ECSR 2017 – Institutions, Inequality and Social Dynamics

The European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR), together with the Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy at Bocconi University, are pleased to announce that the next three-day conference will be held in Milan, Italy from August 31st to September 2nd, 2017.

The ECSR 2017 conference theme is ”Institutions, Inequality and Social Dynamics”. Submissions under this theme will receive special attention, but as always, we welcome presentations on all relevant areas of sociological research, such as the labour market, work and employment, education, family sociology, migration and integration, political sociology, health and well-being, social inequalities. We also welcome contributions concerning sociological aspects of governance, business, family firms and gender.

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

  • Mario Amore Department. of Management and Technology, Bocconi University
  • Anette Eva Fasang Humboldt University of Berlin and WZB, Berlin Social Science Center
  • Markus Gangl Department of Social Sciences, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
  • Torkild Hovde Lyngstad Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo
  • Ross Macmillan Dondena Centre, Bocconi University
  • Hadas Mandel Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel-Aviv University
  • Melinda Mills Nuffield College, University of Oxford
  • Submission can be made at by email to

The deadline is April 1st

Authors are asked to submit both:

  1. A short abstract (250 words).
  2. Either an extended abstract in PDF (2-4 pages, including tables) or a completed paper in PDF.

Extended abstracts should be sufficiently detailed to allow the organizers to judge the merits of the paper, including a description of the topic to be studied, the theoretical focus, the data and research methods, and the findings.

The extended abstract or paper should include: names, email addresses, and institutions of all authors, title, and up to five key words. Your email should include:

  1. Name, email address, and institution of the corresponding author in the body of the email.
  2. Names and email addresses of all other authors.
  3. Plain text version of the short abstract, in the body of the email (i.e., copy/past into email).
  4. A PDF version of the paper or extended abstract included as an attachment – submissions without a PDF or with other formats will be sent back.

Researching home and migration: questions, methods, prospects

An international workshop at the University of Trento, 5-6 June, 2017

Home, as a social setting, experience, or category, has raised increasing attention in a number of research domains, including migration and its consequences in and across societies. While several case studies have been done around this topic, systematic and comparative research still lags behind. Our workshop aims to address this gap by collecting methodological and substantive contributions, first, on the relevance of a home lens in migration/refugee studies, and beyond; second, on the ways in which extended mobility affects the material and affective bases of home – possibly resulting in a protracted lack of it, or in an ongoing search for it. Gender, class, legal status, ethnicity, life course position etc. are also key variables in the process. An apparently mundane and intimate topic, such home, emerges thus as a meaningful public, political and practical question.

This two-day workshop will enable in-depth, empirically-based conversation on the spatial, temporal, relational and emotional dimensions of home, under the influence of migration-driven displacement, re-placement, diversification and cross-border circulation. Consistent with the goals of the ERC HOMInG project, it will make for a cross-disciplinary, transnational and homely milieu for advancing research on the meanings, functions and implications of “home”. Contributions with strong empirical bases and a comparative focus are particularly encouraged. Topics of relevance include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Home-related views, values and practices in the everyday life of immigrants and their families, groups and broader communities;
  • Migrants’ dwelling arrangements (including makeshift ones) and pathways over time and across countries;
  • Domestic environments, rituals, routines and material cultures, as revealing of broader social processes such as those related to international migration;
  • Material living spaces, houses and built environments, as affected by migration and migration-driven diversification;
  • Ways of mobilizing and negotiating “home” in majority-minority relations, in public and semi-public environments, on local and/or transnational scale;
  • Meanings, material bases, distribution and implications of “Feeling at home”, or “not at home”, as a distinctive and emplaced emotional experience;
  • Research options, techniques, methodologies to understand and compare migrants’ housing arrangements and home views and experiences.

Keynote speakers will include Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo (University of Southern California) and Cathrine Brun (Oxford Brookes University).

The workshop is open to ordinary paper presentations, as well as posters, special sessions and artistic displays with pictures, clips, objects etc. around migration & home. Relevant proposals should be submitted to by March 19, 2017. The selection will be finalized by early April. For prospective papers, submissions should include a 250 words long abstract with the key argument, research methods and findings of each contribution. Participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. More information:; @erchoming.

