CfP Sixth Annual Conference of the Leibniz Institute (IOS), Regensburg, 2018

Sixth Annual Conference of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg

Social Policy in East and Southeast Europe in Past and Present: Demographic Challenges and Patterns of Inclusion and Exclusion

June 21–23 2018, IOS, Regensburg (Germany)

The concept of social welfare is one of the defining features of modernity in East and Southeast Europe. From the blueprint independent welfare systems established by the nationalising post-imperial states, over the supposedly distinctive social security and redistribution systems under communism to the challenging and economically burdensome post-communist transition, social welfare has come to encompass defining components of state-society relations and human involvement therein. Traditional income maintenance, family and pension policy, as well as health care, education and housing programmes all affect societal dynamics in fundamental ways.

This conference will explore two particular issues in this broader field. First, it will study social policies in relation to demographic dynamics and address social policy as a response to and at the same time attempt to manage demographic challenges. How do social policies in East and Southeast Europe respond to and manage challenges related to age structure, natality and migration?

A second topic of concern are the patterns of social exclusion and inclusion that underlie social policies. To what extent does the redistribution of income through social policy address or generate social inequalities and what are its social and political repercussions? How does social policy interact with gender and ethnicity?

The conferences welcomes presentations that address one or both of the issues above, with particular focus on the following domains:

  • Family policy;
  • Pension policy;
  • Income maintenance programmes;
  • Poverty reduction;
  • Redistribution policies in housing, education and health care policies;
  • Political, institutional and ideological continuities and transformations;

The conference aims to facilitate a multi-disciplinary dialogue between scholars from history, economics, and related fields of the humanities and social sciences. The conference seeks to complement contemporary social policy studies with historical research concentrating on the period from the 19th century to the present. The geographic focus lies on East and Southeast Europe.

Keynote speakers:

Malgorzata Fidelis (Department of History, University of Illinois, Chicago)

Pieter Vanhuysse (Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark, Odense)

Important dates:

January 19, 2018 Deadline for application submissions

February 23, 2018 Notification of acceptance

June 7, 2018 Deadline for full paper submissions (to be disseminated to the discussants)

Applications should be sent to annualconference@ios-regensburg.de (in Word or PDF format) and include:

  • an abstract (max. 300 words)
  • a one-page CV including institutional affiliation and contact details.

The conference language is English. IOS Regensburg will cover travel (up to 500 EUR) and accommodation costs of presenters.

Conveners: Alzbeta Mangarella, Ekaterina Skoglund, Pieter Troch.

Dr. Pieter Troch

Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Landshuter Str. 4, 93047 Regensburg, Germany

Tel.: +49-941-943-5485

E-mail: troch@ios-regensburg.de

SGEU Conference, Sciences Po Paris, 13–15 June 2018

This year’s conference theme: Contradictions – Whither the Political, Economic and Social Integration of Europe?

For some years, pundits have said that the European Union has been under stress and showing resilience, undergoing ‘crises’ requiring adaptation. Social scientists are trying to understand how current political tensions and policy contradictions affect the European project now that the ‘permissive consensus’ has come to an end, and the EU post-Lisbon ‘constitutional compromise’ looks fragile.

Scholars have been reflecting on the state of European integration with a diachronic perspective based on empirical work or theoretical endeavours. They shed light on the EU as a set of institutions and policies with elites and interest groups embedded in a wider international context. Analysis of the EU as a source of political cleavage are key to understanding populism, party realignment, territorial tensions in many member states, against the backdrop of inequalities within and across member states.

This conference will address the complex relationship between socioeconomic dynamics and EU developments, to understand the bases of political integration and its potential effects. Are the terms ‘European society’ or ‘European economy’ constructs reflecting an empirical reality and can they be linked to EU policies? In this era of ‘lost illusions’, our Paris meeting will also engage with debates in political, legal and social theory around key concepts including democracy, the rule of law, and legitimacy.

The conference provides space for researchers from various backgrounds – political science, history, sociology, law, anthropology, philosophy, geography, economics – to present and discuss cutting-edge research focused on the pressing questions of European integration. The ECPR’s Standing Group on the European Union is committed to methodological pluralism, and encourages dialogue across academic disciplines.

