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ESA MONTHLY BULLETIN MAY 2016 TABLE OF CONTENTS: ESA News - Call for Research Stream Proposals: 13th ESA Conference, Athens, Greece, Call for Papers: Midterm conference of the ESA RN29, Rethinking
ESA MONTHLY BULLETIN MAY 2016 TABLE OF CONTENTS: ESA News - Call for Research Stream Proposals: 13th ESA Conference, Athens, Greece, Call for Papers: Midterm conference of the ESA RN29, Rethinking social change, August, 2016, Barcelona. Deadline extended to May 31st, Call for Papers: Midterm conference of the ESA RN31, Refugees and migration - nationalist/racist responses, 1-2 September 2016, Warsaw. Deadline extended to 1 June Call for Papers and Announcement of early researcher travel grants: Midterm conference of the ESA RN9, Squaring the Circle: Integrating Theories and Empirical Analyses in Economic Sociology, September 2016, Madrid. Deadline extended to 15 June Midterm Conference Programme: Research Strem (RS05): Sociology of Knowledge, European Perspectives on the Sociology of Knowledge, August 26 th -27th, 2016, Berlin. Conferences/Calls for Papers - Conference Announcement: Changing Power Relations and the Drag Effects of Habitus, Theoretical and Empirical Approaches in the Twenty-first Century, Münster, Germany, 8-10 September Call for Papers: WCSA 7th World Conference, Governing Turbulence - Risk and Opportunities in the Complexity Age, 5-6 January 2017, Rio de Janeiro. - Call for Papers: 5th International Conference of the Group for Social Engagement Studies, Politics of Enmity: Can Nation ever be emancipatory?, Belgrade, September Call for Papers: Second Edition of the International Conference Musimorphoses, Music and Youth Audiences in the Era of Musimorphose, Montréal, June 8 10, Call for Submissions: Thematic issue of Social Inclusion, Volume 4, Issue 5, Multilingualism and Social Inclusion. Submission of Full Papers: 25 to 30 June Call for Submissions: Thematic issue of Social Inclusion, Volume 4, Issue 6, International Migration and Ethnic Integration. Deadline: 30 June Opportunities - Call for Applications: PhD Studentships in Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law at the University of Aberdeen. Deadline: 30 May Call for Applications: Individual Research Visits to EUROLAB, GESIS, Cologne, Germany. Deadline: 12 June Call for Applications: GeT MA - the German Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences - encourages interested students from all over the world to apply for admission in September Call for Applications: Barcelona Summer School in Survey Methodology 2016, Barcelona, June 27 - July 8, The most recent job offers are available in the ESA Jobs Bourse: 1 ESA NEWS Call for Research Stream Proposals 13 th ESA Conference, Athens, Greece, 2017 The next conference of the European Sociological Association will be held in Athens, Greece, from 22 nd to 25 th August The conference theme is (Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities . The conference programme will include plenaries, semi-plenaries, special sessions and Research Network (RN) and Research Stream (RS) sessions. Semi-plenaries and RN sessions will be proposed and organized by ESA Research Networks. While Research Networks anchor in specific fields of sociology, Research Streams offer the chance to focus more specifically on our conference theme as well as on new themes across the boundaries of the sociological subdisciplines. Some RS will continue their work from previous conferences; others will introduce new ideas to the conference programme. We invite ESA members to submit proposals to organize Research Stream sessions. If you would like to propose a session, please download our MS Word Call for Research Stream Proposals form at Proposals should include a Description of the Research Stream and a General call for papers . Please submit your proposal (MS Word document) to the ESA executive administrator, The submission deadline is 1 st October Call for Papers Rethinking social change Social Theory Conference of the European Sociological Association, Research Network August, 2016, Barcelona Deadline extended to May 31st, 2016 Conference website: Call for Papers The emergence of new political movements and citizens actions is transforming the contexts in which social theory was created and has been developed since. Alongside, we observe a questioning today of traditional bureaucracies and their production of inequalities, but also questioning of the social theories that had traditionally interpreted societies and proposed social changes. Habermas clarifies that within democratic revolutions, citizens decided to govern themselves and created social sciences in order to know themselves. In addition, different authors have argued that social theory and the interest to read it and study it has evolved (to more and less intensity) in relation to efforts to changing society. Looking back, some sociological theories wanted to consolidate the capitalist order (i.e. Comte, Parsons); others wanted to make a revolution to