ISA RC17 Newsletter September 2022

Dear RC17 members,

There is roughly one week left to submit your abstracts to the ISA World Congress of Sociology. This newsletter also features calls for proposals for a SASE mini-conference, a call for papers of the Scandinavian Journal of Management, and an invitation to participate in an online survey regarding equity diversity and inclusion in the ISA. More information below!

Calls for Abstracts, Papers, Themes

Call for Abstracts for the hybrid ISA World Congress of Sociology, Melbourne, June 25-July1, 2023

Deadline for submission of abstracts (max. 300 words) is September 30, 2022, 24:00 GMT

RC17 is delighted to invite you to submit your abstracts to the following themes. All sessions accept submissions in English, many also in French and Spanish. The conference will take place in a hybrid format, meaning that you can choose to either participate in person on site or digitally.

The call for abstracts for each theme can be found here:

For more information about the ISA World Congress of Sociology 2023, please visit:

Spread the word and see you in Melbourne/virtually!

RC17 Program Coordinators:

Robert VAN KRIEKEN, University of Sydney, Australia,

Michael GROTHE-HAMMER, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway,

Call for Proposals, SASE: 2023 Mini-Conferences

Socio-Economics in a Transitioning World: Breaking Lines and Alternative Paradigms for a New World Order

Mini-Conference Proposal Deadline: 10 October 2022

Thematic mini-conferences are a key element of SASE’s annual conferences. We are currently accepting submissions for mini-conferences for the 2023 annual SASE conference, to take place at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), 20-22 July 2023. Preference will be given to proposals linked to the overarching conference theme, “Socio-Economics in a Transitioning World: Breaking Lines and Alternative Paradigms for a New World Order” (full conference theme text can be found here). Special consideration will also be given to proposals that cover areas currently underrepresented in SASE, notably race and ethnicity, migration, economic history, and heterodox economics – as well as submissions that provide a global perspective.

Proposals for mini-conferences must be submitted electronically to the SASE Executive Director ( by 10 october 2022.

More information under

Call for Papers, Special Issue “Economic Organizations, Uncertainty, and Risk”

Economic Organizations, Uncertainty, and Risk: Sociological Analyses of Economic Organizations in Times of Crises

Scandinavian Journal of Management

Submission deadline for extended abstracts (800 characters) is 30 April 2023

Guest editors:

Special issue information:

The past 15 years represent an era of capitalism in crises. Phenomena like the global financial crisis (2007-2009), followed by the European sovereign debt crisis in 2010, major political occurrences such as the Brexit referendum (2016), or Covid-19 have challenged economic and political reality that likewise engendered critics towards it. Furthermore, the danger of an ecological collapse is omnipresent. And with respect to the ongoing war in Ukraine it is currently impossible to foresee what humanitarian and social catastrophe is looming.

As inherent characteristic of (post)modern societies (Beck, 1992; Luhmann, 1993), new uncertainties and risks have emerged that require action. Economic organizations as central protagonists of current capitalistic dynamics are twofold involved: First, they have to deal with these risks in order to secure own goals and legitimation. The way they cope with them has major impacts on the socio-economic consequences of these crises. Second, economic organizations may be involved in the emergence of crises or even intensify them, if, for example, market-based institutional logics and management processes manifest crises rather than reducing them (Tooze, 2018).

With this Special Issue, we aim to bring economic organizations back into analytical focus – as drivers and likewise as managers of uncertainty and risk in times of crises. In order to do so, we want to connect scholars in organizational and economic sociology dealing with this topic empirically and/or theoretically.

More information under:

Invitation to participate in online survey regarding equity diversity and inclusion in the ISA

Invitation text by Debra Davidson:

Dear colleagues and friends, my name is Debra Davidson, long-time member of the ISA, and for the past two years, I have been chairing a Task Force formed to develop ideas to enhance our association’s capacity to support equity, diversity and inclusion. To that end, we would like to collect information that can offer an improved understanding of our membership, and their positionalities, experiences and ideas, and have developed a member survey to assist us.

We would like to invite each of you to fill out the survey, which should take 10-15 minutes to complete. We will continue to collect responses until October 15.

Your participation is completely voluntary, and you may choose not to answer any of the questions, or quit the survey at any time. The data will only be accessible by members of the EDI Task Force, and will only be presented to the ISA membership in summary form, in written reports and oral presentations. The data will not be used for research purposes beyond policy and planning within the ISA (e.g. presented in peer reviewed publications). No personal information is being gathered that would enable us to identify individual participants, and the data will be destroyed as soon as it has been analyzed, which may take 6 months to one year after the data has been collected. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact me at

Here is the link to the survey. Thank you for your participation!