Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association (SSA)

Social Justice in times of uncertainty

June 28—30, 2021  |  GENEVA

University of Geneva  |  UNIGE
Geneva School of Social Work, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland — Geneva  |  HETS-Genève, HES-SO

With the participation of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Introducing the congress

Social Justice in Times of Uncertainty takes as a starting point the health pandemic that erupted in 2020, which led societies across the world to cope with disruptions in the provisioning of goods and services, means of livelihood, and fundamental freedom – not least, that of movement. The crisis also revealed global and local inequalities, translated into who has the right to live or not, and raised new questions around (in)justice in the contemporary world. In light of the turmoil experienced, as a globalized society and within our communities, this congress emphasizes the relevance of social and environmental justice in the making of a fair society, asking the question: in times of uncertainty, what does it mean to live a good life in a just society?

For the first time, the Swiss Sociological Association has organized its congress as a collaboration between different institutions in one same city, Geneva. The main organizers are the University of Geneva and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Geneva School of Social Work (HETS/HES-SO) with the participation of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID). To reflect this novel format, we opened the congress with a panel discussion among the three rectors / directors of these institutions:

  • Yves Flückiger | Rector of the University of Geneva;
  • Luciana Vaccaro | Rector of the HES-SO, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland;
  • Marie Laure Salles | Director of IHEID – The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

This panel discussion was moderated by Prof Marylène Lieber, from the University of Geneva, on the congress theme – Social justice in times of uncertainty.

 

Yves Flückiger

Rector of the University of Geneva

Luciana Vaccaro

Rector of the HES-SO, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland

Marie Laure Salles

Director of IHEID – The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Congress program

Check out the program here (pdf, 4Mo)  – last update: 21 June, 2021

Note: due to sanitary situation, the 2021 edition of the SSA Congress has taken place entirely online, via this platform.