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Members of Co-ordinating Board of Sociology of Education Research Network

Coordinator:
Vasiliki Kantzara, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Vice Coordinator:
Mieke van Houtte, Ghent University, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Board members: 

  • Adriana Aubert, University of Barcelona, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Roxana-Diana Baltaru, University of Essex, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Bernadette Brereton, Dundalk Institute of Technology, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Maddalena Colombo, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Jannick Demanet, Ghent, University, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Dinah Gross, University of Lausanne, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Jan Germen Janmaat, University of London, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Piotr Mikiewicz, University of Lower Silesia, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Research Network RN 10 Sociology of Education,

European Sociological Association (ESA)

International Mid-term Conference

Università Cattolica del Sacro cuore, Milan, Italy
12 - 13 September 2016

Education and Empowerment: Theories and Practices

– Call for Papers –


The crucial role that education historically played in conserving, producing, transmitting and validating knowledge renders the institution of paramount importance in understanding empowerment at all social levels.

Empowerment means giving people the tools to take ownership of their own educational career, to feel that their own actions really matter or make a difference, and generally, to take their lives in their own hands. Empowerment can take place at many different levels. Specific actors can be empowered, including students, teachers, and parents, but educational institutions and, at the highest level, national or supranational
policy makers could be empowering or empowered as well. A second strand of thought emphasizes the transformative aspect of empowerment in the sense that individuals or groups are empowered to transform the society they live in.

Educational reforms in Europe and beyond are formally attuned to aspirations of empowerment through policies targeting the inclusion of unrepresented social groups. Some believe that not enough has been done to stimulate the capacity of self-determination of every individual through education. Others argue that the role that this institution is increasingly expected to play in issues of empowerment has shaped our idea of education (in particular, higher education) as a public good . The relationship between education and empowerment is not straightforward. Within the same discourse, the vision of collective empowerment meets the neo-liberal archetype of the rational, responsible individual. Is and/or should education be a channel of social empowerment? How suitable is the concept of empowerment in understanding the institution of education at the local, national and supranational levels?

For the Research Network Sociology of Education (ESA) International Mid-term Conference in Milan, we are honoured to invite scholarly expertise from all around the world in order to address the issue of Education and Empowerment from the following perspectives:

Analytical
To what extent is the concept of empowerment useful for the sociological analysis of education?
What are the major theoretical developments in the study of empowerment and education?
What are the main methodological issues involved in exploring empowerment in/through education?
Which are the main empowering factors in education (through access, treatment, success, occupability …) and how do they
work and relate one-other for different social groups?
How did the relationship between education and empowerment evolve in the context of globalization, crisis, resistance,
innovation etc.?
What changes can be identified in the conceptualization of empowerment with regard to education?
How suitable is the concept of empowerment in understanding the role that education plays in society?
What are the different conceptions or visions of empowerment?

Policy Focused
What are the main educational strategies contributing to empowerment? At which level? And under what social conditions?
How does educational policy today respond to issues of empowerment in society?
How strong is the relationship between empowerment and educational reforms ?
How differently is “empowerment” embedded in the practices of social actors in education (students, families, teachers, principals, staff and local services…)?

Abstracts max. 300 words should be sent by 14th of February to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Abstracts also include author name(s), affiliation, current titles and academic appointments, email address
For more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Important dates
Abstract submission: 14th of February 2016
Author notification: 1st of April 2016
Registration: 1st of July 2016
Programme notification: 30th of July 2016

Conference registration fee
ESA-members: € 60
Non-ESA members: €75
Ph.D. students ESA-members: € 50
Ph.D. students non-ESA members: € 65

Price includes conference material, lunch and coffee breaks.
**Conference waiver for the first 5 (five) Ph.D. candidates with limited or no institutional support who will apply for before 1st of May, on basis of first come first served (separate call will follow)**
After the conference, authors and presented papers will be invited to send in their paper for a publication proposal in an international journal or edited book. Priority will be reserved to emerging scholars (PHD students, early Doctorates, junior researchers).

