(Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities
13th Conference of the European Sociological Association
Athens, Greece, 29 August – 1 September 2017
Europe can be made or unmade, and this is especially true since the „Great
Recession‟ of 2008. European society, and even the very idea of Europe, is under
threat. First, the inherent contradictions of capitalism are obviously stronger than we
thought: Greece, where the emphatic idea of “Europe” originated, has experienced
severe austerity measures; Europe has seen a deepening of neo-liberal politics,
threats to what remains of the welfare state and increasing inequality.
Second, solidarities are fragmented in and between societies across Europe. The
new world economic crisis formed a context for both the constitution and the
undermining of solidarities. On the one hand, from the Arab Uprisings to the various
Occupy and Indignados movements – and their manifestations at the level of political
parties – we have seen rebellions by citizens demanding political change. On the
other hand, refugees fleeing wars have been denied human rights and their lives
have been threatened by the closure of borders and the lack of a coordinated
Third, subjectivities are formed that do not only result in resistance and protest, but
also in apathy, despair, depression, and anxiety. Authoritarianism, nationalism,
racism, xenophobia, right-wing extremism, spirals of violence, and ideological
fundamentalisms have proliferated throughout the world, including in Europe.
As a result, the promise of Europe and the geographical, political, and social borders
of Europe have been unmade and this „unmaking‟ poses a profound challenge for
sociology and the social sciences more generally.
It is in this context that the European Sociological Association‟s 2017 Conference
takes place in Athens at the epicentre of the European crisis. The underlying
question for the conference is:
How and where to should a sociology that matters evolve? How can sociology‟s
analyses, theories and methods, across the whole spectrum of ESA‟s 37 research
networks and various countries, be advanced in order to explain and understand
capitalism, solidarities and subjectivities in the processes of the making, unmaking
and remaking of Europe?
We cordially invite sociologists and social scientists from around the globe to
join us in Athens – to attend the conference, to participate actively in the
discussions, and to contribute their own work!
Invited speakers include David Harvey, Margaret Abraham, Gerard Delanty,
Donatella della Porta, Silvia Federici, Eva Illouz, Maria Kousis, Hartmut Rosa,
Markus Schulz, Yanis Varoufakis, Michel Wieviorka, Ruth Wodak and others!
Call for Papers: http://www.europeansociology.org/download/esa2017_CFPs.pdf
Abstract submission deadline: 1 February 2017 (may be extended)
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