28 - 31 August 2013
Torino, Italy

RN29 – Social Theory

Coordinator:
Csaba Szaló szalo@mail.muni.cz Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

The conference sessions of the Social Theory Research Network offer the opportunity to confront sociological theories, which attempt to understand by means of the concepts of crisis, critique and change our contemporary world. The conference theme assumes that it is not merely historical and political problems that are being raised by crisis, critique and change, but theoretical questions which are challenging us this day to search for an answer. Participants are encouraged to bring up a critical perspective on topics related to both classical and contemporary social theory. Thematic sessions will be arranged on the basis of papers submitted and themes proposed, but participants are invited to submit their abstracts also to already established specific session: (a) Critical Theory; (b) Pragmatic Sociology; (c) Cultural Sociology; (d) Poststructuralism and Sociology.

Sessions

Joint Sessions

  • DELETED_18JS29Social Theory and Media Sociology Today

    Joint session with RN18 – Sociology of Communications and Media Research

    Chair: George Pleios and Csaba Szalo

    This joint session of RN18 and RN29 focuses on the intersection of Social Theory and Sociology of the Media and Communication. It is interested in contributions that focus on one or more of the following questions:

    What are the best social theories that sociology provides for understanding contemporary society that is undergoing transitions and crises? What is the role of the media and communication in such contemporary social theories? Which of these theories do we need for understanding society and the media in the current times of crisis and change?

    How can one best theorize various societal phenomena (such as: the relationship of structures and agency, power, domination, class, inequality, stratification, violence, struggles, capitalism, the state, crisis, critique, societal change, revolution, social movements, modernity, space, time, the public sphere, democracy, globalization, ideology, hegemony, the self, identity, culture, racism, gender, the relationship of the private and the public, etc) and then use these theoretical concepts for theorizing and understanding the role of the media in contemporary society that is experiencing crisis and manifold changes?

  • 06JS18JS29Social Theory and Media Sociology Today 1

    Joint session with RN18 – Sociology of Communications and Media Research

    Co-Chair: George Pleios <gplios@media.uoa.gr>, University of Athens; Co-Chair: Csaba Szalo <szalo@fss.muni.cz>, Masaryk University;

    Joint Session of RN18 and RN29

  • 08JS18JS29Social Theory and Media Sociology Today 2

    Joint session with RN18 – Sociology of Communications and Media Research

    Co-Chair: George Pleios <gplios@media.uoa.gr>, University of Athens; Co-Chair: Csaba Szalo <szalo@fss.muni.cz>, Masaryk University;

    Joint Session of RN18 and RN29

  • 29JS36European Integration Revisited: from Teleological to Critical Approach

    Joint session with RN36 – Sociology of Transformations: East and West

    Chair: Marju Lauristin (Social and Educational Sciences/Institute of Journalism and Communication University of Tartu, Estonia)

    We want to bring together younger researchers and prominent scholars, so that they have a chance to share their thoughts and views and collaborate in future. Comparative studies can be one of main foci of the collaboration.


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