Conferinţa SSR 2012



‘Beyond Globalization?’

The 2nd International Conference of the Romanian Sociological Society (RSS)

Period and location: May 31 – June 3rd 2012, University of Bucharest, Romania

Keynote speakers:

  • Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley;
  • Jean-Claude Kaufmann (René Descartes University – Paris V)

Submit abstract to: or use the abstract submission form. For panel proposal use this form.

Deadline for individual abstracts or panels of 3-6 papers: March 31st, 2012

Organizer: Romanian Sociological Society,

Languages: English, French and Romanian

Conference fee: 60 RON or 15 Euro for RSS members, ISA members, ESA members, Masters and PhD students; 120 RON or 30 Euro for non-members. Please refer to the payment page for online transaction and other informations about conference fee.


During the last decades the societies West and East, North and South have changed in important ways. Much of the post 1970s sociology sought to understand neoliberalism, the transformation of the welfare state, globalization, deindustrialization and the rise of high-tech sector, digital revolution and the rise of network society, deregulation of the financial sector, social movements or the post-communist transition.

The two epochal events of the last decade – 9/11 and the global financial crisis, along with longer term trends such as rise of ‘post-carbon’ society, social movements, health pandemics, immigration issues are in the process of creating new state responses and new structural relations between various social actors. This conference will attempt to take stock of the closing of a historical cycle, which has changed sociology in important ways during the last 30 years and to understand emerging structures, actors and networks in the 21st Century. The conference seeks to explore which trends of neoliberalism and globalization will fade away and which will persist after the global economic crisis and the possible end of Washington consensus. We seek papers that broadly engage such themes. The contributions may, but are not required to engage with the conference theme. Possible themes are

  • Micro-macro link
  • Sociological methodology and the digital revolution
  • Changing role of the state
  • New power technologies
  • Agency and structure
  • Humans and non-human social actors
  • Migration, ethnicity and transnationalism
  • Space and social process
  • Youth cultures
  • Population and family processes
  • Politics and society
  • Military, violence and society
  • Education, culture and social inequalities
  • Consumption, shopping and society
  • Mass-media processes and actors
  • Technologies of Mobility
  • Social policies and risks
  • Organizations, institutions and work
  • Individual and society
  • Historical sociology
  • Sociological methodologies

Please send an abstract of 150 words maximum, or a panel of 3-6 individual abstracts, to or use the conference submissions forms by March 31st, 2012:

  • for individual abstracts: submit here.
  • for panels: submit here.

For any inquiries please contact us at the same email address.

The preliminary program can be accessed here.


The conference will be hosted by the Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest.

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