Conferinţe

Reflecting on Europe’s (dis)order: scenarios for the EU’s future

CONFERENCE RATIONALE & TOPICS

During the last year, the European Union has faced unprecedented challenges (Brexit, the rise of populism, the devaluation of EU-USA relations) which have represented both a test and an alarm sign for future threats. These challenges have shifted the ordinary political and economic paradigms and have created a new state of affairs for the EU, as well as for its partners. Therefore, new policies are required to help address the urgent economic, political and social challenges. Current strategies are being questioned while new perspectives of the European and global economy are emerging. During his State of the Union Address on 13 September 2017, President Jean-Claude Juncker signalled the opportunity for broader reforms in the European Union, in order to reach a More United, Stronger and More Democratic Union. An imperative necessity to re-evaluate the aspects of European policies is observed all across the EU, while, at the same time, this observation process has to take place in relation to the national and international economic dynamics.
While the importance of academic research is well recognised, the transposition of the results from the academia to the regional, national, or European policies requires involvement and mutual cooperation. The organisers of EURINT 2018 believe that bringing together a wide and diversified audience from the academia, policy makers, and practitioners will engage the participants in fruitful debate, and facilitate mutual understanding. As such, the aim of the EURINT 2018 Conference is to bring additional insights and also to come up with valuable ideas which could contribute to a reassessment of the European policies. By providing updates on the state-of-the-art methodological approaches, the conference will offer the opportunity to rethink and define new strategic directions for the European Union.
While covering the European Union as a whole, the conference will particularly focus on the Central and Eastern European space (including the Eastern Partnership states and Russia) and will allow hands-on exchange of ideas and experiences.
The conference will comprise lectures delivered by international academic experts, followed by round tables with stakeholders who are not necessarily involved in the academic field - policy-makers, civil society activists, and professionals – which will address specific topics on Cross-Border Cooperation.

Topics

We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers which could fit the following themes:
  • Cross-Border Cooperation at EU’s eastern borderlands: current challenges and futures perspectives
  • Towards a new policy on migration
  • A new boost for Jobs, Growth and Investment
  • A connected (The) Digital Single Market
  • Climate Change Policy in the European Union
  • A deeper and fairer Internal Market
  • There is a European area of justice and fundamental rights based on mutual respect?
  • EU – a stronger global actor
  • The Economic and Monetary Union today
  • PESCO: A Europe that defends?
  • A Union of democratic change
  • Rethinking Europe’s Identity: Solidarity versus the Rise of Nationalism

CALL FOR PAPERS

What can you expect?

The Centre for European Studies within Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi organizes the seventh EURINT edition, May 18-19, 2018. The event is part of the EURINT conference series which was successfully launched in 2013 in the frame of the Jean Monnet Life Long Learning Programme. Since 2013, the EURINT conference series has established itself as a visible academic event in the field of European Studies and in this regard we aim at developing it into a traditional conference series.

What about the topic?

During the last year, the European Union has faced unprecedented challenges (Brexit, the rise of populism, the devaluation of EU-USA relations) which have represented both a test and an alarm sign for future threats. These challenges have shifted the ordinary political and economic paradigms and have created a new state of affairs for the EU, as well as for its partners. Therefore, new policies are required to help address the urgent economic, political and social challenges. Current strategies are being questioned while new perspectives of the European and global economy are emerging. During his State of the Union Address on 13 September 2017, President Jean-Claude Juncker signalled the opportunity for broader reforms in the European Union, in order to reach a More United, Stronger and More Democratic Union. An imperative necessity to re-evaluate the aspects of European policies is observed all across the EU, while, at the same time, this observation process has to take place in relation to the national and international economic dynamics.  

Who will take part in our academic event?

During the two-day conference, an exciting academic programme, featuring renowned international experts and keynote lectures, will be offered to our participants: PhD candidates, post-doc fellows, researchers, civil society activists, NGO representatives, consultants, policy advocates and many more.

Deadlines

March 31, 2018: Online registration and submission of extended abstracts

May 10, 2018: Full paper submission

Publication:

The presented papers will be published either in  CES Working Papers or in the Conference Proceedings  (read more)

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Conferința Anuală a Cercetării în Sociologie și Asistență Socială a ULBS și Conferința Națională a Societății Sociologilor din România

Identitatea europeană și cea națională la răscruce: Remodelarea granițelor, schimbarea culturilor politice și reimaginarea viitorului

13–14 octombrie 2017

Universitatea „Lucian Blaga” din Sibiu

 

