American Sociological Association

Section on Global and Transnational Sociology

GATs Announcements

GATS TO FORM RESEARCH NETWORKS – Request from Rob Clark (organizer). 

GATS is in the process of forming Research Clusters.  Our aim is to help graduate students and younger scholars come together with others who work on similar topics in a friendly, informal environment.  We envision that these Research Clusters will serve as spaces where scholars can develop social networks, disseminate ideas and papers, and explore opportunities for collaboration.  If you are interested, please contact Rob Clark ( by NOVEMBER 18THand indicate possible area(s) in which you would want to participate.



GATS is organizing two invited and two open panels next year. Please spread the world and submit your work.

The Global, the Transnational, and the Historical  

Organized by Julian Go (Boston University) - Open session

Brief Description: If Global and Transnational Sociology (GTS) has reoriented our understanding of social relations across space, it has been less attentive to social relations over time. Yet “globalization” and “transnationalism” are not new. They extend far back to the age of formal empires. And current transnational forms or processes – such as transnational corporations and Export Processing Zones, international organizations like the World Health Organization, regional associations like the European Union, transnational criminal networks and sex trafficking, the “Arab Spring” and transnational activism, migration and the very category of “migrant” or “refugee” – have all emerged from complex histories of social conflict, struggle and power. In an effort to help overcome the “presentism” of GTS, this session invites papers that put such global and transnational forms, processes and relations in historical perspective. Papers that historicize current transnational flows, forms and processes or that elucidate differences between past and present transnational relations (as opposed to papers that only discuss “the past”) are welcome. Substantive topics, time periods and geographic areas of focus are open.

Diffusion in a Highly Stratified World-System 

Organized by Kristen Shorette  (Stonybrook University) - Open Session

The post-World War II period is marked by a formalization of a world polity and the diffusion of notably similar policies, practices, and opinions across nations. For example, protections against gender-based discrimination appeared in 15 constitutions in 1961 and 173 constitutions in 2016. Nation-states have likewise adopted very similar systems of higher education and environmental protections. These trends are particularly remarkable in light of persistent and substantial cross-national stratification. The wealthiest quintile of nations currently average nearly seventy times the average income as the poorest quintile. Infant, child, and maternal mortality rates; life expectancies; accesses to water and sanitation as well as medical service are likewise highly stratified cross-nationally. However, work in global and transnational sociology tends to focus exclusively on either similarity or difference across the world system. The objective of this panel is to advance our understanding of global and transnational processes with the simultaneous analysis of cross-national isomorphism and stratification. Specifically, how are diffusion processes mitigated by national, regional, zonal etc. characteristics? What are the socio-political, demographic, institutional etc. forces that shape the spread of increasingly consistent policies, practices, and opinions across the world system?  Papers that engage with multiple theoretical perspectives and methods are especially welcome.

Cultural (Re)Imaginings of the World (Joint Session with Sociology of Culture)

Organized by Peggy Levitt (Wellesley College) and Ron Jacobs (SUNY/Albany) - Invited Session

This session is about the role of culture and cultural institutions in reimagining the world.  One out of every seven people in the world today is an international or internal migrant who moves by choice or by force.  People live transnational lives but the social contract between citizen and state is not. Panelists will explore where the cultural building blocks come from with which to imagine a transnational world and with which to create new institutions that respond more effectively to this reality. How and where are global citizens created and what kinds of values do they embrace?  This session is jointed sponsored by the Sociology of Culture Section.

Panelists Include:

Yasemin Soysal, University of Essex

Wendy Griswold, Northwestern University

Fuyuki Kurawasa, York University

Gianpaolo Baiocchi, New York University

Thinking Beyond the Nation-State   

Organized by Peggy Levitt (Wellesley College) - Invited Session

Much has been written about methodological nationalism or the notion that the world is and always will be organized around discrete nation-sates.  Many of the analytical and conceptual categories we use are permeated by these assumptions. But what would we see if we really looked beyond the nation-state analytically and programmatically? This invited panel asks key scholars to re(consider) national understandings of race, gender, labor, economics, and social welfare using a transnational lens. 

Panelists Include:

Claudio Benzecrey (Northwestern University) – economic life

Zine Magubane (Boston College)  – race

Jaime McCallum (Middlebury College) - labor

Smitha Radhakrishnan (Wellesley College) – gender

Jocelyn  Viterna (Harvard University) – social welfare


The 38th Annual Hawai’i Sociological Association Conference February 25-26, 2017 • Windward Community College, Kanē’ohe, Hawai’i

Call for Papers

Land, Sea, and Food: Sociology and Environmental Change

Our conference theme this year highlights the link between changes in our ecosystems, social inequalities, and food production. Studying both global policies and local activism, social scientists have renewed attention to food systems, addressing government involvement and corporate control over food policies as well as recent developments of communities taking control of their food supplies. Sociological research on environmental and food justice is increasingly addressing how race, ethnicity, class, and gender inequalities inform the interrelationship between economics, politics, culture and food. For island societies and indigenous communities, effective policies governing agriculture production and distribution and land and ocean resources are needed globally. Climate change is forcing families to relocate from their homes disrupting cultures, food access and practices, and livelihoods. Laws governing oceans and seas are currently in transformation as corporations seek to increase deep-sea mining in an underwater land grab that can harm marine resources which many island populations depend upon for sustenance. In the Pacific’s “sea of islands” and throughout the globe, groups, organizations, and communities are developing strategies and avenues to reclaim environment and address ecological shifts forced upon them by global capitalist expansion.

We welcome papers that present analysis on how economic systems, culture, society, and private and public institutions are shaping and responding to climate change, organizing food production and consumption, or affecting the livability and sustainability of our planet for all beings. Research papers that focus on a single community, social group, or institution, or untangle the relationships among various scales - global, national, community, or island - are encouraged. We invite participants from a range of disciplines that can support social science insight for advancing social and environmental justice, sustaining the health of the kai (sea) and ‘aina (land), and provide a basis for social action.

Submission are open to all sociological related topics and do not have to relate to the conference theme. Papers and sessions on teaching methodologies and professional development (e.g. non-academic careers in sociology, preparing for the job market, graduate school, the tenure track) are welcomed. For more information on how to submit an abstract go to: www.HawaiiSociologicalAssociation.Org.

Keynote Speaker:  Ivy Ken, Associate Professor, George Washington University

“Powdered Potatoes on Chiloé: Corporate Intrusion into School Food in Chile”

 Important Dates:  Abstract Submission Deadline – November 28, 2016

Notification of Acceptance – December 15, 2016

Payment deadline for low-cost accommodations at Lincoln Hall at the East West Center: December 20, 2016 (transportation from East-West Center to Conference venue will be covered with conference registration)