Repairing our World: Using Applied and Clinical Sociology to Do Good

Repairing our World: Using Applied and Clinical Sociology to Do Good
The Brown Hotel
Call for Participation
Format: Hybrid (in-person as well as virtual) Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2022. Submit a 250-word abstract of the presentation (or description of the session).
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Registration is now open. Deadline for a reduced fee early-bird registration: 15 August 2022. Registration includes breakfast and lunch Friday and Saturday.
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Located in the heart of downtown Louisville, The Brown offers easy access to a self-guided civil rights historic marker tour, architecture walking tour, the Muhammad Ali Center, Injustice Square (the park at the center of the 2020 Black Lives Matter demonstrations calling for justice for Breonna Taylor) fantastic restaurants, and Whiskey Row distilleries. If you enjoy a morning run, you can take in the waterfront park and jog across the pedestrian bridge into Jeffersonville, Indiana. 
Join us in Louisville October 6-8.

The 2022 Annual Meeting of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology 



Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2022. 

In October 2022 (6-8), the AACS Annual Meeting will take place in Louisville, Kentucky. If COVID allows, we hope to have an in-person conference (while observing all applicable COVID protocols) as well as a virtual component.  

The program will consist of regular paper sessions where delegates will demonstrate innovative approaches to practicing sociology. We are also organizing keynote addresses by experts in clinical and applied sociology, professional development workshops, student-centered sessions, poster sessions and networking opportunities for all participants. 

We invite all applied, clinical, and engaged public sociologists, social and behavioral scientists, and professionals who use social and behavioral science in business and industry, government, and academia to submit an abstract or a proposal for a session. You can submit a proposal to participate in the conference in the form of a presentation, a demonstration or organizing a regular session or workshop. Submit here  

Information needed to submit an abstract (or session) 

  • Title of the Presentation (or Session) 
  • A 250-word abstract of the presentation (or description of the session) 
  • Name, affiliation/organization and contact details  
  • Indication of your preference to participate in the In-person conference, the virtual component or either 

When submitting an abstract for a presentation, you should consider whether the topic of your presentation fits any of the following proposed sessions. If not, please select “other”, and we will develop additional sessions accommodating these abstracts. The list of proposed sessions follows below. You can find a session description by clicking on its title in the drop-down menu. 

List of proposed sessions 

  • COVID, Health Care Providers, and Vaccine Distribution 
  • Health Disparities and Global Health 
  • Macro-Clinical Sociology: Healing Society 
  • Renegotiating Citizenship and Social Capital 
  • Unacknowledged Sociology – Doing Sociology in Business and Organizational Settings 
  • Utilizing Applied and Clinical Sociological Skills in Developing a Racial Equity Diversity Inclusion (REDI)  Program Within a Non-Profit Organization 
  • Whistleblowing and Social Justice 
  • Women, Bullying, Work and Academic Success 

Conference venue: The Brown Hotel 

335 West Broadway, Louisville, KY, US 

The Brown Hotel is one of the classic hotels of the South. Listed on the  

National Registry of Historic Places, the hotel is situated right in the heart 

of Louisville. With recent renovations and classic charm, the Brown 

provides a memorable experience. 

Please direct conference-related inquiries to AACS Vice President Dr Tina Uys at 

XX ISA World Congress of Sociology 2023

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After more than two years of online-only conferences, we are happy to announce that we are now in the early stages of planning for the ISA World Congress that will take place in Melbourne, Australia, from June 25 to July 1 2023. The conference will take a hybrid format (an in-person and virtual component). The theme of the Congress is Resurgent Authoritarianism: The Sociology of New Entanglements of Religions, Politics, and Economies.

We are asking for your participation in developing the RC46 programme for the World Congress. The first step is the Call for Sessions which will open for online submission via the Confex platform on May 2 and close on May 31, 2022, at 24:00 GMT. The second is the Call for Abstracts which will open for online submission via the Confex platform on July 1 and close on September 30, 2022, at 24:00 GMT. Based on our membership, the Research Committee in Clinical Sociology (RC-46) is allowed to arrange a maximum of 18 sessions at the World Congress. Each session lasts 110 minutes and can accommodate up to five papers leaving time for collective discussion.

We invite you to consider acting as a session organiser and submit a proposal for a session. We are particularly interested in sessions with research topics involving an open call for papers that would attract scholars from across the globe. You can organise your sessions in English, French or Spanish or combine these languages. The Call for Sessions link is now open on the Confex platform. Submit your 250-word proposal here: Click “Research Committees” and then “RC46 Clinical Sociology.” The hard deadline is May 31, 24:00 GMT.

