CfP Living in a Liquid Society, 5th RSS Conference, 2018

The 5th International Conference of the Romanian Sociologists Society
14th  – 15th  September 2018, Timisoara, Romania
West University of Timisoara, Romania ( // //

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 It has been replaced by a fluid, volatile, experimental, interrogative, exhibitionist modernity that dares to change traditions, to search for new roads and to don’t stop from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.

Scholars in the social sciences are invited to submit papers proposals aiming to debate such themes within the framework of the 5th International Conference of the Romanian Sociological Society (RSS) Living in a Liquid Society, hosted by the West University of Timisoara (UVT) between 14th and 15th of September 2018.

  2. MEDIATIZATION AND MEDIA EDUCATION: CHALLENGES AND PRAGMATICS – Prof.Dr. Ileana RotaruTibiscus University of Timisoara
  3. VALUE CHANGE, SOLIDARITY AND IDENTITY ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD – Dr. Beatrice Chromková Manea, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic
  4. THE FIFTH ELEMENT – THE FAMILY IN A LIQUID MIGRATION SETTING – Viorela DucuMihaela Hărăguș, Centre for Population Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania
  5. THE HYBRID UNIVERSITY IN TODAY’S LIQUID SOCIETY – Prof. Dan Chiribucă Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Prof. Adrian Hatos, University of Oradea
  6. FADE TO GREY. EXPLORING AGEING AND OLD AGE IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETIES – Dr. Adriana Teodorescu Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Prof.univ.dr. Dan Chiribucă, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  7. EBB-TIDES AND VISCOSITIES: THE FLUID SOCIAL ORDER – Silviu G. Totelecan Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca, Adrian T. Sîrbu Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca
  8. THE EXPANSION OF NEOLIBERAL GOVERNANCE AND THE LOGIC OF EXPULSIONS: EXPLORING THE INNARDS OF THE SYSTEMIC EDGE – Filip Alexandrescu Research Institute for the Quality of Life, Romanian Academy, Ionuț Anghel, Research Institute for the Quality of Life, Romanian Academy
  9. LIVING IN A LIQUID SOCIETY, LIVING IN TRANSNATIONAL SOCIAL FIELDS – Marian-Gabriel HânceanUniversity of Bucharest, Department of Sociology & The Research Institute of the University of Bucharest, Jose Luis Molina, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona), Miranda Jessica Lubbers, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)
  10. AUTOMATIZATION AND NEW LABOUR MARKETS – Norbert Petrovici Universitatea Babeș- Bolyai, Cristian Pop, Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai și Academia Română, Oana Mateescu, University of Bergen și Universitatea Babeș- Bolyai
  11. WORK-LIFE BALANCE AND RESEARCH IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT – Mara Stan, PhD, lecturer, Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance, University of Bucharest, Roxana Brişcariu, PhD, teaching assistant, Faculty of Management and Public Administration, Academy of Economic Studies (ASE), Bucharest
  13. URBAN SCENARIO IN A LIQUID FUTURE – dr. Melinda DINCĂ, dr. Dan LUCHEȘ, dr. Bogdan NADOLU, West University of Timisoara
  14. MAKING AND UN-MAKING HUMAN KINDS – Cosima Rughiniș, University of Bucharest, Ștefania Matei, University of Bucharest
  15. Revenge of the Populism: Parties, Voters and Inequalities in Europe – Aurelian Muntean SNSPA
  16. Trends in societal change. New data from European Values Study and World Values Survey – Bogdan Voicu, Research Institute for Quality of Life & Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
  17. MISCELLANEA – section dedicated to Ph.D. students

Important details:

  • Deadline for submitting paper proposals: 15th April 2018 15th May 2018
  • Announcement of accepted papers: 15th June 2018
  • Registration deadline: 31st July 2018
  • Conference: 14th – 15th September 2018

Official language of the conference: English.

Location – Timisoara is a very attractive multicultural city, of roughly 400.000 inhabitants (including the metropolitan area) situated into the West Romania, in the nearby of Serbian and Hungarian borders. Access can be done by plane or train, but should not ignore the driving distance from several European Capitals: Belgrade (170km), Budapest (324km), Sofia (553km), Vienna (565km), Zagreb (674km). Timișoara was the spark of Romanian 1989 anticommunist Revolution. In 2021 the city will be European Capital of Culture.

Participation fees: 60 EUR
SSR/ESA members: 45 EUR
Participation fees for conveners: 30 EUR
Students: 30 EUR

Keynote speakers:

dulmer photoPD dr. Hermann DÜLMER

Institut für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie (ISS), University of Cologne

Research topics: Sociological methodology and data analysis (multilevel analysis, ML SEM, factorial survey), comparative value research, electoral research.

bogdan voicuProfessor Bogdan VOICU

Romanian Academy of Sciences, Research Institute for Quality of Life,  member of the Romanian Group for the Study of Social Values and Romanian Election Studies.

Main interest fields: social change, social values, sociology of education, international migration.


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Professor Cosima RUGHINIȘ

Department of Sociology, University of Bucharest
study social classification, social construction of human kinds, and models of human nature across scientific and popular media, focusing on (re)presenting femininity, and production of human types and human nature in health controversies surrounding vaccination (such as the “vaccine-damaged child”) and homeopathy.

voas photoProfessor David VOAS

Head of Department of Social Science, UCL Institute of Education University College London
David Voas uses survey data to study religious change and value change in modern societies, the intergenerational transmission of religion and values, and attitudes of and towards ethno-religious minorities. He is on the executive committee of the European Values Study and is co-director of British Religion in Numbers (, an online centre for British data on religion that has received recognition as a British Academy Research Project.

joseluis molinaProfessor José Luis MOLINA

José Luis Molina is associate professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain. He is an economic anthropologist interested in the emergence of socioeconomic structures, like migrant enclaves and transnational fields. Molina is interested in mixed method approaches, combining ethnography and personal network analysis. He is interested in Southeast Europe, and Romania in particular. Currently, he is the president of the Research Ethics Committee of the UAB, co-PI with Miranda Lubbers of the research project “The Role of Social Transnational Fields in the Emergence, Maintenance and Decay of Ethnic and Demographic Enclaves” (ORBITS), and co-editor of the REDES-Revista Hispana para el Análisis de Redes Sociales.

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