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Deadline: 1 March 2009
Call for participation
Fifth Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists
The International Sociological Association (ISA) announces the organization of
the Fifth Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists engaged in social
research. The winners will be invited to participate in the XVII World Congress
of Sociology which will take place in Göteborg, Sweden, July 2010. The winners’
papers will be considered for publication in English, subject to editorial
decision and revision, in the ISA’s journal International Sociology, or in
another ISA publication.
By Junior Scholars we mean people who obtained his/her first Master’s degree (or
an equivalent graduate diploma) in sociology or in a related discipline, less
than 10 years prior to May 1st, 2009. In case of joint or multiple authorship,
this rule applies to all authors of the submitted paper.
Candidates must send an original paper that has not been previously published
anywhere. It should be no more than 6,000 words typewritten doublespaced on one
side of the paper with margins of 3 cm and the pages numbered. Notes and the
bibliography should appear at the end of the text. Papers which do not conform
these rules run the risk of being rejected. We prefer papers focusing on
socially relevant issues. The phenomena examined may be social, economic,
political, cultural or of any other kind, but their interpretation or analysis
must show a sociological orientation (for instance, through the identification
of social processes underlying the phenomena under scrutiny, critique of
commonsense interpretations or of well established theories, etc.).
Empirical research papers must go beyond descriptive reporting of results to
broader, analytical interpretations. Papers will be judged according to
perceptiveness with which issues are treated, the quality of empirical
materials presented, the consistency with which an analytic framework is used,
the originality of ideas, and the clarity of style. Extensiveness of
referencing or the use of advanced statistical methods will be considered to be
of only secondary importance, so as to provide participants throughout the world
with as equal an opportunity as possible. We are particularly interested in
receiving papers from scholars in Third World Countries.
The winners of the First (1990), the Second (1994), the Third (1998) and the
Fourth (2006) Competition are not allowed to compete.
Papers may be written in one of the following languages: English, French,
Spanish as well as Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and
Russian. Assessors will be appointed for each of these languages. To give a
fair chance for participants whose mother tongue is none of the above, there
will be assessors in English, French and Spanish, respectively, for papers
submitted by authors, who use any of these as a foreign language. All other
scholars may also make use of this option if they prefer.
An electronic version (.doc or .pdf) should be e-mailed as an attachment to
[email protected] (indicate “junior competition” in the subject of your
message) and two paper copies of equal typographical quality should be sent to
the following address:
5th ISA Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists
Attention: Louis Chauvel
Department of Sociology
Sciences-Po University Paris
27 rue Saint Guillaume
75007 Paris, France
Tel: 33-1-44185441
E-mail: [email protected] (indicate “junior competition” in the subject of
your message)
They should be postmarked April 1st, 2009 at the latest or reach the Science-Po
Paris Secretariat before May 1st, 2009
In order to protect anonymity during the selection process, authors should not
put their name on the paper itself but include a separate sheet of paper with
their family name (capital letters), first name, sex, date of birth, mother
tongue, degrees, address where they can be reached and (optionally) their
present occupation. For papers sent by e-mail, include this information in a
text of the e-mail message.
All this information should be given in one of the official languages of the ISA
(English, French, Spanish).
An electronic acknowledgement of the correct reception of paper copies and
electronic submissions will be given.
Initially, a Jury will consider which papers reach a sufficiently high standard
to be issued with a letter of official commendation and be listed on ISA
website. Each language Jury will then preselect (by September 2009) a maximum
of three papers. These finalists will receive Merit Award Certificates, a
four-year membership in the ISA, and an invitation to participate in the XVII
World Congress of Sociology in Göteborg, Sweden, July 2010. The ISA, however,
cannot guarantee to cover their travel costs. All authors thus preselected will
also be invited to participate in a one-week seminar prior to the Congress.
Out of the preselected finalists, a Grand Jury chaired by the ISA President
Michel Wieviorka will select up to five winning papers. Their authors will be
immediately invited, all expenses paid, to participate in the World Congress.
In case of multiple authorship, the subvention will have to be shared.
Additional information may be obtained from the Competition Coordinator, Louis
Chauvel (see address above).
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