CfP Romanian Journal of Society and Politics, nr. 1/2018

Call for Papers

Volume 13, Number 1, due to appear in June 2018

The editors of the Romanian Journal of Society and Politics invite you to submit articles and book reviews for the first issue of the Romanian Journal of Society and Politics in 2018.

We welcome contributions from a wide array of research perspectives, including, but not limited to: political science, political theory, international relations, European studies, history, sociology and anthropology. Interdisciplinary approaches are also welcome. The submission guidelines can be found on our website in the Instructions for Authors section (http://www.rjsp.politice.ro/instruction_for_authors). All contributions should be sent by email to: rjsp@politice.ro.

The Romanian Journal of Society and Politics (ISSN print: 1582-5795, ISSN online: 2393 – 3224) adheres to both an open access policy and a double-blind peer review policy and is indexed in several international databases, such as EBSCO, DOAJ, CEEOL or ERIH PLUS. The time between the submission of a manuscript and the first response of the editors (on whether to introduce it in the peer-review process) does not usually exceed two weeks. The final editorial decision to accept (with or without revisions) or reject the article usually takes between 3-4 months and the publication of a manuscript, both online and in printed form, does not usually exceed 2 months from the moment of its acceptance.

CfP CEPOS: After communism. East and west under scrutiny, Craiova, 2018

CEPOS NEW CALL FOR PAPERS 2018

8TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AFTER COMMUNISM. EAST AND WEST UNDER SCRUTINY

Craiova (Romania), House of the University, 23-24 March 2018

 

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to participate in the 8th International Conference AFTER COMMUNISM. EAST AND WEST UNDER SCRUTINY in Craiova, Romania, 23-24 March 2018. More than two decades after, an event is both history and present. The annual conference organized by CEPOS involves both the perspectives of the researches in the field of Communism and Post-Communism: research experiences and scientific knowledge. Like a „pointing puzzle”, 29 years after the fall of communism, the conference panels explore emotional detachments, but also a peculiar involvement creating and exploiting the inter-disciplinary developments of the East-West relations before and after the crucial year 1989 in the fields such as: political sciences, history, economics and law. The conference will be hosted by the University House and during two intense and exciting days, participants all over the world (professors, professionals, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers) are invited to raise the issue of the study of recent history of the former communist space in connection with the Western world. We are confident that all of us will focus during these two days on what is important to move the research in the field forward. We dear to state that we even bear the moral obligation to do that.

Best regards,

The Board of Directors of CEPOS 2018 Conferences and Events Series

PROPOSED PANELS for CEPOS CONFERENCE 2018

Center of Post-Communist Political Studies (CEPOS) proposes the following panels:
-Communism, transition, democracy;
 

-Post-communism and colective memory;
-Politics, ideologies and social action in transition;
-Revolution and political history;
-Political culture and citizen participation
-Law, legal studies and justice reform;
-Constitution(s), legality & political reforms;
-Political parties, electoral systems and electoral campaigns;
 
-Security and diplomacy in national and Euro-Atlantic environment;
-Rights, identities policies & participation;
-Education, media & social communication;
-Administrative history and governance within South-Eastern Europe during transition;
-Political leadership, democratization and regional security;
-Comparative policies, sustainable growth and urban planning;
-Knowledge transfer and competitiveness in regional economies;
-Global environment and cultural heritage;
-Integration, identity, and human rights in European systems;
-Religion, cultural history and education;
-Media, communication and politics;
 
-Discourse, language and social encounters;
-Bioethics and transition challenges;

ABSTRACT SUBMITTING (SEE CEPOS CONFERENCE 2018 REGISTRATION FORM-hyperlink la registration form)

The proposals must be sent in English and must contain the title of the paper, the abstract (no more than 300 words) and a short presentation of the author(s) (statute, institutional affiliation, short list of relevant scientific contributions).

DEAD-LINE FOR SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL: 19 FEBRUARY 2018

Proposals must be submitted until 19 February 2018 at the following address: cepos2013@gmail.com

CONFERENCE VENUE

Casa Universitarilor/University House (57 Unirii Street, Craiova, Romania). You can view the Conference location and a map at the following address: http://www.casa-universitarilor.ro/
– More information about the Conference venue can be found at the following address: http://www.ucv.ro/campus/puncte_de_atractie/casa_universitarilor/prezentare.php’
– More photos of the conference room can be viewed at http://www.ucv.ro/campus/puncte_de_atractie/casa_universitarilor/galerie_foto.php

