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08-09 April 2015

Participation is welcome for both.

Together with the Sociology Department of Liverpool University and the Architecture Department of Liverpool John Moores University, Architecture MPS is organising a two day interdisciplinary conference on the theme of affordable housing provision. Forming part of a broader program of international events, Housing – Critical Futures, it is open to activists, artists and academics of all disciplines. It is set in the UK but seeks to link with global issues.

Against a background of disparate policy interventions, resistances, contradictions and conflict, the questions we are asking are multiple: How are elite, privatised residential developments reshaping urban space? How have recent policy interventions impacted on the social lives of neighbourhoods? What are some of the ways in which architects have responded to affordable housing crises? What insights can politically-engaged art projects bring to bear in this context? How have sociological studies sought to make sense of the local contexts into which wider structural issues are inflected? What role will states have in the housing solutions of the future? How can architects work with existing building stock to help sustain communities under threat? How have local activists ensured their voice is heard in the context of gentrifiying cities? What role is there for critical planning theory vis-à-vis housing?

A range of options are available to those wishing to present. We welcome submissions for Conference Presentations (20 minutes); Full Written Papers (3,000 words); and a range of alternative proposals, such as 5 minute Pecha Kucha talks; short film screenings; photographic essays; installations etc. You are invited to propose other options.

Key Dates:
12 December 2014: Abstract Submissions
20 December 2014: Abstract Feedback
20 March 2015: Full Paper Submissions (where applicable)
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Wednesday 10th – Friday 12th September 2014

Aston University, Birmingham

We look forward to welcoming you to our 46th Annual Conference.

We are pleased to announce Professor Arthur Frank University of Calgary and Dr.Tiago Moreira, Durham University have agreed to be our plenary speakers at the 2014 conference.

We welcome abstract submissions for oral presentation, poster presentations and symposia / special events structured around the stream which are listed below, however to accommodate increasing numbers of abstracts and to ensure more people have the opportunity to present and share their work with the medical sociology community, we will be trialling some new formats for oral papers during the 2014 conference.  This may include traditional formats such as round table discussions as well as more creative approaches, so presenters have the opportunity to discuss ideas ranging from initial thoughts through to completed studies. We would particularly encourage presenters wishing to present ‘work in progress’ to indicate this on their abstract submission. We look forward to providing you with more details about this in the coming months.


1. Citizenship and health

2. Complementary and alternative medicines

3. Critical public health

4. Embodiment and emotion

5. Ethics

6. Ethnicity

7. Experiences of health and illness

8. Gender

9. Health policy

10. Health care organisation

11. Health service delivery

12. Inequalities

13. Lifecourse – reproductive health; chronic conditions; ageing; death and dying

14. Mental Health

15. Methods

16. Open

17. Patient – professional interaction

18. Pharmaceuticals

19. Politics of health

20. Professions

21. Risk

22. Screening and diagnosis

23. STS and medicine

24. Teaching medical sociology

25. Theory

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The abstract submission deadline is 17th April 2014.

Abstracts received after this date will not be considered.


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Food, glorious food

Food, glorious food


BSA Food Study Group Conference:

Food & Society 2014

Monday 30 June 2014, 09:00-19:30

British Library Conference Centre, London

Keynote speaker: Professor Lotte Holm, Institute of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen


Call for Abstracts

Poor diet, levels of food waste and intensification of agriculture are key themes in contemporary food research and policy making, yet they can appear disconnected from everyday social practices and the lived experiences of food and food systems. The fourth BSA Food Study Group conference will bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to explore this apparent disconnect and showcase the most cutting edge research and practice from within and beyond the sociology of food.

‘Why do people fail to comply with ‘healthy eating’ advice?’ is a central question for public health policy makers. However it is one which generally fails to acknowledge that for consumers, food is also about pleasure and plays an ideological role in constituting family life. What, therefore, can social science tell us about food and eating in everyday life? To what extent are individuals responsible for their unhealthy or unethical eating practices and is it reasonable for them to be ‘blamed’? What is the significance of the social contexts in which lives are lived? How do emotions and ideas about food, pleasure and commensality influence food practices, over and above official dietary advice? What criteria do different groups of consumers use in selecting foods; are issues of provenance, safety and ethics the preserve of the few? What part can and should be played by food policy makers, manufacturers and retailers in addressing food related health and environmental inequalities? And what can industry, policy and academia learn from each other about the so-called ‘gap’ between knowledge and individual ‘behaviour’ and practices? The conference will bring delegates together around these – and other – issues to discuss what is important in food research now.

