European Sociological Association RN36 – Sociology of Transformations: East and West,

Slovenian National Committee of the UNESCO Management of Social Transformations Program (MOST),

School of Advanced Social Studies, Nova Gorica, Slovenia,

and the Junior Sociologists Network of the International Sociological Association


organize this years 


Midterm Conference of ESA RN36 and

10th Slovenian Social Science Conference

The Social Transformations We Live in: Between Cohesion and Fragmentation”

September 20-22, 2018, Nova Gorica, Slovenia

Announcement for participants of the Midterm Conference of ESA RN36 and 10th Slovenian Social Science Conference (September 20-22, 2018, Nova Gorica, Slovenia)
The submission deadline to the Special issue of Research in Social Change Journal is October 31, 2018.

Authors are reminded that submitted papers must comply with the format specified in the instructions for authors on the website: http://www.fuds.si/en/publishing

Enquiries about the special issue may be directed to the Assistant Editor Petra Kleindienst (petra.kleindienst@fuds.si). 

We all are witnessing contradictory and complex tendencies in the world we live in. It is becoming fragmented in many spheres. Simultaneously global marketization, the continuing rise of transnational organisational forms, and super-national political unions suggest unification and homogenization. The global tendencies increasingly make our world interconnected and interdependent. These interdependencies call for the greater coordination, integration and cohesion but they can hardly be taken for granted. At the same time a corporate-driven policy agenda and the distorted economic views bolstering them have deepened inequality and undermined social stability in regions across the world. It was not just the persistent patterns of huge inequalities between different parts of society but also the growing frustration that political systems have become unresponsive to the concerns of people suffering from the current state of affairs.

Do we live in the era that seems to favour exclusion over inclusion? In the time, when the first (exclusion) is fast becoming a routine measure to which mechanically to resort, internal choices assume yet more attraction and facility. It may refer to many aspects of social and political life and rise many questions. The EU has remained suspended between rhetorical commitments to integrate and real world action which demonstrates that politics remains, in the eyes of the large majority, properly within the nation state.  Mass migration and the related cross-cultural encounters can generate productive and mutually beneficial inter-cultural practices; however, they may be exploited to promote segregation, discrimination, fundamentalism, and extremism. Is information and digital revolution in this or other respect a decisive factor for the social integration or new social divide? How people feel solidarity and on what grounds? What are new divides arising? Can individualisation be seen as a basis for cohesion and solidarity or as a factor of atomisation and fragmentation?

What are the forces or ideas that are capable to secure a peaceful and so thriving society, well-integrated and imbued with the spirit of mutual cooperation?

What changes can we reveal through our studies in the region of Eastern and Central Europe? Do they lead to cohesion or fragmentation? Or both but in different aspects? Is it a part of greater change, which one?  Do we face now fundamental contradictions? Or may be we talk about illusive cohesion and illusive fragmentation?  And many other questions…

Keynote speakers:

  • Petr Jehlička, The Open University, UK
  • Martin Mendelski, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany
  • Frane Adam, Institute for Developmental and Strategic Analysis, Slovenia

PDF version of the programme: conference programme

Conference Fees:

  • Regular fee – EUR 45
  • Discounted fee for ESA and SNC MOST members – EUR 30
  • Discounted fee for PhD students– EUR 20

* Follow these guidelines for payment of the conference fee.

Conference venue:

School of Advanced Social Studies / Fakulteta za uporabne družbene študije v Novi Gorici, Gregorčičeva 19, 5000 Nova Gorica, Slovenia

Nova Gorica is the youngest Slovenian town. In 2017, it celebrated its 70th birthday. It is located at the border with Italy. As a unique example in Europe, the two towns, Slovenian Nova Gorica (or New Gorica) and Italian Gorizia (Gorica) are located at the border with no border crossings and living in great co-existence on all levels. It is a town with a mild climate, green and blooming all year round, young, lively and friendly to the visitors from all over the world. (Source: novagorica-turizem.com)

Contact: sssc@fuds.si

Organizing institutions:

  • ESA RN36 “Sociology of transformations: East and West”;
  • Slovenian National Committee of the UNESCO Management of Social Transformations Program (MOST);
  • School of Advanced Social Studies / Fakulteta za uporabne družbene študije v Novi Gorici;
  • ISA Junior Sociologists Network.