Social Science News May 2010

Publish Date: May 27, 2010

Social Science News May 2010  Call for papers  Conferences
Social Sciences Conference 2010
Date: August 2-5, 2010
Site: Cambridge, UK
Organiser: College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Topics: The Conference will address interdisciplinary practices across the social sciences, and between the social
sciences and the natural sciences, applied sciences and the professions. Plenary speakers will include some of the
world’s leading thinkers in the social sciences, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations.
Language: English
Fee: 200$-550$
Deadline: May 13, 2010
(source: Internet)

National Bodies in Eastern Europe
Date: August 28-29, 2010
Site: Wellington, New Zealand
Organiser: The Antipodean / East-European Study Group
Topics: The organizers wish to explore the spread of nationalized thinking as it relates to the body. How did people
in central Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Balkans classify each other in terms of national concepts? What
characteristics supposedly distinguished the Czech from the German, the Jew from the Ukrainian, the Romanian
from the Hungarian, the Turk from the Greek, and so forth? How did these fantasies of the national body emerge,
and how did they affect human interactions? Other topics of possible interest include national bodily practices,
literary concepts of national bodies, national sexuality or sexualities, national clothing or accoutrements, sporting
nationalism, or eugenics. Scholars working in history, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, film studies, and
other related disciplines are welcome.
Language: English
Deadline: June 01, 2010
Contact: Alexander Maxwell, History Department, Victoria University, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, New
(source: Internet)
Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (EPOP) Annual Conference
Date: September 10-12, 2010
Site: Essex, UK
Organiser: University of Essex
Topics: EPOP is the largest specialist group of the Political Studies Association of the UK, bringing together people
interested in the study of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. Panels should consist of between three and four
papers and an abstract should be provided for each paper.
Language: English
Deadline: May 20, 2010
Contact: Andreas Murr, EPOP 2010, Department of Government, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park,
Colchester, CO4 3SQ, United Kingdom
(source: Internet)
Local Diversity and Global Challenges, Religions and Migrations in Southern Europe
Date: September 30- October 1, 2010
Site: Porto, Portugal
Organiser: Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto
Topics: The organizers invite to send them papers to foster scientific research in the fields of religions and
migrations in the Southern European Countries.
Language: English
Fee: Students: 15Ђ; Others: 30Ђ
Deadline: June 15, 2010
Contact: Gabinete de Eventos, Comunicaзгo e Imagem, Via Panorвmica, s/n, 4150-564 Porto, Portugal
Tel.: + 351 22 60 77 123
Fax: +351 22 60 77 173
(source: Internet)
The 4th PhD students’ international conference: “Where do we go from here? Economic
trends, social trajectories and policies of identities in post communist capitalism.”
Date: October 1-2, 2010
Site: Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Organiser: Friedrich Ebert Foundation
Topics: The main goals of the conference are: promotion of cross disciplinary dialogue between young scientists in
the regions of Central Eastern Europe; promoting a common language of public interest in different research areas
at the level of EU and national policies; promoting mobility and productive confrontation of PhD students from
countries of Central Eastern and Western Europe; establishing an effective knowledge based network; publishing
the collection of all contributions in electronic form; publishing the best papers selected by Senior-Academics in
print form.
Language: English
Deadline: June 20, 2010
Contact: Miroslava Kotrasova
Tel.: +421 907 594 784
(source: Internet)
Power and Influence in South-Eastern Europe, 16-19th c.
Date: October 8-9, 2010
Site: Sofia, Bulgaria
Organiser: University of Sofia “Sv. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of History
Topics: The task of this academic conference is to examine the history of the different forms of power and
influence, of authority and informal might in South-Eastern Europe. Thematic aspects of the conference are:
Formal power in South-Eastern Europe (Men of power, state and stately power in the Ottoman Balkans; State,
state power and statesmen in Habsburg South-Eastern Europe; Men of power, state power and governors in the
Russian lands of the European South-East; State power, statesmen and the methods of rule in autonomous lands
and provinces); Informal power in South-Eastern Europe (Autonomous lands and self-ruling local and religious
communities in the European Southeast; Corruption, protection and clientelism as an informal influence on power
in South-Eastern Europe (the imperial characteristics of the monarchy of the Ottomans, Habsburgs and
Romanovs); Protйgйes, favourites and mistresses in the European South-East (the informal use of power); Formal
and informal power as interlinked characteristic of the modernization process in South-Eastern Europe); Secret
Power in South-Eastern Europe (Ideas of Empire and Imperial influence; Diplomats and consuls as instruments of
influence on power; Creeds and hidden power; Espionage and intelligence in South-Eastern Europe).
