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Cultures and civilization in the contemporary world

The RC16 ‘Sociological Theory’ is one of the oldest and largest committees of the International Sociological Association. It provides the most diverse and cosmopolitan forum for all sociologists interested in theoretical debate and conceptual work. Designed to foster critical debate among sociologists of various countries and persuasions, its membership is open to all sociologists actively involved in theoretical research. RC16 activities, beside participating in the organization of the World Congresses, involve the publishing of a newsletter and the organization of a mid-term conference.

The midterm conference is an important event, where sociologists from all over the world may present their work in front of a specialized audience. They are designed to foster a climate of lively discussion beyond and across theoretical schools. As the other activities, participation in the RC16 mid-term conference is reserved to members of RC16.

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Ronald N. JACOBS, SUNY University at Albany, USA -

Giuseppe SCIORTINO, Università di Trento, Italy,

Agnes KU, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong,

Newsletter Editors
Craig BROWNE, University of Sydney, Australia
Paul JONES, University of New South Wales, Australia

Executive Board

Jeffrey C. ALEXANDER, Yale University, USA
Patrick BAERT, Cambridge University, UK
Gianpaolo BAIOCCHI, University of Masachusetts, USA
Mabel BEREZIN, Cornell University, USA
Seung Kuk KIM, Pusan National University, Korea
Fuyuki KURASAWA, York University, Canada, ex officio
Philip SMITH, Yale University, USA, ex officio
Frederic VANDENBERGHE, Brazil
Gilles VERPRAET, France
Kiyomitsu YUI, Kobe University, Japan


The conference will be held at the Faculty of Sociology of the University of Trento - Aula Kessler (via Verdi, 26 - Trento).




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Organizing secretary:
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University of Trento
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