achieve a different order (i.e. Marx, Mills, Marcuse). However, whatever orientation they took, the theories which achieved greater social influence and higher motivation from young students were the ones that linked social theory development to the social transformations of their times. Weber warned about a bureaucratisation process, which has not only affected capitalist enterprise and the modern state, but also the social sciences. Great parts of social sciences have actually lost their original meaning when detaching themselves from current social transformations. In 2011 Catalunya Square, just some metres away from the Catalan Academy of Sciences where we will have our Social Theory venue, witnessed the Spanish revolution (seed of the occupy movement). Since then, everything is changing in the political arena, in the relations between citizens, administration and private sector, in the personal relations among individuals, and in the relations between social sciences and society. New social conceptualizations are slower than the actual social processes, and they are often more useful to explain the past than to comprehend future tendencies. However, the Research Network 29 on Social Theory of the European Sociological Association is eager to stand ahead and calls for this Mid-term Conference in Barcelona to inquiry and debate about new elaborations from social theory that can help to interpret the present and to collaborate, from our field, in the building of a better future for all citizens worldwide. We welcome papers reflecting on these topics as well as other current debates informed by social theory. Deadlines: Abstract submission: 30th April, 2016 (Deadline extended to May 31st, 2016) Notification of authors: 25th, May, 2016 Conference early bird registration: 30th, June, 2016 Final registration 15th, August 2016 Submissions: Please submit your proposal (max. 250 words) by to: Conference fees: Early bird registration: 60 EUR (for ESA members 40 EUR, students 25 EUR) Late registration: 80 EUR (for ESA members 60 EUR, students 30 EUR) Venue: Institut d Estudis Catalans (Catalan Academy of Sciences), Carrer del Carme 47, Barcelona, Spain 3 Call for Papers Refugees and migration - nationalist/racist responses RN31 Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism Mid-term conference Early deadline for submitting abstracts: 1 May 2016 Extended deadline: 1 June September 2016 University of Warsaw The ESA Research Network 31: Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism invites submissions of papers for its two yearly mid-term conference. The conference will be held from 1 to 2 September 2016 at the University of Warsaw. We will hold sessions that focus on various practical, theoretical and methodological aspects of research on antisemitism and racism, also in a comparative framework. The conference aims to bridge a divide between the understanding of antisemitism and of racism, while exploring correspondences and affinities, but also differences and contrasts. Besides papers on general theoretical approaches to antisemitism, racism and ethnic relations, we are interested both in nationalist / racist and in cosmopolitan / humanitarian responses to migration in general and the current refugee crisis. Our special concern lies in (but is not limited to) the following issues and questions: Theoretical approaches to the actuality of antisemitism, Islamophobia and racisms as a part of nationalist reactions towards migrants. What is the meaning of the concept of defending fortress Europe in current European discourse? Which actors refer to defending Europe and how is this reflected in everyday language? Nationalist framing of violence as defense. How do postcolonial and cosmopolitan theoriesframe recent migration phenomena to and around the European Union? How do we define migration in the era of refugee crisis? What is the role of previous generations of migrants in framing discourses? How (if at all) does the presence of previous generations of migrants in countries influence civic responses and political initiatives concerning refugees as well as their social support? Events in the years 2015 & 2016 in chosen European countries in sociological perspective, What challenges do the recent migrations pose to the discourses on European identity? What responses to the situation of refugees are being delivered in the context of a crisis of EU values? Differences between migrants and refugees, the nature of the nationalist and racist attacks on both groups, anti-multicultural discourses in Europe. Can we use the concept/label of economically motivated migration as a tool of questioning the credibility of migrants and refugees? What are the material conditions and the social, political and historical contexts shaping variations in antisemitism and racism, across time and across different European and global contexts? What is the role of relationships between antisemitism, racism and xenophobia in the actualization/revision of nationalist ideologies? 