CfP: closed

The call for papers has closed. Those who have submitted an abstract will receive a notification of acceptance via email by 1 February 2022.

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. Such challenges have both given rise to new solidarities while at the same time exposing the fragility of transnational mobilities and solidarites as movement is suddenly prevented and national borders reasserted. These 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.

We are open to contributions on, but not limited to the following themes:

  • 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
  • Book launch panels and/or AMC panels on relevant publications

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.

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: Digital nomadism: Examining the relationship between mobile subjectivities and the nation-state
Mike Zapp, University of Luxembourg: The Structures of World Society: Geography, Discourse and Networks in Global Health and Global Education, 1900–2020

Further queries and information: Please contact the conference organizer at