Website: https://ecpr.eu/Events/EventDetails.aspx?EventID=124 

For further information, contact the Events Team / +44 (0)1206 630049

  @ecpr_sgeu #sgeu18

CfP Social Change Review, Issue 1/2017

Social Change Review (SCR) is a peer-reviewed, open access international journal. It is edited by the Sociology and Social Work Unit of the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu in partnership with Newman University, Birmingham. It aims to provide a forum for research and scientific debates on a wide range of topics related to social change and transformation within contemporary societies. The journal explores social, cultural, and political change from various perspectives within the larger field of social sciences. Both empirical-based (quantitative or qualitative approaches) and theoretical contributions are welcome.

Social Change Review is covered by Baidu Scholar, CEEOL – Central and Eastern European Online Library, CEJSH (The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities), Celdes, CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), CNPIEC, DOAJ, EBSCO (relevant databases), EBSCO Discovery Service, ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences), Genamics JournalSeek, Google Scholar, J-Gate, JournalTOCs, Naviga (Softweco), Primo Central (ExLibris), ReadCube, Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), ResearchGate, Summon (Serials Solutions/ProQuest), TDOne (TDNet), Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb, WorldCat (OCLC).

Issue 1/2017 of Social Change Review is open to a large variety of topics related to social change and may include: research articles, research essays, research notes, and book reviews.

We welcome manuscripts of all authors wishing to publish in Social Change Review. The manuscripts should be submitted through our online manuscript submission site (http://www.socialchangereview.ro/) or as e-mailed document attachments to scr@socialchangereview.ro.

Deadline for submissions: the deadline for initial receipt of manuscripts is 20 June 2017.

For more information please contact the editorial board at: scr@socialchangereview.ro, or visit the web pages: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/scrhttp://socialchangereview.ro.

Conferința Națională a Tinerilor Cercetători (CNTC 2017)

Romanian Association of Young Scholars are plăcerea de a vă invita la cea de a doua ediție aConferinței Naționale a Tinerilor Cercetători (CNTC 2017). Evenimentul va avea loc în data de17 iunie 2017, la Centrul de Conferinte al RIN Grand Hotel (****) de pe Sos. Vitan – Barzesti, nr. 7D, Bucuresti și este co-organizat în parteneriat cu Facultatea de Științe Politice din cadrul Școlii Naționale de Studii Politice și Administrative, Institutul de Cercetare a Calității Vieții al Academiei Române, Centrul de Cercetare în Etică Aplicată din cadrul Facultății de Filosofie a Universității din București și Facultatea de Relații Economice Internaționale a Academiei de Studii Economice.

Cu această ocazie invităm cercetători, cadre didactice universitare, doctoranzi și masteranzi din următoarele domenii: științe politice, istorie, drept, sociologie, filosofie, litere, jurnalism și economie să își trimită propunerile, pe oricare dintre temele cuprinse în apelul la contribuții, până la data de 21 mai 2017.

La finalul fiecărei secțiuni, toți participanții vor primi un certificat de participare din partea Romanian Association of Young Scholars și a instituției co-organizatoare a secțiunii. De asemenea,lucrările finale vor fi publicate în unul dintre jurnalele academice coordinate și editate de către RAYS: Romanian Journal of Social Sciences (ISSN 2457 – 3019) și Romanian Review of Young Researchers (ISSN 2393 – 2775).

Mai multe informații pe site-ul conferinței.

CfP: „Internet usage. Social capital and life satisfaction”, special issue of IRSR

Call for papers: “Internet usage. Social capital and life satisfaction” special issue of International Review of Social Research, volume 8, issue 1, May 2018.
Guest editors:
Bogdan Voicu (Romanian Academy, Research Institute for Quality of Life and Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu) and
Francesco Sarracino (STATEC, Luxembourg & HSE, Moscow/St.Petersburg).
We invite scholars to submit original papers on the relationship between Internet use (in its various forms, including social media) and social capital and/or life satisfaction. We encourage authors from every discipline and field, to submit both theoretically and methodologically oriented papers dealing with issues such as:

  • impact of using electronic communication on participation in face-to-face relations, either informal or formal (e.g. associations);
  • analyses on causality of the relationship between Internet uses and social capital;
  • impact of using electronic communication on life satisfaction;
  • analyses on causality of the relationship between Internet uses and life satisfaction;
  • research strategies to investigate the above-mentioned relationships;
  • how various uses of internet (social networking sites, web banking, e-shopping, e-learning, etc.) affect social capital and/or life satisfaction;
  • cross-sectional or longitudinal analyses of the above-mentioned relationships;
  • studies on the use of social media such as Facebook or Twitter are welcome;
  • the challenges and benefits of mixing methods to study the impacts of Internet usage.