4 The current refugee crisis in Europe in the face of ethnic relations and the traditions of xenophobia in different countries - xenophobia and Islamophobia seen as two different, but in many respects intertwined sociological attitudes Reconsideration of practices of»multiculturalism«; recurrence of the socio-political approaches of»integration«and»assimilation«what challenges to research do the new practices of multiculturalism and anti-multiculturalism pose? Rebirth of nationalist movements and ideologies in Western and Central-Eastern Europe: current trends, similarities and differences, different intellectual traditions of nationalist movements, different national variations of nationalist ideologies, attitudes towards migrants, refugees, strangers Antisemitism as a matrix structure for nationalist xenophobic attitudes towards strangers in Europe Different manifestations of racism, revisions of nationalism and the (European) left and right How is colonial racism reflected in the attitudes towards migrants? Gendered dimensions of migrations today Anti-Roma attitudes, Roma inclusion and exclusion, and national and local strategies for addressing these During the sessions, each speaker will have 20 minutes. All presentations will be made in English. Please send an abstract including institutional affiliation to the local committee of the mid-term conference throughthe form on the conference website: or directly to the address: Early deadline for submitting abstracts: 1 May 2016 Extended deadline: 1 June 2016 This conference is generously supported by the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw, and by the European Sociological Association. 5 Call for papers ESA RN 09 Economic Sociology Midterm Conference Deadline extended: 15. June 2016 & Announcement of early researcher travel grants Squaring the Circle: Integrating Theories and Empirical Analyses in Economic Sociology Time: September 2016 Venue: Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain Economic Sociology is a vibrant field of research with an increasingly specialized discourse on theories, but also methodologies in the sociological study of the economy. In Sociology the development of general social theories has mostly been abandoned in favor of work on middle range theories and a focus on social mechanisms that bring about certain behavioral patterns, beliefs and evaluations. Starting most generally from the idea of embeddedness theoretical approaches in economic sociology have diversified and specialized to a variety of theories, ranging from relational work to the study of strategic action fields, from neo-institutional approaches to convention theory and explanatory sociology. While the universe of theories used becomes more and more differentiated, few efforts have been made to compare and evaluate how different theories help to understand and explain economic phenomenon. Moreover, the New Economic Sociology deals a lot with the question on how to conceptualize actors or individuals. In this sense it is an important challenge to compare the underlying action models used in the new theoretical movements. Which theories are most central to economic sociology? Is there a development of theories? To what extend can a focus on mechanisms be useful for economic sociology? The diversity of theoretical approaches is also reflected in the methodologies employed, ranging from discourse analysis, expert interviews and participant observation to increasingly complex quantitative approaches. Yet, how to best translate and integrate theories and methodologies is another crucial challenge for economic sociology. What kind of data and empirical approaches do we employ in testing our theories? The conference is an attempt to take stock of the developments of both theoretical and methodological approaches and developments, as well as their mutual integration in the field of economic sociology. While we especially welcome contributions focusing on the general topic of the conference, we are open to all kind of research in the field of economic sociology. We also welcome empirical contributions applying the above-mentioned theoretical and methodological frameworks. Please send abstracts of not more than 300 words until June the 15th to Topics include, but are not limited to: - Theoretical perspectives in Economic Sociology - Basic methodological foundations - Methodological developments and challenges in Economic Sociology - Economic sociology and social inequality - Money, finance and society - Markets and morality - The critique of economic institutions or capitalism - Economic crises and social resilience - Economic boundaries and categories - Sustainability and corporate social responsibility - Markets, innovations and technological change - Modes of economic coordination and governance - Work and organizational transformations - Marketization and financialization In addition to the general topic there will be a specific session focusing on Coping with crises: 6 Consumption and social resilience on markets for a Special Issue