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Australia to Host XV World Congress of Sociology in 2002

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Australia to Host XV World Congress of Sociology in
Released: Monday 16 December, 2001

With a growing reputation for hosting some of Australia’s big events, Brisbane will again be cast in the international spotlight with more than 3,500 delegates from around the globe converging on the city for the XV World Congress of Sociology in July 2002.

Gathering to discuss global, cultural, societal and economic changes affecting humans, the delegates will cover a broad spectrum of social issues.

Presenting new findings and latest research results, the theme of the overall Congress will focus on “The Social World in the Twenty First Century: Ambivalent Legacies and Rising Challenges.”

Adding a fun and party theme to the usual strong academic program, the Congress is already attracting leading academics and professionals across a range of industries, and will begin with a welcome reception at South Bank Parklands and opening ceremony at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre on Sunday 7 July, 2002.

President of The Australian Sociological Association, Professor Stephen Crook, said the Congress was the most significant event on the sociological calendar, and was proud that Australia will play host.

“The decision to hold the XV Congress in Australia is particularly gratifying to me as an Australian sociologist,” he said.

“It will provide an opportunity for sociologists from many parts of the world to reflect on the global significance of developments in the Asia-Pacific region, and also allow colleagues from around the world to become a little more familiar with Australian society and Australian sociology.

Brisbane to Host XV World Congress of Sociology in 2002

“The event will also help in providing a multi-million dollar boost to tourism in Australia, with various visits, accommodation and tours arranged for the thousands of delegates,” he said.

President of the International Sociologists Association, Professor Alberto Martinelli, said the theme was appropriate for the beginning of the new millennium. He was also encouraged by the early registrations and expressions of interest.

“The event will focus on our global interconnectedness, the new technologies associated with the internet, and the growing hybridisation of cultures.”

With broad themes that encapsulate a wide global audience, leaders from a variety of professions will present papers and research findings for a range of topics including education, health, law, children, aging, agriculture, arts, communications, technology, environment, families history, labour, mental health, migration, politics, religion and tourism, to name but a few.

The Congress, which will run from July 7-13, 2001, will feature a set day program,
with afternoons and night sessions set aside for research committees, and thematic
working groups. Please see enclosed booklet for further details on the Congress
or visit the website at

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