Language: English
Deadline: May 31, 2010
Contact: Maria Baramova, University of Sofia “Sv. Kliment Ohridski” Faculty of History, 15 Tzar
Osvoboditel Blvd., 1504 Sofia, Bulgaria
(source: Internet)
The National Security of the Republic of Moldova in the Framework of the New European
Security Architecture
Date: October 8-9, 2010
Site: Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Organiser: The Institute of European Integration and Political Sciences of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova
Topics: Topics of the conference: Institutions and processes of international and regional security: theoretical and
practical aspects; Informational system and management of the international and national security; Achievements
and shortcomings of the Common Foreign and Security Policy; Geopolitics and Security in the Black Sea basin;
National Security Strategy of the South-Eastern Europe; Policies and national security strategies; The national

security of the Republic of Moldova; Opportunities and challenges for the national security of the Republic of
Language: Romanian, English, and Russian
Deadline: May 15, 2010
Contact: Pantelimon Varzari, Svetlana Ciumac, Institute of European Integration and Political Sciences of
the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, 1 Stefan cel Mare si Sfant ave., Chisinau, MD-2001, Moldova
Tel.: +373-22 27-05-37, 27-14-69
Fax: +373-22 27-05-37, 27-14-69
(source: Internet)
Facing Demographic Challenges
Date: October 11-15, 2010
Site: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Organiser: Joћef Stefan Institute
Topics: The beginning of the 21st century is facing developed countries with variety of demographic challenges.
The outcomes of the future demographic processes may influence lives of many people living on this region. How
to cope with these challenges, what are the current and future trends, new ideas? These are the questions that will
be discussed on the “Facing Demographic Challenges in Europe” conference. The conference is part of the 13 IS
2010 multiconference. It will provide an international forum for scientists, academicians, and professionals
presenting their latest research findings in the various fields of Information Society.
Language: English
Deadline: July 30, 2010
Contact: Matjaћ Gams, Jana Krivec (organizers)
(source: Internet)
Second edition of the International Conference on Alcoholism: Historical and Social Issues
Date: October 13-15, 2010
Site: Alba Iulia, Romania
Organiser: Alba County Council, National Museum of Unification, Alba Iulia, Romania; “1 Decembrie 1918″
University of Alba Iulia, Romania
Topics: The aim of the conference is to bring together historians, sociologists, psychologists, and physicians from
all over the world and to attract original papers on the following topics: History of Alcoholism: history of
production, distribution and consumption of alcohol; Social Issues of Alcoholism (social, cultural, psychological and
medical aspects).
Language: English
Deadline: June 20, 2010
Contact: Marius Rotar, “1 Decembrie 1918″, University of Alba Iulia
(source: Internet)
Beyond the Leaky Pipeline. Challenges for Research on Gender and Science
Date: October 19-20, 2010
Site: Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: The Study ‘Meta-analysis of gender and science research’
Topics: The main objective of the conference is to present the conclusions of the study and to discuss with experts
and policy-makers the possibilities and challenges for European and national research on gender and science and
policies towards gender equality in science. Based upon this central theme, the organizers invite papers addressing
the following topics: Horizontal and vertical segregation; Pay and funding; Stereotypes and identity; Science as a
labour activity; Scientific excellence; Gender in research content; Policies towards gender equality in research.
Language: English
Deadline: May 31, 2010
(source: Internet)
2010 Moscow Conference on Geopolitics: „Connecting Geography to Politics: 21st Century
Issues and Agendas”
Date: October 29-31, 2010
Site: Moscow, Russia
Organiser: The International Political Science Association, Research Committee on Geopolitics (RC-41), the
Russian Political Science Association and the International Republican Institute
Topics: The Conference schedule includes: An opening plenary session featuring an address by a distinguished
keynote speaker; three Workshops built around the following Themes: the Geopolitics of Energy Resources, the
Geopolitics of Democracy, Regional Rivalries and the Global Balance of Power; A concluding session and summary
of the proceedings. The organizers invite proposals for papers relating to any of these three themes from members
of the following disciplines: political science, international relations, international law, strategic studies, geography,
economics, sociology, contemporary history, environmentalism and regional studies.
