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Schedule at a Glance – Amsterdam 2018


(rev May 9, 2018)

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018  
10:00am – 5:30pm Conference Registration 
 9:00-12:00am Storytelling Workshop
10:30 – 11:30am  Post-doc professional development workshop
12:00 – 1:30pm  Paper Session A 
1:30 – 2:00pm  Break  
2:00 - 3:30pm  Paper Session B 
3:30 - 4:00pm Break 
4:00 - 5:30pm  Paper Session C
5:30 - 6:00pm  ISTR Mentoring Program Reception 
6:30 - 8:30pm  Conference Opening and Plenary Session 

Keynote Address: Innovations from Below: Civil Society Beyond the Crisis -Donatella della Porta

Opening Reception - VU University

Immediately Following



Wednesday, July 11, 2018  
8:30am Conference Registration
9:00 - 10:30am Paper Session D/Teaching AND Learning: Perspectives on Engaged Scholarship in the Third Sector, Professional Development Session
10:30 – 11:00am Break
11:00am - 12:30pm    Paper Session E/The Non-Academic Job Market, Professional Development Session
12:30 – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00 - 3:30pm Paper Session F
3:30 – 5:00pm ISTR Members Meeting and Awards Presentation
5:00 – 6:30pm Special Session: Getting Published

Affinity Group Meetings


Research on Volunteering

Law and Regulation

Teaching Interest Group

  Academic Center Directors Meeting (by invitation only)
Evening Free
Thursday, July 12, 2018  
8:00am Conference Registration
8:30 - 10:00am Paper Session G
10:00 – 10:30am Break
10:30am - 12:00pm Paper Session H
12:00 – 12:45pm Poster Session/Meet the Author
 12:45-2:00pm Lunch
2:00 – 3:30pm Paper Session I/Navigating Job-market and Career Strategies, Professional Development Session
3:30 – 4:00pm Break
4:00 – 5:30pm Dutch Plenary
5:30 - 6:30pm

Public lecture 'Values of Philanthropy’ by Rene Bekkers, followed by reception

  Regional Network Meetings


Asia Pacific


Latin America and the Caribbean

Central and Eastern Europe & the Post-Soviet Space 

9:00pm PhD Student Party
Friday, July 13, 2018  
9:00 - 10:30am Parallel Session J
10:30 – 11:00am Break
11:00 - 12:30pm Parallel Session K
12:30 - 2:00pm  Lunch/Academic job interviews, Professional Development Session
2:00 – 3:30pm Parallel Session L
3:30 - 5:00 pm Closing Plenary Session
  Transforming Democratic Contexts: Challenges for the Third Sector – Natalie Fenton (UK) and Shih-Jung Hsu (Taiwan)
7:00 - 10:00pm

Gala Reception  - Rijks Museum

 ISTR is an organization committed to building a global community of scholars and interested others dedicated to the creation, discussion, and advancement of knowledge pertaining to the Third Sector and its impact on human and planetary well-being and development internationally. As an organization, ISTR is recognized and respected for its global vision, its commitment to excellence, its collaborative approach, and the values of diversity and pluralism with which it pursues its mission.


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Keynote Speaker

Donatella Della Porta is professor of political science, dean of the Institute for Humanities and the Social Sciences and Director of the PD program in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, where she also leads the Center on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos). Born in Catania (1956), she graduated in Political Science at the University of the same city in 1978. In 1980, she received the Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and in 1987 her PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute. Based at the University of Florence since 1994 as associate professor, she became full professor in 1998.


Between 2003 and 2015 she has been Professor of Sociology at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute. Among the main topics of her research: social movements, political violence, terrorism, corruption, the police and protest policing. She has directed a major ERC project Mobilizing for Democracy, on civil society participation in democratization processes in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.

Between 2008 and 2013 she has co-edited the European Political Science Review (ECPR-Cambridge University Press). Since 2015 she co-edits the European Journal of Sociology (Cambridge University Press) as well as the Contentious Politics series at Cambridge University Press. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Mattei Dogan Prize for distinguished achievements in the field of political sociology. She is Honorary Doctor of the universities of Lausanne, Bucharest and Goteborg. She is the author of 85 books, 130 journal articles and 127 contributions in edited volumes. Among her very recent publications are: Late Neoliberalism and its Discontents (Palgrave, 2017); Movement Parties in Times of  Austerity (Polity 2017),  Where did the Revolution go? (Cambridge University Press, 2016); Social Movements in Times of Austerity (Polity 2015), Methodological practices in social movement research (Oxford University Press, 2014); Spreading Protest (ECPR Press 2014, with Alice Mattoni), Participatory Democracy in Southern Europe (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014, with Joan Font and Yves Sintomer); Mobilizing for Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2014); Can Democracy be Saved?, Polity Press, 2013;  Clandestine Political Violence, Cambridge University Press, 2013 (with D. Snow, B. Klandermans and D. McAdam (eds.). Blackwell Encyclopedia on Social and Political Movements, Blackwell. 2013; Mobilizing on the Extreme Right (with M. Caiani and C. Wagemann), Oxford University Press, 2012;  Meeting Democracy (ed. With D. Rucht), Cambridge University Press, 2012; The Hidden Order of Corruption (with A. Vannucci), Ashgate 2012. She has supervised 80 PhD students and mentored about 30 post-doctoral fellows.

2018 Amsterdam Keynote Speaker




Position: Co -Founder of ENGAGE,a new social venture for the promotion of volunteerism and service and Ideator of Sharing4Good

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