Call for Panel and Paper Proposals: Political Sociology Section at the ECPR General Conference 2020

We are happy to inform you that our section “Society-State Relations in Post-Democracy: Illiberalism and Populism and their Alternatives” has been accepted for the ECPR General Conference at the University of Innsbruck 2020 with seven panels. See below our section description.

The call for panels (with 4-5 papers) and papers is open until midnight UK time on 19 February 2020. You can submit your abstracts for panels and papers via the ECPR website.

 

Our section proposal:

Title: Society-State Relations in Post-Democracy: Illiberalism and Populism and their Alternatives

Chair: Laura Landorff, Aalborg Universitet

Co-Chair: Oscar Mazzoleni, Université de Lausanne

Abstract

This session addresses several topics crucial for political sociology, regarding severe threats to the liberal democratic political order brought on by the emerging illiberal nationalist and populist agency in different European countries. These new threats on the political scene build up their ideological and practical challenges from being against a set of heterogeneous and interchangeable targets, such as established national and EU political elites, global economic powers, migrants and refugees, underserving people, minorities, intellectuals, and others. In addition, growing social inequalities increasing risks and uncertainty, and the crisis of the political representation of different social groups create a specific context in which these tendencies have proliferated. New digital technologies offer innovative instruments and patterns of communication with the electoral body, and are often well used by nationalist and populist leadership. What will be the political consequence of these post-democratic illiberal trends? How do these challenges transform the relations between society and state? What kinds of alternative political discourse are emerging to contest these phenomena?

The ubiquity of these transformations posits challenges not only in terms of empirical knowledge but also in terms of a new theoretical reflection, re-assessment, and renewal. For instance, what can social theory say about populism in confrontation with the new forms of nationalism? How do populism and nationalism alter the European supra- and trans-national integration? How do they reshape the European and global borderscapes? In what ways do these new trends affect the most vulnerable social groups? How might we rethink political dis-engagement and re-engagement of individuals and groups in our societies? In what ways do new technological tools and their ordinary uses challenge the significance of expertise? Finally, what political and social alternatives to the illiberal trends can be identified today in the European context?

These questions will frame the focus of the session, but others may be proposed as well. This Section invites Panel proposals from various disciplinary angles and multiple methodologies to address key theoretical debates and empirical research in political sociology regarding the challenges of illiberalism and populism.

These questions will frame the focus of the session, but others may be proposed as well. This Section invites Panel proposals from various disciplinary angles and multiple methodologies to address key theoretical debates and empirical research in political sociology regarding the challenges of illiberalism and populism.

Call for Nominations for the Mattei Dogan Prize (open 1 November 2019)

As of 1 November 2019, the ECPR will welcome nominations for the 2020 Mattei Dogan Foundation Prize in European Political Sociology (deadline for nominations, Monday 2 March 2020).

The Mattei Dogan Foundation Prize is awarded for a major contribution to the advancement of political sociology. It is presented to either a scholar with an ensemble of outstanding scientific publications and constructive professional achievements or a coherent team of several researchers enjoying a high reputation in the international community of political sociologists. Please see the full description here https://ecpr.eu/Prizes/PrizeDetails.aspx?PrizeID=5

Previous award winners are Hanspeter Kriesi (2017), Maurizio Cotta (2015) and Virginie Guiraudon (2013).

Our SG is officially on board of the Mattei Dogan Prize! This year, Laura Landorff, Oscar Mazzoleni, as well as a former prize winner, Virginie Guiraudon, have been accepted as members of the the jury. If you know a potential candidate, please forward her/him the following call:

https://ecpr.eu/Prizes/PrizeDetails.aspx?PrizeID=5

 

 

Call for Paper Proposals: Joint Session Workshop on Lefts and Nationalisms, 14-17 April 2020, Toulouse

We are happy to announce that the Workshop proposal on the Lefts and Nationalisms, supported by our SG, has been accepted for the next Joint Sessions, that will take place in Toulouse between 14th and 17th April 2020.

You can find it also on the website of the ECPR:https://ecpr.eu/Events/PanelDetails.aspx?PanelID=8474&EventID=129.

Proposals, in English, must include a title, a summary of 300 words maximum and 3 to 8 keywords, and must be submitted online here:https://ecpr.eu/MyEcpr/Forms/PaperProposalForm.aspx?EventID=129.

Deadline: 5th November 2019 (midnight UK time).