Language: English
Deadline: May 30, 2010
Contact: Professor Aharon Klieman, Mr. Igor Okunev
(source: Internet)
1st Global Conference: The Value of Work
Date: November 5-7, 2010
Site: Prague, Czech Republic
Organiser: The Steering Group
Topics: This conference aims to bring together people from a wide range of disciplines, professions and vocations
to focus on a fundamental aspect of human life – work. Papers, workshops and presentations are invited on any of
the following themes: Understanding Work; The Evolution of Work; Harmful Work; Flourishing Work; Regaining
Fair and Valuable Work; Portrayals of Work; Exemplary Workers. The Steering Group particularly welcomes the
submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme.
Language: English
Deadline: May 28, 2010
Contact: Dr Rob Fisher, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Priory House, Wroslyn Road, Freeland, Oxfordshire, OX29
Tel.: +44 (0)1993 882087
Fax: +44 (0)870 4601132
(source: Internet)
Date: November 11-13, 2010
Site: Prague, Czech Republic
Organiser: Inter-Disciplinary.Net, A Global Network for Dynamic Research and Publishing
Topics: The conference is part of the Making Sense Of: series of research projects, which in turn belong to the
Probing the Boundaries programmes of Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas
and interests to share ideas and explore discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for
and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to
go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume. The conference aims to raise and assess a
variety of questions related to the nature of suffering, the origins of suffering, the ‘meaning’ of suffering,
explanations for suffering and responding to suffering. Papers, workshops, presentations and pre-formed panels
are invited on any of the following themes: What is Suffering? The Roots of Suffering; The Meaning of Suffering;
Explaining Suffering; Suffering and Practice; Suffering and Religion; Representing Suffering; Confronting Suffering.
Language: English
Fee: 245 Ј
Deadline: May 28, 2010
Contact: Abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs (see website)
(source: Internet)
Interdisciplinary Conference on Race
Date: November 11-13, 2010
Site: New Jersey, USA
Organiser: Monmouth University
Topics: Some of the questions this conference will address are: Why do the issues that surround race continue to
be important? Is race a useful construct? How are systems of racial classification and identity manifested in social
institutions and relationships? The organizers seek individual papers, panels, workshops, and posters that can
include but are not restricted to the following topics: Race and identity in different cultures; Race, gender,
ethnicity, colour, and class; Race in the Obama era; Race and diversity in higher education; The concept of post-
racialism in history and society; Race and popular culture; Race and urbanization; Race change[s]: Racial
formation, then and now; Race and identity in local and global perspective; Race, continuity, and change;
Implications of racial discourse; Race and ethnicity: similarities and differences; Race and power; Race, Gender,
Class; Race and Labour; Race in Politics.
Language: English
Deadline: June 01, 2010
Contact: Hettie V. Williams, Lecturer, African American History, Department of History and Anthropology
or Dr. Catherine Duckett, Associate Dean, School of Science
(source: Internet)
Nations, Regions, Organizations – Cultural Diversity as a Source of Integration and
Date: November 22-23, 2010
Site: Szczecin, Poland
Organiser: Institute of Sociology, University of Szczecin
Topics: The main scientific problem of this conference is to discuss the role of nations, regions and organizations
in creating cultural identity and search for the border where cultural diversity does not facilitate integration, or to
specify a level or degree of cultural diversity which is not functional any more. The organizers also suggest the
following themes: collective identity and Leeds of assimilation and differentiation; optimum cultural diversity;
national identity and regional identity; ethnic and national conflicts; intercultural, multicultural or transcultural?
ethnorenaissance, regionalization, globalization; migrations and intercultural communication; integration in
multicultural work teams; national culture vs. organizational culture; cultural engineering in organizations;
diversity management; global organizational culture?