in the International Journal of Consumer Studies. More information on the CfP for this special issue can be found here: Announcement of travel grants: The European Sociological Association, Research Network Economic Sociology offers travel grants for early career researchers to attend the Midterm Conference of the Research Network in Madrid (Spain). We invite early career researchers (PhD students) who are ESA members (on how to become a member, if you are not, see to apply for the conference and the travel grant by sending an extended abstract (ca words, excluding references), one (short) supervisor s recommendation and a budget estimation (all documents in one pdf-file). The travel grant covers the conference fee, flights/train/bus and accommodation up to a total of 300. The grant will be paid after the conference based on travel documents. Deadline: Please your application by June 15th, 2016 Please also subscribe to our ESA Economic Sociology mailing list at: 7 Midterm Conference Programme European Perspectives on the Sociology of Knowledge Research Strem (RS05): Sociology of Knowledge Date: August 26th/27th, 2016 Organisation: Saša Bosančić (University Augsburg) René Tuma (TU-Berlin) Host: Hubert Knoblauch, Institute of Sociology, Chair for General Sociology Location: Berlin, TechnischeUniversität Programme 26FR August 26th, Friday Registration Welcome by the Organizers Hubert Knoblauch Introduction Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives Joost van Loon & Rémy Bocquillon: The Will to Know as a Matter of Concern Michaela Pfadenhauer & Tilo Grenz: Objectivation as Key Concept in the Social and Communicative Construction of Reality Coffee Break Andrea Cerroni: Sociology of Knowledge for a Social Theory of the Knowledge-Society Mariusz Zemlo: The Influence and Inspiration of Polish Scholars on the Development of the Sociology of Knowledge Justyna Kijnoka & Thea D. Boldt: Tradition and New Trends in the Polish Sociology of Knowledge. Overview of Current Empirical Research across Poland Coffee Break Knowledge and Science Silke Gülker: Transcendence in Stem Cell Research: Science and Religion from a Sociology of Knowledge Perspective Francesca Mininni: Sociology of Knowledge between Traditions and Modernity: a Social Intersection Tom Kaden: Knowledge, Uncertainty and Relevance in Canadian and British Scientists Discussions about Evolution and Religion Roberto Carradore: Context for Knowing. The Cybernetics Movement as a Case Study for the Sociology of Knowledge Dinner at Beergarden Tiergartenquelle (20 min walk away, below S-Bahn Tiergarten) Programme 27SA - August 27th, Saturday Work, Power, Inequality 9.30 Florian Elliker: A Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Precarity, Affect and Self-Understanding Andrzej Niesporek: The Perspective of the New Sociology of Knowledge in the Research of Social Work Practice. The Case of Poland Coffee Break Multimodal Analysis of Communication and Knowledge Honorata Jakubowska: How to Measure Sports Skills Transfer and Acquisition? The Methodological Possibilities to Study Non-Discursive Knowledge, their Challenges and Limitations Thea D. Boldt: Knowledge about Silence and Silent Construction of Knowledge Mathias Blanc: Communication with Pictures, and Knowledge Distribution Lunch Break Histories, Politics, Identities 8 14.00 Barbara Grüning: Epistemological and Symbolical Boundaries: Sociology, Politics and Everyday Life during National Socialism Olimpia Affuso & Ercole G. Parini: Social Science, Literature and Knowledge Construction Coffee Break Dušan Marinković and Dušan Ristić: Knowledge as Identity: Perspectives of the Sociology of Knowledge Discussion of future European Network RC Closing Remarks by the Organizers Technische Universität Berlin School VI: Planning Building Environment Department of Sociology Venue Fraunhoferstraße Sekretariatszeichen FH Berlin Public Transport U Bahn (Underground) U2: Ernst Reuter Platz S-Bahn (City Train): Tiergarten or Zoologischer Garten Busses: M45, 245, TXL 9 CONFERENCES/CALLS FOR PAPERS Conference Announcement Changing Power Relations and the Drag Effects of Habitus Theoretical and Empirical Approaches in the Twenty-first Century The Institute of Sociology at the Westphalian Wilhelms-University is organising a conference in Münster, Germany, on 8 10 September The conference results from collaboration between Stefanie Ernst (Professor of Sociology, Work and Knowledge) and Christoph Weischer (Professor of Sociology, Analysis of Social Structure, and Methods), and has the support of the Norbert Elias Foundation, Amsterdam. Orientation of the Conference Sociologists study social processes that unfold through space and time, but also through the experience of people who are caught up in those processes. Social scientific theories and explanations must therefore always incorporate the dimension of experience; they are, so to speak, theories in five dimensions. The concepts of power and habitus are pivotal in understanding so
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