Societatea Sociologilor din România

RSS 2021 Conference – Keynote speakers


Sussane Pickel
Professor dr.

Democracy and social values – how socialization, deprivation, and feelings of threat promote illiberal thinking about democracy

Sussane Pickel is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Duisburg-Essen (since 2009). Her habilitation was on “New Conflicts – New Social Coalitions? European Voters and their Parties – Cleavages in Western and Eastern Europe”. She acted as Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow (2005-2007, Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship) and Research Fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia, 2014). Her field of specialization is Eastern Europe, and her research interests are democracy research, political attitudes and political culture research, transformation research, election research, empirical social research, methods of data collection and analysis. Currently research projects are on “religion and political culture”, “feelings of responsiveness among migrants and non-migrants”, “antiziganism” and “radicalization and co-radicalization among young Muslims and non-Muslims”.


Arne L. Kalleberg
Professor dr.

Precarious Work, Precarious Lives

Arne L. Kalleberg is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is also Chair of the Curriculum in Global Studies and has adjunct appointments in Business and Public Policy. He has written extensively on topics related to the sociology of work, labor markets, and social stratification. His most recent books are: Precarious Lives: Job Insecurity and Well-Being in Rich Democracies (Cambridge, UK: Polity Press 2018); and Precarious Asia: Global Capitalism and Work in Japan, South Korea and Indonesia (with Kevin Hewison and Kwang-Yeong Shin; Stanford University Press, 2022). He served as President of the American Sociological Association in 2007-8 and is currently the editor of Social Forces, an International Journal of Social Research.


Harley Dickinson
Professor of Sociology
University of Saskatchewan

Higher education and the transformation of modernizing knowledge systems

Harley D. Dickinson is Professor of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. He has a BA (Hon) and an MA in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan. He earned his Ph.D. at Lancaster University in the UK.
His current research focuses on modernizing knowledge systems and the changing role of universities in the production, transmission and application of research knowledge in various policy and practice contexts. He is particularly interested in the intersections between internationalization, indigenization, interdisciplinarity and intersectorality and the ways in which these processes are transforming the core research, teaching and service functions of universities.
He has a number academic publications on a variety of topics including, health, illness, and health care systems, health policy, public participation in political decision-making, and knowledge systems, to name a few.


Horațiu Rusu
Professor of Sociology

International Migration for studies and intentions to return among Romanian medical students

Horaţiu M. Rusu is a Professor of Sociology at the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu and at the School for Advanced Studies of the Romanian Academy. His research interests are mainly related to social change and social values, identity, solidarity, sociology of youths and social effects of European integration in the post-communist countries. The most recent book he edited (together with Bogdan Voicu & Claudiu Tufiș) and co-authored is Atlasul Valorilor Sociale. Romania la 100 de ani / Atlas of Social Values. Romania turning 100. (PUC, 2020). He served as a President of the Romanian Sociologists Society between 2015 and 2017.