Language: English
Deadline: June 15, 2010
Contact: Institute of Sociology, University of Szczecin, Krakowska St. 71-79, 71-017 Szczecin, Poland
Tel.: +48 91 444 32 39
(source: Internet)
Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2010: Regions and the Environment
Date: November 26, 2010
Site: London, UK
Organiser: The Regional Studies Association
Topics: Contributions are welcomed on the following themes: Climate change as a driver of regional policy; The
challenges of low carbon economies; Developing and evaluating sub-national policies for adaptation and mitigation;
Post-Copenhagen challenges for taking forward international and sub-national environmental policy; Post
‘Climategate’ challenges for public engagement in regional environmental policies; Planning, postpolitics and the
limits of consensus; Green infrastructure and the problems of ‘town cramming’; Regional and urban planning for
the environment; Strategies for local and regional resilience; Evaluation Urban Renaissance, Smart Growth;
Alternative approaches – transitions towns, low impact development zones, local food initiatives; Low carbon
zones; Environmental risk and public understanding of science; New sectoral approaches – regions and transport,
environmental protection, health, education; Planning, postpolitics and the challenges of consensus; Critical
analysis of tools for environmental policy; Ecological and carbon footprints – challenges for their regional and local
Language: English
Deadline: June 30, 2010
Contact: online conference abstract submission: https://www.regional-studies-
Tel.: +44 (0)1323 899 698
(source: Internet)
Remaking the Social. New Risks and Solidarities. The First International Conference of the
Society of Sociologists from Romania
Date: December 2-4, 2010
Site: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Organiser: The Society of Sociologists from Romania, The Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, “Babes-Bolyai”
University Cluj-Napoca
Topics: The conference aims to bring together scholars from various research areas within the larger scope of
sociology, who share an interest in the changes of the Romanian social context. The event is hosted by the Faculty
of Sociology and Social Work of the “Babes-Bolyai” Cluj-Napoca. Abstracts of papers proposed for presentation at
the conference are welcome in a wide-range of thematic sessions, listed below and described in detail on the web-
page of the conference.
Language: English/Romanian
Fee: 20 Euro (cover the booklet of the conference,

coffee breaks, the cultural event and the conference
Deadline: June 15, 2010. The list of accepted papers for oral presentation or as distributed papers will be
published on the web-page by the July 01, 2010.
Contact: Conference secretariat: Adela Fofiu and Bianca Fizesan (doctoral students), Faculty of Sociology
and Social Wok, “Babes-Bolyai” University Cluj-NapocaB-dul 21 Decembrie 1989 No. 128, Cluj-Napoca,
400604 – Romania
Tel./Fax: 0040-264-424674
(source: e-mail from the organizers)
Whatever Happened to North-South?
Date: February 16-19, 2010
Site: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Organiser: the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and the European Consortium of Political
Research (ECPR)
Topics: Applications for Sections and Panels are now invited. Applications may be submitted to any of four Themes
around which the Conference will be structured: Theme 1: Changing Patterns of Ir/regional Integration; Theme 2:
Political Regimes, Democratic Consolidation and the Quality of Democracy; Theme 3: Population Flows, Migration
and Social Change; Theme 4: Economic Trends, Political and Cultural Changes.
Language: English
Deadline: May 28, 2010
Contact: Dirk Nabers (Theme 1); Thomas Poguntke (Theme 2); Rachel Meneguello (Theme 3); Lucio
Rennу (Theme 4)
Tel.: +1 (514) 848-8748
E-mail: for general enquires:; (Theme 1); (Theme 2); (Theme 3); (Theme 4)
(source: Internet)
Call for papers
Creating Knowledge—A Theory-Building Workshop in Case-Reconstructive Research in the
Social Sciences
Date: November 19-20, 2010
Site: Goettingen, Germany
Organiser: Funded by the KMU-Netzwerk der Gцttinger Graduiertenschule Gesellschaftswissenschaften (SME-
Network of the Gцttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences), with the support of the European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF) “Europa fцrdert Niedersachsen” and in cooperation with the Center of Methods in Social
Sciences (MZS) at the University of Goettingen
Topics: The English-speaking plenary session—key speakers include figurational sociologist Cas Wouters and,
representing the sociology of knowledge, Roswitha Breckner—will begin by addressing questions of theory
production with a focus on the methodological implications. In the second part of the workshop on Saturday, junior
researchers will address the challenges of theoretical generalization within the framework of case reconstructive
research by presenting their individual research projects and discussing these issues with other doctoral
candidates. There will be four sessions each with a different focus. In this manner, it will be possible to deal with
methodological questions based on the example of specific content-related issues. Possible thematic foci include:
Ethno-political conflicts; Collective belonging; Societies of transformation; Processes of re-ethnization; Migration,
participation, and social involvement; Methodological questions such as the triangulation of methods. Other topics
dealing with the workshop’s methodology are also welcome.
