|Professor Sang-Jin Han of Seoul National University announced a call for papers from the participants of The Seoul Conference 2014, to be published in Current Sociology, marking the first joint initiative of EARN.|
July 16, 2014
Dear friends and colleagues,
I am writing this letter from Yokohama where the 2014 World
Congress of Sociology has taken place since July 13.
Yui from Kobe arranged a meeting with Prof. Ulrich Beck
at Keiyo University in the afternoon of July 14 (Monday)
and about 30 sociologists from all over the world joined
this wonderful discourse for 3 hours, followed by a nice
dinner at a Japanese restaurant.
Based on discussion with Ulrich Beck, I want to invite
you to a dialogue paper which pays close attention to
the concept of 'emancipatory catastrophism' and
'metamorphosis' (Verwandlung) to discuss about
1) either the theoretical-conceptual issues involved, or
2) to explore the significance of these new concepts by
an example to be chosen by the writer.
For instance, Prof. Young-Hee Shim wants to write about
"Transnational marriage from the perspective of
emancipatory catastrophism and metamorphosis."
This is only an example. The purpuse of this invitation is
to make known internationally such an important discouse
that we shared at Seoul from July 8-12, 2014.
The dialogue text will consists of the following items.
2) Beck's original text presented in the form of public lecture (July 8)
3) Dialogue texts by the invited scholars
4) Response from Beck
I will try to have these texts published in an international journal
of sociology. I plan to meet the editors of these journals while I stay
Prof. Beck welcomed this initiative and promised to write a response
to the dialogue texts collected.
This opportunity is available to all the participants in the 2014
Seoul conference and the submitted texts will be reviewd to be chosen.
Anyone of you who is interested in this publication is strongly
encouraged to write a dialogue text which should be written
within the limit of 2000-2200 words. It is also encouraged to put
forward the title of your text. Though it will be short in length, it will
appear as an independent article. The deadline of this paper is
the end of August. Indeed, it is a short notice. Yet I feel it may be
better to cooperate while our memory of the Seoul conference
is alive vividly.
The three designated discussants are also strongly encouraged
to revise their discussion papers while taking out all the rhetorical
sentences and paying close attention to the two key concepts
as suggested above. All the texts should be an academic paper.
Particularly, young researchers who joined the Seoul conference
are welcome to join this collective work.
Please get back to me if you have any questions.
All the best,
August 6, 2014
Dear colleagues and friends,
Finally, I am now sending you all the collected proposals for dialogue with
Ulrich Beck on emancipatory catastrophism and metamorphosis.
The attahed pdf will show 16 proposals all together. Diversities can be
easily seen in topics, styles of writing, and methods of approach to the
subject. Now, internal discussion is open among the authors. Perhaps,
the most important question is about the extent to which we share the
basic goal of this dialogue initiative. It may be useful to identify what we
do NOT intend to do:
1) Dialogue is NOT intended to be a short summary of your paper presented at Seoul;
2) Dialogue is NOT intended to be a discussion of Beck's public lecture or his theory;
3) Dialogue is NOT intended to be an exploration of your own ideas independent of the
main theme that we should focus on, that is, emancipatory catastrophism and
1) Dialogue is intended to be an independent exploration of the meaning of emancipatory
catastrophism and metamorphosis with reference to the topic that you have chosen;
2) You are welcome to use your paper, Beck's public lecture or theory with an explicit
focus on emancipatory catastrophism and metamorphosis.
3) Therefore, the key question is how you use the concepts of emancipatory catastrophism
and metamorphosis as the key organizing concepts of your proposed dialogue paper.
4) All these points mean that we make joint efforts to demonstrate the usefulness of these
two key concepts that Beck suggested at Seoul by our own creative way.
5) This also means that you use 2,000 words deliberately for this purpose by keeping
the most relavant part while deleting all the less relevant parts.
These are my initial comments. I sincerely welcome anyone of you to make comments,
questions and interpretations. Of course, you are free to change the proposal as you want.
I will appreciate your revised proposal if you send it to me, but you don't have to.
The next job for me is to collect the dialogue paper by the end of August.
I will update you of further information in due time.
Best wishes from Seoul,
August 7, 2014
Dear colleagues and friends,
Yesterday, I received an email letter from the editor of Current Sociology
who got back to work from Yokohama. I want to inform you of the key
message from her, which will help you how to prepare a dialogue paper.
This also suggests criteria of selection, which will have to be made by us,
not by Current Sociology.
"Indeed, the idea is having Beck's paper, 5-6 comments (1000-2000 words each)
and Beck's final response. Since so many colleagues are interested in participating,
I do strongly suggest you made a selection -considering the comment's overall quality,
but different aspects these authors could address and also, if possible, a plurality
of regional/gender/ethnic background. All in all, there's no formal requirement
for this selection, but quality and -ideally- good critics to provoque debate,
and an interesting response from Prof. Beck."
I hope you write a good dialogue paper well fitting to the suggested qualifications.
I only wish to remind you that the paper is due August 31.