Call for Abstracts, Symposia, Posters and Images

The conference will provide a forum for the presentation of rigorous research on food and eating from sociology and other disciplines, looking at experiences in both the Global South and North. The presentation of research from related disciplines and topics is welcomed. Particular focus will be placed on the conference themes:

– The enjoyment of food, consumption preparation and eating

– Food ethics including food insecurity and waste

– Production and consumption, including global dimensions

– Procurement and institutional food

– Food health, obesity, morality

– Children’s food and breastfeeding

– Food and related policy (responses and interventions)

– Food and Public Health

We invite abstracts for oral papers lasting 20 minutes, with 10 minutes to follow for questions, and for posters. As in previous years a prize will be awarded for the poster which delegates agree best communicates its aims, methods, findings and conclusions.

We also invite abstracts for symposia with a maximum of three connected papers of relevance to the conference theme.

Acknowledging the methodological diversity of delegates’ research, we also invite the submission of original fieldwork photographs which reflect a research project. These should be submitted with captions of no more than 30 words.

Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday 14 March 2014

Online abstract submission at:

Please direct any academic enquiries to the Food Study Group co-convenors:

Hannah Lambie-Mumford:

Rebecca O’Connell:

Andrea Tonner:

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Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 July 2014

(Postgraduate Workshop: Tuesday 1 July 2014)

University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Keynote speakers: Professor Manuel Vásquez, Professor Sophie Watson and Professor John Wolffe

A long-standing assumption in the sociology of religion is that there is a correlation between religious resurgence and intense moments of political, economic and socio-cultural crisis. We are living at such a moment of crisis now. A crisis of trust between experts, leaders, elites and emergent publics has led to a moment of profound disjuncture and given rise to possibilities for new religious and spiritual solidarities and connectivities as well as conflict. This conference call seeks papers engaged in empirical, theoretical and methodological research in the sociology of religion and related disciplines that address, in innovative and imaginative ways, the following themes:

Religion and austerity * Religion and debt * Religion and money * Religion and the gift * Religion and capitalism/neo-liberalism * Religion and the state * Religion and the environment * Religious resurgence, religious decline * Religion and critical theory * Religion, citizens and publics * Religion and social movements * Religion and media * Religion, space and place.

We invite proposals for conference papers (300 words), panels (3-4 papers on a shared theme, 750 words) and posters (200 words). Alternative formats will also be considered. Abstracts must be submitted by FRIDAY 31 JANUARY 2014 to Dr Marion Bowman and Dr Paul-François Tremlett at

Bursaries are available for postgraduate/early career scholars.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Political Ecology and Environmental Sociology: Towards Productive Engagement or Sustaining the Contract of Mutual Indifference?


Alan Rudy, Damian White, Christopher Oliver and Brian Gareau

The political ecologist Piers Blackie has observed in a stock-taking of political ecology that “a review of Environmental Sociology, a textbook by Hannigan, finds no mention of Political Ecology and yet most of its contents might well be claimed as Political Ecology” (Blackie, 2008: 772). One could similarly work through many political ecology textbooks and find little or no discussion of environmental sociology. Given the ritualistic appeals to “inter-disciplinarity” in the environmental social sciences, how can we account for the extra-ordinary disengagement between political ecology and environmental sociology? How can these seemingly overlapping and aligned sub-disciplines largely ignore each other? Why has political ecology taken socio-natural hybridity, post-human ethics and non-equilibrium ecologies so much more seriously than US environmental sociology has? Why is it that understandings of the relationship between capital and ecology are widely divergent between environmental sociologists and political ecologists? Are both fields increasingly disabled by their dis-engagement with each other?

Attempting to do justice to the diverse amalgam of movements, institutions and disciplines that have contributed to the many methods and foci involved, this panel will explore this strange contract of mutual indifference from a number of perspectives, e.g.

