History

Brief History of the European Sociological Association

The idea of creating a European Sociological Association (ESA) dates back to 1987. After being legally established in 1994, the ESA was formally introduced to sociologists from all over Europe in 1995, during its second conference in Budapest. The ESA is a non-profit making association registered under French law since 2001. After a few years at SISWO in Amsterdam, the ESA office is located in Paris, where over the years it has had several host institutions. Since 2015, the ESA office operates from within the headquarters of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH). In 2016, ESA restructured its headquarters operations. It took over further responsibilities in organising conferences. Since then, ESA engages two employees.

The European Sociological Association provides an international platform for European sociologists as well as sociologists worldwide. The ESA aims to facilitate sociological research, teaching and communication between sociologists and between sociologists and other scientists, and to give sociology a voice in European affairs. The ESA intends to cultivate an influence on the development of European academic life and the formation of the younger generation of sociologists. This is evidenced by the thriving activities of the ESA’s Research Networks, the ESA journals European Societies and European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology as well as the ESA conferences.

To this day, the ESA is made up of 37 Research Networks and over 2800 members. The ESA has held biennial conferences in various locations all over Europe:

 

Year

Place

Title

Participants

President

1.

1992

Vienna

Sociological Perspectives on a Changing Europe

602

-

2.

1995

Budapest

European Societies: Fusion or Fission?

671

-

3.

1997

Essex

20th Century Europe: Inclusions/Exclusions

615

Sylvia Walby (UK)

4.

1999

Amsterdam

Will Europe Work?

825

Martin Kohli (D)

5.

2001

Helsinki

Visions and Division: Challenges to European Sociology

1273

Jiri Musil (CZ)

6.

2003

Murcia

Ageing societies, new sociology

1300

Yasemin Soysal (UK)

7.

2005

Torun

Rethinking Inequalities

1200

J.P. Roos (FIN)

8.

2007

Glasgow

Conflict, Citizenship and Civil Society

1646

Giovanna Procacci (IT)

9.

2009

Lisbon

European Society or European Societies?

2560

Claire Wallace (UK)

10.

2011

Geneva

Social Relations in Turbulent Times

2831

Analia Torres (PT)

11.

2013

Turin

Crisis, Critique and Change

2681

Pekka Sulkunen (FI)

12.

2015

Prague

Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination

3459

Carmen Leccardi (IT)

13.

2017

Athens

(Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities

3581

Frank Welz (AT)

14.

2019

Paris