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