The Critical Sociology Network (CSN) was founded in June 2002 as an
alternative initiative which avoids both the deep scepticism about the effects and ethics
of sociology common in Western postmodern circles and the positivistic and dogmatic nature
of a good deal of sociological work in the former Eastern bloc. CSNs guiding
principle is that sociology is not only a means of describing society, but also an agency
in guiding it. For it to be effective, however, sociology must become more critical,
particularly of its own practice. It must also relate its subjects of study to society as
a whole. Such sociology will have to start with an examination of its own apparent
powerlessness in the current situation.
To do this, CSN has gathered together sociologists of diverse
backgrounds and interests who have agreed to engage in joint research and publish in
academic journals, share the resources of the CSN website, use copies of the Critical
Sociology Reader in their courses, and attend a series of professional workshops, to be
held in Budapest during the 2002-03 academic year, and the 2003 Critical Sociology Summer
School. The first collection of writings by CSN members, based on the papers they gave at
the first Critical Sociology Conference held at Tbilisi State University, Georgia, in June
2002, will be published in a book next year. Members will also have a chance to give guest
lectures at any university within the network, which includes Britain, France, Georgia,
Germany, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, and the United States.
We already have 30 active members and receive frequent inquiries from sociologists.
If you are interested in joining CSN, please contact our administrator
Renata Matuszkiewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org
or our coordinator Ayman Salem at email@example.com.
Please send a short biography and a statement describing how you would participate in the
development of the network, by either contributing to one of our current activities or
setting up a new one. You will be contacted shortly and added to our mailing list.
The Critical Sociology Network is supported financially and in-kind by
CEPs Academic Network Initiative (indeed it was the first network to have been
established under this new scheme) and the Social Sciences Support Program of the Open
Society Georgia Foundation.