2017 National Conference

2017 National Conference

The Sociology of Justice
5 October 2017 | Pre-conference tour
6-7 October 2017 | University of the Philippines Cebu

The Philippine Sociological Society’s Annual conference invites paper presentations on all topics related to sociological research. The conference is open to academics, practitioners, and graduate students. Exceptional undergraduate students may also submit an abstract.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Sociology of Justice.’ The idea of justice has been at the heart of sociological investigation since the discipline’s inception. From Marx’s conceptualization of fair distribution of the proceeds of labor to contemporary research that examines the structural biases in the criminal justice system, sociologists have been at the forefront of interrogating the social currents that underpin the delivery as well as miscarriage of justice.

This year’s conference seeks to bring in a range of diverse voices that can problematize, theorize and empirically analyze the sociological concept of justice, as well as imagine possibilities for a more just world. The organizers encourage authors to submit work-in-progress papers and use the conference as a venue to finetune ideas and reflect on directions for future research.

Paper presenters may consider submitting abstracts based on, but not limited to these themes:

  • Sociology of crime and punishment
  • Sociology of law and social justice
  • The social construction of human rights
  • Distributive justice versus the politics of recognition
  • Agents of social (in)justice
  • Ethnographies of peace, conflict, and social justice
  • Intergenerational justice in the age of the Anthropocene
  • Global justice movements and local struggles
  • Environmental and Climate Justice
  • Methodological and ethical challenges in researching injustice
  • Applied sociology in the fields of law, criminology, and justice movements
  • Local sociologies as response to epistemic injustice
  • Interregional social justice and conflicts

Proposing a Panel

Participants may propose a panel composed of papers addressing a common theme. Panels must be composed of three presenters from at least two different institutions.  [Download panel proposal form here]

Abstract submission

Abstracts should not be longer than 250 words. The paper’s argument must be clearly articulated and situated in sociological literature. The text should be written in plain English and, as much as possible, must be free from jargon. [Download abstract submission form here]

Registration fee

The registration fee is P3,000 inclusive of meals, snacks and a conference kit. Undergraduate students may avail of a reduced rate of P2,000.

PSS Membership

Professionals interested and working in the field of sociology and related social sciences are welcome to join the PSS. For membership, fill up and submit the membership form.

Travel Grants

Travel grant/s worth P10,000 are available to members of the Philippine Sociological Society. To avail of a travel grant, applicants must submit an extended abstract (up to 500 words) explaining the argument, framework, methodology and innovation of the paper. Successful applicants need to submit the full paper to the conference secretariat on/before the conference. The grant will be awarded on the conference. [Download travel grant application form here]


Accommodation is not included in the registration fee. Participants should make their own arrangements. The list of suggested accommodations can be found through this link.

Pre-conference tour

The organizers have prepared an optional pre-conference tour on 5 October. Information on the itinerary and cost will be provided in the coming weeks.

Key Dates

Deadline Date
Deadline for abstract submission and panel proposals 31 July
Announcement of accepted papers and panels 15 August
Deadline for travel grant application 1 September
Announcement of successful travel grant application 5 September
Deadline to confirm participation in the conference 15 September
Deadline to confirm participation in the pre-conference tour 1 October


CHED Endorsement

A memorandum from the Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on the participation of the 2017 PSS National Conference.

Photo credit: Rob Reyes