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Call for conference abstracts: The Prospects of a Pluriversal Transition to a Post-Capitalist, Post-Carbon Future

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Call for conference abstracts

We are inviting submissions of abstracts (by 30 Sept 2022) to the following joint session at the XX ISA WORLD CONGRESS OF SOCIOLOGY (Melbourne, June 25 – July 1, 2023)

We are also looking forward to creating a special issue out of the accepted submissions for the Globalizations journal and its associated Routledge book series Rethinking Globalization – see below for instructions.

The Prospects of a Pluriversal Transition to a Post-Capitalist, Post-Carbon Future

Hosted by RC09 Social Transformations and Sociology of Development
Joint with RC48 Social Movements, Collective Actions and Social Change

Language: English

Session Type: Oral

Session Description:

The historical inevitability of a deep civilizational shift is well understood by a growing number of progressive movements. The landscape of these movements (also known as the “pluriverse” of post-capitalist alternatives) continues to grow as they respond to the current global crises. Surely, there is already an abundance of transformative practices, utopian visions, and transition theories. However, most of this landscape is unknown, since they do not make headlines in the mainstream media and are largely neglected by the political and economic elite. Moreover, the landscape is dynamic, diverse, and constantly evolving, adding to the complexities of social transitions we are witnessing today.

This joint session invites its contributors to share their knowledge of the pluriverse and help address the question of how to co-develop an inclusive and dynamic knowledge of transformative alternatives and make this knowledge a historical force that actively empowers and synergizes myriad actors.

The event also invites critical reflections on the contradictions between centralist and decentralist tendencies and the dilemma of unity vs diversity as perhaps the most critical problem for many movements within pluriversal politics. Historically, authoritarian movements have shown a greater capacity to overcome this dilemma in favor of an imposed unity, acting against diversity. However, the trillion-dollar question for the movements in the pluriverse of progressive alternatives is how to create dynamic and sustainable synergies across multiple differences that would result in fully-fledged systemic replacements.

Session Organizers:

Professor Barry K GILLS, University of Helsinki, Finland, Editor in Chief of Globalizations and Routledge Rethinking Globalization Book Series.

 Dr S A Hamed HOSSEINI, College of Human and Social Futures, University of Newcastle, Australia,


Deadline for abstract submission: September 30, 2022  24:00 GMT

Participants at the ISA World Congress must submit abstracts online to this session at

Steps and Instructions:

  1. 1. Title

Enter your presentation title and agree to the registration requirements.

  1. 2. Keywords

Enter up to four custom keywords.

  1. 3. Author(s)

Add presenting author and any co-authors. There is a limit of seven (7) authors.

  1. 4. Abstract

The abstract text may not exceed 300 words and can be entered in either English, French or Spanish.

  1. 5. Confirmation

Review the content of your submission and click the ‘Conclude Submission’ button to receive a confirmation email. You will have access to edit your submission up until the deadline of September 30, 2022

ISA membership
The ISA does not require anyone to be a member to submit an abstract.

ISA user account
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To create an ISA user account, go to and complete the form.

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