The 5th International Conference of the Romanian Sociologists Society
14th – 15th September 2018, Timisoara, Romania
West University of Timisoara, Romania (uvt.ro)
Following the perspective of Zygmunt Bauman and Umberto Eco, we are currently living in a liquid society, defined by extended dynamics, high mobility and perpetual social change both in terms of interaction and relationship models, but also in the configuration of structures and social systems. Solid modernity has remained behind with its anchoring in very well-defined and stable values over time, with its implicit predictability, and with the constant effort to discover the deepest meanings of social reality. It has been replaced by a fluid, volatile, experimental, interrogative, exhibitionist modernity that dares to change traditions, to search for new roads and to don’t stop from exploring alternatives. In order to understand this new form of aggregation of social space, there are necessary not only new methodological tools but also the wisdom of giving up certain mental patterns that are incompatible with contemporary liquidity. What does the near future look like? But the distant future? Can the crisis of state and of ideologies be overcome? Can the idea of community be rediscovered? Can a life project be outlined if we get to know just what we do not want (and not what we want)? Are we ready for new economies? What will be the effect of migration in the medium term? Hyper-technologized and hyperlinked is meaning to live more socially or more solitary? How can we survive to this liquid social state? Is this the way to a new social paradigm or is it the paradigm itself? These are just some of the questions we will be trying to answer at the Living in a Liquid Society International Conference organized by Romanian Sociological Society and West University of Timisoara in Timișoara at 14th -15thSeptember 2018.