CEPOS CONFERENCE PAST EDITIONS

More information, photos and other details about the previous editions of the Conference and CEPOS Workshops, Internships, and other official events organized in 2012-2017 are available on:
– CEPOS
 official website sections
CEPOS Previous Events (link catre sectiuni pe site)
Photo gallery CEPOS Events (link catre sectiuni pe site)

– CEPOS FACEBOOK ACCOUNT: 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Center-of-Post-Communist-Political-Studies-CEPOS/485957361454074

TRANSPORT

The 8th International Conference „After communism. East and West under Scrutiny” (2018) will be held in Craiova, a city located in the South-Western part of Romania, at about 250 km from Bucharest, the national capital.
The airport of Craiova (http://en.aeroportcraiova.ro/) has flights to Timisoara, Dusseldorf, Munchen, Ancone, Rome, Venezia, London, Bergamo etc.
Other airports, such as Bucharest (Romania) (http://www.aeroportul-otopeni.info/) is located at distances less than 240 km from Craiova and accommodate international flights.
Train schedule to Craiova can be consulted at InterRegio CFR (http://www.infofer.ro/) and SOFTRANS (http://softrans.ro/mersul-trenurilor.html).

CEPOS CONFERENCE 2018 FEES AND REGISTRATION REGISTRATION DESK

The Conference Registration Desk will be opened from Friday, 23rd of March 2018 (from 08.00 a.m. to 18.00 p.m.) until Saturday 24th of March 2018 (from 08.00 a.m. until 14.00 p.m.), for registration and delivery of conference bag with documents to participants. The Conference Registration Desk is located in the lobby of the University House Club, 1st Floor.

REGISTRATION FEES

90 euros/paper can be paid directly via bank transfer on CEPOS Bank account as follows:

Details for online payment

Banca Romana pentru Dezvoltare (BRD)
Owner: ASOCIATIA CENTRUL DE STUDII POLITICE POSTCOMUNISTE
Reference to be mentioned: CV taxa participare si publicare CEPOS
Account Number: RO64BRDE170SV96030911700 (RON)

MEALS AND OTHER ORGANIZING DETAILS

The registration fee covers: 
* Conference attendance to all common sessions, individual and special panels
* Conference materials (including a printed version of the Book of Abstracts of the Conference)
 
* Conference special bag – 1 for every single fee paid, no matter the number of authors/paper
* Coffee Breaks-March 23, 2018 – March 24, 2018. During the two days conference, 3 coffee breaks are offered.
* Welcome reception (March 23, 2018)
* Lunch (March 23, 2018) offered in the University House Mihai Eminescu Gala Room
 
* A Festive Gala Dinner and Cocktail (March 24, 2018) offered in the University House Mihai Eminescu Gala Room
 
* A Free Cocktail Buffet will be served from 19:00 p.m. to 21.00 p.m.
* A Free Entrance Voucher is provided inside of each Conference Bag.
* Lunch (March 24, 2018)
* Certificate of attendance (offered at the end of the conference March 24, 2018)
* Publication of the Conference Papers in the International Indexed Journal Revista de Stiinte Politice. Revue des Sciences Politiques (previous publication of the 2012-2017 Conference papers is available at http://cis01.central.ucv.ro/revistadestiintepolitice/acces.php

* One original volume of the International Indexed Journal Revista de Stiinte Politice. Revue des Sciences Politiques (where the personal conference paper was published) will be delivered to the authors (an additional fee of 10 euros is required for the mailing facilities)
* Computer & Internet Facilities. There is available videoproiector and connection to Internet services.
* Language. The official language of the Conference will be English. The Organizing Committee does not provide simultaneous translation.

NEW! FREE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PROGRAMME OF THE CEPOS CONFERENCE 2018

* Participants in CEPOS CONFERENCE 2018 have free acces to the Social and Cultural Program of the Seventh Edition of the International Conference After Communism. East and West under Scrutiny, Craiova, 23-24 March 2018: including free guided tours of the:

Craiova Old City Tour and CEPOS Headquarters
Museum of Arts Craiova http://www.muzeuldeartacraiova.ro/
Oltenia Museum (all sections included): http://www.muzeulolteniei.ro/index.php?view=content&c=26
Casa Baniei http://www.muzeulolteniei.ro/index.php?view=content&c=26

CERTIFICATES OF ATTENDANCE

Certificates of attendance will be offered at the end of the conference on Saturday, March 24, 2018

Timișoara Political Science Conference 2018

Invitation to the Timișoara Political Science Conference 2018
Organized by the Faculty of Political Science, Philosophy and Communication Sciences, West University of Timisoara

Place and date: West University of Timisoara, Romania, 22-24 March 2018

Deadline for proposals: 01 March 2018

Dear Madam / Sir,

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the upcoming Timișoara Political Science Conference 2018.