The editors kindly request authors to submit papers of 4,000 – 8,000 words together with an abstract of no more than 200 words, by July 8th, 2017, to the following addresses: irsr@sas.unibuc.ro or bogdan@iccv.ro.

Prospective inquiries can also be addressed to the editors, in order to see if they find your proposal fits the intended content of the journal. 200-words abstracts (or extended ones) will suffice in this case.

Manuscripts may be uploaded on the editorial platform of the journal, if applicable. Authors are encouraged to contact editor prior to submission, in order to discuss the topic or other details. Prior to submission, please check author guidelines at http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/irsr. The paper proposals will go through the typical double-blind peer-reviewing process.

CfP: History of Communism in Europe, no. 8/ 2017: The Other Half of Communism: Women’s Outlook

This call for papers seeks contributors for the eighth issue of the scientific journal History of Communism in Europe, no. 8/2017: The Other Half of Communism: Women’s Outlook on the gendered histories of European communisms. This issue looks to include the most recent scholarship on women and their intricate relations with the Communist parties in Europe, during the XX century. While including the valuable scholarship on “exceptional” personalities such as Alexandra Kollontai, Inessa Armand or Dolores Ibarruri, this issue aims to explore the voices of women that by political choice or simply historical tournaments found themselves as both objects and subjects of the Communist parties. The political evolution of Europe through the century, the existence of USSR and the national branches affiliated (some of them: outlawed by the authorities) to the Third Communist International, and later of an Eastern Bloc, determined completely different experiences, forms of activism and sociability. This issue of History of Communism in Europe aims to follow the relation between Communism and women before and after the Second World War, on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
Contributions may focus on one country or may have a broader/transnational comparative scope, but all proposals should deal with how women negotiated their relation with the Communist parties, reacted to politics and state interests and understood to challenge these policies, rather than just embracing an allegedly passive attitude, as the Cold War studies used to depict it. We are particularly interested in covering the entire time frame specific to the evolution of Communist parties in Europe and the region under consideration. We strongly encourage contributions that cut across traditional periodization, deconstruct state-centric narratives, and question well established lieux communs, such as the impenetrability of the Iron Curtain, or the strictly decorative role of the Women International Democratic Federation (WIDF) – the international Communist women movement.
We welcome contributions from different fields of research: history, political science, philosophy, sociology, gender studies or any other related areas of interest, addressed from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Topics may address (but are not limited to) the following aspects:
  • Communist ideology and women in society – practice and discourse
  • Collective and/or individual biographies
  • State intrusion and the body politics
  • Empowerment and disempowerment
  • Women organizations – national and international: programs, attributions, activities, relations between the organizations and/or between the organizations and the states;
  • Labor, new jobs, women in industry; women in Academia, women in Politics etc.
  • Dissent and/or collaboration in totalitarian regimes of the XX century Europe;
  • State feminism
  • Socialist feminists
  • Women in the opposition movements: partisans and anti-communist resistance
  • European Communist women organizations and the Global South
  • Women and Eurocommunism
Contributors are kindly asked to write abstracts (English or French) that do not exceed 500 words.
Deadline: 1st of March 2017.
You may submit your proposals at: hce8@iiccmer.ro, dalia.bathory@iiccmer.ro.
Selected authors will be notified by the 10th of March 2017.
The deadline for the final draft of the paper is the 15th of June 2017.
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The editorial team of History of Communism in Europe announces the theme for the 9th issue in 2018:Transnational Biographies. The call for papers will be released in December 2017.
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The academic journal History of Communism in Europe is edited by The Institute for the Investigation of the Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile. It is a journal open to all inquiries that have the objectivity, complexity and sophistication required by any research on the issue of communism, as well as on the different aspects of totalitarianisms of the 20th Century Europe. These scholarly investigations must remain an interdisciplinary enterprise, in which raw data and refined concepts help us understand the subtle dynamics of any given phenomenon.