Newsletter May 2022

Dear RC17 members,

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:

And of course, we would also like to remind you that 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:!

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 (

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 (English, French, and/or Spanish)
  • 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.

Calls for Abstracts

RC40 Mini-Conference: The Food System in the (Post-)Pandemic World

Call for Abstracts

ISA RC40 Mini-Conference

Leipzig, Germany October 20-21, 2022

The Food System in the (Post-)Pandemic World: Disruptions, Vulnerability, Resilience, and Alternatives

Organizers: Hilde Bjørkhaug, Atakan Büke, Moritz Dolinga, José Duarte Ribeiro, Sarah Ruth Sippel

The COVID-19 pandemic has once again illuminated multiple flaws in our food system. Food supplies largely rely on long-distance food chains, many of which have been disrupted due to lockdowns and trade restrictions. The pandemic has left millions of people temporarily or permanently more food insecure, as they have lost income sources and are suffering from a pandemic-induced global recession. COVID-19 has sharply exposed the vulnerabilities of capitalist-industrial agri-food relations, and has significantly intensified them. At the same time, we have also seen that agri-food relations can be resilient, as people have experienced new forms of solidarity. The scope, depth, and intensity of current agri-food related problems – as well as the continuous search for alternatives – require us to reconsider the major themes of the sociology of agriculture and food: the globalization of agri-food; the reconfiguration of socio-ecological linkages between agri-food and nature; the politics of agriculture and food; and the methodological and theoretical ways we make sense of these within agri-food scholarship.

This RC40 mini-conference aims to revisit these themes with a specific focus on what the pandemic has revealed about them. Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words here:

Deadline for abstract submissions is 1 May 2022.

All information under:

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!

Event announcement

SASE Salons

SASE is proud to announce a new series of events, convened in collaboration with the Digital Futures at Work Research Centre and the University of Limerick, aimed at presenting cutting-edge research from leading thinkers in anticipation of the 2022 annual SASE conference at the University of Amsterdam, “Fractious Connections: Anarchy, Activism, Coordination, and ControlC:\Users\michagro\Google Drive\HSU_HH-Dokumente\ISA-Newsletter\<https:\\event\2022-amsterdam\>” from 9-11 July 2022:

This series, SASE Salons [], will be open live exclusively to paid SASE members—to join, visit.

Series overview:

  • April 28: “Fragmented work boundaries and digital (dis)connections” with Tony Dundon, Caroline Murphy, Michelle O’Sullivan, and Aida Ponce Del Castillo
  • May 12: “Anarchism in the Business School” with Martin Parker
  • May 17: “Fractious Feminisms and Feminist Solidarities” with Elaine Coburn, Jayati Ghosh, Martha Gimenez, Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Rauna Kuokkanen, Julie Nelson, and Busi Sibeko
  • May 24: “Society and Economy” with Mark Granovetter, Elaine Coburn, and Michel Grossetti
  • June 2: Panel on Ukraine with Alya Guseva, Yuliya Bidenko, Alexander Rodnyansky, and Mariia Shuvelova
  • June 9: “The Rise of the Right in the US” with Arlie Hochschild and Glenn Morgan
  • June 14: “How Digital Media Facilitated and Curtailed the Pro-Democracy Movement in Hong Kong” with Joseph Chan and Francis Lee
  • June 23: “Histories of Racial Capitalism” with Destin Jenkins and Justin Leroy (open to non-members)
  • June, TBD: Panel on Islamic Moral Economy and Finance, speakers TBA

More information under:—pre-conference-events

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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