Address: Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii PAN,
Phone: +48 22 657 2755
Education and academic positions:
Social stratification, Political sociology, Political inequality, Area studies in post-communist Europe specializing in Poland and Romania, Intersectionality, Sociology of elites, Sociology of sport
Representation ofCountries in Conferences Hosted by the International Sociological Association,1992 to 2012 (ongoing; together with Marta Kolczynska and Irina Tomescu-Dubrow)
This research project aims to empirically examine country representation at events of the InternationalSociological Association (ISA), a large and prestigious professional association whose stated mission isthe inclusion of sociologists from across the world. Participation in key ISA-hosted events is a major wayfor sociologists to benefit from the professional association. Yet, researchers from some countries areoften absent from these events. Systematic attendance bias would have serious negativeconsequences. First, sociologists from countries generally not represented miss out on the personalnetworking that is intrinsic to professional events and, at the same time, they do not get to share theirlocal knowledge with their ISA colleagues. Both are limitations to inclusion in the international socialscience community that ISA calls for. Second, sociologists from countries who typically go the ISAevents lose the opportunity to learn from and connect with sociologists from the countries that aresystematically absent. We ask the following questions: Are differences between countries that attendvs. those who do not systematic? and What factors drive attendance? We base our analyses on adataset of countries as the units of analysis constructed with information from the ISA and variouspublic data sources. ISA provided us with official country attendance counts spanning 1992 to 2012;events in these data include the quadrennial World Congress and the mid-term Forums. We identifythree types of factors -- economic, political and social – that influence country representation at theseevents. Key variables include Gross Domestic Product per capita (in Purchasing Power Parity), level ofdemocracy from Freedom House, a measure of the social science research infrastructure as measuredby country inclusion in the World Values Survey, and variables related to the ISA itself, including ISAmembership counts per country, membership fee and event registration fee burdens and whether thecountry contains an ISA affiliated member organization. We intend for this research to enhancediscussions of actions that the ISA Executive Committee could take to extend their worldwide reach.
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