1.    Northern attitude and policy research relative to Southern development and ethnographic studies;

2.    Durkheimian empiricist, realist Marxist and neo-Malthusian approaches contrasted with relational Marxist, materialist feminist and post structuralist currents;

3.    Critical takes on risk society and the democratization of the state versus bureaucratic management derived from risk science-based policy;

4.     Local and lay knowledge leading in directions quite different than those of green neoliberalism;

5.    The primary roots of US environmental sociology in rural sociology versus political ecology’s founding of political ecology in European development geography.

The panel will consist of a series of short pieces (3000 words) en route to an open discussion. The aims of the panel will be to gain great understanding of the blockages that prevent broader engagements between political ecology and environmental sociology. It will also consider how we might imagine more productive relations between political ecology and environmental sociology.

Please submit proposed title and abstract to Alan Rudy Damian White, Chris Oliver and Brian Gareau by December 1st 2013




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Call for Papers

Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th September 2013

University of York


We look forward to welcoming you to our 45th Annual Conference.

We are pleased to announce Professor Catherine Pope University of Southampton, Professor Sarah Cunningham – Burley, University of Edinburgh have agreed to be our plenary speakers at the 2013 conference.


Papers, posters and other forms of presentation will be structured around streams that include:

1.                 Cancer

2.                 Citizenship and health

3.                 Complementary and alternative medicines

4.                 Critical public health

5.                 Embodiment and emotion

6.                 Ethics

7.                 Ethnicity

8.                 Experiences of health and illness

9.                 Evidence

10.               Gender

11.               Health policy

12.               Health service delivery

13.               Health care organisation

14.               Individual, Collective and Global Risk

15.               Inequalities

16.               Lifecourse – reproductive health; chronic conditions; ageing; death and dying

17.               Mental Health

18.               Methods

19.               Open

20.               Patient – professional interaction

21.               Pharmaceuticals

22.               Politics of health

23.               Professions

24.               Risk

25.               Screening and diagnosis

26.               STS and medicine

27.               Theory

28.               Teaching Medical Sociology


We welcome abstract submissions for oral presentations, poster presentations and symposia/special events

Further details and abstract submission forms are available from: and

The abstract submission deadline is 26th April 2013.

Abstracts received after this date will not be considered.




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BSA Postgraduate Conference – ‘Who and what is management for?’

The University of Leicester School of Management is running a one day BSA postgraduate conference on 10 January 2013.

The cost to BSA members is £10, and £25 to non-BSA members. This money goes towards lunch, drinks and a post-conference dinner for all attendees.

Event booking is via the BSA website and must be made by 4 January 2013 at the latest.


Date: 10 January 2013.


Please contact Juan Espinosa Cristia for more information or join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.



The conference is broadly themed around Critical Management, based on the multi-disciplinary ‘Leicester Model’ that draws from across the social sciences. Unlike mainstream Business Schools, at Leicester we are concerned with challenging the status quo and giving voice to those individuals, groups and societies who are traditionally overlooked in global management.

Provisional Programme

The provisional programme is available here.


1. Equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Building on our global, critical and multi-disciplinary approach we welcome research in the fields of equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Topics might include leadership, diversity, equality, employment law, workplace violence, the career experiences of minorities and the labour process in developing countries. Participants should focus on the values that global management does, or does not, ascribe to difference.

2. Critical finance. Critiques of mainstream macroeconomics, financialisation and modern finance theory are welcome. Suggested topics include global financial reform, post-Bretton Woods institutions, ‘risk-free’ rates of return, stock-flow modelling and central banking theory. Empirical contributions might study alternative economies, or describe financial crises from the perspective of disadvantaged groups.

3. Social studies of management and organisation. Building on Science and Technology Studies, this stream invites contributions in the use of ‘market devices’ and ‘organising devices’; other actor-network approaches; and anthropological, ethnographic and sociological studies of organisations.


Respondents and Speakers

Fiona Wilson, Professor of Organisation Behaviour, GlasgowUniversityBusinessSchool

Fiona Wilson’s research focuses on the relationships between men and women at work. She has been involved in research on romance at work, gender and the professions and sexual harassment. She recently finished a project on banks’ lending to male and female business owners.

