Over the past decades, sociology has confronted the task of decolonizing knowledge systems, theories, and institutions that shape and reinforce social structures. Scholars, activists, and practitioners have likewise interrogated knowledge production and dissemination modalities. With this in mind, the theme of the Philippine Sociological Society (PSS) 2024 conference is: “Imagining (De)colonization: Reflections, Directions, Actions.” It intends to explore the ways Philippine sociology and related disciplines can reflect on and critique the framing of social realities, knowledge systems, institutions, and processes while interrogating colonial and neocolonial structures and relations in the Philippines and globally. The conference also seeks to highlight the diverse experiences, perspectives, and truths of the (de)colonized, as well as the salient repercussions and opportunities for decolonizing the field of sociology itself. The conference will be held on October 2-4, 2024, at Caraga State University (CSU) in Butuan City, the pre-colonial historical gateway to the southern Philippines. The conference will be face-to-face.

The PSS invites sociologists, social scientists, academics, and practitioners to submit abstracts and papers for the PSS 2024 Conference. We welcome submissions that address any of the following sub-themes or related topics:

  • Critiques of colonial and neocolonial knowledge systems, structures, and dynamics
  • Decolonial theories, methodologies, and pedagogies
  • Indigenous knowledge and epistemologies as “invisible(d)” knowledge systems
  • Intersections of decoloniality, innovation, and technology
  • The (de)colonized self and the discipline: reflexivity, positionality, politics, and ethics in decolonial research and practice
  • Intersectionality in lived experiences of (de)coloniality and identity politics
  • Historical woundedness and (de)colonized reparations

Submission Guidelines

  • Abstracts should be written in English or Filipino (Tagalog and Bisaya)* and should not exceed 250 words. Abstracts should include the title, author(s)’s name(s), affiliation(s), and email address(es).
  • Abstracts may be submitted through this link: bit.ly/PSS2024Abstracts by May 15, 2024. Panel proposals may be submitted through this link: bit.ly/PSS2024Panel. Submissions will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. Notifications about the status of abstract submissions will be sent by July 15, 2024.

For more information, please contact the PSS Secretariat at: philippinesociology@gmail.com. We look forward to your participation at the 2024 PSS Conference.

*Other local languages will be considered, depending on the composition of the Scientific Committee.