Conferences at the World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama (Japan)

The World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama (Japan) in July 2014 is coming soon. The Congress is organized by the International Sociological Association (ISA) and will take place from Monday July 14 to Saturday July 19 2014. I will be presenting two conferences, including one prepared with Vanessa Cotineau, a graduate student in development studies at UQO.

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The program is available online at: https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/wc2014/webprogram/start.html

Here are the detail and abstracts for our conferences:

On Tuesday July 15, we will be presenting the following conference:

Dimitri DELLA FAILLE, Sciences sociales, Université du Québec en Outaouais, QC, Canada / Vanessa COTINEAU, Université du Québec en Outaouais, QC, Canada

Biocultural Diversity and Agriculture: Reflections on Worlds in Motion

Since the 1990’s, we have experienced an increased amount of literature presenting case studies that explore de relationship between human beings and nature from the point of view of biocultural diversity and agricultural practices. There is also a recent academic literature on global projects defining alternative worlds to the dominant model called « Western-liberal-modernist ontology ». That literature labels those projects as « political ontologies » or « worlds in motion ». In our presentation, we will examine, in the light of that academic literature, numerous case studies. To be more specific, we will be looking at the social, political, cultural and knowledge dimensions of the biocultural diversity and agricultural practices contribution to the foundation of these worlds in motion.

This conference is presented by RC40 Sociology of Agriculture and Food as part of the « Food Security: Intersections Between Indigenous Knowledge, Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Livelihoods. Part I » panel.

And, on Friday July 18, I will be presenting the following conference:

Dimitri DELLA FAILLE, Sciences sociales, Université du Québec en Outaouais, QC, Canada

South-South Statistical Cooperation

This presentation proposes to examine on the current state of South-South cooperation in the production of statistics in matters related to development. Based in part on the author’s fieldwork in Africa, Central America and South East Asia as well as a literature review, this presentation would like to reflect on some current and upcoming challenges in technical cooperation. Taking the stance of a political sociology of the state in so-called developing countries and of a critical study of the international system, this presentation will examine issues related to bilateral and multilateral cooperation between countries in the « South ».
Surveys and census are an area generally acknowledged to be still mainly dominated by « Northern expertise ». However, current research show that South-South cooperation in statistics is emerging in terms both of knowledge and technology transfer. Indeed, regional powers in the South as well as countries from the BRICs emerge as possible new poles of knowledge and technology which they share at the regional or global level. This is, for instance, the case of Brazil in Portuguese-speaking Africa and that of the Philippines in Myanmar and North Korea. In spite of being a promising avenue for challenging « Northern expertise », this emerging South-South cooperation in statistics is not exempt from possible issues (such as the reproduction of schemes of dependence) which this contribution will reflect on.

This conference is presented by RC07 Futures Research as part of the « RC07 Roundtable II. Open Themes. Temas Abiertos. Thèmes Ouverts. Part II » panel.