Besides the printed newsletter, European Sociologist, the ESA also has an e-mail discussion list supported by the JISCmail service from the United Kingdom.
If you wish to join the discussion list of the European Sociological Association,
- click here to fill out a membership form.
join european-sociologist [firstname] [lastname]
General remarks about e-mail discussion lists
Cooperation and discussion have always been vital to successful academic life. E-mail discussion lists allow this to happen in a new way, not just for "traditional" computer users, but for academics from all disciplines. Many academics find they are working in a specialised area and that there are few colleagues with whom they can discuss their work in depth. With an e-mail discussion list they can collaborate on projects and publications, announce conferences, arrange meetings and share news and views etc.
A discussion list works by maintaining a central list of the e-mail addresses of all its members at some central location (in our case, the Jiscmail-service). Any message sent to the list is redistributed automatically to all members within minutes. As a member of a discussion list, you can either send a message to all members or reply directly just to the person who put a message on the list. You can make reports, minutes of meetings and other types of documents available for list members to retrieve by electronic mail. It is free at the point of use to those in the higher education community.
At present, the ESA maintains a list, called european-sociologist. It can be thought of as an electronic "bulletin board", where any message "posted" on the bulleting board will reach hundreds of sociologists scattered across Europe and further afield. Many research networks also have discussion lists of their own.