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Fourth interim conference

Brussels, October 28-29 2016

Convenors: Université libre de Bruxelles, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université catholique de Louvain, Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles.

 
Brussels will host the 4th MidTerm Conference of the European Sociological Associations’s Research Network 32 on Political Sociology with the theme: (Dis)locating EUrope: Conflicts, challenges and changes. The Brussels-based organizers include the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Institute of European Studies and Political Science Departments) the Université libre de Bruxelles, the Université Catholique de Louvain and the Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles. Sessions will be held in academùic surroundings in downtown Brussels.

The ESA Political Sociology research network (RN32) is a site for debate on the ongoing transformation of political order and authority in Europe.

With an aim to stimulate the study of the European polity with insights from sociology on the relations between the polity, people and policy, the network organizes concentrated mid-term conferences to highlight new research themes and stimulate in-depth discussions.

The 4th ESA RN-32 mid-term conference aims to bring together researchers working within a European political sociological perspective to illuminate four sets of topics within the theme of conflicts, challenges and changes to European transnationalizing or re-nationalizing societies. Papers using a range of methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches confronting normative conceptions of Europe are of interest.

For submission of proposals (papers and panels): http://www.esa-rn32.eu/

Important Deadlines

- Submission of Proposals: APRIL 15 2016.

- Notification: Mid May 2016

 

Transformed migration flows, conflict, resistance and terror, the redefinition of freedoms in EU member states, and withdrawal from common commitments to welfare are dislocating the state-society bargains that underpinned the ‘European societal model’. The ESA Political Sociology research network (RN32) is a site for debate on the ongoing transformation of political order and authority in Europe. With an aim to stimulate the study of the European polity with insights from sociology on the relations between the polity, people and policy, the network organizes concentrated mid-term conferences to highlight new research themes and stimulate in-depth discussions. Many issues deserve investigation from a political sociological perspective today. Challenging the place of Europe in our understanding are de-centrifugal tendencies such as Brexit and regional independence impulses (Catalonia, Flanders, Scotland, etc.), the actions of a variety of citizens’ movements and new political organizations opposing social and political ‘(Euro-)sclerosis’, and the transformation of the decision-making elite. The increased tolerance for rising socio-economic inequality and new conceptions of European identities and social borders further dislocates the understanding of European societies.

The 4th ESA RN-32 mid-term conference aims to bring together researchers working within a European political sociological perspective to illuminate four sets of topics within the theme of conflicts, challenges and changes to European transnationalizing or re-nationalizing societies. Papers using a range of methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches confronting normative conceptions of Europe are of interest. We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels dealing with the following interrelated themes:

  1. Resistances and backlashes: Across Europe, collectivities mobilize, digging in/opting out. This theme welcomes research dealing with resistances from the right and the left, populism and social backlash, new parties and power balances, nationalism, mobilizations, and anti-politics.
  2. Migration and mobilities: Resilience and change of migration, mobility and integration policies, in-/exclusions, border politics, disadvantage, cosmopolitanism, participation and perceptions of ‘race’, nation and culture; as well as securitization and fear are all topics relevant to this theme.
  3. Civil Society and democracy: Where and who decides? This theme tackles changes in European decision-making, governance and relations to society. The role of changing elites (experts, think-tanks), NGO’s and (re)activated grassroots, issues of inequalities in participation, and changing roles for social movements in Europe are topical here.
  4. Diversity, equality and identity: Submissions for this theme may focus on issues relating to citizenship and multiple identities, the intersections of class, gender, sexuality, age, religion, race, or disability, religion and secularism in Europe, value debates, public opinion, the role of media in framing and changing perceptions of belonging. Such issues are (re)defining and (re/dis)locating the nature of European societies and identities.

With this in mind we invite the following types of contributions:

  1. Panel proposals containing abstract (max. 300 words); title and keywords; chair, discussant and a maximum of 4 abstracts (max. 300 words; title and keywords; author(s)). Important: please indicate a maximum of two conference themes that the proposed panel lies closest to!
  2. Paper presentation proposals containing abstract (max. 300 words; title and keywords; author(s)). Important: please indicate a maximum of two of the conference themes that the proposed paper lies closest to!