Newsletter September 2019

Dear RC17 members and Newsletter subscribers,

There are only a few weeks left to submit your abstracts to our RC17 sessions at the ISA Forum of Sociology 2020. We included a reminder for the calls for abstracts below and hope to see many of you in Porto Alegre! Moreover, thanks to our board member Robert Jungmann, RC17 will co-organize an exciting common session on “Climate Change and Collective Action towards Societal Transition”. Common sessions will take place in a dedicated timeslot, from 17:45 to 19:45, with only 4 or 5 sessions running simultaneously. So, we hope that this session will gather a broad audience. You will find more information on this great session below.

Last but not least, we have updated our membership fees. We added a discount for students and colleagues from low-income countries. We also added the possibility of lifetime memberships for scholars older than 70. 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 (

ISA Forum of Sociology 2020

Porto Alegre, Brazil

July 14-18, 2020

For more information about the 4th ISA Forum of Sociology, please visit:

Call for Abstracts

Deadline for submission of abstracts (max. 300 words) is September 30, 2019

We invite you to submit your abstracts to the forthcoming sessions on organizational sociology at 4th ISA Forum of Sociology. The ISA Forum of Sociology of the International Sociological Association offers a unique forum to discuss current developments with a global scholarship. The Research Committee on Sociology of Organizations (RC17) will host the following 13 sessions on a broad variety of organization-related topics:

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

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the RC17 Program Coordinators Robert van Krieken ( and Michael Grothe-Hammer (

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Common Session “Climate Change and Collective Action towards Societal Transition”

Endorsed by RC17 Sociology of Organization, RC24 Environment and Society, RC48 Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change

Organizers: Debra Davidson (RC24), Robert Jungmann (RC17), John Foran (RC48)

Session Description:

The landscape of climate politics is shifting rapidly, from social movement activity such as the ‘Water is Life’ Movement, involving a coalition of over 350 Native American tribes and countless non-indigenous supporters seeking to oppose a new oil pipeline through the central U.S. and the ongoing protests of Fridays for Future, to rapid technological developments aiding in the increased viability of renewable energy at multiple scales, to the mass movement of people forced to migrate at least in part to the impacts of climate change on local livelihoods, and recent efforts of big companies like Volkswagen to reframe themselves as climate-aware.

While until recently climate change has been relegated to the fringes of politics as an ‘environmental issue,’ today climate change is undeniably at the heart of growing concern over the ability to pursue global democracy, equality, economic development, health and food security.

Sociologists have not only produced crucial knowledge about climate change and societal transition; we have also engaged in a significant amount of disciplinary reflexivity, as the global challenges we face today force a reckoning with many elements of our epistemology, from our reliance on nation-states as a unit of analysis, the interwoven dynamics of human and nonhuman elements as well as organizations and movements in coordinating collective action, the problematic focus on formal organizations as central actors in driving transitions, and increasing recognition of the intersectional determinants of inequity. There nonetheless remains a pressing need for further sociological attention, in particular to the mechanisms of coordinating collective action in supporting or hindering social change. Far too many policy prescriptions to date, however well-intended, have fallen short of expectations, in large part due to overly simplistic understandings of human and social practice. Devoting time at the Forum to dialogue with sociologists deeply engaged in understanding the mechanisms of collective action in the context of climate change and societal transition can not only provide an opportunity for sharing knowledge and ideas, it can also inspire conceptual innovation. We therefore aim to initiate discussions between scholars engaged in the sociology of the environment and researchers focussing on organizations and movements as two important types of mobilizing collective action. The panel will follow the Koppel method, in which each panelist will provide a short presentation, after which a facilitator will ask each panelist a set of questions, followed by open Q&A discussion with attendees.

The session will feature invited speakers, which will be announced soon. Common sessions will take place in a dedicated timeslot, from 17:45 to 19:45, with only 4 or 5 sessions running simultaneously.

For more information about the common sessions, please visit:

Bonus Session “Writing for Publication in Organization Studies”

Session Organizers: Robert van Krieken (University of Sydney) & Paul du Gay (Copenhagen Business School)

In addition to our regular sessions and our common session, RC17 will also offer an open session on “Writing for Publication in Organization Studies”. In this session at least two experienced organizational sociologists, Paul du Gay and Robert van Krieken, will outline the most important aspects of their experience of writing for the publication in organization studies, and they will provide helpful advice in response to questions that session participants raise about difficulties and obstacles that they might have encountered. Anyone interested in publishing organizational sociology is welcome to attend this session and engage in discussion with the presenters.

New RC17 membership fees

We have changed our membership fees. We added a discount fee for members from low-income countries and for students. We moreover added the possibility of a lifetime membership. With this lifetime membership option, scholars who are older than 70 can now become lifetime members for a onetime fee of 10 dollars.

Last but not least, we added the option of paying a supporter membership fee. This is the regular membership but with a higher fee that can be paid voluntarily if one wants to support the RC with more money. This option exists for the regular four-year period as well as for the lifetime membership.

Our new fees are as follows:

  • US $ 20 for a four-year period for members from “category A” countriesas defined by the ISA.
  • US $ 10 for a four-year period for members from all other countries and student members.
  • US $ 10 onetime fee for Life Members. For the minimum age of Life members see ISA individual membership guidelines.
  • US $ 80 for a four-year period for supporter members. Supporter membership is a regular membership but with a higher fee that can be paid voluntarily to support RC17.
  • US $ 80 onetime fee for supporter life members. Voluntary supporter life membership is a regular life membership but with a higher fee that can be paid voluntarily to support RC17.
  • ISA membership registration form is available on

Call for Contributions to our Newsletter

For the future issues of our Newsletter, we need your contributions. We are particularly interested in contributions on:

  • Relevant calls for papers for conferences, workshops, and special journal issues
  • Conference and workshop reports
  • New book publications
  • Brief reviews of books or seminal journal articles (approx. 200-300 words)
  • Reports from activities on organizational sociology in national associations

Please send your submissions to our Newsletter editor Michael Grothe-Hammer ( Do also not hesitate to contact Michael, if you have any other suggestions regarding our Newsletter. |