Malcolm Sawyer, Professor of Economics, Leeds University Business School

Malcolm Sawyer is the author of 11 books, has edited 24, and contributed to over 100 chapters. He has published 90 papers in refereed journals. His research interests are in macroeconomics, fiscal and monetary policy, the political economy of the European Monetary Union, nature of money, causes and concepts of unemployment, and the economics of Michal Kalecki.

Daniel Neyland, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University Management School

Daniel Neyland’s research interests cover governance, accountability and ethics in the form of science, technology and organization. He draws on ethnomethodology, science and technology studies, constructivism, Actor-Network Theory and the recent STS turn to markets.

Javier Lezaun, Lecturer, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford

Javier Lezaun’s research interests focus on the legal, political and social dimensions of techno-scientific change, particularly in the life sciences and biomedicine.


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The University of Leicester can be easily reached by rail, bus and road. From the railway station there is almost a traffic free walk of less than a mile.


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The theme for the 2013 Annual Conference is: Engaging Sociology.  The conference will take place at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London from 3-5 April 2013. 

This conference highlights Sociology’s contribution as it engages with topical issues affecting contemporary society – whether this is the recent riots, the financial crisis, climate change, social mobility, the Big Society, or the London Olympics.  Presentations from scholars throughout the UK (and beyond) demonstrate the value of engaging with sociological theory, combined with rigorous methodological approaches, in illuminating how these compelling issues impact on us all – over the life course; in the domestic sphere; in our communities and localities; in our dealings with institutions (the worlds of work, education, the arts and media; the justice system, religion, politics and the State); through our leisure pursuits and sport; via civic participation and political involvement; and as members of a European and global society. Fifteen concurrent streams (including, for example, social divisions/identities; cities, space, mobilities & place; media, culture & consumption) allow delegates to focus on specific interests. Our engaging plenaries bring delegates together, encouraging broader sociological debate and providing an opportunity to explore synergies with other disciplines.

The 2013 annual conference promises to be dynamic, informative, inspiring and is definitely not to be missed.  

Our themes are deliberately broad and all-encompassing, designed to appeal to the entire spectrum of sociologists and stimulate lively debate.  You are at the heart of the discipline. Your voice is important. Join the finest scholars from across the globe to lead the debate. Policy makers are coming to hear what you – the people with real experience – have to say.


Who should attend?

* Senior academics looking to engage in a lively, stimulating debate with peers and bright new stars.

* Researchers looking to connect with like-minded colleagues.

* Teachers looking for new ideas and inspiration.

* Students looking and learn from experts and Postgraduates looking to present and get ideas on their research.

* Policy-makers looking for scientific facts to back or steer their ideas or to develop new directions in policy.

* Anyone looking to engage with the wider sociological community.

The aims of this conference are: to showcase the latest sociological research; to attract a concentration of international specialists in our major research fields; to provide a forum in which to discuss the teaching of sociology and the professional practice of being a sociologist; and to facilitate debate, networking and professional development opportunities.

The BSA annual conference is the primary annual conference for sociology in the UK with opportunities for everyone connected to the discipline.



Engaging Sociology: Are you engaging with topical issues affecting contemporary society?

Submit your abstract for the BSA Annual Conference 2013

To find out more about the BSA Annual Conference 2013, or to submit an abstract, please visit our website:

The conference promises to be yet another dynamic, informative, inspiring meeting of minds and is definitely not to be missed.

Deadline for abstract submissions: Midnight on Friday 5 October 2012.

SUBMIT Your Abstract online NOW!

3-5 April 2013
BSA Annual Conference:  Engaging Sociology
Grand Connaught Rooms, London




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Final Call for Papers

Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th September 2012

University of Leicester

 We look forward to welcoming you to our 44th Annual Conference.

 We are pleased to announce Kathy Charmaz, Sonoma State University, San Franciscoand David Armstrong, King’s College London have agreed to be our plenary speakers at the 2012 conference.

Papers, posters and other forms of presentation will be structured around streams that include:

1.       Cancer

2.       Citizenship and health

3.       Complementary and alternative medicines

4.       Critical public health

5.       Embodiment and emotion

6.       Ethics

7.       Ethnicity

8.       Experiences of health and illness

9.       Evidence

10.   Gender

11.   Health policy

12.   Health service delivery

13.   Health care organisation

14.   Screening and diagnosis

15.   STS and medicine

16.   Individual, collective and global risk

17.   Inequalities

18.   Life course – reproductive health: chronic conditions: ageing; death and dying

19.   Mental health

20.   Methods

21.   Patient – professional interaction

22.   Pharmaceuticals

23.   Politics of health

24.   Professions

25.   Theory

26.    Open


We welcome abstract submissions for oral presentations, poster presentations and symposia/special events

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The abstract submission deadline is 20th April 2012.

