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CONF./CFP- Sociology at the Crossroads, Yerevan, June 11-14, 2009

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CONF./CFP- Sociology at the Crossroads, Yerevan, June 11-14, 2009

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Welcome to the 39th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology

The 39th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology
will take place, as announced, at Yerevan State University, Yerevan,
Armenia, Thursday afternoon, June 11 - Sunday, June 14, 2009. The
theme of the Congress is:

"Sociology at the Crossroads"

The five previous World Congresses of the IIS have highlighted
dilemmas of human existence and societal institutions in the
contemporary world. They have examined problems of social existence
amidst processes of globalization, cooperation and violent conflict.
They have been conducted in the spirit which guided the formation of
the IIS, namely that of an engagement and encounter between a variety
of theoretical positions among members of a truly international
community of scholars.

The 39th World Congress will reaffirm that spirit. It will have three
broad foci, namely questions concerning the way sociology can arrive
at a reformulated understanding of dilemmas of humanity in the
contemporary era, including the nature of war and violence, of
political order and states and state-like entities, of religious and
cultural encounters, of processes of collective memories, traumas and
reconciliations, and of shifting conceptions of law, legal regulation,
human rights and international order.

The Congress will also highlight cutting-edge theoretical advances in
sociology and neighbouring disciplines as well as teaching and
curricular developments of sociology and social science in general in
universities in the future.

The structure of the Congress is straightforward. The Congress will
open on Thursday afternoon, June 11, with two plenary sessions. Each
morning of the three following days, June 12-14, there will be two
plenary sessions. The afternoons will be devoted to sessions proposed
and organized by participants themselves.

The Congress is hosted by Yerevan State University (YSU) and organized
by Lyudmila Harutyunyan, Dean of Sociology, YSU, and Björn Wittrock,
Principal of SCAS and President of the IIS, together with Craig
Calhoun, New York University (NYU), and President, Social Science
Research Council (SSRC), New York; Yehuda Elkana, Central European
University (CEU); Peter Hedström, Nuffield College, Oxford and
Singapore Management University (SMU), Secretary-General, IIS, and
President, European Academy of Sociology; Hans Joas, Max-Weber-Kolleg,
University of Erfurt, University of Chicago, and Vice-President,
International Sociological Association; and Shalini Randeria,
University of Zürich and President, European Association of Social

The IIS is a community of scholars, not a union of professional
associations. Thus the IIS plays a complementary rather than a
competitive role relative to its younger but larger sister
institution, the International Sociological Association (ISA), of
which IIS itself is a member and with which IIS is engaged in close
and friendly interaction. At the previous World Congresses of the IIS,
President, Vice-Presidents and former Presidents of the ISA have been
present and have contributed greatly to the intellectual profile of
the Congresses. We are convinced that there will be an equally strong
presence of the ISA and of its Research Committees in Yerevan as well.

The 39th World Congress of the IIS is jointly sponsored by YSU and the
Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS).

We greatly look forward to seeing you at a Congress that promises to
become a landmark for the extension of sociological dialogue to new
areas, arenas and regions of the world.

You are warmly welcome to Yerevan in 2009,

Lyudmila Harutyunyan
Björn Wittrock

For more information, please contact: iis2009@iisoc. org

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