Virtual Conference – Social Justice in Times of Uncertainty

Monday 28 – Wednesday 30 June 2021, online (Switzerland)


Social Justice in Times of Uncertainty takes as a starting point the health pandemic that erupted in 2020, which led societies across the world to cope with disruptions in the provisioning of goods and services, means of livelihood, and fundamental freedom – not least, that of movement. The crisis also revealed global and local inequalities, translated into who has the right to live or not, and raised new questions around (in)justice in the contemporary world. In light of the turmoil experienced, as a globalized society and within our communities, this congress emphasizes the relevance of social and environmental justice in the making of a fair society, asking the question: in times of uncertainty, what does it mean to live a good life in a just society?

For the first time, the Swiss Sociological Association is organizing its congress as a collaboration between different institutions in one same city, Geneva. The main organizers are the University of Geneva and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Geneva School of Social Work (HETS/HES-SO) with the participation of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID). To reflect this novel format, we will open the congress on Monday 28th June 2021, 09:30-10:30 with a panel discussion among the three rectors / directors of these institutions:

  • Yves Flückiger | Rector of the University of Geneva
  • Luciana Vaccaro | Rector of the HES-SO, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland
  • Marie Laure Salles | Director of IHEID – The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

This panel discussion will be moderated by Prof Marylène Lieber, from the University of Geneva, on the congress theme – Social justice in times of uncertainty.


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