For further information about the conference, please consult

I look forward to seeing lots of proposed sessions on the RC46 website!
Tina Uys
Vice-President (Programs)
RC46, International Sociological Association


The dates for the ISA World Congress have now been finalised. The Congress will be held in Melbourne from June 25 – July 1 2023 (in a hybrid format). The theme of the Congress is Resurgent Authoritarianism: The Sociology of New Entanglements of Religions, Politics, and Economies.

Based on our membership, the Research Committee in Clinical Sociology (RC-46) has been awarded a total of 18 sessions at the World Congress. One of these will be a business meeting. I will be responsible for the coordination of the RC 46 programme.


The second is the Call for Abstracts which will open for online submission via the Confex platform on July 1 and close on September 30, 2022, at 24:00 GMT.

In preparation for the Call for Abstracts, we invite you to consider acting as a session organiser and submitting proposals for sessions when the Call for Sessions link opens on the Confex platform on May 2, 2022.

We encourage you to think creatively about the format of the session you propose. In the past, sessions varied between traditional paper presentation sessions invited sessions, keynote speakers, author meets critics, roundtables and workshops. New ideas are welcome.

For further information, please consult

I look forward to seeing lots of proposed sessions on the RC46 website!

Tina Uys

Vice-President (Programs)

RC46, International Sociological Association

Resurgent Authoritarianism: The Sociology of New Entanglements of Religions, Politics, and Economies

The global rise of authoritarianism, as well as populism, xenophobia, and racism, makes our task as sociologists more crucial than ever. This dilemma is assisted by the gradual symbolic thickening of public culture through combinations of extreme nationalist and religious fervour.

What is the best way to analyze global resurgent authoritarianism? In addition to dealing with the scars of the colonial era, a postcolonial approach should be supplemented with another approach; we need to find ways to diagnose and resist this resurgence. This approach should take into account how authoritarianism affects not only our societies but also our knowledge production. The self-centred and unspoken have become more important than the told and argued. We are concerned not only with the hard authoritarianism that heralds the brutalization of society and politics, but also the soft authoritarianism that often thrives in the shadow of neoliberalism, as the state moves deftly in the open or in secret to devise modes of governance that shore up its power against popular discontent.

A special interest of our Congress is how to disaggregate the Western, but also sociological, assumption of secularism as inherent in modern society and at the same time analytically dissociate the state from religion. While this separation is still a crucial pathway toward democracy and citizenship, the process needs to be problematized. We particularly look forward to discussing the promising avenues of inquiry within sociology and related disciplines about what has been termed ‘post-secular societies’ and ‘multiple secularities’.

Thus the XX ISA World Congress of Sociology will focus on how sociologists worldwide can (and do) contribute to the understanding of the resurgent authoritarianism and analyze the new entanglements of religions, politics, and economies. It will also focus on how sociologists engage (physically and critically) in the formidable social movements we are witnessing today in different parts of the world and in a renascent civil society.

The XX ISA World Congress of Sociology in Melbourne, Australia, June 25-July 1, 2023 will be in a hybrid format. Further details will be provided in due course.

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


Porto Alegre09:00-10:3010:45-12:1512:30-14:0014:15-15:4516:00-17:3017:45-20:00
UTC12:00 – 13:3013:45-15:1515:30-17:0017:15-18:4519:00-20:3020:45-23:00
Los Angeles04:00-05:3005:45-07:1507:30-9:009:15-10:4511:00-12:3012:45-15:00
New York7:00 – 8:308:45-10:1510:30-12 noon12:15-13:4514:00 – 15:3015:45-18:00
Berlin13:00 – 14:3014:45-16:1516:30-18:0018:15-19:4520:00-21:3021:45-24:00
Joburg14:00 – 15:3015:45 – 17:1517:30 – 19:0019:15 – 20:4521:00 – 22:3022:45-01:00
New Delhi17:30-19:0019:15-20:4521:00-22:3022:45-00:1500:30-02:00*02:15-04:30
Tokyo21:00-22:3022:45- 0:150:30-2am*2:15-3:45 am*4am-5:30 am (next day)5:45 – 8am*
Melbourne23:00-0:3001:45-02:15 am02:30-04:00 am04:15-05:45 am06:00-07:30 am (next day)07:45-10am (next day)
23 February TuesdayRC sessions 1RC sessions 2Opening ceremonyOpening plenaryRC sessions 
24 February WednesdayRC/WG/TG 3RC/WG/TG 42 Semi-Plenaries

