Global Futures and Epistemologies of the South: New Challenges for Sociology – call for papers (Sociology Special Issue)

Global Futures and Epistemologies of the South: New Challenges for Sociology

Call for Papers – Sociology Special Issue

Guest Editors:

Gurminder K Bhambra, Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick and Visiting Fellow in Sociology (2014-15), Princeton University

Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra, and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Deadline for submission of full papers: 16 October 2015

This special issue takes stock of the progress that has been made within sociology over recent decades to become a more globally oriented discipline and discusses the new challenges for the future that emerge as a consequence. It rests on two interlinked premises. First, that understandings of the world are much broader than the Western understanding of the world and so for sociology to adequately address its global futures it needs to take into account ways of knowing that exceed Western thinking, including critical Western thinking. Second, that the current configurations of the world are a consequence of global historical processes that have not always been adequately addressed within western-based sociology. For sociology to better conceptualise its global futures, it also needs to address its global pasts. We invite contributions that address the issues raised, both theoretically and through empirical research, across (but not limited to) the following themes:


  • Epistemologies of the South and Global Challenges to /for Sociology
  • Imagining Global Sociologies: Past, Present, and Future
  • The Global South in the North
  • Recovering Silenced / Forgotten Sociologies
  • Transnational Solidarities, Anti-colonial Struggles and the ‘Rise’ of the South(s)
  • Emancipatory Social Movements and Alternative Narratives
  • Sociological Futures: Rethinking Social Justice in a Global World
  • Neocolonialism, Postcolonialism, Decoloniality, and Decolonization


Submission Details:

Deadline for submissions: 16 October 2015 (full papers)

Word limit:  8000 words

Queries to be addressed to: and

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Full submission instructions are available on this site on the ‘Instructions and Forms’ page.  Please read these in full well before submitting your manuscript. All manuscripts will be subject to the normal referee process, but potential authors are welcome to discuss their ideas in advance with the editors.