Researching home and migration: questions, methods, prospects. An international workshop

Old tensions, emerging paradoxes in health: rights, knowledge, and trust

The Scientific Committee is now accepting proposals for high quality, timely, innovative, and also educational, sessions related to the overall idea of tensions and paradoxes related to rights, knowledge, and trust in health resulting from broad social, political, and economic transformations to be presented at the ESHMS 17th Biennial Congress, June 7-8, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Under the theme ‘Old tensions, emerging paradoxes in health: rights, knowledge, and trust’, the congress aims to offer a forum for new insights into the tensions and paradoxes health systems are currently facing as a result of broad social and political transformations. These include climate change, migrations, economic crises, citizens’ quest for inclusiveness and freely deciding on their own lives, distrust of professional self-regulated work models and decisions, struggle for recognition and legitimacy by different professional groups, or the growing role of the market in the provision of care and funding of scientific research. Despite the progress of academic research in addressing these issues, the exposure of healthcare to the market, to politics, as well as to countervailing forces, rationalities and interests makes the renewal of this debate both timely and necessary.

Submission of Session proposals

All proposals should be submitted by electronic mail to and to the Conference Host, Tiago Correia (

Proposals will be accepted beginning February 2017 through 15 April, 2017. Submitters will receive notification by late June as to the disposition of session submissions.

Visit the conference website for detailed information:


Seventh ISA Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists

The International Sociological Association (ISA) announces the organization of the Seventh Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists. The winners will be invited to participate in the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology which will take place in Toronto, Canada in July 2018.

By Junior Scholars we mean people who obtained their first Master’s degree (or an equivalent graduate diploma) in sociology or in a related discipline, less than 10 years prior to March 31, 2017. In case of joint or multiple authorship, this rule applies to all authors of the submitted paper.

Papers are expected to be written in one of the official languages of the ISA (English, Spanish and French). However, papers are also admitted in other languages. Papers written in other languages will be assessed by scholars competent in these languages. Where necessary the papers of finalists will be translated into one of the official languages of the ISA.

An electronic file of the paper and a cover letter (in .doc or .pdf) should be e-mailed as an attachment to Dr. Elena Zdravomyslova at by Friday, March 31, 2017. The subject of the message should be “Junior Competition 2018”.


ISQOLS 2017 Abstract Submission

The International Society for Quality-of-life Studies (ISQOLS) is holding its 15th Conference from September 28th to 30th 2017 in the beautiful city of Innsbruck, Austria. The conference’s theme is “Quality-of-life: Towards a Better Society”.

ISQOLS conferences provide a space for scholars to present their research findings on quality-of-life, well-being, and happiness, as well as to discuss their relevance for policy making. ISQOLS gathers scholars from all corners of the world, from many disciplines, with different methodological and theoretical perspectives, and following different approaches, but with one common goal: generating research-based knowledge to contribute to the well-being in societies.

Abstracts for oral presentation, poster presentation or symposia can be submitted online:

Deadline for the abstract submission is February 21st, 2017.
Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed to the presenting author by March 30th, 2017; together with detailed information and guidelines.

Call for papers – 3rd Transforming Care Conference “Innovation and Sustainability” – Milan 26-28 June 2017

The conference”Innovation and Sustainability” focusses on care policies and practices for children, older people and people with disabilities and will take place in Milan June 26-28, 2017.

Four main dimensions of transforming care are addressed in the conference through parallel thematic panels:
–   Changes in the institutional setting of care systems and in care policy
–   The impact and dilemmas of social and policy innovation in care services
–   Changes in intergenerational care arrangements and informal care
–   Transformations affecting care workers and their working conditions

Further information about the proposed Thematic Panels are available on the Conference website:

Abstract submission will be open from February 7, 2017 to March 25, 2017.

The organizing committee will send out information about accepted papers by April 7th.


Canadian Industrial Relations Association – CfP

La Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA-ACRI) terrà il proprio convegno annuale a Toronto dal 31 maggio al 1 giugno. Quest’anno il tema del convegno sarà: “The Changing Nature of the Workforce and the Workplace“. La call for papers scade il 17 febbraio. Per maggiori info si visiti il link. Inoltre, nell’ambito dei Webinar Series on labour and employment issues, la CIRA-ACRI organizza il prossimo webinar il 13 febbraio 2017 sul tema “$15 and Fairness”, la campagna per accrescere il salario minimo a 15$ in Canada e USA. Per iscrizioni segui il link.

Social housing in contemporary Europe: Extending the scope of comparative research and addressing most recent changes

La conferenza internazionale “Social housing in contemporary Europe: Extending the scope of comparative research and addressing most recent changes” si terrà il prossimo 19-21 aprile 2017 a Bolzano alla Libera Università, con l’obiettivo di discutere in maniera comparativa dei più recenti risultati di ricerca sul social housing. Leggi tutto