RC/WG/TGCommon Sessions
25 February ThursdayRC/WG/TG 6RC/WG/TG 72 Semi-Plenaries

Common Sessions
February 26 FridayRC/WG/TG 9RC/WG/TG 102 Semi-PlenariesRC/WG/TG
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February 27 SaturdayRC/WG/TG 12RC/WG/TG 132 Semi-PlenariesRC/WG/TG 14RC/WG/TG 
February 28 SundayRC/WG/TG 15RC/WG/TG 16Closing Plenary SessionRC/WG/TGRC/WG/TG 

RC46 Preliminary Programme

All times are Porto Alegre time

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

10:45 – 12:15: Session 1: Transitions in Cities and Challenges of Public Support

Chair: Melodye Lehnerer, C.S.P. College of Southern Nevada, USA

Suava ZBIERSKI-SALAMEH (Haverford Institute) Marek NOWAK (University of Poznan, Poland)Socio-Ecological Consequences of Suburbanization in Postsocialist Urban System. Case of Poznan-Lubon, Poland
Isabelle RUELLAND (Univeristé de Montréal, Canada) Maria Lourdes RODRIGUEZ DEL BARRIO (Montreal University, Canada)Les Espaces De Coconstruction De l’Action Publique En Santé Jeunesse Dans Le Territoire Du Nord De Montréal (Canada): Quels Défis Pour Le Dialogue Entre Les Jeunes, Les Intervenant.e.s Et Les Gestionnaires Des Milieux Institutionnels Et Communautaires?
S. Urvashi (India)The Politics of Belonging and Security in India

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

All times are Porto Alegre time

09:00 – 10:30: Session 2: Priorities: Environmental Justice and the Central Inclusion of Women and Girls

Chair: Mariam Seedat-Khan, UKZN, South Africa

Nhlalo TSHUMA (Lupane State University)Environmental Governance and the Invasive Water Hyacinth Weed: A Case Study of Lake Chivero in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Jan Marie Fritz (University of Cincinnati, USA and UJ, South AfricaEnvironmental Injustice: Incarceration in the United States
Bentina MATHIAS (Nnamdi Azikiwe University)Modern Day Slavery: A Case of the Girl Child in Nigeria

10:45 – 12:15: Session 3: Certification: Validating the Work of Clinical Sociologists

Chair: Jan Fritz (University of Cincinnati, USA and UJ, South Africa)

Tina Uys (UJ, South Africa)Certification: Process and Benefits
Mariam Seedat-Khan (UKZN, South Africa)Certification: Thoughts from a Newly Certified Practitioner
Melodye Lehnerer (C.S.P. College of Southern Nevada, USA)Certification: A Crucial Component in the International Discussion of Professionalism

14:15 – 15:45: Session 4: Panel Discussion: Accrediting Your Undergraduate or Graduate Program in Sociological Practice: A Workshop on Process, Benefits, and Outcomes By the Commission on the Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology (CAPACS)

Chair: Amitra Wall (SUNY Buffalo State College, USA)

Michael FLEISCHER1, Norma WINSTON2, Elizabeth LYMAN3, and Allison WISECUP3, (1)Organizational Dynamics, Morristown, New Jersey, USA, (2)University of Tampa, USA, (3)Radford University, USAAccrediting Your Undergraduate or Graduate Program in Sociological Practice: A Workshop on Process, Benefits, and Outcomes By the Commission on the Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology (CAPACS)

16:00-17 :30 Session 5 Dispositifs De Recherche ET Intervention EN Sociologie Clinique: Alternatives D’action Dans Le Contexte De Travail Brésilien

Chair: Isabelle Ruelland, Université de Montréal, Canada

Matheus VIANA BRAZ (São Paulo State University, Brazil)Groupes D’implication Et De Recherche En Sociologie Clinique : Faire Face a La Psychologisation Des Contradictions Sociales Dans Le Contexte Du Travail Bresilien
Lorenzo CATTANI (University of Bologna, Italy)Labour Market Policies in Light of Female Employment and Political Mobilization: A New Framework
Jacques RHEAUME (Département de communication sociale et publique Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)Une Entreprise d’Insertion Sociale Par Le Travail Pour Des Jeunes En Difficulté: Boulot Vers, Une Organisation Communautaire

Thursday, 25 February 2021

09:00 – 10:30: Session 6: Building Community: Religious Groups and Non-Governmental Organisations

Chair: Natalia Erokhova, RUDN University (Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia), Russia

Co-Chair: Margarita Kalashnikova, St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Humanitarian University, Russia