The event aims to bring together researchers interested in all fields of political science. We welcome paper proposals from scholars on topics like comparative politics, international relations, political ideologies, higher education policies, public policies, political elites, political history, political parties, political psychology, social movements, scientometrics. The proposal should be no longer than one page and it should include a short Curriculum Vitae. All selected participants will be informed before the 15th of March 2018.

Selected papers will be published in a forthcoming volume of the Political Studies Forum, a journal edited by the Politics Department of the West University of Timisoara.

The conference will include panels like the following:

  • Education policies (panel coordinator: Prof. Dr. Adrian Hatos, University of Oradea)
  • Local government and politics (panel coordinator: Conf. Dr. Cristina Stănuș, „Lucian Blaga” University, Sibiu)
  • Political ideologies in a changing world (panel coordinator: Lect. Dr. Emanuel Copilaș, West University of Timișoara)
  • Political elites (panel coordinator: Dr. Laurențiu Ștefan, Presidency of Romania, Dr. Gabriela Ilonszki, Corvinus University of Budapest)
  • Politics and religion (panel coordinator: Prof. Dr. Silviu Rogobete, West University of Timișoara, Dr. Bogdan Tătaru-Cazaban, Institute for the History of Religions, Romanian Academy, Bucharest)
  • Social organizations and movements (panel coordinators: Prof. Dr. Liviu Andreescu, University of Bucharest, Lect. Dr. Viorel Proteasa, West University of Timișoara)
  • Political communication (panel coordinators: Lect. Dr. Lucian Vasile Szabo, West University of Timisoara)
  • Political philosophy (panel coordinator: Conf. Dr. Florin Lobonț, West University of Timișoara)
  • Quantitative models in political science (panel coordinator: Prof. Dr. Robert Reisz, West University of Timisoara, Prof. Dr. Mihai Păunescu, National School of Political and Administrative Studies)

These are just some of the scientific topics that will be addressed during the conference. We also welcome contributions on similar topics from the fields of political science and international relations.

Until now, three keynote speakers have announced their attendance to our conference: the father of network science, Prof. Dr. Albert-Laszlo Barabasi from the Northwestern University, U.S.A., the communication sociologist Prof. Dr. Sorin Adam Matei from Purdue University, U.S.A. and the philosopher, rector of the University of Bucharest and former minister of education, Prof. Dr. Mircea Dumitru.

The participation fee is 120 RON (30 Euro), and includes the program booklet, refreshments, coffee and two dinners. Unfortunately, the organizers cannot cover the costs for travel and accommodation, and we recommend you to apply to your own university for such funds. We can, however, assist you with reservations in the university dormitory and other practicalities.

For further information, details and for sending the application please visit the website of the conference:

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Timișoara!

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 Politics & Society Conference 2017 – Democracy and Governance in the 21st Century

The Department of International Relations, Political Science and Security Studies of the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania and the Alumni FSSU ULBS Association cordially invite you to the 2017 Politics & Society Conference

DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Sibiu, Romania, 2-3 June 2017

Topic description. The 21st century brings in new approaches when dealing with the way democracy is conceived and practiced. On the one hand, broadening participation means new forms of political participation, as well as transforming the political regimes. Under the pressure of new categories of critical citizens, who now have a voice through means of mass communication, new media and various social media channels, the last dictatorships are now undermined. Protests have swept numerous countries and regions, leading to the collapse of authoritarian regimes in countries from the post-Soviet region or Northern Africa. Fearing contagion, some regimes managed to counteract this, consolidating their status of hybrid, incomplete, electoral democracies or even turned into fully authoritarian regimes, making a clear-cut pattern of distinctive trajectories of political regimes during transition.

On the other hand, democratic regimes are now under the pressure of citizens, who are mobilized by informal, opinion leaders or by more formal, political elites. Since democracy needs large public support, mass attitudes and individual and collective resources are now critical. With lighter constraint following the EU accession, it is by no means surprising that political elites in many countries in Central and Eastern Europe stated to overlook the previous political liberal consensus based on constitutionalism and good governance. Mobilizing unsatisfied citizens, populist elites turned against neutral institutions in an effort to dominate the public scene.