The two directors of the Workshop invite those interested to contact them beforehand to discuss their communication project:

emmanuel.dallemulle[at]graduateinstitute.ch

tudi.kernalegenn[at]uclouvain.be

Call for papers: Panel « Thinking Reflexively about the Political Sociology of the EU » at 2019 ECPR General Conference

The political sociology panel proposal « Thinking Reflexively about the Political Sociology of the EU » for the upcoming ECPR General Conference in Wroclaw is still looking for further paper contributions. If you are interested in submitting a paper, please get in touch with dswartz[at]bu.edu before February 18, 2019.

 

PANEL DESCRIPTION

TITLE

Thinking Reflexively about the Political Sociology of the EU

 

ABSTRACT

In European politics today, new forms of transnational power are emerging that challenge the traditional parameters of action by nation states. New actors are creating new spaces of contest that may overlap but do not snuggle fit with the traditional spaces of political action. This has called into question both institutional and constructionist perspectives that neglect underlying forms of power at work. New forms of solidarity and differentiation, both in terms of knowledge and social groups, are being created. The purpose of this panel is to encourage a more critically reflexive practice of the tools of political sociology in order to better account for these new political realities. The panel draws inspiration from Niilo Kauppi’s 2018 book Toward a Reflexive Political Sociology of the European Union: Fields, Intellectuals and Politicians. We are looking for papers that employ types of reflexive thinking to assess the recent political changes in the EU.

Nominations for the 2019 Mattei Dogan Foundation Prize

The ECPR welcomes now nominations for the 2019 Mattei Dogan Foundation Prize in European Political Sociology (deadline for nominations, March 1st).

The Mattei Dogan Foundation Prize is awarded for a major contribution to the advancement of political sociology. As written on the ECPR website, it is presented to either a scholar with an ensemble of outstanding scientific publications and constructive professional achievements or a coherent team of several researchers enjoying a high reputation in the international community of political sociologists. Please see the full description here https://ecpr.eu/Prizes/PrizeDetails.aspx?PrizeID=5

We would like to encourage you to come up with suggestions for nominations for the 2019 Mattei Dogan Foundation Prize, and send these to the SG steering committee (landorff[at]cgs.aau.dk, oscar.mazzoleni[at]unil.ch) until Thursday, 21st of February 2019. In consultation with our advisory board, we will then decide how to support a nomination coming from our Standing Group. Previous award winners are Hanspeter Kriesi (2017), Maurizio Cotta (2015) and Virginie Guiraudon (2013).

Political Sociology section at the next ECPR General Conference in Wroclaw, September 4-7, 2019

We are very happy to inform you that our section ‘Political Sociology: Contemporary Challenges to State-Society Relations’ with eight panels has been accepted for the next ECPR General Conference in Wroclaw, September 4-7, 2019. The steering committee of the SG with the support of its advisory committee took the initiative for the section. Hence, now it is time to come forward with some very interesting suggestions for panels and papers. The call for panels (with 4-5 papers) and individual papers is open since December, 5th via the ECPR website. It will close on 18 February 2019. See the section description here: https://ecpr.eu/Events/SectionDetails.aspx?SectionID=839&EventID=123

Standing Group’s new Steering and Advisory Committees

In conformity with decisions made at the SG business meeting in Hamburg August 2018, the steering committee of political sociology for the next three years (2018-2020) will be composed of a chair (Laura Landorff), co-chair (Oscar Mazzoleni), secretary (Carlo Ruzza) and treasurer (Tatjana Sekulic). In addition, during these three years an advisory committee will help the steering committee in its activities, composed of Cecilia Biancalana, Charlotte Galpin, Alon Helled, Niilo Kauppi, David Swartz, and Hans-Jörg Trenz.

New Generation of Leadership of the Standing Group

8/31/18

Dear Members of the Political Sociology Standing Group,

To borrow from JFK’s famed inaugural address, Niilo and I are passing the torch on to a new generation of leadership of our SG; Laura Landorff will be Chair and Oscar Mazzoleni will be Co-Chair. This was decided In unanimity at the SG business meeting in Hamburg. Niilo and I congratulate Laura and Oscar on their new responsibilities and look forward to what we believe will be very strong leadership for the SG. Niilo and I will join the SG steering committee. We also welcome Tatjana Sekulic as our new Treasurer and Carlo Ruzza will continue as Secretary.

Laura and Oscar will be in touch with you soon for thematic and panel suggestions for the General Conference next year in Wroclaw, Poland.

David and Niilo.