Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Webinar: Changing solidarities and collective action in times of pandemic


Time: 10 a.m. (New York Time), 11a.m. (Brazilian Time), 4 p.m. (Central European Summer Time & South Africa Standard Time), 7:30 p.m (Indian Standard Time).
Duration1:15 h
Zoom Access:

Each discussant will give a 5-minute presentation. The audience can ask questions via chat in the Video Conference Platform Zoom. If you only want to watch, you can also use the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movements (ISA RC47) Youtube channel, live or afterwards: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr-0ie11P6GSQEs9KGFGawg 

About: The Covid-19 pandemic and the state of emergency it triggers is rapidly changing social life across the world and is bringing big challenges for the activists of progressive social movements. Protest events on public places, street protests, sit ins, or square occupations cannot take place. But also other forms of social movement solidarities, conviviality, cooperation and personal exchange cannot be lived and practiced at the moment. Isolation, social distancing and the rapidly growing economic crisis is also threatening basic resources of activists and the mental spirit and motivation one needs for creative collective actions. And the same time we are already observing many new forms of solidarities and activism as well as a rapid push in online activities. E-petitions, digital activism or evening pots-and-pans demonstrations, but also neighborhood support structures and help for people in need (from the elderly to the homeless and the migrants) are emerging as alternatives to in-person protests in all world regions. Furthermore, the current crisis reveals the centrality of other axes of conflict that in recent years have already mobilized diverse social movements, especially feminists, ecologists, youth and peasant-indigenous ones: care, the commons, eco-social transitions or food sovereignty. This webinar, jointly organized by the German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM-Institute) and the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movements (RC-47) discusses changing solidarities and collective action in times of pandemic crisis across countries, continents and world regions:

- How is the pandemic crisis and its social, political and economic implications affecting social movements, protest, and collective action today and in the near future?
- What new threats but also political and discursive opportunities arise for social movements?
- What new forms of national and transnational solidarities are emerging?
Please, join the debate with:
Donatella della Porta, Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore (Italy) and Director of Centre of Social Movements Studies (Cosmos)
Breno Bringel, Professor of Sociology at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and President of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movements (ISA RC-47)
Supurna Banerjee, Assistant Professor, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata (India)
Kate Alexander, Professor of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa) and Director of the Centre for Social Change
John Krinsky, Professor of Political Science, City College New York, (USA) and founding board member of the New York City Community Land Initiative and Director of the Program Community Change Studies
Geoffrey Pleyers, Professor of Sociology and FNRS Research at the University of Louvain (Belgium) and Vice-President for Research, International Sociological Association
Moderator:
Sabrina Zajak: Associate Professor at the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany), Head of Department Consensus and Conflict at the German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM-Institute) and ISA RC47 Vice-President.
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It is also possible to share questions to the debate using this e-mail: pandemic_solidarities@dezim-institut.de. Everyone is also welcome to read and contribute to the RC-47 series of articles on Covid-19 and the challenges it poses for social movements and resistances on Open Movements Platform at Open Democracy, edited by Breno Bringel and Geoffrey Pleyers. Please check the first articles:
- Boaventura de Sousa Santos:



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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

New Committee for the Malta Sociological Association


The Malta Sociological Association elected its committee for 2020 during its Annual General Meeting.

The Committee comprises:

Chairperson - Bridget Borg
Vice Chairperson - Mariella Debono
Secretary - Jude Cauchi
Treasurer - Roberta Scerri
Public Relations Officer - Michael Briguglio
Events Coordinator - Valarie Visanich
Outreach Officer - Brian Chircop
International Relations Officer - Liliana Cumura


In the meantime, during the AGM the Association agreed on a plan of action for the year, including sociological outreach, education, training and collaboration with other organisations.

Details to join the MSA are available through this link:
http://www.maltasociologicalassociation.com/2019/10/join-malta-sociological-association.html

Michael Briguglio
Public Relations Officer

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Annual General Meeting - Malta Sociological Association

Dear MSA Member,

The Annual General Meeting of the Malta Sociological Association will be held on Wednesday 24th February 2020 at 18.00, at Volunteer Centre, Rabat, Malta. The meeting is open to paid members of the MSA and those interested in joining the MSA.

