Call for Submissions: “The Toolkit of Emerging Autocrats”

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The American Sociological Association (ASA) invites you to submit your abstract for the session The Toolkit of Emerging Autocrats to present at the International Sociological Association’s XX World Congress of Sociology. The conference will take place in Melbourne, Australia from June 25th to July 1st, 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.

The Toolkit of Emerging Autocrats will be the ASA session at the International Sociological Association (ISA) conference. It is organized by Cecilia Menjívar (ASA president) and Deisy Del Real (ASA delegate to ISA). Please, direct your questions to ( and submit your 300-word abstracts by September 15, 2022.

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