A Joint Symposium on Global Health and Care

Cosponsored by RC19 and RC15, the Centre for Global Social Policy, and the Department of Sociology, U of T

July 13-14, 2018  University of Toronto

Thinking globally about health, care work and related social policy requires a shift in sociological thinking. This symposium asks what sociology has to offer to the study of global health and care, including what it has already contributed, what it might yet contribute, and what might be gained from a more systematic or programmatic consideration of “the global.”

The symposium will take place on the afternoon and early evening of July 13th and the full day of July 14th, which is the day before the commencement of International Sociological Association meetings in Toronto. The schedule for the symposium can be found here.


In working towards a specification of the global to guide this symposium, we began with a list of criteria that we think are individually insufficient, but might be adequate in combination:

  1. comparative (across nations, regions, cultures);
  2. inclusive of understudied people and places;
  3. descriptive of global trends;
  4. attentive to global institutions and to local movements with global aspirations;
  5. feature theoretical approaches that specify macro-micro links within the context of macro-level political-economic theory (e.g. World systems).

There will also be sessions on forthcoming books.

Registration for the symposium can be found here. The enrolment password is “July14”

For more information, please contact william.magee@utoronto.ca


Additionally sponsored by:

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada
Scott Schieman, Canada Research Chair in the Social Context of Health, Chair of Department of Sociology (St. George)
Ito Peng, Canada Research Chair in Global Social Policy, Director of Centre for Global Social Policy

Organizational Committee:

William Magee; Markus Schafer; Deanna Pikkov; Adriana Kiatipis; Sherri Klassen; Joe Harris; Erica De Ruggiero; Monica Casper