ISA XV International Laboratory for PhD Students in Sociology

The International Sociological Association (ISA) invites applications from PhD students in sociology or interdisciplinary programs (with a strong sociology component) to attend the XVth ISA International Laboratory for PhD Students in Sociology to be organised jointly by the ISA, the Institute of Sociology at the University of Adam Mickiewicz of Poznan, and the Haverford Institute of Public Sociology in Poznan, Poland. Dr Suava Salameh, Director of the Haverford Institute of Public Sociology, will coordinate the Laboratory.

The region of Central and Eastern Europe in general, and Poland in particular, will join the list of hosts of the PhD Lab since the initiative's inception in 2000, thus aiding  ISA's effort to expand the global community of young sociologists.

Central and Eastern Europe have undergone historic changes, spearheaded a quarter a century ago by the Solidarity movement in Poland, which led to the dismantling of socialism and a systemic transformation towards a market economy and democracy, concurrent with their integration into the European Union and an opening to the global world. These massive changes present a fruitful backdrop for a gathering of young sociologists from across the globe to develop frameworks promoting just and sustainable resource (re)distribution and greater inclusiveness in economic development and political processes around the world.

Struggles for Substantive Citizenship, Community Building in Troubled Times for Democracy will include a series of lectures delivered by leading sociologists from Poland and the international community. However, the core of the programme will be presentations by the students of their own work and subsequent discussion by students and faculty of the work. The theme for this Laboratory has been conceived in broad terms, and students’ research may focus on or be related in a variety of ways to one or more of its emphases and concerns.

The working language of the workshop will be English. Participants in the workshop should be able to understand and speak English well. The students who apply must be at an advanced stage of their doctoral studies; they should have made some progress with the collection of data and have commenced the writing their dissertations. The Laboratory is meant to contribute to the quality of each student's research project and final dissertation and thus students with nearly completed PhD are not eligible to participate.

Because of limitations on places, participants in any previous ISA Laboratory for doctoral students should abstain from applying.

Each interested candidate is requested to submit the following documentation in a pdf format:

  1. An application letter (in English) specifying the topic of her/his research, the expected date of degree completion, the motivation to apply, and email addresses of referees  (one page)
  2. An application form
  3. A curriculum vitae (maximum two pages in English).
  4. An abstract (maximum 1,000 words) of the applicant’s research project (in English), including information about the main theoretical approach(es) and the main methodological approach(es) that are used in the research
  5. Two letters of recommendation (in English, French or Spanish).

(a) One from the student’s dissertation adviser or a dissertation committee member that comments on the research project (including the current stage of the research), theoretical and methodological approach(es) as well as the anticipated date of completion, and

(b) The other from the Department Chair or another professor that can comment about the applicant’s academic merits (in comparison with other students in the same programme) and about the candidate’s potential for leadership in the social sciences.

Letters of recommendation can be e-mailed separately by referees to isa@isa-sociology.org

Applications and supporting documentation must be received (pdf format) by International Sociological Association at isa@isa-sociology.org not later than June 15th, 2017.

Late applications will only be considered if places remain available.  

Selection criteria include: excellence of research, diversity of theoretical approaches, gender and geographic diversity of the candidates. Selection results will be announced by July 15th, 2017.

The local host and the International Sociological Association will cover travel and lodging expenses (including meals at the Laboratory) for the participants.

This announcement is also available on http://www.isa-sociology.org/en/junior-sociologists/laboratory-for-phd-students-in-sociology/