Abstracts received after this date will not be considered.


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In 2012 Work, Employment and Society celebrates 25 successful years of publishing quality research in the sociology of work and employment!

To mark this landmark, we are planning a series of activities to mark the WES contributions to debates in work and employment over the last 25 years. The celebrations will culminate in a Special Issue of the journal to be published in February 2013.

The Editors are inviting submissions for consideration in the 25-year Special Issue. Submissions should either reflect on key debates launched by WES, review ‘hot topics’ of interest to scholars of work and employment or analyse the ‘direction of travel’ of the sociology of work and employment over the past 25 years. Papers that are broad in scope, review extant WES debates or re-appraise seminal WES contributions will be particularly welcome.

Read the full call for papers, including key topics of interest:

Submission details:

Extended Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2012

Word limit: 8000 words (including references, abstract, keywords, images/tables)

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*Full submission instructions are available on the website on the ‘Instructions and Forms’ page. Please read these in full well before submitting your manuscript.

Interested in some of the other WES activities? Stay tuned to BSA Publications for details and look out for the February 2012 issue of WES.


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University of Leeds

11-13 April 2012


Financial crisis. Social upheaval. Political unrest. One thing’s for certain: the world is changing. And it’s changing fast.

Be better informed.

This year, we’re offering you the unmissable opportunity to hear from Zygmunt Bauman, who joins our expert panel of keynote speakers for challenging and hard-hitting presentations with Michael Burawoy, Stephen Ackroyd, Rosemary Batt and John Brewer.

And, you won’t want to miss the exclusive screenings of ‘The Trouble with being Human These Days’, a film about the work of Zygmunt Bauman.

We may be talking austerity, but we’re not giving in to it. This will be our most dynamic, challenging, inspiring event yet.

Don’t miss out. Book today.

Whether you’re a postgraduate, researcher, teacher or senior academic, there’s plenty of reasons why our 2012 event is even more unmissable than our last. With networking opportunities, learning opportunities and the chance to simply engage with your peers, there’s something for everyone at this year’s conference.

Don’t delay. Book your place today.

11-13 April 2012
BSA Annual Conference 2012: Sociology in an Age of Austerity
University ofLeeds


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Communication, Crisis, and Critique in Contemporary Capitalism
Conference of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network 18 – Sociology of Communications and Media Research

October 18-20, 2012.

University of the Basque Country, Bilbao


Keynote Talk: Professor Peter Golding (Northumbria University,UK) – Why a Sociologist should take Communications and Media Seriously

In the presentation of this paper, Peter Golding will reflect on why the study of communications and media demands the insights and methods of sociology, and why RN18 therefore is an appropriate network within the European Sociological Association. He will present reflections on how such key sociological concerns as inequality, identity, power, and change are at the heart of the questions we should be posing in addressing the nature and role of the media as institutions and communications as a social process. The paper will also address how far changes in the technologies of media and communications alter, or should alter, our approach to generating research and insight in this field.
Peter Golding is pro-vice chancellor of research & innovation at Northumbria University, founder and honorary chair of ESA RN18.

Call for Submissions and Participation
We are living in times of global capitalist crisis that require rethinking the ways we organize society, communication, the media, and our lives. The current crisis seems to a certain degree be different compared to previous ones, among other reasons due to the role of mediated communication and information in establishing/changing economic, political, and social relations as well as the crisis itself. The crisis can also be seen as crisis of what has been called consumer capitalism or informational capitalism. More precisely it has resulted on the one hand in a hyper-neoliberal intensification of neo-conservative policies and on the other hand in the emergence of new popular movements that are critical of the commodification of everything and demand the strengthening of society’s commons. The second movement has in the social sciences been accompanied by a renewed interest in critical studies, the critique and analysis of class and capitalism, and critical political economy. The overall goal of this conference is to foster scholarly presentations, networking, and exchange on the question of which transitions media and communication and media sociology are undergoing in contemporary society. The conference particularly welcomes contributions that are inspired by sociological theories, critical studies, and various strands and traditions of the critical study of media & society.

