Now What? 

Reimagining hope, ‘truth’ and equality


The conference theme calls on conference participants to consider Now What? for the imagined and enacted praxes of hope, ‘truth’ and equality – now and in the immediate future. Now What? for contemporary and future-facing Sociology(ies). And Now What? for the next crises – material, physical, social, digital, etc – that lie just over the horizon and are yet to capture the public’s imagination, let alone threshold sociological interest.

These questions are asked with urgency as individuals and institutions around the globe lurch through the immediacies of current crises, most notably the Covid pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine – while at the same time they are routinely called upon to navigate the more persistent crises of late capitalism, such as tipping point climate change, ‘sacrifice zones’ of global pollution and ever present life-quality/ life-chance discriminations. Indeed, within this crisis inundated milieu various intersecting social fissures and inequities (e.g. economic, ethnic, residential, age, gendered, etc) are rendered ever more pronounced, just as the precarious nature of fair-weather, incremental progress is alarmingly highlighted by the resurgence of neo-liberal economic essentialism, xenophobic and morally conservative popularisms, and the reactionary misdirections of conspiracy theorists and the ‘collaterally damaged’ (Bauman 2007). And through all of this, individuals and institutions are stickily embroiled within an evolving morass of competing ‘truth claims’ – scientific, political and sociological – which they both generate and reflexively engage with differently privileged or disadvantaged measures of resilience, hope and despair (Connell 2020; Matthewman & Huppatz 2020; Robbie & Krishnamurthi 2020; Ward 2020).

So Now What? for sociological theorising, analyses and research initiatives – responsive, innovative and aspirational – within and outside academia. Now What? for constructive and ameliorating social policies. Now What? for social activism – increscent and radical (Barber & Naepi 2020).

December 6th – 8th
Albany Campus, Massey University


Host Sponsor:

College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Massey

Important Dates



Please note: SAANZ2022 is an in-person conference with no online components. 


Registration opens June 6th  


Call for Panels & Papers

Please note: SAANZ2022 is an in-person conference with no online components. At least one author must attend to present.

Instructions for text and video/audio abstract submissions can be found here.

Call for Panels

A call for panels is now open and closes July 10th. 

The convenors of the SAANZ Annual Conference 2022 – Now What? Reimagining hope, ‘truth’ and equality – are pleased to call for panel submissions.

Panels may take the form of clustered paper presentations, PechaKucha, roundtables, lightening presentations, workshops, creative presentations such as poetry, song, etc. The minimum time allocated to a panel is 60 minutes and they must include a minimum of three participants (e.g., 3 x 15 minute papers with 5 minutes for questions).

The call for panel proposal closes on July 10, 2022 and the review of panel proposals will be completed by 31 July, 2022. Please note that all panel proposals/abstracts must be submitted in both text and audio-visual forms before review is instigated and acceptance can be confirmed. The full call for panels and further information is available here.


Submit your panel abstract here



Call for Papers

A call for papers opens June 6th. Further details will be shared shortly.


Presenters with accepted abstracts are required to complete their online registration and pay their conference fees in full by 6th November 2021 to ensure their papers remain in the conference programme.

Call for Student Plenary Abstracts

Please note: SAANZ2022 is an in-person conference with no online components. At least one author must attend to present.

SAANZ Student Representatives and the 2022 Conference Organising Committee are calling for expressions of interest for a student plenary at SAANZ2022, addressing the following topic:

Losing hope, gaining hope:
How academia is nothing if it doesn’t help generate change

This student plenary draws upon Karl Marx’s famous and indeed iconic statement: “Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.” It explores the transformation of ideas into action as a site of hope in uncertain times. The questions guiding this discussion are how we might harness the hopeful potentials found within our work as sociologists, and how we might use them to help inspire hope in others.

If selected to participate in this plenary, your conference registration, accommodation, and travel will be funded.

Presenters will be encouraged to collaborate on a journal article to be submitted to the New Zealand Sociology Journal.

Full details are available here.

Submit your panel abstract here.

Submissions close July 1st.

Conference Programme & Proceedings

The programme for SAANZ2022 will be hosted on Sched. All who register for SAANZ2022 will be invited to register with the Sched programme and manage their own schedule. There will be no printed programmes. 

A full conference proceedings will be available in PDF form closer to the conference. 

Accommodation & Getting There

Details will be added shortly. 


Please email if you have any questions.