CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – Nordisk Sosiologikonferanse

Nordisk Sosiologikongress i Finland har åpnet for å sende inn abstracts. Frist 16. februar.


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – The 28th Conference of the Nordic

Sociological Association, 11-13 August, 2016, Helsinki, Finland

The Organizing Committee cordially invites you to submit an abstract for a paper to be

presented at the next conference of the Nordic Sociological Association by 16 February,


When we planned this conference, we wanted to organize an event that would address the

place of sociology in a world where new threats awake old divides and where increasing

social, political and economic instabilities are affecting all regions, including the Nordic

countries. When this call is becoming finalized, thousands of refugees, many of them

fleeing the brutal conflict in Syria, have already for some months been streaming across

Europe in search of safety and security. The terror attacks around the world flood the news

with stories of human suffering. These events give rise to compassion, but they also boost

turmoil and distrust, making the threat of deepening divides between the Global North and

Global South, the East and the West, increasingly acute. Such divides do not remain at the

level of regions, however. Rather, new divisions are emerging within societies. These

troubled times call for engaged but critical sociologies, developed to examine the complex

problems of our times in a reflexive way. It is also important not to let these ‘meta-events’

overshadow other, deep-rooted cleavages that sociology may have neglected, if we wish

to develop a sociology beyond its ‘black spots’.

The theme of the conference is ‘Knowledge-Making Practices and Sociology’s Global

Challenge’. The theme calls us to think together about ways to address the Eurocentrism

and parochialism of many of our central concepts and categories. In addition to the

conference’s theme, the programme covers other themes of general interest, such as

North-South issues within the Nordic region, the renewed political tensions between East

and West in Europe, sociology’s relation to economics, and where and how sociologists

publish their research. We invite abstracts in all major sociological areas. In addition, we

welcome contributions related to the conference’s theme as well as other current themes

in sociology.


Read more about the conference on the conference website

On our website you will also find the instructions for submitting an abstract. Abstracts are

to be submitted using the electronic form on the website,


Important dates

11 January 2016 Registration opens

16 February 2016 Deadline for abstracts

5 April 2016 Notification for accepted abstracts

5 May 2016 Early bird registration deadline

5 June 2016 Registration deadline for paper presenters