ISA World Congress 2018

The Canadian Sociological Association is honoured to host the International Sociological Association's 2018 Congress in Toronto, Ontario!  Check our website regularly as details will be provided once confirmed.

Congress Theme

Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities

Since the inception of the discipline, sociologists have been concerned with power, violence and justice. Current social, economic and political challenges enhance their relevance. As capitalist globalization expands and deepens, corporate power increases along with global, national and local inequalities. New geo-political power configurations and confrontations are emerging, with violence being used as a tool to oppress and also to resist oppression. Colonial histories and contemporary land appropriations reflect the structures and cultural processes that perpetuate violence against indigenous and minority communities. States’ failures to meet their responsibility to provide basic resources are often deflected by blaming the most vulnerable. Both global economic and geo-political processes create crises and massive displacements of people and, at the same time, fuel racism, nationalism and xenophobia. We have also seen an increasing buildup of a culture of fear as a powerful tool used by states, corporations and other institutions to generate popular support for curtailing freedom in the name of security. Efforts to curtail the flow of desperate refugees, attest to the reinforcement of national and racialized borders. Despite visible progress on equality issues, violence against women and intersectional violence point to the entrenchment of the gender border around the world. Equally significant is the need to consider the role of state and institutional power relations to ongoing everyday violence. In response to disempowerment, violence, and injustice we have also witnessed nonviolent movements, humanitarian interventions, and peace processes that have empowered communities, reduced violence, and promoted justice. These diverse communities have built solidarities outside the neo-liberal frames of state-global capital nexus.

This XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology will focus on how scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers, journalists and activists from diverse fields can and do contribute to our understanding of power, violence and justice.
Margaret Abraham
ISA President

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Official Poster and Artist

This logo represents Canada’s era of reconciliation.

The distorted shape represents the rocky path to reconciliation. The colors symbolize stages of indigenous healing: red, piercing the edge of the outer shape, symbolizes the violent effects of colonization; orange, symbolizes a middle stage of healing; turquoise symbolizes the calm of health, justice, reflection, and happiness. The colors weave together to complete the outer rim of the image and represent the many Indigenous and non-Indigenous languages and cultures that make up Canada.

The red figure is a loon. The loon represents Canada’s responsibility, current direction, and obligation to move forward on the path to reconciliation.

Artist Bio: Lydia Prince is a proud member of Tl’azt’en Nation, located in north-central British Columbia, Canada. Indigenous culture and history has a strong influence on Lydia’s art and designs. Her aim is to use her artwork to inspire indigenous & non-indigenous collaboration.