Local Organising Committee
Maddalena Colombo, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (local coordinator)
Gianluca Argentin, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Paolo Barabanti, University of Genoa, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Elena Besozzi, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Emanuela Rinaldi, University of Udine, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mariagrazia Santagati, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scientific Committee
Vasiliki Kantzara, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (coordinator)
Mieke van Houtte, Ghent University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (vice coordinator)
Adriana Aubert, University of Barcelona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Roxana-Diana Baltaru, University of Essex, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bernadette Brereton, Dundalk Institute of Technology, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Maddalena Colombo, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jannick Demanet, Ghent University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dinah Gross, University of Lausanne, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jan Germen Janmaat, University of London, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Piotr Mikiewicz, University of Lower Silesia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




ESA 2015 - Call for Papers

Differences, Inequalities and the Sociological Imagination
12th Conference of the European Sociological Association
Prague, Czech Republic, 25 – 28 August 2015

RN10 Sociology of Education
RN coordinator VasilikiKantzara,Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece vkantz[at]panteion.gr


Call for Papers
Education and Social Inequalities: Key Issues, Challenges and Explanations



Education is an institution of paramount importance to sustaining society, historically and at present; its institutionalisation during the 18th and 19th century was thought of as a radical step in promoting social equity.

Sociology of education has had a vested interest in the study of education and its relation to society. Some authors even argue that the study of inequality has founded the discipline itself during the 20th century. Numerous studies by Marxist inspired sociologists (e.g. Anyon, Bourdieu, Willis) have extensively demonstrated that education reproduces society and in doing so, transmits the existing social inequalities to future generations. Thus, one could argue that education is also an important institution through which social inequality is sustained.

The massive expansion of education after the Second World War seemingly resolved some of the issues pertaining to equal access while facilitating school achievement. Many studies from a functionalist or even neo-liberal perspective show that social inequalities in and through education persist, though they do not use these terms. Moreover, many sociologist of education agree that equal opportunities and meritocracy, the two principles upon which the education system functions - and allegedly guarantee equality - do not suffice, and education still reproduces a host of different inequalities. Next to classical social divisions of social class or gender, new ones have been added, such as age, ethnicity, religiousbeliefs or sexual orientation.
At present there is a body of scholarship that spans 50-60 years of research on the aforementioned topic; social inequalities in and through education continues to be one of the main study fields within sociology of education.

For the ESA conference in Prague, as a research network, we are pleased to invite abstracts that address topics within the above theme both theoretically and empirically. As an indication, but not limited to, we would be interested in answers to the following questions:

What are the major developments in inequality research (in education)?
What are the major theoretical and/or methodological issues involved in the study of inequality?
What theoretical and/or empirical tools have been developed?
What forms of inequality have been most prominent through time?
What changes can be identified both in studies and education?
What changes have sociological studies brought about a national educational system?
How does educational policy respond to inequalities in and through education?
How does globalisation affect inequalities or equities in education?
How does the current crisis affect education in terms of inequalities and/or equity?
What factors have increased their influence on educational inequalities in the context of the current financial crisis?

Abstracts may not exceed the 250 words and should preferably include:
a. Name and affiliation of author(s) (no more than three),
b. title, c. theme of paper, d. question or aim of paper, e. theoreticaland/or methodological elaboration, and f. main result/conclusion.

Deadline and other information regarding the electronic abstract submission and other conference details are available at the ESA 12th conference site: www.ESA12conference.eu

Sessions (provisional):

1. General session
2. Theoretical issues in studying social inequalities and education
3. Methodological issues in relation to educational inequalities
4. Inequality in education relating to gender and ethnicity
5. Studies on social class and inequalities in education
6. Higher education and inequalities
7. Educational policy in relation to educational inequalities
8. Financial crisis affecting educational inequalities
9. Globalisation and social inequalities in education
10. Explaining inequalities in education
(Note: if your topic is not listed above, please submit to session 1. General session)

Notes for authors

Authors are invited to submit their abstract either to the general session or any specific session. Please submit only to one session. After abstract evaluation, coordinators will have the chance to transfer papers between sessions where applicable.

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Each paper session will have the duration of 1.5 hours. Normally sessions will include 4 papers.

Abstracts must be submitted online to the submission platform, see below. Abstracts sent by email cannot be accepted. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected for presentation by the Research Network; the letter of notification will be sent by the conference software system in early April 2015.

Abstract submission deadline: 15th February 2015

Abstract submission platform: www.esa12thconference.eu

If you have further questions on the conference, please visit the conference website. For further information on the Research Network, please visit www.europeansociology.org.

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