28 - 31 August 2013
Torino, Italy

ESA 11th Conference: Crisis, Critique and Change

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Pre-Conference Event by AIS (Italian Sociological Association) 

Crisis, Critique and Change: Perspectives from Italy

28th August – Campus Luigi Einaudi,  9.30 – 13:30 / 14:30 -16:00

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Keynote and (semi-)plenary speakers

Keynote and (semi-)plenary speakers include Mary Mellor on the financial crisis, Stephan Lessenich on critique, Chiara Saraceno on changes and Rajeev Bhargava on his view on the European crisis, Juan Diez Medrano (Madrid) and Michèle Lamont (Harvard), Bob Jessop (Lancaster) and Graham Murdock (Loughborough), Sokratis Koniordos (Rethymnon), Andy Furlong (Glasgow) and Metka Kuhar (Ljubljana), Francesco Ramella (Turin) and Roberta Sassatelli (Milano), Renate Siebert (Cosenza) and Valérie Amiraux (Montréal), Ivy Bourgeault (Ottawa) and Mike Dent (Staffordshire), Maria Kousis (Rethymnon) and Vincent Navarro (Barcelona), Marco Martiniello (Liège) and Margarida Marques (Lisbon), Lynn Jamieson (Edinburgh) and Gert Spaargaren (Wageningen), Jean-Yves Camus (Paris) and David Theo Goldberg (Irvine), Lucio Baccaro (Geneva) and Valeria Pulignano (Leuven), Helga Nowotny (Vienna), John Holmwood (Nottingham) and Massimiliano Vaira (Pavia), Ursula Apitzsch (Frankfurt), Dennis Smith (Loughborough) and Katharine Sarikakis (Vienna), Lev Grinberg (Beerscheba) and Karl-Siegbert Rehberg (Dresden), Max Haller (Graz) and Natalia Cantó-Mila (Barcelona).


Crisis, Critique and Change: Which crisis? Whose critique? What changes?

Making the world safe for banks is only one side of the coin. The present crisis is multi-faceted. It is not just a debt crisis, but also a political and a social crisis.

The debate calls for a sociological turn. Crises do not follow natural laws, they increase the viability of agency. A country is more than an economy. What are the historical roots and social effects of the financialization of the economy? Does the crisis of the Eurozone threaten the political existence of the EU? Will it push aside the social agenda of the European Union? The crisis is likely to produce seismic shifts in and for European sociology — across its substantive areas of research — from ageing, biographies, and families, all the way to religion, science, theory, and women’s studies.

What is behind the crisis? Two processes are at work. First, there has been a systemic transformation driving the shift from public to private power and adapting the state to capital markets. But, second, there has been a proliferation of vital types of critique too. Think about the deepening of existing divides. The Occupy protests, the social uprising in the Arab Spring, the unrest in Greece, and discontent in other European countries are all indicative of a reconfiguration of the link between crisis and critique.

To foster an understanding of the crisis and the dual role of critique in interpreting and affecting changes, European sociology has to rely on (1) rediscovering its subject matter as being more than a technical order, as a social world that has a history and a place, and (2) a broad-ranging debate on consequent conceptual and empirical questions. Toward both ends, we cordially invite sociologists and social scientists from around the globe to join us in Turin — to attend the conference, to participate actively in the discussions, and to contribute their own work.


Time line of the Conference

Wed. 28/8, 17:30-19:30 Opening Plenary, followed by Welcome Reception

Main structure for each day:
9:00-10:30 Semi-Plenaries
11:00-12:30 RN/RS 
12:45-13:45 Mid-day Specials
14:00-15:30 RN/RS 
16:00-17:30 RN/RS 

Differences across days:
Thurs. 29/8, 18:00-19:30 RN/RS
Fri. 30/8, 18:00-19:30 ESA General Assembly, followed by Congress Party from 20:00
Sat. 31/8, 18:00-19:30 Closing Plenary


We wish to inform you that from August 28th , discounted Turin public transportation tickets (bus, metro and cable cars) will be available at the ESA Registration Desk located in the main hall of the CLE building (Lungodora Siena 100) for all participants. Discounted prices are: 3 days ticket € 7,00 / 4 days ticket € 8,00

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Committee for Conference Programme: Frank Welz (chair), Helena Carreiras, Luigi Pellizzoni, Pekka Sulkunen (President of ESA), Pertti Alasuutari

Local Organizing Committee (esa2013@unito.it): Tiziana Nazio (Chair), Claudia Giordano, Giovanni Semi, Davide Barrera, Giuseppe Tipaldo, Roberta Ricucci, Franco Garelli, Sergio Scamuzzi

Thank you very much to all participants for making esa torino an outstanding conference.