THE AACS CONFERENCE Making Sociology Actionable: Translation, Implementation, & Intervention Design for Social Chang

October 5-9, 2020

Undergraduate and Graduate Students Welcome

Do you have sociological scholarship, research, or creative activities (SRCA) that you would like to present? Join us in our Paper and SRCA Competitions by submitting your work to and presenting in our 1st ever virtual conference! A panel of judges will review all submissions/presentations and prizes will be awarded to top works.

Would you like to share your work with like minds while developing skills that bridge the gap between sociological knowledge and practice? Submit your work (completed or in progress) for our “3 Minute Thesis Competition” where you will present your work (using one PowerPoint slide only) to a non-academic audience, compete for a prize, and receive feedback from experts in the field!

Are you interested in using your sociological knowledge & skills to help solve a real-world problem for Home Suite Hope, a not-for-profit dedicated to serving homeless and single-mother led families? Sign up with a team of friends to compete in our Client Problem Solving Competition! Teams will present their solutions to Home Suite Hope’s Executive Director, who will choose the best solution. A plaque naming the winning team will be sent to their school. Students in the winning team will be able to see their academic insight applied “in action” and receive FREE AACS membership for 4 years or until they graduate, whichever comes first.

Would you like to network with other aspiring and experienced applied and clinical sociologists? Join us for a virtual social event! Visit to become a member, submit a proposal (general submissions are due by August 1, 2020), become part of our mentoring program, or learn more!

Please direct conference related inquiries to Dr. Alison Marganski at

IV ISA Forum of SOCIOLOGY, February 23-27, 2021


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



The new calendar and timeline of events the ISA has prepared for IV ISA Forum of Sociology in Porto Alegre, Brazil postponed to February 23-27, 2021. Please note the following important deadlines:

  • 15 September – 15 October 2020: The authors of abstracts selected for the ISA Forum will be invited to confirm their participation to the Forum before October 15th, 2020. They may update their abstract and title, in consultation with their session organizers or RC program coordinators.
  • 15 October 2020:  Final day to confirm participation by authors of the already accepted abstracts.
    * The abstracts that have not been not confirmed will be automatically removed from the program
  • 16 – 25 October 2020: Publication of the calls for new abstracts proposals by the RC/WG/TG
  • 26 October – 12 November 2020: Submission of new abstracts proposals via online platform
  • 12 November 2020:  Deadline for new abstract submissions
  • 24 November 2020: Authors are notified about the acceptance or rejection of their abstracts
  • 15 December 2020: Presenters final registration deadline (early registration fees apply).

For queries about registration contact
For queries about ISA membership contact
To apply for ISA membership, go to
For general, accommodation, and visa information, please visit 



Only 2 months are left to submit abstracts to sessions organized by the Research Committee 46. Don’t miss the deadline, submit an abstract online before September 30, 2019, 24:00 GMT. You are invited to submit abstracts on-line via the Confex platform from 25 April. Abstracts must be submitted in English, French or Spanish. Only abstracts submitted on-line will be considered in the selection process. Remember that each presenter is limited to two papers. All presenters and session organisers are expected to be or become members of RC46. Use the following link to submit abstracts You then click on BEGIN A SUBMISSION and select RC46 for our sessions. Or you can click on the following link that will take you directly to the RC46 session:

RC46 Porto Alegre ISA Forum Sessions

  Title Organiser(s)
1 Environmental Justice in Applied and Clinical Settings Sharon Everhardt
2 The History and Development of Clinical Sociology Around the World Jan Marie Fritz
3 Dispositifs De Recherche ET Intervention EN Sociologie Clinique: Alternatives D’action Dans Le Contexte De Travail Brésilien Matheus Viana Braz
4 The Return Home: Addressing Migrant Re-Integration Johanna Zulueta
5 Care Policies and Gender Equality Bila Sorj, Karina Batthyany
6 Violence Néolibérale, Normalité Souffrante Et Folie Du Travail Thomas Périlleux
7 Histoires De Vie Collectives Et Action Communautaire. Collective Life Histories and Community Action. Jacques Rheaume
8 Théories Et Pratiques De Groupes En Amérique Latine : Quelles Contributions à La Réduction Des Inégalités Sociale De Pouvoir Dans Les Sociétés Du Nord ? Isabelle Ruelland
9 Jeunes Et Santé Mentale, Interventions Institutionnelles Et Communautaires : Perspective Critique. Mental Health and Youth, Community and Institutional Practices: A Critical View. Danielle Desmarais, Maria Lourdes Rodriguez del Barrio
10 Organisational Interventions during the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Tina Uys
11 Social-Ecological Transitions of Cities and Decreasing Public Spaces Suava Zbierski-Salameh, Mariam Seedat-Khan
12 Children at the Border: Refugee, Unaccompanied and Immigrant Children and Youth Yvonne Vissing
13 Identifying and Creating/Designing Democratization Spaces By NGOs, Local Government and Civic Groups Suava Zbierski-Salameh
14 Building Community: Religious Organisations and Clinical Practice Margarita Kalashnikova, Natalia Erokhova, Charles Puttergill
Joint session hosted by RC42
15 Lecturing Diversity – Lessons from the Classroom Charles Puttergill
Invited sessions (abstracts cannot be submitted to these sessions)
16 RC46 Business Meeting: Open to all RC46 members & people interested in becoming members to discuss RC46 matters Emma Porio
17 Certification: Validating the Work of Clinical Sociologists Melodye Lehnerer


