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International Sociological Association's World Congress of Sociology

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Next summer the International Sociological Association's World Congress of Sociology will be held in Toronto July 15 - 21. As my colleague Riley Dunlap says, "It is rare for ISA to hold either a World Congress (scheduled every four years) or a World Forum (scheduled likewise, in between the WCs) in North America."

I would welcome abstracts for a session I am organizing on “The Global Climate Crisis and the Climate and Social Justice Movements for a Just Transition” [full proposal below]. I hope will consider submitting an abstract (and spread the word to likely folks). The deadline is September 30th.

John Foran
Here is what you do:



Go to this website:

Call for Papers

Then you have to click on:

RC09 Social Transformations and Sociology of Development

Then you will see it on a big list, fifth from the bottom.

Here is the full proposal:



The Global Climate Crisis and the Climate and Social Justice Movements for a Just Transition

John Foran

CFP for ISA 2018 in Toronto

In December 2015, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change convened in Paris to finalize a global climate treaty. The resulting “Paris Agreement” is inadequate to the task of addressing the unprecedented global climate crisis, based as it is on non-binding voluntary national pledges, which even if all met would take global warming into the catastrophic range.

Simultaneously, a sprawling climate justice movement has been growing in numbers, reach, and strength, interlinked in a vast network of networks. After Paris and now in the wake of Donald Trump’s administration in the United States, these movements are trying to scale up their efforts to put in place alternatives to both “business-as-usual” global neoliberalism and the “capitalist reformist” hopes placed in the Paris Agreement. The new social movements seek both a fair and binding global climate treaty and pathways toward deeply sustainable societies.

This session asks whether it remains possible to “change everything,” as Naomi Klein puts it in her best-selling book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.

Consisting of prominent public intellectuals, climate activists, and interdisciplinary scholars, the panel will collectively address the question: how can the global climate and social justice movements work creatively to craft action plans that address the root causes and future impacts of climate change?

In doing so, we will be rethinking the most important global social movement of the 21st century, and how humanity’s response to the problem of climate change will define the conditions of life as the century wears on.

Description for ISA Decision Makers

This session will feature presentations on the global climate crisis and the social movements and perspectives that have arisen to address this most pressing existential crisis of the 21st century, including the global climate justice movement, ecosocialism, transition towns, degrowth, resilience, and the next system project, among others. These new social movements seek both a fair and binding global climate treaty and pathways toward deeply sustainable societies.

With ten minute presentations, we can include at least six speakers and still have time for audience interaction.

In doing so, we will be rethinking the most important global social movement of the 21st century, and how humanity’s response to the problem of climate change will define the conditions of life as the century wears on.
 
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