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:

Massey University Sociology Programme

Keynotes & Plenaries


Tuesday Keynote: Professor Tahu Kukutai (University of Waikato)
Wednesday Keynote: Pania Newton and Dr Frances Hancock (SOUL-Ihumātao)



Tuesday Plenary: Reimagining a Post-Crisis (sic) Sociology
Associate Professor Avril Bell
Dr Sereana Naepi
Professor Steve Matthewman
Dr Simon Barber

Wednesday Plenary: Student Plenary: Losing hope, gaining hope: How academia is nothing if it doesn’t help generate change
Meena Al-Emleh
Byron Williams
Hafsa Tameez
Terina Kaire-Gataulu

Thursday Plenary: The sticky arts of science communication in crisis times
Dr Marama Muru-Lanning
Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu
Professor Kevin Dew

Conference Programme & Proceedings

You can view the full schedule on Sched here. You can scroll through all sessions or use the search bar on the right of the screen to search for any name or keyword.

Two PDF versions are also available: a simplified here and a detailed here

The conference proceedings is available here

Getting There, Facilities & Other Information

SAANZ2022 will be hosted on the Auckland Campus of Massey University. Situated in Albany, the campus is 15kms north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. 

The conference will primarily be held in the Sir Neil Waters lecture theatres on the East Precinct of the campus. Maps of the campus are available here

There are various facilities available on campus (listed here) and a short 15-minute stroll takes you to Westfield Albany or the Albany Village.


Public transport in Auckland, the largest metropolitan area of New Zealand, consists of three modes: bus, train and ferry. Services are coordinated by Auckland Transport under the AT Metro brand.

Go here to plan your journey. 

You will need a pre-paid HOP card as cash is not accepted.

Accommodation Options

Other than this try AirBnB;; Expedia: et al

COVID-19 Information

The conference will operate under appropriate protocols in response to the situation come December. Found here is a Covid-19 Safety Plan. 

Current Massey University COVID-19 information can be found here.


Please email if you have any questions.