Adewale ADESINA (Ekiti State University, Nigeria)

Jimi O. ADESINA (University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa)

Syed Farid ALATAS (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Rigas ARVANITIS (CEPED-IRD, Université Paris Descartes, France)

Gennaro ASCIONE, Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Napoli, Italia

I am Associate Professor in Sociology, working on non Western epistemologies for the social sciences, global historical sociology and modern science. I am the author of Science and the Decolonization of Social Theory: Unthinking Modernity (Palgrave 2016). I have been studying the theory and practice of social movements across India and Latin America, and the relations they entail with the Gramscian understanding of the Italian unification, in the book A sud di nessun Sud: postcolonialismo, movimenti antisistemici e studi decoloniali. I have contributed to the debate about postcolonial studies in Italy, and introduced the decolonial perspective during the last ten years, as a possible antidote against the oblivion of colonial heritage in the formation of the Italian nation-state and its complex cultural identity; America Latina e modernità: l’opzione decoloniale, saggi scelti. I am involved in several projects across global sociology and international studies from a Southern perspective, concerning the methodological issues related to global social theory as well as the challenges and perspectives of conceptual and terminological analysis across multiplex different geocultural locations. I run a collaboration with the Corriere del Mezzogiorno. Facebook; essays available at Academia. Address:

Fernanda BEIGEL (Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina)

I am a researcher at CONICET, Director of the PhD Program at the School of Political and Social Sciences (UNCuyo) and Head Professor of Latin American Sociology. I coordinate the Research Program on Academic Dependence in Latin America (PIDAAL, UNCuyo-CONICET). Graduated in 1993 as a sociologist at the National University of Cuyo (Mendoza-Argentina). I joined the History of Latin American Ideas team coordinated by Dr. Arturo Andrés Roig at the Human and Environmental Sciences Institute (INCIHUSA, CONICET). Shortly after obtaining I turned to the Program of International Circulation of Ideas founded by Pierre Bourdieu in EHESS (Paris), devoting to studying the international circulation of the “Theory of Dependence”. Between November 2004 and January 2005, I started a set of postdoctoral residences in the Centre de Sociologie Europeénne (EHESS), under the direction of Dr. Gisèle Sapiro.

Recent publications: Key-texts for Latin American Sociologies Lugar: Londres; 2016  ; Beigel, F. and Sabea, H. (2014) Academic dependency and professionalization in the south: perspectives from the periphery, Mendoza-Rio de Janeiro: EDIUNC/SEPHIS ; Beigel, Fernanda (2014) “Publishing from the Periphery: Structural heterogeneity  and segmented circuits. The evaluation of scientific publications for tenure in Argentina’s CONICET”,  Current Sociology, Vol. 62 Nº5, p. 743–765 ; Beigel, Fernanda (2016) El nuevo carácter de la “dependencia intelectual” en Cuestiones de Sociologia, Nº14, p. 45-68 ; Beigel, Fernanda (2016) “Peripheral Scientists, between Ariel and Caliban. Institutional Capital and Circuits of Recognition in Argentina. The “career-best publications” of the researchers at CONICET”, en Dados, ISSN 0011-5258, volumen 59, número 4, p. 215-255 ; Beigel, F., Gallardo, O. y Bekerman, F. (2016) “Institutional expansion and scientific development in the periphery. The structural heterogeneity of Argentina’s academic field (1983-2015)”, Minerva, forthcoming.

