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SAANZ 2022 - Student Plenary

SAANZ Student Representatives and the 2022 Conference Organising Committee are calling for expressions of interest for a student plenary at SAANZ2022, addressing the following topic: 

Losing hope, gaining hope: How academia is nothing if it doesn't help generate change

This student plenary draws upon Karl Marx’s famous and indeed iconic statement: “Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.” It explores the transformation of ideas into action as a site of hope in uncertain times. The questions guiding this discussion are how we might harness the hopeful potentials found within our work as sociologists, and how we might use them to help inspire hope in others. 

If selected to participate in this plenary, your conference registration, accommodation, and travel will be funded. 

Presenters will be encouraged to collaborate on a journal article to be submitted to the New Zealand Sociology Journal.


  • You must be a current SAANZ student member (join here)
  • Submit a 250-word (maximum) text abstract. Instructions for submissions can be found here
  • Submissions close on July 1st
  • Each presenter will have 10 to 15 minutes for their presentation. 
  • Conference organisers will select up to four students to participate in this plenary by July 15th. Equitable representations will be considered as part of this process.

While the current intention is for each participant to give an oral presentation, we are all ears if you would rather a different format for your portion (if selected). 

Email if you have any questions.

Please note: We have received a number of abstracts that do not address the plenary topic. The primary purpose of this plenary is to address the topic outlined above. Using research as an example to support your discussion is welcomed, but please ensure your abstract reflects how you will address the plenary topic.