Social theory is a broad field. To grapple with theoretical questions sociologists may draw on cultural theory, anthropology, psychology, politics, economics, philosophy, mathematics, or even the natural sciences. Theoretical work may interrogate how specific theories can be applied to empirical research; construct, critique, or revise interpretive accounts or structural models of particular social phenomena; wrestle with meta-theoretical questions in ontology and epistemology; or do all of these at once.

This research cluster aims to bring together sociologists who identify as theorists, whose work engages with theoretical questions, or who simply care passionately about the future of social theory in Canada.

2020-2021

At our annual general meeting in Social Theory (2020) an ad-hoc committee consisting of Dr. Ariane Hanemaayer, Brandon University, Dr. Athena Elafros, University of Lethbridge, and Connie Phung, Ph.D. student from Concordia University was created. We have since added an undergraduate member, Eileen Sowunmi from the University of Lethbridge, to the team.

The task of the ad-hoc committee is to create a report that examines issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion within sociological theory in Canada. The members of the ad-hoc committee are also working in conjunction with the CSAs Equity Issues Subcommittee and the Decolonization Subcommittee. A report that outlines our key findings and proposals will be presented at the next annual general meeting in 2021.