The Mission of ESA
The European Sociological Association (ESA) aims to facilitate sociological research, teaching and communication on European issues, and to give sociology a voice in European affairs.
ESA is an academic association of sociologists and a non-profit Europe-wide association made up of over 1900 members. It was established in 1992, following deliberations and consultations among sociologists from a diverse range of countries.
Europe is in the midst of massive changes, including the transformations in east and central Europe and the increasing integration of the European Union. Sociology has much to contribute to European level debates and developments. The ESA has an important role to play in organizing the European debate and setting the agenda.
A new member of the Executive Committee of the ESA
Vincenzo Cicchelli, on his second mandate as member of the Executive Committee of the ESA, has resigned due to health issues. In line with the terms of the statutes (art. 9), the vacancy in the Executive Committee was to be filled by the unelected candidate who received the most votes. At the last election three candidates, Airi-Alina Allaste, Luis Baptista and Georg Vobruba, each received 65 votes. To decide on Vincenzo Cicchelli’s replacement a draw was therefore held in the ESA offices in Paris on 31 January 2014. The ESA secretary Gisèle Tchinda-Falcucci organised the draw, while the president Carmen Leccardi and two of the three vice-presidents, Ellen Annadale and Frank Welz, along with Pertti Alasuutari, followed proceedings via Skype.
The results were as follows:
1. Luis Baptista
2. Airi-Alina Allaste
3. Georg Vobruba
Luis Baptista has accepted the nomination (this is his second term of office), and is therefore now a member of the Executive Committee, which wishes to extend him a warm welcome.
The Executive Committee
3 February 2014
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