Newsletter April 2022

Dear RC17 members,

RC17 is co-organizing an international conference on “Organizations in a Plural Society” this year! Check out the exciting call for abstracts below and the conference website:!

Furthermore, we are now beginning with the preparations for the ISA World Congress 2023 and will come back to you with more information soon. For now, general information can be found here:

We also want to remind you of the RC17 activity grants. The procedure is simple. If you have an idea, just contact our Secretary Michael Grothe-Hammer. More information below.

If you have any suggestions, announcements, publications, or call for papers for the next newsletter, please contact our newsletter editor Michael Grothe-Hammer (

Calls for Abstracts

RC17 conference: Organizations in a Plural Society

Call for Abstracts
International Conference on Organizational Sociology (ICOS)

Organizations in a Plural Society

8-9 December 2022
Trondheim, Norway

Joint conference by
Research Committee 17 “Sociology of Organization”

of the International Sociological Association

“Organization & Society” Research Group
at the Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU Trondheim

Section on Organizational Sociology of the German Sociological Association

Nadine Arnold (VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Cristina Besio (HSU Hamburg, Germany)
Michael Grothe-Hammer (NTNU Trondheim, Norway)
Uli Meyer (JKU Linz, Austria)
Kurt Rachlitz (NTNU Trondheim, Norway)

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2022

Our society is characterized by an ever-expanding number of organizations and organizational forms – a “hyper-organization” so to say (Bromley & Meyer 2015). Without doubt, organizations have a significant impact on the development of society. They have conquered nearly all areas of social life and new organizational forms nowadays diffuse even into areas which traditionally were coordinated in an informal and community-based manner (e.g., childcare, housekeeping, personal assessments and career advice, hunting, weddings, and funerals). This conference aims at disentangling the relation and mutual influence between the manifold forms of organization and a plural society. In particular, we focus on the entanglement of organizations with heterogeneous expectations.

We invite papers that address the role and relevance of organizations in and for our plural society. The conference will take place at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, December 8-9, 2022. Please submit an abstract of 2-3 pages to by June 15, 2022. Decisions on acceptance will be made until the end of July.

You can find the full-length CfA and more information on the conference website:

Looking forward to meeting you in Trondheim!

Activity grants

Possible support by RC17

RC17 can support selected activities by members (e.g., workshops or conferences) with up to $500. Informal applications can be addressed to the RC17 board via the Secretary Michael Grothe-Hammer ( The board will then discuss the proposal and issue a decision soon. One central requirement is the thematic connection to RC17 and that some advertising for RC17 takes place at the sponsored event.

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