SAANZ - Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand 2023 Conference - Tauranga


29 November - 1 December 2023


University of Waikato, Tauranga

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Sociological Assocition of Aotearoa New Zealand


From $385 (early bird rate ends 1 November 2023. Call for abstracts closes 21 August 2023

Theme: Global challenges, local responses.

The early decades of the 21st Century have brought into stark relief the significance of the 1970s environmentalist maxim to ‘think global, act local’, not just with respect to the environment, but also politically, culturally, economically, and in almost all other aspects of our social lives. While Aotearoa is a small actor on the international stage, it is clear that inherently local responses that genuinely incorporate Indigenous and multicultural concerns are required to manage the effects of global forces on our shores. Historically, these actions have included Indigenous activism to redress the effects of colonisation, New Zealand being declared nuclear free, and the 1981 Springbok Tour protests.

The 21st century has seen an increasing urgency in the need for action with respect to global crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the spread of anti-Muslim hate speech, increasingly strident anti-trans voices, the havoc wreaked by climate change, and the environmental damage wrought by multi-national interests. In some instances Aotearoa’s responses have been lauded internationally; in other cases we are still seeking how to best mitigate the effects of these crises. The need to find balance between Indigenous and tau iwi knowledges, experiences and priorities frequently results in unique actions that, while sometimes prompted by external forces, have their roots firmly grounded in the whenua of Aotearoa.

Call for papers

The convenors of the SAANZ Annual Conference 2023: Global Challenges / Local Responses, are pleased to call for submissions for conference papers. Paper presentations will be 15 minutes each, with 5 minutes for questions. This call for paper proposals closes 21 August 2023. All proposals will be reviewed and included at the discretion of the conference organising committee. This process will be completed by 11 September 2023.

The 2023 conference includes a stream dedicated to critical social work, which explores everyday dissonances, hope, and social work in the context of local and global challenges and particularly welcomes exploration of this theme from Indigenous and/or postgraduate researchers. Information about this Call for Papers stream

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