Language: English, German
Deadline: June 13, 2010
(source: e-mail from the organizers)

Call for papers
Summer Schools
2nd JM-CETRO summer school 2010: The Globalisation of Innovation. Co-operation in and
between Organisations
Date: August 1-6, 2010
Site: Oldenburg, Germany
Organiser: The Jean Monnet Centre for Europeanisation and Transnational Regulations Oldenburg (CETRO)
Topics: The JM-CETRO summer school aims at bringing together advanced doctoral students who are in the final
phase of their PhD or have completed most recently. The summer school aims at contributions from social
sciences, economics, geography and business studies discussing possibilities and limitations of cross-border
exchange and learning processes. The summer school intends to be a platform for young researchers to start
forming international research networks and initiate common, international and interdisciplinary research or
publication projects. All papers will be published in the JM-CETRO working paper series. The organizers also plan a
joint international publication of the best contributions to the workshop, depending on the overall quality of the
Language: English
Deadline: May 10, 2010
(source: Internet)
Call for papers
A special issue of the Journal of Comparative Family Studies: Whatever Happened to
Hajnal’s Line. ‘East-European’ Family Patterns, Historical Context and New Developments
Place of publication: Calgary, Canada
Type of publication: print, online
Publication date: 2012
Published by/ edited by: Department of Sociology, University of Calgary
Topics: The Journal of Comparative Family Studies hereby invites contributions for a special issue on the topic:
“‘East-European’ Family Patterns, Historical Context and New Developments”. This special issue proposes a
discussion of the validity of an ‘Eastern’ versus ‘Western’ type of family as a distinct analytic category in family
studies in Europe. Specifically, we seek to address, among others, the following questions: How useful is this
distinction nowadays within the European context? Does history continue to play an important role in shaping the
household and family characteristics in Eastern as opposed to Western Europe? Is there (has ever been) an Eastern
European pattern of family? Do countries from Eastern Europe have a common family pattern? How are they
different from the Western European ones? How does history shape family systems in Eastern Europe? How have
the post-1990s changes affected the family ties in these countries? How relevant is Hajnal’s line today? Rather
than separate case studies, a comparative (in terms of time span, between countries of the region or in comparison
with other regions) and interdisciplinary perspective is preferred.
Deadline: November 01, 2010
Contact: Cristina Bradatan, Texas Tech University, MS 41012, Holden Hall 158, Lubbock, TX 79409-1012
(source: Internet)
Business in Ukraine, Ukraine Worldwide, Ukrainian economy
Type of publication: online
Published by/ edited by: Forum Ukraine
Topics: Forum Ukraine invites papers that explore Ukrainian Economics History, Culture, Arts, Business, Religion,
Sports, Government, and Politics in Ukraine and around the world issues from both theoretical and practical
perspectives. Objectives are to create a forum for academic exchange research in the area of Ukrainian studies,
Education and Knowledge Transfer.
Deadline: September 30, 2010
Contact: Dr Olena Lesik
Tel.: +358 40 9603085
(source: e-mail from the organizers)

MA programmes at the Centre for European Studies
Institution/Organiser: Centre for European Studies of the Jagiellonian University Krakow
Kind of support/work: MA programme
Site: Krakow, Poland
Topics: The following specialisations are available: EU studies; Central and Eastern European Studies;
Europeanisation and Governance in Central Eastern Europe. These are high–level postgraduate degree
programmes taught in English which aim to provide graduate students with interdisciplinary knowledge,
information and expertise in European affairs, building understanding of the political, economic and cultural
character of both the region of Central and Eastern Europe and the European project which today provides its
context. Students follow core, specialisation and optional classes in an array of fields according to their interests,
including politics, EU affairs, literature, history, economics and Jewish studies over the course of two to four
semesters of study. Language classes, an MA seminar and an MA thesis are also elements of the programme.
Eligibility: All candidates for the Centre for European Studies MA programme must either hold a BA degree from a
recognised and accredited University, or an equivalent first-cycle degree earned in countries where BA degrees are
not offered.
Deadline: May 15, 2010
Contact: Jagiellonian University Candidate Registration System

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