The growing complexity of political decision mechanisms in a globalized economy, where new communication patterns make citizens more aware about a large series of previously disregarded issues, put decision makers under pressure and tighter control. Governance is the new lens through which one has to imagine the intertwined interaction between citizens and elites, focusing on various types of hierarchies, market actors and networks of voluntary organizations. This new interaction, which occurs in the framework of a globalizing world, brings in new perspectives not only for national and international security, but for the global market, environment, communication, citizenship and culture.

The conference encourages this perspective and aims to emphasize diverse approaches pertaining to new challenges for representative democracy and governance, in the context of changing regulation patterns and interactions between social and political actors. The organizers encourage contributions, but do not limit them, related to the behaviour of governance actors and networks, to governance and risks associated to new communication strategies by new technological facilities, and not least to global, European and multi-level governance.

Conference tracks

Track 1. Political behaviour

Track 2. States and societies in global governance

Track 3. The governance of security

Track 4. Political institutions and democracy

Track 5. General session

Submissions

Panel and paper proposals can be submitted via the on-line conference system available at conferences.ulbsibiu.ro/crissp

The language of the conference is English.

Deadlines

Application with paper/panel proposals – April 9, 2017

Applicants are notified on the status of their proposal – April 15, 2017

Registration deadline – May 15, 2017

Fees

Early registration fees

  • 30 Euro PhD / MA students
  • 45 Euro scholars from Romania, CEE, CIS (former USSR), Latin America and Africa
  • 60 Euro scholars from other countries

The conference fee covers the conference package, coffee breaks, lunches, and the conference reception.

Contact information

E-mail: conf.crissp@ulbsibiu.ro

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.
 

Apel lucrări Revista Sociologie Românească nr. 2/2017

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Call for Papers: Romanian Sociology issue 2/2017

“Youth in post-communist societies”

Guest editor: Sorin Mitulescu, Institute of Educational Sciences, Bucharest

The social situation of youth in post-communist societies still represents an important research interest for sociologists. Nearly 30 years of transformations passed since the fall of the Communism. However, these youngsters still don’t show all the time similar situation to their peer generation in the Western European countries. They are different both from their peers from the West, and from the prior cohorts.  Hence, a specific relationship between generations but also unexpected challenges coming from the direction of globalization and post-modernization.

Even though they experience the popular opposition and the fall of the Communist regime during their most impressionable years, the political socialization of the youngsters took place under difficult economic conditions, during times characterized by dramatic social and political change. There are similarities between post-communist countries and Western democracies as well, at least concerning the socialization of a new generation which shows law interest in organized politics, in school or in conventional family life.

Comparative research on the youth in different societies with either common past or with either the same market orientation to labour or education can bring interesting results. Researchers interested in youth in post-communist countries have to identify new strategies for living youthfulness (juvenescence), new spaces for socialization and promote new patterns of life. We should also asses to what extent young people can bring their contribution that development of their own societies is waiting.

The special issue of the Romanian Sociology (2/2017) is open for the papers that answer to questions such as:

  • How can we assess the condition of youngsters in societies in transition? Do they continue to be different or they are identifying with youngsters from other types of societies and first with the ones in the West?
  • Considering how they see themselves compared to older generations, are post-communist societies marked by intergenerational cleavages? What effects can these cleavages have on the perspectives of social development?
  • What specific contributions can youngsters bring to overcome faster and without social convulsions the transition period? Which would be their strong points and what about their weaknesses, to what risks are they subjected?
  • How are mixed in post-communist societies the transition constraints with the ones coming from globalization, radicalization, social fluidization, inter-cultural and geopolitical conflicts?

Field researches, case studies, examples of good practice and book reviews are welcomed.

Deadline for submitting of the articles: 1st of May 2017

Manuscript will be uploaded as files with the extension *.doc or *.docx using the on-line form available at: http://www.arsociologie.ro/en/romanian-sociology-journal/online-submission-form. Please follow the instructions for authors found at: www.arsociologie.ro/en/romanian-sociology-journal/instructions-for-authors. For any other questions please contact the coordinator of this issue, Sorin Mitulescu, email: sorin_mit@yahoo.com  

About the journal

Romanian Sociology is the journal of the Romanian Sociological Association, edited with the collaboration of the Quality Life Research Institute from the Romanian Academy, University of Oradea, “A.I. Cuza” University from Iasi, “Lucian Blaga” University from Sibiu, “Petre Andrei” University from Iasi, and West University from Timisoara. The reviewing process is double blind peer-review. The journal is indexed in international databases (CEEOL, ProQuest – Sociological Abstracts, EBSCO – SocINDEX with Full Text, ULRICHSWEB, and Index Copernicus). More information can be found at: http://www.arsociologie.ro/en/romanian-sociology-journal