University of Applied Sciences FH Campus Wien – International Conference on Working Class Districts

14-15 Settembre 2017 – Vienna – University of Applied Sciences FH Campus Wien

La call è rivolta a ricercatori, laureati e studenti di diverse discipline e campi che esplorano le trasformazioni urbane e che vogliono contribuire con le loro competenze  all’analisi e lo sviluppo sostenibile dei quartieri della working class.

I ricercatori sono invitati a presentare un abstract (300-400 parole) collegato ad uno degli otto temi presenti sulla call. Gli abstract devono essere inviati come file PDF a fino al 15 Aprile 2017.Leggi tutto

Convegno Nazionale sul Volontariato – Call for papers

21-22 giugno 2017

Ancona, Facoltà di Economia, Piazzale Martelli, 8

I recenti dati dei censimenti Istat, i risultati di ricerche condotte a livello nazionale così come a livello locale, hanno evidenziato una grande vitalità del cosiddetto ‘Terzo Settore’ e, in particolare, delle organizzazioni di volontariato.Leggi tutto


Europe is facing new and radical challenges that demand extraordinary resilience from EU members, especially those from southern European societies, because of their outlying position and specific social problems in comparison with their EU neighbours. The difficulties of building a united Europe in the wake of the economic, financial and political crisis have exposed divergences in EU governance. In this context, sociology is an important tool to inform public policies and to provide the general public with an understanding of current challenges. The uses of sociology have significant social, political and practical implications in fields that are especially significant for southern European societies, such as welfare, work and employment, education, migration, social cohesion, political participation and other social phenomena. However, the usual tensions in the organization of scientific research are now particularly intense in terms of how the utility of sociological knowledge is understood and communicated. The trend toward internationalization in current research systems forces research communities to compete in a global market of scientific production, where English is the dominant language, and to publish sound results for an academic audience. There is also a pressing need to find sociological knowledge that is relevant and applicable to regional and local problems; to overcome the difficulties of conveying applied research to an international audience; and to legitimate problem-oriented research within science policies and academic organizations. This conference will discuss the challenges and dilemmas of different orientations of sociology in order to complement internationalization and academic research with the uses of sociology aimed at solving social problems in specific territorial contexts. Participants are invited to discuss the relevance of sociological knowledge in recent years as a means to understanding southern European societies, at a local, regional and international level.

The Conference is organized by ESA RN27, the Spanish Sociological Federation and the Institute for Advanced Social Studies (CSIC). A selection of papers subject to peer review will be published in special issues of journals edited by the sociology associations of Spain, southern European countries and international publishers. Other papers will be part of a book agreement with a major international publisher.

For more information regarding the conference, use the links below

You can submit your abstracts directly to the conference organizers:, on copy to Manuel Fernandez Esquinas ( and Luís Baptista (

  • Abstract submission: 20 March
  • Notification of acceptance: 31 March
  • Registration: 10 April

Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An international academic conference for critical urban studies

We live in an increasingly urban, globalised and unequal world facing multiple crises: from financial and political to infrastructural and ecological. In this context, cities have become both the locus of economic growth and development, and the principle site of social conflict and political contestation over spatial inequalities, belonging, environment and sustainability. Yet many of the forms these dynamics and contestations take are captured only partially or inadequately in both conventional mainstream and radical urban theory. Drawing on past RC21 conference themes, we want to call attention on ‘global urban justice’ as a term to focus our scholarship and research impact on society.

In particular we welcome sessions that will challenge and advance our knowledge and practice around the three mutually connected concepts of Global | Urban | Justice. We suggest the following sub-themes and questions:

GLOBAL: Our world is at the same time global and also rooted in particular places. Migration and refugee flows, global terrorism, climate change, financial capital, social media are all stretched out and expanding as well locked-in particular spatial arrangements mediated through uneven power geometries. How can urban studies capture the multiplicity and simultaneity of global and territorially embedded processes? Which theoretical progress may expand the learning on global urban developments and further de-colonise knowledge production? What methodological advances are best suited for this theoretical endeavour?

URBAN: The urban condition is not contained in cities; it overspills into rural or cybernetic spaces, and it is increasingly mediated through physical and virtual infrastructures. Urban studies have the advantage of bringing together a multitude of disciplines, but how can different theoretical corpus and methodological traditions effectively communicate with each other, thus providing a better understanding for urban studies? Which are the key challenges of the contemporary urban condition and how do they advance paradigmatic transdisciplinary shifts?

JUSTICE: A multitude of calls for justice are being orchestrated by movements and grassroots groups from cities: against displacement and eviction, racism, police violence, climate change and lack of urban democracy. At the same time people are coming up with their solutions from Rojava’s experimental democracy, grassroots solidarity for refugees and migrants, self-built and cooperative housing, reclamation and self-management of food, water, energy and land in cities. How can urban scholarship engage with these struggles in a novel way and co-produce emancipator knowledge in and beyond the academy? Which new insights can we gain from the multiplicity of social struggles taking place around the Globe? What is the role of the state in creating and/or solving these injustices and how can urban scholars engage in policy making?

Call for Papers

The proposed abstracts should address the sessions’ topics and should be inspired by the 2017 conference theme, ‘Rethinking Urban Global Justice’. Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to both and to the session organizers. You are limited to two appearances: one paper, and one other role such as a panelist or session chair, or any combinations of these.

The abstracts will be reviewed by both the session organizers and RC21, you will be notified by the session convenors of the outcome. The deadline for abstract submission is 10 March 2017.


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.