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Welcome to the fourth edition of the SoRU Newsletter. This edition begins with an interesting piece from Latin America by Stella Pérez.

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Dear colleagues, A new year has started and the Research Network on Risk and Uncertainty has been very active.

International Graduate Seminar

International Graduate Seminar on Risk and Emotions in Late Modernity.
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Call for Papers – Risk, the Life Course and Social Exclusion in Asia

This conference aims to address various issues related to risks and life course changes; and it impacts, in order to provide new insights to inform social policy development in various Asian societies.
By |December 11th, 2012|News & Events|0 Comments|

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2013 ESA main conference in Turin: Call for papers for Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty – Research Network 22

Dear all,

This is to let you know that the main biennial ESA conference will take place in Torino, Italy, at the very end of August, 2013 (28th – 31st).

The call for papers is now open and online at

The call is a long PDF document – you will need to scroll down (a long way!) to find details about the specific call for papers for the Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty network.
If you search the document using RN22 this will help…

For the Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty call, there are a few specific streams proposed which relate to the theme of the conference – ‘Crisis, Critique, Change’.
As usual though, we also will have a more general open call and will create session themes based on the abstracts submitted. In this sense we welcome abstracts across our usual wide range of themes, such as the following:

sense-making of risk; health and risk; risk governance; risk and crime; professional approaches to risk; biographical risks; risk and emotions; trust; risk management and uncertainty; inequality and risk; risk, resilience and everyday life; social theories of risk (and of course other themes around risk and uncertainty too).

The abstract deadline is 1st February 2013 and you can submit your abstract via the online platform on the conference website.

Please pass this information on to others who may be interested and to other relevant email lists.

Warm greetings from Amsterdam,

Patrick (on behalf of Anna Olofsson and my colleagues within Research Network 22 – Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty)

By |November 28th, 2012|News & Events|0 Comments|

Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Melbourne


at the University of Melbourne

Position no.: 0030264

Employment type: Full-time Continuing

Campus: Parkville

School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts

Salary: $85,203 – $ 101,175 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The Lecturer in Sociology will have responsibility for teaching in their core areas of sociological interest. The Lecturer in Sociology will undertake research and publication, engage in contemporary public debates, teach at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, supervise Honours, postgraduate coursework and research higher degree theses. The Lecturer in Sociology will also undertake administrative tasks associated with the appointee’s responsibility in teaching and research and foster links with external networks and partners.

Close date: 2 January 2013

Position Description & Selection Criteria


Date advertised:

20 Nov 2012 Aus. Eastern Standard Time

Closing date:

2 Jan 2013 11:55pm Aus. Eastern Standard Time

By |November 21st, 2012|News & Events|0 Comments|

Religion and Disaster Reduction — A Call for collaboration

This email from Ben Wisner was sent out on the RADIX list a couple of days ago ( Maybe some of you in the SoRU-network is interested to join.

//Jörgen Sparf

[email body]

Dear all,

As you may be aware, some of us helped organise the first ever panel on religion and disaster risk reduction at the World Parliament of Religions in Melbourne, Australia in 2009 (see:…).

Would any of you be interested in taking this further and proposing a similar panel at the next World Parliament meeting in Brussels in 2014? Highlights of the 2009 Parliament are at  Advance info on the 2014 Parliament is at

If you would, please get in touch.  Also please let other know that this is afoot.

Whatever one might personally think of the (quite destructive) role of institutionalised religion (discrimination against women, homophobia, religious wars, inquisitions and fatwas, etc., etc.), the fact remains that (a) there are also progressive social forces at play in all the world’s faith traditions, (b) faith communities play a significant role in disaster response and recovery (and could also in risk reduction) and (c) faith leaders are often influential in urging secular political leaders to ‘do the right thing’  (see, for example, various statements on climate change

I think the potential role of faith communities in disaster risk reduction is so great that it is not enough at all to do something like this every 3-5 years.  It would be good to have a permanent network that would catalyse regional and local events and dialogues among faith leaders and lay people as well as concrete projects on the ground.  At a minimum shouldn’t all the world’s temples, churches, mosques and religion-funded schools be made seismically [...]

By |November 18th, 2012|News & Events|0 Comments|

Environmental Justice and Citizenship – Call for presentations

12th Global Conference

Environmental Justice and Citizenship

Wednesday 10th July – Friday 12th July 2013

Mansfield College, Oxford

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference aims to explore the role of environmental thinking in the context of contemporary society and international affairs, and assess the implications for our understandings of fairness, justice and citizenship. ‘Environmental justice’ is conceived broadly as reflecting not only justice in the context of human communities but also towards other species, ecosystems, habitats, landscapes, succeeding generations and the environment as a whole.

‘Citizenship’ is understood as an awareness of individual’s relative responsibilities in the global context.

Within this framework the 12th Conference of Environmental Justice and Citizenship will explore models, approaches and context necessary to solve the problems impeding environmental justice and living justly.

We request contributions which explore technological, political or economic solutions to these problems, or those antecedents, agents, processes and institutions that support development of such solutions.

The conference provides opportunities for scholars and practitioners in different disciplines to share examples and proposals for reducing the barriers to environmental justice and citizenship.

Presentations, papers, performances, reports and workshops are invited on any of the following indicative themes:

  • Boundaries: reach and limitations of judicial and political systems in contributing to solving problems of environmental justice and citizenship,
  • Media and knowledge: generating, vetting and disseminating information related to environmental justice and citizenship; sources and channels
  • Education: approaches to environmental education
  • Hegemony and diversity: resolving problems involving differences in moral and legal frameworks
  • Sustainable communities: lessons to be learned from communities that have implemented standards for environmental justice
  • Hope: the roles of emotions in shaping behavior and practices; how hope for environmental justice and citizenship develops and is sustained.
  • Critical thinking: skills, assumptions, perspectives and habits of mind essential to environmental justice and citizenship

Perspectives are sought from all [...]

By |October 27th, 2012|News & Events|0 Comments|

Sociologies of Risk, Religion, and Health: Exploring Recent Cross-fertilizations

The 2013 Pacific Sociological Association meeting is in Reno, NV, March 21-24. Jorge Fontdevila is organizing a session on intersections of health,  religion, and risk (open session title: “Sociologies of Risk, Religion, and Health: Exploring Recent Cross-fertilizations”). If you are interested in participating in this session, please submit a short abstract or presentation paper to Jorge Fontdevila at [email protected](deadline October 31, 2012).

This session is listed under the PSA open session link:

By |October 17th, 2012|News & Events|0 Comments|