Europa se află la o răscruce de drumuri. După ce a fost construit gradual în urma celui de-al doilea război mondial, proiectul european se vede confruntat de o serie de evoluții tulburătoare. Criza economică a pus la îndoială paradigma neoliberală care stătea la temelia modelului de dezvoltare urmărit de către Uniunea Europeană. Migrația masivă din țări destrămate de războaie civile sau prinse în capcana „dezvoltării subdezvoltării”, concomitent cu seria de atacuri teroriste au declanșat o frică larg răspândită și au creat o panică morală de-a lungul întregului continent. Totodată, au divizat statele europene în privința politicilor referitoare la migrație și au redeschis dezbaterile cu privire la eșecul modelului multicultural care a inspirat cultura politică dinăuntrul UE. De asemenea, aceste evoluții sociale, economice și politice au ridicat întrebări cu privire la identitățile naționale și relațiilor lor cu identitatea trans-națională europeană.
În același timp, resurgența autoritarismului și turnura către o politică populistă într-un număr de state (Polonia și Ungaria fiind cele mai relevante exemple) aruncă îndoială asupra viitorului democrației consacrate ca valoare fundamentală a culturii politice europene și prefigurează perspectiva unei „democrații iliberale”. Aceste tendințe evocă autoritarismele ce au prins rădăcini în țările vecine comunității europene (Rusia și Turcia constituind ilustrări elocvente în acest sens) și sugerează traiectorii de evoluție a unor state europene anterior cu greu imaginabile. Mai recent, Brexit-ul a zguduit unitatea până acum luată ca fiind de la sine înțeleasă a Uniunii Europene, cu consecințe imprevizibile însoțite de teama unui efect de domino care ar destrăma o construcție politică cu o vechime de mai bine de o jumătate de secol.
Pe acest fundal, România marchează zece ani de apartenență la comunitatea europeană. Deceniul trecut de la aderarea la UE în 2007 constituie un prilej oportun pentru a reflecta asupra transformărilor prin care a trecut societatea românească. În aceste vremuri tulburi atât pentru UE cât și pentru statele membre, invităm cercetători din întreg câmpul științelor sociale să reflecteze asupra problemelor de natură socială, politică și economică cu care se confruntă Europa în general și România în special. Aria tematică pe care o propunem pentru evenimentul care reunește Conferința Națională a Societății Sociologilor din România și a cea de-a XVI-a Conferință Anuală a Cercetării în Sociologie și Asistență Socială a ULBS acoperă următoarele subiecte, fără a fi limitată la acestea:

  • Identitatea europeană și identitățile naționale
  • Valori sociale
  • Migrație și etnicitate
  • Piața forței de muncă și antreprenoriat
  • Postcomunismul și provocările tranziției
  • Dileme metodologice pentru cercetarea socială contemporană
  • Modele de familie și stiluri de viață
  • Cultura politică și comportament electoral
  • Comunitate și dezvoltare locală
  • Solidaritate și schimbare socială
  • Rețele sociale și modele de sociabilitate
  • Stratificare socială și inegalitate
  • Tehnologia digitală și noile media
  • Muncă și organizații
  • Timpul social și memoria colectivă
  • Tineretul și tranziția la maturitate
  • Genul și inegalitățile sociale
  • Grupuri vulnerabile și politici sociale
  • Discriminare și integrare socială

Date importante și termene limită

Pentru coordonatorii de secțiuni

15.06.2017 – Termen limită pentru propunerea de secțiuni

20.06.2017 – Anunțarea secțiunilor acceptate

Invităm cercetătorii interesați să propună secțiuni ce se încadrează în tematica acestui apel la contribuții. Pentru propunerile de secțiuni, coordonatorii trebuie să transmită către organizatori un titlu al secțiunii alături de o descriere a acesteia care să nu depășească 500 de cuvinte. Propunerea unei secțiuni se realizează în limba română sau limba engleză la următoarea adresă: link.

Detalii suplimentare pot fi găsite pe site-ul conferinței: http://conferences.ulbsibiu.ro/depssw/

New Societies, Old Minorities / New Minorities, Old Societies?
The 4th International Conference of the Romanian Sociological Society (RSS)
Sibiu, 29th of September – 1st of October 2016

Sigla ULBS SSR

Societies and social actors constantly face challenges under the impact of many countervailing forces that act within the economic, demographic, political, educational and social realms. In their search for improving their living, people may adopt alternative life strategies and more flexible arrangements that profoundly affect the architecture and fabric of communities.

Some changes are easily discernible or self-evident: international migration permanently increased the stock of migrants, transforming, in various contexts, both immigrants and residents, into visible minorities. New waves of migrants and specific events where migrants are involved raise major questions about the nature and capacity of the security systems across European societies and their axiological foundations.

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CALL FOR PAPERS

International Conference „Transnational Families: Generations, differences, solidarity”

7th-8th of July, 2017

Centre for Population Studies

Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Mirca MADIANOU, Reader at the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of  London

Laura MERLA, Professor of Sociology at the Catholic University of Louvain and Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Families and Sexualities (CIRFASE)

Rachel PARRENAS, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California

Asuncion FRESNOZA-FLOT, Radboud Excellence Initiative fellow, Radboud University, Nijmegen

Transnational families have attracted major attention in the field of transnational migration studies, as “the provenance of most everyday migrant transnationalism is within families”1. Family solidarities and intergenerational resources over borders take various forms, and transnational families possess the capacity to exchange the same types of care and support as non-dispersed families, i.e. emotional/moral, financial, practical, personal support, and provisions of accommodation2. In addition, there are complex factors influencing the transnational family caregiving arrangements, at the intersection of institutional contexts and family configurations, norms and obligations, in conjunction with gender, class and ethnicity3. Beside the ‘imagined’ dimension which is at the core of the sense of ‘familyhood’ over borders, migrants and their relatives develop ways of ‘doing family’4 based on a sense of shared presence constructed in different ways. Furthermore, in a ‘polymedia’ environment5, ICTs and digital communication contribute to the renewal of ‘family practices’ and generate ‘ordinary co-presence’ routines6.

