ESA RN 15 Midterm Conference 2021 - Global Social Change: Ideas, Beliefs and Interests

26-27 May 2021 – Frascati, Italy

Conference status update on 18 May 2020

Dear Participant,

Considering the coronavirus pandemic, the Organizing Committee has arrived at the following decision:

The ESA RN 15 Midterm Conference which was to be held in Frascati, Rome, Italy, on 16-17 April 2020, will be postponed to 26-27 May 2021 at the same conference venue, Villa Tuscolana, provided that the coronavirus pandemic is over by then.

We will inform all the participants about the revised schedule via email.

We apologize any inconvenience caused by the situation – At the same time we sincerely hope that you will be able to join us at the conference in May 2021!

If any further questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Organizing Committee
ESA RN 15 Midterm Conference 2021


About the conference

Following the success of the workshops organized by Research Network (RN) 15 at the European Sociological Association’s (ESA) 14th Conference in Manchester, which took place between August 20th and 23rd 2019, plans are now underway for the 2021 mid-term conference. At the board meeting of our RN Board at the Helsinki Mid-term conference, Frascati, Rome was selected as the location for this conference. We are currently working with the Tampere Research Group for Cultural and Political Sociology (TCuPS) and the Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) at the Tampere University to organize a successful mid-term conference from 26th to 27th May 2021.

The conference aims to bring together researchers studying global and transnational phenomena from different perspectives. We hope to find novel ways of conceptualizing and studying the ideas, beliefs and interests involved in global social change, whether they are related to global governance, migration or changes in cultures and identities.

The call for papers will open in September of 2020. You will receive a notification of your abstract by Mid-November. Registration for the conference starts mid-November and ends mid-January. Once you have registered for the conference you will receive an email confirmation with additional information.

More detailed information about the conference will be added to this page during the autumn, so be sure to check for updates.

We look forward to meeting you in Frascati, Rome in May!

Conference time and venue

The conference will take place on 26-27 May 2021 at the Villa Tuscolana Park Hotel, which is located in Frascati, Rome. The address of the hotel is Via del Tuscolo km 1500, 00044, Frascati, Rome, Italy .

The conference will start at 8:00 with registration. The academic programme starts at 9:00 with opening words by Dr. Marjaana Rautalin and Professor Pertti Alasuutari, followed by a keynote talk by Professor Motti Regev, from the Open University of Israel. Professor Arnstein Aassve from the Bocconi University will give the second keynote talk on Friday afternoon. More information about the keynote speakers and the conference programme can be found here.

About the conference organizers

The 2021 Midterm Conference of ESA Research Network 15 (Global, Transnational and Cosmopolitan Sociology) is organized in cooperation with the Tampere Research Group for Cultural and Political Sociology (TCuPS) and Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR), both based at the Tampere University, Finland.

The Conference Organising Committee consists of active members of the RN15 affiliated to Tampere University. The committee members are:

Chair of the organizing committee:
Marjaana Rautalin (ESA RN15 co-coordinator)

Other members of the organizing committee:
Marjukka Virkajärvi
Pertti Alasuutari (ESA RN15 board member)
Jukka Syväterä (ESA RN15 board member)
Valtteri Vähä-Savo (ESA RN15 board member)
Hanna Rautajoki
Laia Pi Ferrer
Mohammad Ahsan Qureshi
Lauri Heimo (ESA RN15 board member)
Eetu Vento

Organized with the support of Tampere University and the Kone Foundation