Questions that can be covered by presentations include, but are not limited to:

* What is a crisis? What forms of crisis are there? How do they relate to capitalism and communication?

* How have the media presented the crisis? Which similarities and differences in crisis reporting are there between different media (television, press, and new media) or between media in different countries?

* How has the crisis affected various media and cultural industries? What is the role of changing media technology in the economic crisis? How has the media economy changed since the start of the crisis in 2008? How have advertising investments, profits, market values, etc developed in the media economy since the start of the crisis? How has the global expansion of media industries been reshaped by the crisis and what is the future of global media and news agencies? What changes can be traced in the production of news and other media content? Are there changes in the nature of media products?

* What is the role of media and communication technologies in the financialization, acceleration, and globalization of the capitalist economy? How can a post-crisis media economy look like? How has advertising favoured a climate of private consumer debt?

* What are the ideological implications of the crisis for mediascapes? Which ideological discourses do companies, CEOs, managers, or neoliberal politicians use for justifying their interests, lay-offs, high bonuses, inequalities, etc and how are these discourses represented by the media or in strategic company reports? How are hyper-neoliberal crisis policy responses (“socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor” in the form of bank bail outs and budget cuts in areas like welfare, education, social security, health care, etc) ideologically justified and how do the media represent such ideologies? What is the role of finance capital in the media and cultural industries? Which hegemonic, alternative, or contradictory interpretations and reception practices of media content that relates to the crisis are there? Which ideologies and myths underlie the capitalist crisis?

* What is the role of media, communication, critical journalism, and alternative media in contemporary uproars, riots, rebellions, social movements, protests, demonstrations, and revolutions?

* How do identities and mediated identities change in times of crisis? How should one think about the relationship of economy and culture in light of the capitalist crisis? What is the relationship of class and identities and of politics of redistribution and recognition today? How do we have to rethink and reshape the relation between political economy and cultural studies in the light of capitalist crisis in order to adequately study the media and communication?

* How is the public sphere changing in the light of the global crisis? What are perspectives for politics, participation, and democracy today and how do these perspectives relate to the media and communication? Is the role of media in democracy changing? If so, how? Are media a distinct player in politics? If the established media form an estate of power in democracy, do we today new a new estate of power? If so, how could it look like?

* What are the causes, realities, and consequences of the commodification of the communication commons? What are alternatives to the commodification of the communication commons? How can one strengthen and create public media and commons-based forms of communication? What are the relationships and differences between the commodity logic, the gift logic, and the logic of public goods and how do these logics shape the media?

* How do contemporary societal trends, such as integration, diversity and conflicts in Europe and the world, transnationalism and networking, digitization, informatization, globalization, glocalization, prosumption, neoliberalism, privatization and commodification, migration, racism, changing gender relations, consumer and advertising culture, warfare, terrorism, the new imperialism, surveillance, social movement protests, global societal risks, the strengthening of right-wing extremist and fascist movements, or the anti-corporate movement and other movements, shape media and communication and how do media and communication in turn shape society in times of crisis and transition?

* What are the tasks, roles, responsibilities, and identities of the sociology of media and communication in a society that is facing deep crisis? What is the actual or potential role of critique, ethics, struggles, counter-power, resistance, protest, civil society, and social movements in contemporary societies and contemporary communications?

* What are the major trends that shape contemporary society and how are these trends related to mediated communication and knowledge production? In what society do we live? What society do we desire to have? What forms of media and communication do we find in contemporary society? What forms of media and communication do we desire and how must society change in order to achieve these goals?

* What are the major trends in respect to crisis, communication, and critique in Europe? What are the major trends in respect to crisis, communication, and critique in other parts of the world?

* How do different companies and organizations make use of different information transmission technologies? What is the role of high speed financial flows and associated transmission networks in the finance industry? How (in)visible are these flows?


An abstract of 200-250 words should be sent to Dr. Romina Surugiu, University of Bucharest, at the following e-mail address: Please insert the words Bilbao in the subject. The deadline for abstract submission is May 31st 2012. 


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