This conference aims at addressing the diversity of ‘doing family’ processes in transnational settings. We welcome papers from the field of transnational families’ studies with a special interest in, but not restricted to, the following aspects: intergenerational solidarity within transnational families; transnational grandparenting and circulation of care; the elderly within transnational families; children in transnational families; bi-national families. We invite original contributions based on empirical evidence that investigate the ways ‘family practices’ renew in transnational contexts, and the strategies of displaying that transnational families use; we also encourage papers addressing methodological aspects of transnational family research, with particular focus on innovative approaches.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words including authors’ names, titles, emails and institutional affiliations should be sent before the January 31, 2017 to the email addresses: Această adresă de email este protejată contra spambots. Trebuie să activați JavaScript pentru a o vedea. and  Această adresă de email este protejată contra spambots. Trebuie să activați JavaScript pentru a o vedea. organizers intend to publish a volume at an international publisher based on a selection of the conference papers. The authors who would like to publish in the volume are expected to also submit an extended abstract (between 6000-8000 characters) and a short biography (up to 400 characters) by January 31, 2017, also having the following deadlines in view: March 10, 2017 – first draft (24000-30000 characters); March 31st – feedback; May 31st – final version.

The conference is related to three ongoing research projects on transnational families:

  • „Intergenerational  solidarities  in  transnational  families.  An  approach  through  the  care arrangements of the Zero Generation, these foreigner grandparents involved in raising their grandchildren  in  Switzerland”,  funded  by  the  Swiss  National  Science  Foundation,  Grant 100017_162645,  2015-2018;  project  manager:  Mihaela  Nedelcu,  University  of  Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
  • „Confronting difference through the practices of transnational families”, funded by UEFISCSU Grant PN-II-TU-TE-2014-4-2087; project manager: Viorela Ducu, University of Babeş-Bolyai, Romania;
  • „Intergenerational solidarity in the context of work migration abroad. The situation of elderly left at home”, funded by UEFISCSU Grant PN-II-TU-TE-2014-4-1377; project manager: Mihaela Hărăguș, University of Babeş-Bolyai, Romania.

Link:  http://csp.centre.ubbcluj.ro/transnational/

1 Vertovec, S. (2009) Transnationalism, London : Routledge, p. 61.
2 Baldassar, L., C.V. Baldock and R. Wilding (2007) Families caring across borders: migration, ageing and transnational caregiving, New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
3  Kilkey M. and L. Merla (2014) Situating Transnational Families’ Care-Giving Arrangements: the role of institutional contexts. Global Networks. 14 (2), pp. 210-229.
4 Morgan, H. G. D. (1996) Family connections. An introduction to family studies, Cambridge: Polity Press.
5 Madianou, M. and D. Miller (2012) Migration and new media. Transnational families and polymedia, London: Routledge.
6 Nedelcu, M. and M. Wyss (2016) “Doing family’ through ICT-mediated ordinary co-presence routines: Transnational communication practices of Romanian migrants in Switzerland”. Global Networks, 16 (2), pp. 202–218.

You are kindly invited to submitt presentation proposals for the following event:                      

Facing a New "Age of Migration"? Methodological Challenges, Conceptual Questions, Political Entanglements
ESA RN 35 “Sociology of Migration” – Midterm Conference
1–2 September 2016
Bucharest

Organizers: ESA RN 35 “Sociology of Migration", Research Institute for Quality of Life, Romanian Academy and the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest 

Keynote:
Prof. Bridget Anderson
Professor of Migration and Citizenship, and Research Director of COMPAS

 

In the midst of intense public debates and political discussions on migration, ESA Research Network 35 “Sociology of Migration”[1] announces its third mid-term conference, to be held from 1 to 2 September 2016 in Bucharest.

The main theme of the Conference will be to reflect on the question of whether or not European countries are currently facing a “new” age of migration and on the methodological and conceptual challenges posed to migration research within the current developments. Thematically, this conference will bring together various analytical and methodological approaches in refugee and migration studies.

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Despre SSR

Societatea Sociologilor din România (SSR) este o asociaţie a specialiştilor care, prin activitatea lor profesională, au contribuit şi contribuie la cunoaşterea ştiinţifică a realităţilor sociale, politice şi economice româneşti. Scopul SSR este promovarea la nivel naţional şi internaţional a profesiei de sociolog şi a cercetării sociologice româneşti.

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