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Call for Papers

            Moving Cities: Contested Views on Urban Life 

 European Sociological Association Research Network 37 - Urban Sociology - Midterm Conference 

 Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

 June, 29th- July, 1st, 2016

 Abstract submission: November 5th, 2015 - December 15th, 2015 to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 Find the full Call for Papers for the next European Sociological Association Research Network 37 - Urban Sociology - Midterm Conference here

Confirmed keynote speakers: 

  • Saskia Sassen, Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Talja Blokland, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Ayo Mansaray, University of East London
  • Jacek Gądecki, University of Science and Technology in Krakow

Address any questions concerning the conference to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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We look forward to see you in Krakow!


Linking Theory and Empirical Research

Berlin, July 19 – August 1, 2015


We are delighted to announce the 5th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences. The summer school aims at promoting young researchers by strengthening their methodological understanding in linking theory and empirical research. The two weeks program creates an excellent basis for the advancement of their current research designs.

In the first week we address the key methodological challenges of concept-building, causation/explanation and micro-macro-linkage that occur in almost all research efforts and strive for a clarification of the epistemological implications underlying methodological paradigms. In the second week, these methodological considerations are applied to central empirical fields of research in political science, sociology, and their intersections with other disciplines. In this second part of the program participants are assigned to four thematic groups according to their own research topics. The thematic areas cover “Governance, Politics and Processes of Decision-Making”, “Citizenship, Migration and Diversity", “Social Struggle and Globalization”, and “The Dynamics of National and International Regimes”.

The program is characterized by a varied format of lectures, workshops, seminars, and one-to-one consultations. During the summer school participants will also have the opportunity to present and intensely discuss their own work and approaches and will be provided with hands-on advice for their research designs.

The school brings together a faculty of renowned international and Berlin-based scholars. Among the confirmed international lecturers are Michael Burawoy (UC Berkeley), Michael Coppedge (University of Notre Dame), Donatella Della Porta (EUI), Macartan Humphreys (Columbia University), Friedrich Kratochwil (formerly EUI), Daniel McFarland (Stanford University), Virag Molnar (New School for Social Research), Wendy Olsen (University of Manchester), and Sanjay Seth (Goldsmiths, University
of London).

The Berlin Summer School is a joint endeavor of the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. It is co-funded by the two institutions. Moreover, we receive generous funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Details on travel grants and tuition fees can be found on our webpage.

The international summer school is open to 50 PhD candidates, advanced master students and young Post-Docs. The call for applications has opened. Applications can be submitted online via the application form on the summer school webpage until March 31, 2015.

The decisions of the selection committee will be communicated to the applicants at the beginning of April. For more information, please visit our webpage at www.berlinsummerschool.de.

If you have additional questions, please contact directly the organizing team at 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

RN37 - Urban Sociology

RN Coordinator: João Teixeira Lopes, Oporto Arts Faculty, Oporto, Portugal, jmteixeiralopes(at)gmail.com


General session: Unequal lives in urban spaces

Although some optimistic voices, differences and inequalities have been increasing in Europe for the last two decades, as well the redefinition of public and private missions, inside new political and economic hegemonies. Urban spaces condensate and potentiate the visibility of these dimensions. More than just a scenario or a neutral arena of social relations, they contribute actively for the making of differences and inequalities, with their multidimensional background and consequences. Sometimes, the structuration of spaces demands a wider perspective, due to the interdependence of these realities.

In a broader perspective, this call offers also an opportunity to discuss the intersection of unequal social relations based on class, age, gender, sexual orientation, etc. as social relations of space (more than in space).

How do “old” and “new” differences and inequalities cross? Can recognition and redistribution policies be articulated trough urban spaces?

At the same time, several interventions have been designed to sustain this trend, both at the local, regional, national and transnational level. What balance can sociologists do about these programs? Did they effectively reduce inequalities? What was the specific role of sociology and of sociologists, both academic and professional? Were they interdisciplinary oriented? What can we learn from these experiences to anticipate the future and to design public policies? Are there big differences according to the dimension of cities?

Unequal lives in urban spaces: this may be a brief summary of the coexistence of subjective and objective dimensions of inequalities, as well as of the constitution of identities in discontinuous cities and metropolis.


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.

Call for Papers: Pubic Space and Urban Places

Volume 15, Research in Urban Sociology

Edited by João Teixeira Lopes  and Ray Hutchison


While Urban Sociology has a history that is similar to that of proper sociology – Engels on the industrial city, Toennies on the transition from community to society, Simmel on modernism and the metropolis --  there is nowadays a renewed interest in the public debate of urban policy and issues. Subjects such as the use of and regulation of public spaces, changing patterns of everyday life in urban neighborhoods, the increasing social exclusion of the poor and immigrant groups, and the like return to sociological debate with an unexpected force in this period of hyper-urbanization under globalization.Contributions to research in these areas is important not just tocritical thought, but to the development of the discipline, and to the understanding of everyday life and unachieved modernities.

In this volume, we will mobilize contemporary sociological knowledge about the city and urban issues, based on the complex and mediated relations between urban spaces and sociocultural configurations in public spaces.   We expect to organize contributions around three themes: spaces of ideas (urban issues and social theory about the city in a time of crisis and change), spaces of exclusion (including gentrification, immigration and ethnicity, and “social filtering”, and spaces of intervention (efforts at revitalization and other public interventions).  We are looking especially for comparative studies of European cities that focus on a culture of critical and reflexive study, theory and citizenship.

Public Space and Urban Places will be edited by João Teixeira Lopes (Unversidad do Port) and Ray Hutchison (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay) and published as part of the series Research in Urban Sociology (Emerald Press).  Information about the series can be accessed at the Emerald website (http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/books/series.htm?id=1047-0042) Please submit a one-page summary of your proposed chapter to the editors by October 31st,  Completed chapters will be expected by January 15th 2015, and revised chapters in April, 2015.

João Teixeira Lopes ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Ray Hutchison  ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )



Call for Papers

European Sociological Association

 Research Network 37 “Urban Sociology”Mid-Term Conference

Public spaces and private lives in the contemporary city

 Lisbon, FCSH-UNL,19-21st November 2014


Organisation: CESNOVA, FCSH-UNL and IS-FLUP, in cooperation with Dinâmia’CET-IUL, CIES-IUL and CES-UC

Urban Sociology 's history is as old as Sociology itself. Urban Sociology can be found on classic literature: Durkheim’s concepts of social morphology and organic solidarity; Weber and the genesis of the city; Simmel and the representations of themetropolis; Engels and the working class’ ways to inhabit the city; and, last but not least, theschool of Chicago with authors such as Robert E. Park or Louis Wirth.

Today, there is a renewed interest in urban issues and urban questions have gained a newfocus in public policies and public debate. Themes such as public spaces, suburbs, urbansecurity, urban violence, ways of inhabiting, transitions from rural to urban, neighborhoodand proximity, urban inequalities, etc.; returned to the sociological debate with an unexpectedforce in globalisation times. Research is also debating the impact of current economic crisis on urban life, and how to re-think cities on the aftermath.Being an area with a cumulative critical thought, Urban Sociology’s contribution is key for the development of the discipline as a whole, and for the understanding of ourmultiple and unachieved modernities.

For this Midterm Conference, which inaugurates ESA’s Research Network in Urban Sociology,we invite submissions addressing a wide variety of issues, as suggested in the four conferencetracks. We accept both theoretical and empirical papers contributing to the development ofUrban Sociology, and we welcome interdisciplinarity, as a requisite for broadening thescope of scientific research.

Conference tracks

1.      Culture and mega events in contemporary cities

Cultural and festive dynamics are strongly related to great physical, social, cultural andeconomic transformations in cities worldwide, often involving the (re)production of bothestablished and new urban inequalities. This conference track aims to debatethis broad issue but also the more specific phenomena of cultural and sports mega eventsand the way they contribute to re-shape cities and their public spaces by challenging urbancoexistence.

2.      Networks and sociabilities

Sociability has progressively been a concept of intense debate within the scope ofsocial sciences in general, and sociology in particular. In this track we are interestedin discussing the role of urban sociability on the construction of social networks andthe configuration of circuits. Specially in the context of social, political, cultural andartistic movements. We welcome papers focusing on both online and offline socialnetworks, as well as interdisciplinary research about sociability in contemporarysociety.

3.      Public and private tensions in urban places, lives and meanings

Public and private uses of urban space are key aspects in the tense and conflictual processesof creating and remaking places. This track is concerned with topics like (1) power, urbanform and experience, namely in the relation between urban management / administrationpractices and everyday uses of spaces (e.g. shopping malls, gated communities, slums,plazas, streets and urban voids); (2) (in)visibility and (un)awereness of both private troublesand public issues (e.g. in labour, housing, mobility and leisure) and theirimpact on placemaking and everyday life of urban populations; (3) conditions ofcoexistence of urban groups and individuals (e.g. visitors and residents, neighbours andstrangers, tourists and workers, commuters and trapped populations) and its effects onurban spaces, lives and meanings.

 4.      Territories of exclusion and (in)security

Security and the feeling of insecurity has always been central to the urban socialfabric. Portrayal of the city as an insecure place has been a very powerfulone, triggering the constitution and reconstitution of institutions, strategies, tactics,technologies and techniques undertaken by multiple actors from state and localassociations to individual schemes of public and private safety. In this track we aim toaddress these issues and discuss how they are intrinsic elements in the production andreproduction of urban territories and urban social groups.

Practical information

Proposalsubmission deadline: 30 June 2014

Acceptance of papers: August 2014

We accept proposals for presentations and proposals for sessions with a maximum of 4 participants from at least 3 different countries. Send us your proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information:


250 word abstract,
Author’s name(s), institutional affiliation, country, e-mail contact
Preferred track


Title of the session
Title of each presentation
250 words general abstract,
Author’s names, institutional affiliations, countries, e-mail contact
Preferred Track

Registrations: until November 1st

ESA members and students
Until September 1st: 20€          From September 2nd until November 1st: 30€
Other participants
Until September 1st: 30€          From September 2nd until November 1st:: 40€
Accepted presentations will be taken off the program if registrationand paymentis not completed by November 1st.

Payments by bank transfer

Bank transfer to FCSH-UNL (Refer the conference name ESA RN37)
IBAN PT50 0781 0112 00000006399 80
Please send payment receipts to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Midterm Conference coordinators

João Teixeira Lopes (RN Coordinator, FLUP)
Luís Baptista (FCSH-UNL)

Council of Programm

António Firmino da Costa (CIES, ISCTE-IUL)
Carlos Fortuna (FEUC - CES)
Giovanni Semi (University of Torino,Italy)
Graça Índias Cordeiro (CIES, ISCTE-IUL)
Juan-Jose Villalon (UNED, Spain)
KatrinPaadam (Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration/Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)
Teresa Madeira (Dinâmia, ISCTE-IUL)
Walter Rodrigues (Dinâmia, ISCTE-IUL)

Organizing Committee

GonçaloGonçalves (CHC, ISCTE-IUL)
Inês Pereira (CIES, ISCTE-IUL)
João Martins (CESNOVA, FCSH-UNL)
João Pedro Silva Nunes  (Dinâmia, ISCTE-IUL)
Lígia Ferro (CIES, ISCTE-IUL)
Madalena Corte-Real (CESNOVA, FCSH-UNL)
Manuela de Vicenzi (CESNOVA, FCSH-UNL)
Marianna Monte (Dinâmia, ISCTE-IUL)
Patrícia Pereira (CESNOVA, FCSH-UNL)
Paula Guerra (IS-FLUP)
Pedro Miguel Almeida (CESNOVA, FCSH-UNL)
Rita Cachado (CIES, ISCTE-IUL)

Track Coordinators

Track 1: João Teixeira Lopes, Jordi Nofre and Patricia Pereira
Track 2: Inês Pereira and Ligia Ferro
Track 3: João Pedro Silva Nunes and Rita Cachado
Track 4: Luis Baptista and GonçaloGonçalves