Ryoichi HORIGUCHI (Kindaï Université, Japan)L’Histoire Vécue Et La Vie Retrouvée Des Lépreux : Une Pratique De l’Église Dans Un Sanatorium Pour Lépreux
Igor RYAZANTSEV (St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Humanitarian University) Маria LARINA (St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Humanitarian University, Russia)Areas of Work with Disabled People in Christian Orthodox Organizations
Muhammed SULEMAN, University of Johannesburg, South AfricaObstacles to Emancipation or Agents of Change? Muslim Religious Leaders Response to Adopting a Reconciliation at All Cost Approach in Dealing with the Issue of Domestic Violence Experienced By Muslim Married Women
Shaheeda ESSACK, (DoHET, South Africa)Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Reducing Inequalities in the Rural Eastern Cape in South Africa

14:15 – 15:45: Session 7: Histoires De Vie Collectives Et Action Communautaire. Collective Life Histories and Community Action

Chair: Jacques Rheaume, Département de communication sociale et publique Université du Québec à Montréal Canada

Miriam Boeri (Bentley University, USA)Applied Ethnographic Research: Overcoming Challenges of Grounding Solutions to the Everyday Reality of Individuals and Communities
Camila Gabriel AMORIM, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, BrazilTheory of Life History and Theory of Life Course: Convergences and Contributions to the Study of Infractional Trajectories of Boys and Girls
Patricia GUERRERO MORALES1, Ana HORMAZABAL (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile), Valentina URRUTIA (Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile) and Pilar DIEZ YENSEN (Instituto de Humanidades, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile)Análisis Del Rol En La Organización De Directores De Escuelas Públicas Chilenas: Una Apuesta Para Salir Del Management

Friday, 26 February 2021

09:00 – 10:30: Session 8: Analyzing and Addressing Problems at Work and at Home: Motherhood and Careers

Chair: Jacques Rhéaume, Université de Montréal, Canada

Paola STUKER (UFRGS, Brazil) Letícia SCHABBACH (UFRGS, Brazil)Controversies about Female Focus and Conditionalities of the Bolsa Família Program in Brazil: Domestic Gender Relations, Motherhood and Violence
Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama (Associate Professor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati, USA)Where did I go? Reflections on Late Mothering
Kezia Batisai (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)Care Policy Reform:  The Perceived and Real Impact on Career-Oriented Women

10:45 – 12:15: Session 9:  The History and Development of Clinical Sociology around the World

Chair: Jan Marie Fritz, University of Cincinnati, USA and UJ, South Africa

Jacques RHEAUME (Département de communication sociale et publique Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)Clinical Sociology in North-America, the Quebec Experience. La Sociologie Clinique En Amérique Du Nord, l’Expérience Québécoise
Tina Uys (UJ, South Africa)The Emergence of Clinical Sociology in South Africa
F. De Yzaguirre, R. Avendaño, and L. F. RuízThe Introduction of Clinical Sociology in Colombia and Spain: A Positive Academic Experience, Not without Difficulties

14:15 – 15:45: Session 10: Lecturing Diversity – Lessons from the Classroom

Chair: Charles Puttergill, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Aradhana MANSINGH (UKZN, South Africa)What Makes South African Higher Education Different? a Review of the Changes in Higher Education and the Impact on Gender
Mariam SEEDAT-KHAN, Belinda JOHNSON; Moya BYDAWELL (UKZN, South Africa)Learning to Acquire Knowledge in Large Classes
Vangile BINGMA (University of Pretoria, South Africa)Lecturing Large and Diverse Classes at a South African University: Teaching Practices and Institutional Knowledge
Laura VAN RAEMDONCK, University of Antwerp, Belgium and Sara WILLEMS, University of Gent, BelgiumInsights for Diversity Education in Health Care: Testing a Conceptual Model on the Psychosocial Mechanisms of Diversity Competent Care within a Belgian Health Care Student Population

16:00-17:30: Session 11:  Théories Et Pratiques De Groupes En Amérique Latine : Quelles Contributions à La Réduction Des Inégalités Sociale De Pouvoir Dans Les Sociétés Du Nord?