Members may renew their membership before the start of the meeting. 

Nominations for specific positions on the Executive Committee may be sent to maltasociologicalassociation@gmail.com and addressed to the Secretary. The subject of the email should be: Nominations MSA Committee. Nominations will be received between the 11th and the 21st February 2020. Only members of the MSA may submit a nomination for the Executive Committee.

The positions that need to be filled are the following:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice Chairperson
  • Events Coordinator
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • International Relations Officer
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary


Regards

Jude Cauchi

MSA Secretary

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Film Night and Public Lecture: Visibility of the Invisible - Social Exclusion and Access


Organised by the Malta Sociological Association and the Department of Sociology, University of Malta

Friday 29 November, 6-8pm
Faculty of Arts Library, University of Malta, Msida.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/3346120725428753/
Projection of movies:

IT HAS STARTED (14:30)
Authors: Dalibor Vuckovic & Ljiljana Cumura 
Production: Center „Living Upright“, Novi Sad
Serbia, 2005

An emotional story showing the process of art and music workshop held in 2005 with youngsters with combine disabilities from Daily Care of Center for Cerebral Palsy South Backa district Novi Sad, Serbia. 

FLYING HIGH (12:26)
Author: Mariana Economu
Production: Cerebral Palsy Greece
Greece, 2004

The film presents a creative experience of artistic combination (theater, dance, music, story-telling, drawing) in the work with artists with disabilities on different projects from 1995-2002. There are no limits when art acts. 

Public lecture:
VISIBILITY OF THE INVISIBLE – SOCIAL EXCLUSION AND ACCESS Speaker: Ljiljana Cumura

Ljiljana Cumura is a master in sociology, researcher and youth worker. Her expertise and research focuses are on sociology, methodology of teaching, disability politics, youth & community studies, participatory action research methodology, integration and migration. She implemented more than hundred projects and researches all over the Europe. Some of them are recognized as examples of good practice and are present in numerous scientific journals. Ljiljana holds ten awards for great impact in journalism, education, intercultural learning, music, documentary film, youth work, victimology and social welfare. She is visiting lecturer on VCC Academy Poland/CPS Academy Serbia for module “Project Management and EU Funds” and active member of Malta Sociological Association. 


Thursday, 3 October 2019

Join the Malta Sociological Association!

Sociologists and/or other social scientists, that is, persons with a recognized qualification in the field of social science, as well as tertiary level students of sociology and/or other social sciences are eligible for membership. MSA is a registered voluntary organisation in Malta (VO 1323)


Please email maltasociologicalassociation@gmail.com for more information.

Membership fee: 12 Euro. Students pay 6 Euro. You can pay through online banking to 
Malta Sociological Association

IBAN: MT41 VALL 2201 3000 0000 4002 5018 192

BIC:  VALLMTMT
Postal Address: Malta Sociological Association 227, U3A Building, University of Malta, Msida MSD2080, MALTA.





Thursday, 10 January 2019

Annual General Meeting - Malta Sociological Association

The Annual General Meeting of the Malta Sociological Association will be held on Wednesday 13th February 2019 at 17.30, at Volunteer Centre, 181, Melita Street, Valletta. The meeting is open to paid members of the MSA and those interested in joining the MSA. The agenda of the AGM is attached.



Members may renew their membership before the start of the meeting.



Members are requested to send resolutions on maltasociologicalassociation@gmail.com to be discussed during the AGM (statute attached).



Nominations for specific positions on the Executive Committee may be sent to maltasociologicalassociation@gmail.com and addressed to the Secretary. The subject of the email should be: Nominations MSA Committee. Nominations will be received between the 1st and the 10th February 2019. Only members of the MSA may submit a nomination for the Executive Committee.



The positions that need to be filled are the following:



Chairperson
Vice-Chairperson
Secretary
Treasurer
Public Relations Officer
Events Coordinator
Outreach Officer Secondary Schools
Outreach Officer Post-Secondary
Outreach Officer Tertiary



Regards
Jude Cauchi
MSA Secretary