[WSMDiscuss] 23 Feb. : World Forum of Sociology opening session: Sousa Santos, Segato, Kothari & Laville

Geoffrey PLEYERS Geoffrey.Pleyers at uclouvain.be
Fri Feb 19 13:51:01 CET 2021

*ISA World Forum of Sociology, February 23-28 2021*


*Opening Plenary Session:

*Global Challenges during and after the Pandemic: Democracy, 
Environment, Inequalities, Intersectionality*


*Tuesday, 23 February 2021 15:30 - 18:45 GMT


*This session will be livestreamed on the ISA website**

Welcome Address by Sari HANAFI, ISA President

Welcome address: “Global Sociology in the Pandemic and Beyond”

Geoffrey PLEYERS, FNRS-UCLouvain, President of the IV ISA Forum of 

The Utopia of Democracies or the Democracy of Utopias

Boaventura DE SOUSA SANTOS, University of Coimbra, Portugal

The Pandemic: Trigger and Scanner of Possible Futures

Rita SEGATO, University of Brasilia, Brazil

Radical Ecological Democracy: Towards a Sustainable and Equitable Pluriverse

Ashish KOTHARI, Kalpavriksh, India

The South North dialogue: an opportunity for a critical sociology, a 
future for democracy

Jean-Louis LAVILLE, Collège d'Etudes Mondiales, France

*Challenges of the 21st Century:
Democracy, Environment, Inequalities, Intersectionality *

This IV ISA Forum of Sociology will be our first virtual Forum, with 
over 800 sessions, more than 3,000 papers and the participation of 
sociologists from 125 countries.

This Forum will be a unique opportunity to gather our research results 
and analyses of the extraordinary time we live and study, of its impact 
on individuals and societies and on four global challenges it has 
intensified: democracy, environment, inequalities and intersectionality.

During six days, hundreds of panels will explore the world in the 
pandemic and the world that may come out of it based on research 
grounded in the field and topics of the ISA Research Committees, Working 
and Thematic groups. Young researchers and experienced scholars from 
different regions of the world will expose their analyses of societies 
and sociology in the pandemic. Leading scholars from different 
continents will share their perspectives in the Forum’s Opening and 
Closing Plenaries: Michael Burawoy, Isabel Casimiro, Manuel Castells, 
Ashish Kothari, Rita Segato, Boaventura de Sousa Santos and Maristella 
Svampa. This Forum will also be an opportunity for our global community 
to pay tribute to three of our most distinguished colleagues to which 
special panels are dedicated: Immanuel Wallerstein, Erik Olin Wright and 
Marielle Franco.

The pandemic has stressed how deeply interdependent we have become and 
accentuated the need of a more global sociology. Epistemologies of the 
South and intersectional perspectives on democracy, ecology and social 
justice are more than alternative options for sociology in the 21st 
century. There are at its core and have deeply transformed it. Opening 
more spaces for our colleagues from the Global South has been a central 
goal in this Forum. We are particularly pleased to host semi-plenary 
sessions set up by the Brazilian Sociological Society with the Porto 
Alegre Local Organizing Committee, by the Latin American Sociological 
Association and by the Latin American Council of Social Sciences, and 
that the president of the Council for the Development of Social Science 
Research in Africa will join us in the closing session.


*/Geoffrey Pleyers/*

FNRS, Professor of Sociology at UCLouvain, Belgium
President of the IV ISA Forum of Sociology 
<https://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/forum/porto-alegre-2021> - 
23-28 February 2021.

Vice-President for Research, International Sociological Association

Latest articles:

The pandemic is a battlefield. Social movements during the COVID-19 

FR: L'entraide comme réponse des mouvements sociaux à la pandémie 
<https://www.cairn.info/revue-du-mauss-2020-2-page-409.htm> - Pandémie 
et changement social 

PT : *Quatro perguntas para as Ciências Sociais na Pandemia 

Últimos libros: Movimientos sociales en el siglo XXI 
Global. Movimientos y política en la pandemia 

Publications: Academia <https://uclouvain.academia.edu/GeoffreyPleyers>- 
Twitter: @GeoffreyPleyers

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