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Call of Papers: Changing Power Relations and the Drag Effects of Habitus

Theoretical and Empirical Approaches in the Twenty-first Century

The Institute of Sociology at the Westphalian Wilhelms-University is organising a conference in Münster, Germany, on 8–10 September 2016. The conference results from collaboration between Stefanie Ernst (Professor of Sociology, Work and Knowledge) and Christoph Weischer (Professor of Sociology, Analysis of Social Structure, and Methods), and has the support of the Norbert Elias Foundation, Amsterdam.

Orientation of the conference

Sociologists study social processes that unfold through space and time, but also through the experience of people who are caught up in those processes. Social scientific theories and explanations must therefore always incorporate the dimension of experience; they are, so to speak, theories in five dimensions.
The concepts of power and habitus are pivotal in understanding social processes. Wherever people are interdependent with each other – whenever they have needs that only transactions with others can meet – there are power balances or ratios, which may be stable or fluctuating, relatively equal or unequal. The needs that people have of each other range from the material, through information or means of orientation, to the emotional. As for habitus, people’s ‘second nature’ – their cultural dispositions and personality traits – is shaped through their life experience, including their experience of power balances. Habitus formation and conscience formation – and transformation – are central components of social change, but they then feed back into the course of the processes that formed them. People’s habitus, formed gradually in the past, may prove an impediment to contemporary social changes, but on the other hand may adapt well and indeed facilitate change: there are leads and lags and drag effects. These questions are central to sociological theory and to this conference: our concerns extend from the past to the present to possible futures.

Call for Papers

You are invited to submit abstracts relating to the suggested panels below. Proposals for new panels with a theoretical–empirical focus on contemporary issues will also be welcome.

Methodological and Theoretical Approaches
Work, Unemployment and Lifestyle
Education, Economy and Social Inequalities
Environment and Health
Social Conflicts, Immigration and Democratisation
Global, National and Local Identities

For more details about the different panels see:

The deadline for submission is 25 March 2016.
To upload your short abstract, please log in to the website:

Call for Papers for the IUAES Inter-Congress

Panel: "Re-turning/Re-visiting. Methodological reflections on approaches to the "back"-side of migration"

For the panel on "Re-turning/Re-visiting. Methodological reflections on approaches to the "back"-side of Migration" at the Inter-Congress of International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) focussing on "World anthropologies and privatization of knowledge: engaging anthropology in public" to be held in Dubrovnik/Croatia, from 4th to 9th May 2016, we kindly invite your submissions of proposal abstracts.

The panel will be organized by Caroline Hornstein Tomic (Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar/Croatia), Sarah Scholl-Schneider (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz/Germany) and Claudia Olivier-Mensah (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz/Germany) and focusses on methodological questions around the phenomena of returning und revisting. The comparison of methods to research remigration and return visits as back-side of migration processes shall provide an insight into how different methodological approaches applied by various disciplines and in different regional contexts generate specific knowledge about migration practices.

Call for Papers

Abstracts (max. 250 words) should be submitted latest by February 29, 2016. For submissions please use the conference's abstract submission system:

Call for papers: Mobilizing value across time and space

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2016

We invite abstracts for a session at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference (Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers), London, from

30 August - 2 September, 2016.


The proposed session is organized by Jørgen Carling and Marta Bivand Erdal, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

In order to submit an abstract (150-200 words), please complete the online form by 3 February 2016. Notification of inclusion in the proposed session will be circulated by 10 February.


Deadline for abstracts: 3 February 2016.

he intersecting spatial and temporal dimensions of human lives have intrigued several generations of geographers. In this session, we seek to develop a particular extension of spatio-temporal perspectives on lived experiences, namely the mobilization of value in time and space among individuals, families and groups. How do people shift value between the here-and-now and other times and places? What priorities or pressures underlie such shifts? And how is the value itself transformed? We suggest an open approach to ‘value’ as a shorthand term for various resources and capitals, acknowledging that shifting value could imply a transformation. We invite papers that engage with monetary shifts in time and space, such as donations, investments, debt, and remittances, as well as with spatio-temporal mobilization of other forms of resources, including intimacy, honour, esteem, well-being and religious capitals. Drawing inspiration from studies of the conversion of different forms of capitals, often foregrounding these transformations themselves, the focus of the proposed session is on the intersecting temporal and spatial dimensions of such shifts, as these are embedded in human lives. We welcome theoretically and empirically oriented papers thematically relevant to questions of mobilizing value across time and space.

See also

Second European Conference on Social Networks

With the endorsement of INSNA, the conference will host sessions representing many fields of social network analysis. Workshops will be offered in theory, data collection, methods of analysis and visualization of social networks.

Call for papers: The Inequality-Social Network Nexus
The session is organized for the Second European Conference on Social Networks
in Paris, at Sciences Po from

June 14-17, 2016

Organizer: Basak Bilecen

This session investigates the inequality–social network nexus. Both the structure and dynamics of social relations in which individuals are embedded have been consistently shown to be crucial for the production and persistence of different forms of inequalities. For example, social networks have argued to be crucial in finding employment, housing, adapting to a new environment, and securing better health conditions. In other words, knowing diverse people who has resources such as information, has advantages, while isolation and/or having a closed circle might cause redundancy, and thus, disadvantage. This session will provide a forum for presentation of ideas on how to investigate inequalities in social networks as well as to understand whether and how network structure for certain categories of persons yield inequalities. The contributions with innovative research designs and mixed-method approaches with SNA are welcome to address the questions of inequalities.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words including your name, title, email address and institutional affiliation by February 16, 2016. All files must be submitted via conference website:

All authors will be notified by March 16, 2016.

For more information on the Second European Conference on Social Networks, see

BSA Bourdieu Study Group’s Inaugural Biennial Conference 2016

The contemporary relevance of the work of Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu has been one of the most influential sociologists of the second half of the 20th Century. His work, which has been translated into more than 24 languages, has had a significant impact on contemporary sociology internationally. Bourdieu’s importance shows no signs of decreasing as newer generations of sociologists unpack and expand his theoretical framework to a wide range of present-day sociological issues and case studies. Nonetheless, previous arguments repeatedly seem to resurface on whether Bourdieu’s ideas – developed over 50 years ago in a different era and the specific context of France – are empirically persuasive today. From its establishment in 2012, the British Sociological Association’s (BSA) Bourdieu Study Group has sought to critically examine and extend the application of Bourdieusian social theory in contemporary research. This conference aims to further this endeavour by bringing together international researchers from different areas of inquiry and stages of career who are using Bourdieu. Through doing so, this three day event will highlight and pull together the various complementary ways in which Bourdieu’s intellectual heritage is being developed internationally. The conference is organised in association with the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol from

4-6 July, 2016


Useful Information

The organisers cannot pay for participants’ travel and accommodation. The following will be provided for all participants: Refreshments and lunch during the conference; an evening meal on the first and second night of the conference.

Cancellations received up to and including 30 March 2016 will incur an administration fee of £50.

Cancellations received after 30 March 2016 will not be eligible for a refund on any fees-related registration.

The Bourdieu Study Group cannot be held responsible for unforeseen circumstances that change the advertised programme.



• BSA Student members: £220

• BSA Members: £260

• Non-BSA Members: £290

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