Call for Papers: The Toolkit of Emerging Autocrats Session at World Congress of Sociology 2023

Dear colleagues, 

We invite you to submit your abstracts for the session “The Toolkit of Emerging Autocrats” (the abstract is below) to present at the International Sociological Association’s XX World Congress of Sociology. The conference will take place in Melbourne, Australia, from June 25 to July 1, 2023


How are the emerging autocrats grabbing and maintaining power across the world? Many aspiring autocrats share strategies and tools to undermine democratic processes. These strategies include changing political institutions, rewriting constitutions, silencing opposition, spreading misinformation, and crafting divisions by instigating racism, nativism, and nationalism. Through a global and comparative lens, the session panelists will examine the tools, conditions, and mechanisms that allow strongmen to successfully undermine democratic traditions and constrain civil rights ( 

Please submit your 300-word abstracts by September 15, 2022, at

This will be the American Sociological Association session at the International Sociological Association (ISA) conference. The session is organized by Cecilia Menjívar (ASA president) and Deisy Del Real (ASA delegate to ISA). Please direct your questions to ( 

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