Chair: Isabelle Ruelland, Université de Montréal, Canada

Patricia GUERRERO MORALES (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) Valentina URRUTIA (Pontificia Universidad Católica) Ana HORMAZABAL (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)Desde El Sentido Del Trabajo, a La Agencia y La Capacidad De Actuar
Paulo BAREICHA (University of Brasilia) Christiane NUNES (University of Brasilia) Valdeci SOUZA (UDESC)Sociologie Clinique Et Théatre: Contradictions Et Retombées De La Piéce De Théatre Macunaïma.
Carolina LUIZ (Interfaces Group- Collective Health and Mental Health- UNICAMP) Alice ANDRADE SILVA (Unicamp) Rosana ONOCKO CAMPOS (UNICAMP) Giovana PELLATTI (UNICAMP) Pablo CASTANHO (USP) Erotildes LEAL (UNICAMP, Brazil)Implementation of a Psychosocial Outpatient Clinic for People Exposed to Violence in a University Hospital
Paulo BAREICHA (University of Brasilia) Christiane NUNES (University of Brasilia)Implication Et Lien Dans La Recherche-Action Avec Des Groupes Socio-Éducatifs

Saturday, 27 February 2021

09:00-10:30 Session 12: Migrants/Refugees: Issues of Care, Integration, and Belonging

Chair: Johanna Zulueta, Soka University, Tokyo, Japan

Yvonne VISSING (Salem State University, USA)Crisis for Children at the US-Mexico Border
Chiho OGAYA (Ferris University, Japan)From Re-Integration to Re-Orientation: Experiences of Filipino Women Returnee from Japan through Two Decades of Reintegration Program of NGO
Laura VAN RAEMDONCK (University of Antwerp, Belgium) Sara WILLEMS (University of Gent)Psychotherapy and Psycho-Educational Group Work to Unaccompanied Young Adult Refugees in an Institutionalised Communal Living Project: Recommendations Towards Culturally Sensitive Mental Health Services in Belgium

10:45-12:15: Session 13: Organisational Interventions during the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Chair: Tina Uys, Sociology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Anthony Kaziboni (UJ, South Africa)Anthropogenic Water Scarcity in South Africa – Causes and Solutions
Lesego PLANK (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)The Insights of Single Black Middle Class Women from Soweto on Not Dating Undesirable Unemployed Men in the 4IR Society.
David du Toit (UJ, South Africa)At Your Service Madam: A Sociological Investigation into the Rise of the Gig-Economy and the Need for on-Demand Domestic Service in South Africa

14:15-15:45: Session 14: Jeunes Et Santé Mentale, Interventions Institutionnelles Et Communautaires : Perspective Critique. Mental Health and Youth, Community and Institutional Practices: A Critical View

Chair: Patricia GUERRERO MORALES (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

Alice ANDRADE SILVA (Unicamp) Rosana Onocko CAMPOS (UNICAMP) Carolina LUIZ (Unicamp) Analice PALOMBINI (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul) Giovana PELLATTI (Unicamp) Erotildes LEAL (UFRJ) Juliana A. DAINEZI (Unicamp, Brazil)The Participation of Children and Youth in the Process of Implementing a Psychosocial Outpatient Clinic for People Exposed to Violence.
Flavia DE SOUZA (Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz – UESC (Ilhéus-BA, Brazil))“A Holiday in Soweto”: Community Empowerment at KYP as an invitation to Clinical Sociology
Fernando DE YZAGUIRRE1, Karol Dayana IBAÑEZ1,2 and Lina Fernanda RUÍZ2, (1)Universidad del Atlántico, Colombia, (2)Sociocaribe, ColombiaBarriers and Facilitators: A Research – Intervention Project to Prevent the Dropout of University from a Clinical Sociology Perspective

Sunday, 28 February 2021

09:00 – 10:30: Session 15: BUSINESS MEETING

Chair: Emma Porio

This session will highlight the programs and activities of RC 46 officers/members in different regions of the world, including ways forward to the ISA World Congress 2022 in Melbourne, Australia.

10:45 – 12:15: Session 16: Care Policies and Gender Equality

Chair: Bila Sorj, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brigitte AULENBACHER (Johannes Kepler University, Austria); Fabienne DECIEUX (Johannes Kepler University, Austria)Social Investment, Child- and Elderly Care – a Polanyian Analysis of the Austrian Care Regime in Times of Marketization and Social Inequalities
Jasmin JOECKS (Universität Tübingen, Germany); Anna KUROWSKA (University of Warsaw, Poland) & Kerstin PullInformal Childcare Vs. Formal Childcare and Its Impact on Maternal Employment in Germany and Poland
Nadya GUIMARAES, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and Helena HIRATA, GTM/CRESPPA,CNRS, FranceConvergences and Divergences on Care Work. a Latin American Perspective
Karina BATTHYANY, FCS UDELAR, UruguaySocial Relations of Care Work in Uruguay and Latin America.