ESA RN 15 Midterm Meeting 2022 - Global Sociology: theory and practice in the 21st century

5 – 6 May 2022
Coral Bay Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus

The call for papers is open from 1 December 2021 to 3 January 2022

Main Themes of the Conference

Recent events such as the global coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and the recent COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference 2021 have shown how intertwined the fates of all human life on this planet are. They reveal that global pandemics and challenges such as anthropogenic climate change define our lived reality in the first decades of the 21st century. Both global challenges and more mundane facets of worldwide social formations provide ample opportunities for global sociology to explore new and renewed facets of a challenging social reality. They are central to current sociology’s theory and practice. This conference calls for papers dealing with these and other topics related to global sociology and its theory and practice in the 21st century.

The main themes of the ESA Research Network 15 Midterm Conference are connected to global, transnational and cosmopolitan sociology in a highly interconnected world. These include:

  • Policies and policymaking in a globalized world
  • The role of climate change and exogenous shocks such as pandemics on the formation of national and international policies
  • International migration with particular emphasis on Europe
  • Decolonial/postcolonial perspectives
  • Culture, identity, and cosmopolitanism in a changing world
  • Methodological and theoretical developments in global and transnational sociology
  • Glocalization

The ESA Research Network 15 Midterm Conference 2022 invites papers dealing with these and other topics related to global sociology and its theory and practice in the 21st century. Regional or Cyprus-based participants are also invited to submit papers and/or panels on regional topics.

After the conference a volume/journal special issue will be edited based on selected papers presented at the conference.

About the conference

Following the success of the workshops organized by Research Network (RN) 15 at the European Sociological Association’s (ESA) 15th Conference held online on 31 August – 3 September 2021, plans are now underway for the 2022 Midterm Conference. The conference will take place in Coral Bay Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus, 5 – 6 May 2022.

The conference brings together researchers studying global and transnational phenomena from different perspectives. We hope to discuss ideas concerning global sociology and its theory and practice in the 21st century

The keynote speakers are esteemed global and transnational scholars:

Anna Amelina, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg: Colonialities, Spatialities, Positionalities: Revisiting Challenges in Studying Transnational Social Relations
Victor Roudometof, University of Cyprus: Global Sociology and Its Discontents
Mari Toivanen, University of Helsinki: TBA
Mike Zapp, University of Luxembourg: The Structures of World Society: Geography, Discourse and Networks in Global Health and Global Education, 1900–2020

We look forward to meeting you in Paphos in May!

Conference time and venue

The conference will take place on 5-6 May 2022. The conference is organized in Paphos, Cyprus. If the COVID-19 pandemic takes a significant turn for the worse before the conference, the organizers will re-evaluate the situation. If it is deemed necessary to move the conference online, the organizers will inform you about the changes in February 2022 at the latest.

If you have any questions or require assistance with practical matters, please do not hesitate to contact the organizing committee (esarn15.midterm2022@tuni.fi).

About the conference organizers

The Conference Organizing Committee consists of active members of the RN15 affiliated to Tampere University, University of Helsinki, University of Cyprus, and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Milano. The committee members are:

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

Other members of the organizing committee:

Peter Holley, University of Helsinki (ESA RN15 co-coordinator)

Marco Caselli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Milano (ESA RN15 board member)

Victor Roudometof, University of Cyprus (ESA RN15 board member)

Valtteri Vähä-Savo, Tampere University (ESA RN 15 board member)