ISA 2023: Call for Session Proposals

RC 17 Sociology of Organizations

***Call for session proposals***

The IV World Congress of Sociology

Melbourne, Australia, 25 June- 1 July 2023.

Programme Coordinators

Call for sessions

The Research Committee on the Sociology of Organizations is calling for proposals for sessions for the 2023 ISA World Congress in Melbourne. We will be organizing a total of 14 sessions of 110 minutes each, including a timeslot for our business meeting.


Session proposals need to be submitted to Robert van Krieken & Michael Grothe-Hammer by 20 May 2022, for review and final submission via the Confex website by 31 May 2022.

Following discussions of future programmes at previous meetings and amongst Board members, some of the possible additions to the core themes and topics usually covered in RC17 could include:

  • Sociology of Organizations: Contributions from Australasia, the South Pacific and SE Asia.
  • Theorizing organizations
  • Meta-organizations – grand challenges.
  • Societal Grand Challenges and Organizations
  • Advances in Innovative Theories of Organization
  • Organizing Crises – pandemic, global warming, Ukraine.
  • Sociology of temporary and project organisations
  • Geopolitics, sovereignty, international relations & organizations
  • Organizing Democracy, organizing autocracy
  • Paradox & organizations
  • Organization as strategy
  • Any joint sessions with other RCs

We encourage proposals for sessions which facilitate the participation of PhD students and early career scholars as well as of scholars from the Global South. Some of the sessions may be jointly organized with other ISA Research Committees. We are also open for proposals for sessions and papers in Spanish or French.

Submissions, to be sent to both Programme Coordinators by 20 May, should include the following information:

  • Title of the Session
  • Format of the session:
    • Regular session – up to five presentations
    • Featured or Keynote Speaker
    • Author meets their Critics
    • Panel sessions – a larger number of shorter papers on a specific theme
    • Joint session – identifying the other participating RC
  • Preference for Zoom, face-to-face, or hybrid format, or no particular preference.
  • A 250-word description of the session
  • Language(s) of session
  • Full name, affiliation and contact details of the session organizer(s) and/or session chair(s) (if different). A brief statement on previous conference session organization experience (if applicable).

For further information, please check the guidelines for session organizers under

You are also very welcome to approach the programme coordinators Robert van Krieken and Michael Grothe-Hammer with early stage ideas and suggestions. Please do also not hesitate to contact the coordinators if you have any questions or need assistance.

The Programme Coordinators will exercise the final decision on the selection of sessions for inclusion in the RC17 Programme.


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  1. […] The preparations for the ISA World Congress 2023 are now starting. As a first step we are calling for session proposals. So, if you have a nice idea for a session of 110minutes (or more), please send us a proposal of 250 words until May 20. More information below and on our website: […]