IV ISA Forum of Sociology Update – Managing Covid-19 Risk

Dear all,

Greetings and salutations! In modern history, the world has never seen a global situation of the magnitude that we are witnessing these days. A serious threat emerged from coronavirus generating worries and even public panic. Yet, as Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization pointed out: “Our greatest enemy right now is not the virus itself. It’s fear, rumors and stigma. And our greatest assets are facts, reason and solidarity.”

The ISA is monitoring the updates from the World Health Organization with regards to the health risks associated with coronavirus and will act accordingly for the ISA Forum in July 2020. So far, we have adopted the following measures:

  1. Extension of the deadline for presenters’ registration to 19 April 2020
  2. Registration fees will be reimbursed:
    • To presenters who will not be able to attend because of state-mandated travel restrictions, unless they want to present their papers in virtual format
    • To attendees who will not be able to attend because of state-mandated travel restrictions
    • To everyone in case the Forum is finally cancelled for sanitary safety reasons

We will of course keep you informed of further developments.

Best regards,

Sari Hanafi
President, International Sociological Association
Professor of Sociology, American University of Beirut