The AACS conference: “The Profession of Sociological Practice.”

The Profession of Sociological Practice

October 17-19, 2019

Portland, Oregon

RC46 will meet in 2019 with the annual meeting of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology.  The meeting will be held on October 17-19 just outside of Portland, Oregon (USA). The AACS conference theme is “The Profession of Sociological Practice.”

 AACS pre-conference professional development workshops are available on Thursday afternoon for a modest additional charge for non-members.  Registration includes welcome and closing receptions, complimentary breakfasts by Embassy Suites with stay, keynote and presidential luncheons, and refreshments.

You can register for the conference here. RC46 members can register at the AACS membership rate. There is a special registration rate for members in category B and C countries. For more information, please visit AACS at, and explore the Conferences tab.

The 2019 meeting of RC46 and AACS will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Washington Square; 9000 SW Washington Square Road; Tigard, Oregon, 97223, USA

Tel (503) 644-4000.  Tigard (the name of the community) is just outside of Portland.

September 14th: Deadline for Registration at the Embassy Suites Portland Washington Square for AACS Rate. Make sure to use the AACS group discount code — XAA.

Please plan to be in Portland for the conference from October 17th – 19th. I am including the preliminary general schedule below to facilitate the process of making your travel plans.

Thursday October 17th

8 am – 12 pm: AACS Board Meeting

1pm – 5 pm: Professional Development Workshops

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Welcome Reception with Poster Presentations

Friday October 18th / Saturday October 19th

8 – 8:45 am Breakfast*

*Note: – there is a hot buffet breakfast provided by the Embassy Suites hotel. People not staying at the conference hotel will be able to purchase vouchers from the hotel or from a limited AACS supply.

9 – 9:45 am Morning Plenary Speaker

10 – 11:15 am Sessions

*Note: There will be four to six sessions in each of the 8 session periods.

11:30 – 12:45 – Sessions

1 – 2:30 – Lunch and Speaker – Keynote (Friday) / Presidential Address (Saturday)

*Note: The luncheon banquets are included with your conference registration fee.

2:45 – 4 – Sessions

4:15 – 5:30 – Sessions

5:30 – 7:30 – Reception – Student Mixer with Trivia (Friday) / Awards Reception (Saturday)*

* Note: AACS is planning to host a reception with pupus (in Hawai’i where I live, that means finger food/appetizers) on Thursday night (full conference), Friday night (student mixer), and Saturday night (full conference). The receptions are included in your conference registration fee. Conference attendees who are staying at the Embassy Suites will also have access to a reception hosted by the hotel, which includes additional pupus and an open bar. These receptions will be in proximity to each other. The local committee is also working to plan an add-on excursion to a live music venue in downtown Portland on Friday night following the student mixer.

The preliminary conference programme is as follows (RC46 sessions are in bold). :

