Social Justice and Participation: the role of Higher Education

25-27 November 2011, Nicosia

An International Sociological Association RC04 & RC10 sponsored mid-conference in Cyprus

Call for Papers for the International Sociological Association (ISA) mid-term conference. For abstract submission, please click here.

The Research Committees on Sociology of Education (RC04) and Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management (RC10) are pleased to invite you to submit papers for sessions focusing on issues of Participation, Inclusion, Mobility and Justice (for a detailed list of session titles, please see below).

The conference provides the opportunity for many academics in the region to participate in an ISA mid-conference and prepare for the 2012 Forum in Argentina which has a similar theme. We hope that we will give the opportunity to new academics from the area to join the RC04 & RC10 and become active members of the community. If this conference is successful, it might be repeated in regular intervals in the region.

The Conference is organised by the Department of Social and Political Sciences (University of Cyprus) with the support of the following co-organising bodies: The Department of Education (University of Cyprus), the Department of Education Sciences and the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences (European University Cyprus).

Target audience and Rationale:

We aspire to attract both academics and policy-makers from countries from all continents. We would also like to specifically target the community of academics and policy makers from countries around the Mediterranean Sea and South Eastern Europe. The organisation of this conference is very timely since many countries in the area are increasingly at the receiving end of huge immigration waves. Moreover, ethnic minorities and various cultural groups in many countries around the world still face issues of access to Higher Education.

In addition to the more 'traditional' themes (e.g. issues of inclusion, access, retention, equity, gender, etc), we hope that we will attract papers addressing the role of students, academics and Universities (as institutions) in the reform that is currently taking shape in many Arab countries. The role of Higher Education has not been covered by the international media and the academic community has not had enough time to react and publish on the issue, since the domino of events is still unfolding. Colleagues are welcomed to address in their papers issues regarding Higher Education, political participation and activism in their countries.

Initiatives to support the theme of the conference:

The Organising Committee will make every effort to partly subsidise the registration fees or accommodation expenses of a very small number of academics from countries which currently face social unrest (e.g. Libya, Egypt, Tynisia, etc), provided their papers address issues regarding Higher Education in the context of the current situation in their country. This is deemed necessary since it is very likely that academics in these countries may not have access to funds for participating in international conferences.

Special participation rates will apply for students and RC04 & RC10 members.

Conference streams include:

Important Information/Dates

Date and duration:25-27 of November 2011 (Friday-Sunday)
Venue:The premises of the University of Cyprus.
Date for abstract submission:Extension: 30th June 2011
Notification of acceptance:Monday, 18th of July 2011.

Registration deadline:10th of October 2011 (NEW DATE)

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