The Paradox of Paradox?
Workshop on Contradictions, Ironies and Surprises in Law, Economy and Society
11-12 May 2015 Warsaw
Sociology always showed a keen eye for the paradoxical and a theoretical taste for the ironic and counter-intuitive sequences of events. It explored more or less strong manifestations of these ranging from ironic and surprising outcomes of social action to apparent contradictory features of phenomena. It dealt with acknowledged and “instant classic” paradoxes in two steps: the satisfaction of discovering the surprising outcomes followed by a tendency to reveal the structural and cultural conditions which rendered the specific paradox less universal. In a similar vein, it moved from zooming in to zooming out in paradoxes and to showing how coping with tensions is constitutive, and even inherent, of social life. [...]
In response to a number of requests, we are glad to inform you that the deadline for sending the abstracts has been extended until 10 January 2015.
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Bridging the Divides – International conference on faith-based reconciliation and peacebuilding commemorating the 30th anniversary of Reconciliatio et paenitentia by St. John Paul II and the Year of Jan Karski.
The Poznan branch of Polish Sociological Association, The Institute for Western Affairs and the Institute of Sociology at Adam Mickiewicz University invites applications for the conference:
The “next step” in the development of the civil society in Central and Eastern Europe?
to be held at the Institute for Western Affairs, Poznań, Poland, 4-5 December 2014.
Deadline to submit proposals/abstracts: 31 August 2014 30 September 2014
The 6th Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) will take place 13th-17th July 2015 in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The central theme of the conference: Law and values in contemporary society
Other themes by 16 Thematic Sessions (1-16, see the Call for papers).
Latest issue of the ESA Newsletter is now available on the ESA website.
The development of communication technologies and the spread of the Internet have brought about various transformations of the ways how we communicate in science and higher education. The social media are used to promote research, gathering empirical data and communicating science. It is clear that the social media are an inevitable part of every communicative process in higher education. The issue, Communication, Science and Higher Education, will be devoted to cultural changes and transformations that take place in contemporary science, scholarly communication and universities.
We would like invite you to submit original articles that investigate the transformations of communication practices, science communication and their impact on the various areas of academic and scientific life. The aim of the issue will be to collect the works that represent thought, research and critical voices on various cultural approaches to these problems.
Thirty years after the advent of resistance studies as a focal approach in anthropological research, the perspective remains necessary. Describing the processes of appropriation of material goods and symbolic values by powerful actors of the political and economic domains and critically scrutinizing the mechanisms underpinning these processes lie at the core of the discipline. Anthropologists bridge analyses focusing on the everyday forms of resistance of the disenfranchised and the marginal with more encompassing ways of understanding resistance, from structures of collaboration between the subaltern and those less disempowered, to forms of negotiating and disrupting power relations with or within states and supra-state institutions. Appropriation and resistance, as more general social mechanisms of power relations and adaptation, have been studied in processes of immigration, ethnic relations, etc., in new forms of cultural production and reproduction. Moreover, recent social transformations point to the urgency of once again thinking through the relation between power and resistance in redefined theoretical terms, fleshed out by ethnographic detail. The conference will bring together research revealing the guises of appropriation and resistance in various social contexts and at different scales, with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe.
A profound challenge that the social sciences, and sociology in particular, are now called upon to confront has to do with the depth and extraordinary acceleration of global processes of social and cultural change. Today's byword 'globalisation' only partially captures the full significance of these processes. Sociological knowledge therefore encounters a limitation: it is easier to see what is disappearing than what is coming into being. Yet this limitation can be overturned and become a resource: a stimulus to intensify our theoretical and empirical exploration of the world around us by relating everyday life to history, connecting individual experiences to major issues of democracy and justice, and viewing the exercise of agency in the light of processes of domination. Sociological imagination is the tool that our discipline has honed over the decades to accomplish this.