoanalysis and Gender Studies, University of Cambridge, author of Siblings: Sex and Violence and Mad Men and Medusas
  • William Outhwaite, Professor of Sociology, University of Newcastle, author of Social Theory and Postcommunism (with Larry Ray) and contributor to The Disobedient Generation: Social Theorists in the Sixties
  • Ken Plummer, Professor of Sociology, University of Essex, author of Inventing Intimate Citizenship and editor of Sexualities: Critical Assessments
  • Lynne Segal, Anniversary Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies, Birkbeck College, author of Making Trouble and Why Feminism? Gender, Psychology, Politics

Those interested in presenting papers or organizing sessions on the topics listed above are invited to submit proposals to the conference organizing team by September 14th, 2007. For paper presentations please submit an abstract of up to 300 words, specifying the stream you would like to be considered for, to ; if you would like to organize a panel session please email us a brief synopsis of the session together with contributors and titles of papers; for posters please email us a short outline of your ideas.

Conference Organizing Team:

Gurminder K. Bhambra (Warwick), Ipek Demir (Leicester), Helen Gregory (Exeter),

Timo Juetten (Sussex), Steve Kemp (Edinburgh), Maki Kimura (Open University),

Sasha Roseneil (Birkbeck)

We expect this conference to be very popular and request that you submit abstracts in good time.

  • 1 new item posted in March 2007

Readership / Chair in Sociology

School of Languages and Social Sciences

£40,335 to 46,758 p.a. exceptionally up to £51,095
Professorial minimum £46,625 p.a.

The School of Languages and Social Sciences is expanding its Social Sciences portfolio and seeking to make a key appointment in Sociology. We are a multidisciplinary School including Languages, Politics, International Relations, Sociology and European Studies. We have a long-standing reputation for excellence, achieving Grade 5 RAE in 2001.

The successful applicant will make a major contribution to academic leadership, research and teaching. Candidates should have a strong international research profile and a proven ability of securing external research grants. Successful experience of supervising research and sustained excellence in teaching is also required.

All areas of specialisation will be considered, with preference given to applicants whose interests complement and overlap with the Schools existing specialisms: Globalisation, Work and Organizations, Gender and Ethnicity, Social Theory and Social Change, Knowledge and Education, Environment and Health.

Application forms and further particulars are available on our web site:, or by telephoning: 0121 359 0870 (24 hour answerphone), or by email: , quoting reference number A07/19/99.

Closing date: 1 March 2007.

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Lectureship / Senior Lectureship in Sociology

School of Languages and Social Sciences

£26,666 to 46,758 p.a. exceptionally up to £51,095

The School of Languages and Social Sciences is expanding its Social Sciences portfolio and seeking to make a key appointment in Sociology.
We are a multidisciplinary School including Languages, Politics, International Relations, Sociology and European Studies. We have a long-standing reputation for excellence, achieving Grade 5 RAE in 2001.

Applicants should have a strong research background and the ability to contribute to teaching and programme development at undergraduate and postgraduate level. They should have a first degree and a doctorate in a relevant subject.

All areas of specialisation will be considered, with preference given to applicants whose interests complement and overlap with the Schools existing specialisms: Globalisation, Work and Organizations, Gender and Ethnicity, Social Theory and Social Change, Knowledge and Education, Environment and Health.

Application forms and further particulars are available on our web site:, or by telephoning: 0121 359 0870 (24 hour answerphone), or by email: , quoting reference number A07/18/99.

Closing date: 1 March 2007.

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  • 1 new item posted on 17 November 2006

SASA launches web site

Our new website is online at


Postgraduate programmes in Development Studies: Wits - posted on 18 August 2011

The Department of Sociology and the Faculty of Education at Rhodes University are co-hosts for the 2012 International Conference for the International Association for Critical Realism.

The conference is being held at Rhodes from the 18th to the 20th of July. There is also a pre-conference workshop on Critical Realism on the 16th and 17th of July, which is particularly suitable for PhD students (but which is suitable for anyone who wishes a solid introduction to the fundamentals of Critical Realism).

There are four keynote speakers, including the two 'founders' of Critical Realism, namely, Roy Bhaskar and Margaret Archer. Roy Bhaskar is also running the pre-conference workshop.

For further information, go to

For any queries, contact Kirk Helliker at  or 046-6038361.