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ISA Congress 2018

The Canadian Sociological Association is honoured to host the International Sociological Association's 2018 Congress in Toronto, Ontario!



2018 ISA World Congress let the planning begin!

The 2014 World Congress in Japan launches planning for 2018 in Canada.


Fulfiling the role of conference discussant and audience member.


In March 2012, CSA Secretary and President, Dr. Patrizia Albanese (Ryerson University) and Dr. Jim Frideres (University of Calgary), accompanied Mr. Eric Chou of the City of Toronto to make a bid for the International Sociological Association (ISA) Congress in 2018 to be held in Toronto.

There were five cities around the world competing for the bid. In April, we were informed that our bid came in first and the bid from Zarayoza, Spain came in second.   The ISA executive will now make a site visit to Toronto in the fall to determine if the facilities and infrastructure can support the ISA Congress. If the site visit proves successful, the city of Toronto and the Canadian Sociological Association will host the ISA Congress in 2018.

The CSA Executive Committee would like to thank all of you that supported our bid through your letters, e-mails, input and advice, participating on the organizing committee, and in many other ways.   It was that strong support that made our bid successful.



World Congress 2018 Toronto?

The CSA under Pam Sugiman and Monica Boyd bid on the 2014 World Congress of Sociology. This Canadian bid came second to Yokohama, Japan. According to Eric Chow from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, who partnered with CSA on the 2014 bid, ISA acknowledged that the Toronto bid was the best, but choose Yokohama to encourage Asian participation in world sociology. Eric Chow recently got in touch with the 2010-11 CSA executive to ask if we'd like to commit to a bid for 2018. It means making a commitment on behalf of a future Executive Committee, and for this reason we would need to know we had membership support before proceeding. Obviously, this could be a very exciting event for Canadian sociology. The last Canadian World Congress was in Montreal in 1998. Eric feels the time might be right for a return to this country. CSA would again partner with the Convention Centre on the bid, with some considerable finanical backing from the Toronto tourism department. We invite comments and views, either via the CSA blog, via e-mail, or by answering the question on this topic in the CSA poll. JG



CSA "Sections"

CSA “sections”

More than one CSA member has suggested that the CSA develop sections, a little like the ASA does. We’ve had busy times at CSA since June around office re-organization, but for the first time now, as September nears its end, things seem more under control. I wanted to start communicating with the membership around sections.