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Frontiers of Sociology

The 37th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology was held in Stockholm on July 5-9, 2005. Approximately 1 400 people from more than 65 countries participated in more than 280 sessions. The days were sunny. The summer nights were long and bright and the intellectual conversations plenty.

The aim of the congress was to allow social scientists from different parts of the world to exchange ideas and to establish long-term collaborative relationships. The plenary and semi-plenary sessions focused on the frontiers of sociology. Some sessions focused on cutting-edge research in sociology while others focused on the relationship between sociology and its neighbouring disciplines. These sessions included prominent representatives from a range of different disciplines such as anthropology, economics, history, law, political science, psychology, and statistics.

Plenary and Semi-plenary speakers included: Andrew Abbott, Jeffrey C. Alexander, Margaret Archer, Said A. Arjomand, Johann P. Arnason, Jens Beckert, Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Thora Margareta Bertilsson, Roy Bhaskar, Fred Block, Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Raymond Boudon, Craig Calhoun, José Casanova, Karen Cook, S.N. Eisenstadt, Paula England, Ernst Fehr, David Freedman, Jack Goldstone, Phillip Gorski, Peter Gärdenfors, Ulf Hannerz, Peter Hedström, Gudmund Hernes, Danièle Hervieu-Leger, Hans Joas, Jan O. Jonsson, Habibul Haque Khondker, Donald N. Levine, Charles F. Manski, Karl Ulrich Mayer, Renate Mayntz, Alois Mlambo, Ewa Morawska, Helga Nowotny, T.K. Oommen, Raymond Pawson, Wlodek Rabinowicz, Elisa Pereira Reis, Dietrich Rueschemeyer, Neil J. Smelser, Michael Sobel, Yasemin Soysal, Wolfgang Streeck, Piotr Sztompka, Göran Therborn, Bryan S. Turner, Lars Udéhn, Axel van den Berg, Loïc Wacquant, Peter Wagner, Peter Weingart and Björn Wittrock.

The programme of the Stockholm congress will be available on this website until at least June 2006.

The next world congress will be hosted by Central European University and will be held in Budapest, Hungary in 2007. We hope to see you there.

Peter Hedström
Official Fellow
Nuffield College
Oxford University

Björn Wittrock
The Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences