About ESA 2021 in Barcelona


15th ESA Conference, 31 August - 3 September 2021 to be held in Barcelona / Spain

Every other year since 1992, the European Sociological Association organises a big conference in different European countries. From 31 August to 3 September 2021, 3000 participants from all over the world are expected to come to Barcelona, Spain for the 15th ESA Conference dealing with "Sociological Knowledges for Alternative Futures".

The ESA 2021 Conference will take place either with the full physical co-presence of all attendees, or wholly online, or in some hybrid mode combining these two possibilities. We hope to see you in Barcelona!

About the ESA 2021 conference logo

The Canadenca strike (Barcelona, 1919) originated at the main electrical company in Barcelona, “Riegos y Fuerzas del Ebro”, popularly known as La Canadenca, since its capital came from Canada. The strike soon spread to other companies in the sector via the CNT’s union for water, gas and electricity workers. The bonds of solidarity led to the victory of workers.

After two days of negotiations, an agreement was signed to free the majority of prisoners, readmit all the workers on strike with no reprisals, increase wages and cut working hours to eight a day (Decreto de la jornada de ocho horas de trabajo).

All demands were met and extended not only to workers in the water, gas and electrical sectors, but also to the rest of the sectors in the state. Barcelona became a pioneer city in having an eight-hour working day.

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