Gurminder K. BHAMBRA (University of Sussex, UK)

I am Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies in the Department of Geography, School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. Previously, I was Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick and have been Guest Professor of Sociology and History at the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at Linnaeus University, Sweden. I am author of Connected Sociologies (Bloomsbury, 2014) and Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination (Palgrave, 2007), which won the 2008 Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for best first book in sociology. I have also co-edited four collections, European Cosmopolitanisms (Routledge 2016); African Athena (OUP, 2011); Silencing Human Rights (Palgrave, 2009); and 1968 in Retrospect (Palgrave, 2009). I set up the Global Social Theory website and am co-editor of the online social research magazine, Discover Society. Twitter | Website

Manuela Boatcă (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany)

Manuela Boatcă is Professor of Sociology with a focus on macrosociology at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany, and Head of School of the Global Studies Programme, an M.A. programme in the Social Sciences between the universities of Freiburg, Cape Town, FLACSO Buenos Aires, Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, and Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi. She was Visiting Professor at IUPERJ, Rio de Janeiro in 2007/08 and Professor of Sociology of Global Inequalities at the Latin American Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin from 2012 to 2015. Her work on world-systems analysis, postcolonial and decolonial perspectives, gender in modernity/coloniality and the geopolitics of knowledge in Eastern Europe and Latin America has appeared in the Journal of World-Systems Research, Cultural Studies, South Atlantic Quarterly, Political Power and Social Theory, Berliner Journal für Soziologie, Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Zeitschrift für Weltgeschichte, Theory, Culture and Society, and Current Sociology. She is author of Global Inequalities beyond Occidentalism, Ashgate 2015 (paperback edition Routledge 2016) and co-editor (with E. Gutiérrez Rodríguez and S. Costa) of Decolonizing European Sociology. Transdisciplinary Approaches, Ashgate 2010, (with W. Spohn) of Multiple, globale und postkoloniale Modernen, Hampp 2010 and of Handbuch Entwicklungsforschung (Handbook of Development Sociology, with K. Fischer and G. Hauck), Springer 2015. E-Mail address:
Recent publications :
Modernity, Citizenship and Occidentalist Epistemology in Max Weber and Beyond
The Centrality of Race to Inequality Across the World-System
Dynamics of inequalities in a global perspective: An introduction

Raewyn CONNELL (University of Sydney, Australia)

Raewyn Connell is a sociologist who lives in Australia, an anglophone settler colony in the South Seas, currently run by a neoliberal capitalist regime that has become increasingly authoritarian and openly racist.  Raewyn is Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney and a Life Member of the National Tertiary Education Union, the union that covers all university staff and is currently under attack from corporate-style managements.  Raewyn has taught at Macquarie University, Flinders University, the University of Sydney, and several universities in north America. Raewyn has been researching intellectual labour and knowledge-making for a long time, has tried to develop a sociological approach to the global economy of knowledge, and in recent years has explored southern perspectives on gender issues and in new fields of knowledge.  Recent books are Southern Theory (2007), about social thought in the postcolonial world; Confronting Equality (2011), about social science and politics; Gender: In World Perspective (3rdedn, with Rebecca Pearse, 2015) and El género en serio [Gender for Real] (2015). Raewyn’s other books includeSchools & Social Justice, Ruling Class Ruling Culture, Gender & Power, Masculinities, and Making the Difference. Her work has been translated into nineteen languages. Details can be found at her website, which has links to a number of recent articles.  She is on Twitter @raewynconnell.

Stéphane DUFOIX, (Université Paris-Nanterre, France)

Stéphane Dufoix is Professor of Sociology at the University of Paris Nanterre (Sophiapol research center) and teaches at Sciences Po. A member of the French Committee of Social Science at the UNESCO, his research focus includes globalization theory, historical sociology of social science, sociological and historical semantics of concepts, and political sociology of national identity discourses. His publications include: Les Diasporas (Paris, PUF, 2003); Les mots de l’immigration (with Sylvie Aprile, Paris, Belin, 2009); and Loin des yeux près du cœur. Les Etats et leurs expatriés (co-edited with Carine Guerasimoff and Anne de Tinguy, Paris, Presses de Sciences-Po, 2010). He has recently published The Dispersion. A History of the Word Diaspora, Leiden, Brill, 2017 (first French edition, 2012) and co-edited with Alain Caillé, Le Tournant global des sciences sociales (Paris, La Découverte, 2013). He is currently working on a Handbook of Global Studies (with Vincenzo Cicchelli, Paris, La Découverte, 2018) and on an essay about the issues and prospects of global sociology (Paris, Presses de la FMSH, 2018). His current individual research deals with the internationalization of social sciences since the mid-19th century. E-mail :

