The ISA is coming to Vienna for its Third Forum. We can expect anything from 4,000 to 6,000 participants from over 100 countries with up to 1,000 sessions. The theme: “The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggle for a Better World.” The irony is that most sociologists will not be able to afford to travel to Austria and partake in this exciting global dialogue. With this in mind and with the simple desire to intensify communication, in 2010 the ISA embarked on an online venture that would bring sociological worlds to people’s computers without making expensive trips. This endeavor into digital worlds involved interviews with well-known sociologists; global seminars engaging major social scientists from all corners of the planet; a blog on Universities in Crisis; PhD abstract submissions; a social justice and democratization space; streaming of plenary sessions at the world congress, not to mention facebook and twitter.
The most ambitious venture of all was the creation of a magazine, Global Dialogue, designed to meet the challenge of global sociology—produced by global actors for a global audience. Global Dialogue began in 2010 as an eight-page newsletter published in three languages, and it quickly morphed into a 40-page online open access magazine that appears four times a year in 16 languages. Articles are short and accessible and in the first four years it published 334 articles from 63 countries, written by 310 different authors. Continue reading