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
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
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
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.
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.
- Massey Halls Auckland – Te Ōhanga Village | Te Tari Whakanoho – on campus accommodation (email Jade Serran: email@example.com / https://www.massey.ac.nz/student-life/accommodation/)
- Albany Oak Motel – http://www.albanyoak.co.nz/ – – about a 7 minute (550m) walk from campus
- Quest Albany – https://www.questapartments.co.nz/properties/north-island/auckland/quest-albany/overview – about a 10 minute (850m) walk from campus – ask if they have a Massey rate
- Ramada Suites – https://www.marsdenhotels.co.nz/ramadaalbany – about a 20 minute (1.6km) walk from campus
- Albany Rosedale Motel – http://www.albanyrosedalemotel.co.nz/ – about a 19 minute (1.5km) walk from campus
- Leroy Suites – about a 42 minute (3.4km) walk from campus
Other than this try AirBnB; Booking.com; Expedia: et al
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