Julian GO (Boston University, USA)

Julian Go is Professor of Sociology at Boston University. Previously he was an Academy Scholar at the Academy for International and Area Studies of Harvard University. At BU, he is also a Faculty Affiliate in Asian Studies and the American Studies/New England Studies program. He has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Lucerne University in Switzerland, and the Third World Studies Center at the University of the Philippines. His research focuses upon American empire, colonialism,  His books include American Empire and the Politics of Meaning (Duke, 2008) (co-winner of the Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book in Culture from the American Sociological Association and Finalist for the Philippines National Book Award); Patterns of Empire: the British and American Empires, 1688 to Present (Cambridge, 2011), which won the prize for Best Book in Global & Transnational Sociology from the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association’s J. David Greenstone Book Award for the Best Book in Politics and History, and the Francesco Guicciardini Prize for Best Book in Historical International Relations from the International Studies Association, and Postcolonial Thought & Social Theory (Oxford, 2016), which received an Honorable Mention Prose Award. He is also the editor of, among other works, Postcolonial Sociologies: A Reader (Emerald, 2016), Fielding Transnationalism (Wiley & Sons, 2016, co-edited with Monika Krause) and Global Historical Sociology (Cambridge, 2017, co-edited with George Lawson).


Nilüfer GÖLE (EHESS, Paris, France)

Nilüfer Göle is Professor of Sociology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. She works on Islamic visibility, secularism and intercultural controversies in European public spheres. Her sociological approach aims to open up a new reading of modernity from a non-western perspective and a broader critique of Eurocentrism in the definitions of secular modernity. Her books have been published in many languages. She is the author of The Daily Lives of Muslims. Islam and Public Confrontation in Contemporary Europe (Zedbooks, London, 2017), Islam and Secularity: The Future of Europe’s Public Sphere (Duke University Press, 2015), Islam and Public Controversy in Europe (Ashgate, 2014), Interpénétrations, l’Islam et l’Europe (Galaade, Paris, 2005) and The Forbidden Modern: Civilization and Veiling (1997). She directed EuroPublicIslam, a research project on islam’s visibility and the transformations of European public sphere (2008-2013). Her current new program of research concerns Maidan protest movements and democracy in global era. She received the award “Ambassador of the New Europe” for her book The Daily Lives of Muslims (From ERC Project 2009/2013). The prize for the best book on Europe’s future is given by European Solidarity Center in Gdansk, 25th of May 2017. Published in French, German, Turkish, the polish edition Muzulmanie w Europie. Dzisiejsze kontrowersje wokól islamu, translated by Maryna Ochab, has been published by Karakter, Krakow 2016. mail :


Sari HANAFI (American University of Beirut, Lebanon)

Marina  HUGHSON (Institute for Criminological and Sociological Research, Belgrade, Serbia) 

Wiebke KEIM (CNRS, Strasbourg, France)

Svetla KOLEVA (Center for Advanced Study, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Xie LIZHONG (Peking University, China)

Joao Marcelo Ehlert MAIA (Fundação Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)

I am an associate professor of sociology at Fundação Getulio Vargas, in Rio de Janeiro. I did all my studies in Brazil, having finished my PhD in 2006 in IUPERJ (Rio de Janeiro). My main areas of interest are history of sociology in Brazil and other non-hegemonic areas; teaching of sociology; sociology of intellectuals. I’m currently the secretary of the Research Committee on the History of Sociology (RC08) of the International Sociological Association, and the person in charge of editing the RC’s newsletter. Two examples of my work on the history of sociology are the article History of sociology and the quest for intellectual autonomy in the Global South: the cases of Alberto Guerreiro Ramos and Syed Hussein Alatas, published in Current Sociology in 2014 and History of sociology as a field of research and some current trends in Brazilian social thought, published in História, Ciências, Saúde – Manguinhos in 2017. 