  • Teaching Sociology – Applied and Otherwise
  • Community Engaged and Action Oriented Education
  • Engaging Students in Applied Sociology Through Activist Community Engagement
  • Teaching and Learning:  Working with Incarcerated Persons as Applied Sociology
  • Inter-disciplinarity: Applying the Sociological Imagination across Multiple Disciplines in a Senior Seminar
  • Education and Success: Intersecting Factors
  • Education and Social Justice
Health and Environment
  • Patient Care: Risks and Issues in Diverse Health Care Settings
  • Veggies Against Barriers – An interactive Workshop on (Community) Gardening as Sociological Practice to Promote Social Change
  • Social Location, Health, and Healthcare
  • A Brief Therapeutic Poetry Writing Intervention for Youth who have Experienced Trauma
  • Brainstorming the Sustainable Development Goals–Yes, We Do Have Concepts That Count!
  • Examining the Health Care Institution
  • Clinical sociology, citizen science and the environment
  • Patient Care: Risks and Issues in Diverse Health Care Settings
  • Working with Non Profits: Demonstrations
  • Occupational Change and the Experience of Labor
  • Analysis of Organizational Structure and Culture
  • Sociology and the Experience Economy: Understanding and Improving Customer, Patient, and Employee Experience through Sociological Application
Social Problems/Social Change
  • Transitioning – Projects and Programs:  Working with Incarcerated Persons as Applied Sociology
  • Clinical sociology interventions I
  • Teaching and Learning:  Working with Incarcerated Persons as Applied Sociology
  • Application of Family Studies
  • Addressing Social Problems
  • Policy, Crime, and Gender
  • Evolving Politics in a Social Justice Movement: Lessons from Cannabis Legalization
Theory and Methods
  • Third Annual Jay Weinstein Session on the Use of Theory in Applied and Clinical Sociology
  • Veggies Against Barriers – An interactive Workshop on (Community-) Gardening as Sociological Practice to Promote Social Change
  • Methodology and Knowledge Production: Critical Approaches
  • A Brief Therapeutic Poetry Writing Intervention for Youth who have Experienced Trauma
  • Podcasting and Public Sociology: Alternative Forms of Knowledge
  • Applied Methods for Social Problem Solving: Demonstrations
  • Site Mapping Methodology for practitioners, academics, and students
Professional Practice
  • Yes BA Sociologists Can Find A Job & Here Are The Secrets
  • Publishing Your Book
  • Issues in Applied Sociology
  • Learning from Each Other: Successes, Struggles, & Support Among Students
  • Clinical sociology interventions II
  • Journal of Applied Social Science: A Learning Resource to Make Students Aware of What Professional Sociologists Do

Here is a preview of our six Professional Development Workshops:

  • AACS Keynote Speaker, Dr. Janet Mancini Billson, will conduct a workshop on “Systematic Focus Groups for Academic and Policy Research: An Introduction.”
  • AACS President and CAPCS Chair, Dr. Michael Fleischer, will conduct the “2019 CAPACS Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) and Site Visit Team (SVT) Training Workshop” for new Commissioners who will be joining the CAPACS Board of Directors;
  • AACS President-elect, Dr. Karen Albright, will conduct a workshop on “Grantsmanship for Qualitative and Mixed Methods Proposals”
  • AACS Past President, Dr. Gary David, will conduct a workshop on “Crafting Your Sociological Brand”
  • AACS Board Member, Dr. Miriam Boeri, will conduct a workshop on “Sharing Your Expertise: Media & Op-Ed Training”
  • Dr. Lorella Palazzo will conduct a workshop on “Program Evaluation 101”



Invitation to participate in South African Sociological Association Congress






This 26th South African Sociological Association (SASA) Congress seeks to interrogate the meanings, manifestations and trajectories of the 4th Industrial Revolution within the African context and the global South at large. We invite papers that discuss, engage and challenge this revolution. The SASA Congress seeks to provide the space to interrogate its meaning for the continent struggling with continued structural challenges in terms of inequalities, food shortages, gendered power relations, environmental challenges, institutional degradation and systematic governance. These are among the developmental questions still facing the continent and the global South at large. The 4th Industrial Revolution is said to be automation of the highest level that will force the global economies and its workers to rethink their daily routines and general meaning of the work society. However, Sociologists have argued as early as in the1970s about the nature and influence of automation to society, life and work in general. Whether this 4th Indusial Revolution symbolises a ‘radical’ shift from the past or a continuation of the capitalist economic shifts which are simply part of the different forms of production remains to be seen.


Technological Histories in Africa; Land, Labour and Women; Information Technologies, Social Media, and Citizen Journalism; The Future of Work in Society; Skills and Human Development of the Future; Global Inequalities and the Digital Divide; Children, Family and Genetics; Youth, Politics and Entrepreneurship; Food, Social policy and Governance; Education, Science and Industrial Development; Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Technological Futures; Social Movements and Digital Technologies;Digital Storytelling and Creative Methodologies.


Prof Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga (MIT)

The author of Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe (MIT Press, 2014), which received honourable mentions in the Turku Prize (European Society for Environmental History) and the Herskovits Prize (African Studies Association) in 2015. His second book is an edited volume entitled What Do Science, Technology, and Innovation Mean from Africa? It explores STI in Africa from an archaeological, historical, philosophical, anthropological, STS, engineering, development, and policy-making perspectives.


All abstracts should be submitted online. See SASA website for more details ( Online abstract submissions open on 1 February 2019. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, including full contact details and affiliation of all presenters.


 Prof Tina Uys

 Dr Mariam Seedat Khan