Eric MACÉ, Université de Bordeaux, France

I am a professor of sociology at Université de Bordeaux. I have been trained in sociology at EHESS (Paris) by Alain Touraine (social movements theory) and I have promoted the Cultural studies approach in France, in order to enlarge the French sociology of media, ethnicity and gender. I work on a global comparative sociology of “gender arrangements” fueled by feminist and postcolonial theories and I supervise many PhD thesis on this issue (Iran, Brazil, Europe, Senegal). I do think that it is possible to make a non androcentric sociology of gender as well as a non hegemonic sociology of global entanglements. As a French sociologist, the heir to a sociological tradition which has been blind to its hegemony (methodological nationalism, eurocentrism, coloniality of knowledge and so on) and which is now (often) blind to its provincialization, I think It is time to have an active contribution to the global discussion opened by the postcolonial critique and regarding its consequences for sociology as a social science. That is the meaning of my contribution to this project. My last book (in French, forthcoming in Arabic) : L’après-patriarcat, Paris, Seuil, 2015. Academic webpage ; Academia (with full texts). Address:

Khalid MOUNA (Université Moulay Ismail, Meknès, Maroc)

Sujata PATEL (University of Hyderabad, India)

Shalini RANDERIA (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Wien, Austria)

I am the Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, IWM) in Vienna and the Director of the Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, where I also am professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology. I studied Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Universities of Delhi and Heidelberg and completed both my Ph.D. and my habilitation at the Free University of Berlin. My main research interests include the anthropology of law, state and policy, particularly the transnationalization of law and normative pluralism. My empirical research on India addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities. I am also interested in issues of reproductive rights, population policy and gender as well as of environmental justice, forced displacement and privatization of common property resources. Some of my recent publications include the articles Locations and Locutions: Unravelling the Concept of “World Anthropology” (with Andrew Brandel and Veena Das, in press), Anthropological Perspectives on the Limits of the State (with Andrew Brandel, Oxford Handbook on Governance, in press), Exclusion as a Liberal Imperative: A New Version of an Old Story about Migration and Culture (with Evangelos Karagiannis, in press), and Tensions of Refugee Politics in Europe (with Randall Hansen, 2016). Recent edited volumes include: Border Crossings: Grenzverschiebungen und Grenzüberschreitungen in einer globalisierten Welt (2016), Anthropology, Now and Next: Diversity, Connections, Confrontations, Reflexivity (co-edited with Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Christina Garsten, 2015), Jenseits des Eurozentrismus: Postkoloniale Perspektiven in den Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften (co-edited with Sebastian Conrad und Regina Römhild, 2nd edition, 2014) Politics of the Urban Poor (2014) and Critical Mobilities ( 2013). Address:

Laurence ROULLEAU-BERGER (CNRS, Lyon, France)

Han SANG-JIN (Seoul National University, South Korea)

Vineeta SINHA (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Lütfi SUNAR (İstanbul Medeniyet University, Türkiye)

I am currently an associate professor at Istanbul Medeniyet University Department of Sociology. My major research interest is the classical sociological theory, Orientalism, modernization, social change and political economy. I have published various articles in international journals in this field. Among my recent books are Marx and Weber on Oriental Societies (Ashgate, 2014), Türkiye’de Toplumsal Değişim (as editor, 2014), Eurocentrism at the Margins: Encounters, Critics and Going Beyond (as editor, Routledge, 2002), and Debates on Civilization in the Muslim World: Critical Perspectives on Islam and Modernity (as editor, Oxford University Press, 2017).
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Hebe VESSURI (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico)

Michel WIEVIORKA (FMSH, Paris, France)

Shujiro YAZAWA (Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan)


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