isqols 2022International Society for Quality-of- Life Studies announce the 20th Annual Conference "Quality-of-Life Resilient Futures: Sustainability, Equity, & Wellbeing", 3-6 August, 2022, Burlington, Vermont, U.S.A.

The ISQOLS 2022 Conference in Burlington, Vermont, USA is the first in-person ISQOLS gathering since the global pandemic began. It provides the opportunity to build connections within our interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary community of scholars and practitioners dedicated to promoting quality-of-life and wellbeing. Hosted on the campus of The University of Vermont, the conference provides a forum for reflecting on our collective learning about quality-of-life throughout the global pandemic while providing evidence about how to cultivate resilience at all scales (individual, community, national, global) with a special focus on sustainability, equity, and wellbeing impacts on quality-of-life. We are pleased to welcome researchers, practitioners, students, professionals, faculty, retirees, experts and novices to Burlington, Vermont, USA in August 2022. Selected special events and lectures during the conference will be recorded.

Trust Conference BSA 2021 Call for papers 001The program of the conference “Trust and Well-Being in the Balkans” (to be held via Zoom between 30th of September and 1st of October) is now available and can be downloaded here.

The conference is organized by the Bulgarian Sociological Association in collaboration with the National Sociological Associations of Romania, Serbia and North Macedonia, and the support of the International Sociological Association.

casa academiei 1010Social inequalities and quality of life is an international conference organized by the Research Institute for Quality of Life at the Romanian Academy and Romanian Sociological Association. The conference will be organized in Bucharest and will take place online between November 15-19, 2021. The conference aims at providing a forum for interdisciplinary dialogue about possible strategies to reduce social polarization and to overcome developmental gaps. We believe that the current economic and sociopolitical climate, resulting from a succession of crises of different nature, represents a major challenge to contemporary societies.

uvt buildingThe 19th edition of the International Symposium Ideologies, Values, and Political Behavior in Central and Eastern Europe is organized by the Department of Political Science, West University of Timișoara. The Symposium will be held on December 3-5, 2021, at the West University of Timișoara, Romania. It is possible that this year’s edition will take place online. The event aims to bring together researchers interested in Central and Eastern European politics. We welcome paper proposals from scholars on political topics in Central and Eastern Europe as detailed below. The proposal should be no longer than one page and it should include a short Curriculum Vitae. All selected participants will be informed before the 20th of November 2021. 

LOGO AMASESocial exclusion in old age remains a significant health and social problem in Europe. Rising longevity, demographic ageing, accelerated digitalization processes, and active ageing policies are continuously shaping the dynamics of old age social exclusion. New intersectional inequalities emerge as the existing micro-, meso- and macro-social realities come into play. Research into the issue grew significantly over the past years, contributing to a better understanding of old age exclusion through data gathering, novel theoretical approaches, and combining support from various disciplines. Moreover, diminishing social exclusion remains a chief concern of policy, while incorporating ageing issues across policy making from the local to the European level is increasingly promoted. 

uvt buildingConferința Rolul cercetării și inovării în societatea contemporană, organizată de către Facultatea de Sociologie și Psihologie, Universitatea de Vest din Timișoara, are ca principal scop crearea unui cadru în care tinerii cercetători și doctoranzi să prezinte cercetări teoretice și aplicative inovatoare, în domeniul științelor socio-umane. Sunt acceptate lucrări din domeniile psihologie, sociologie, științe ale educației, asistență socială, antropologie, resurse umane sau din domenii conexe, precum și cercetări interdisciplinare. Conferința nu presupune taxe de înscriere, participare sau publicare. Toate lucrările acceptate vor fi evaluate în regim de double peer review în vederea publicării în reviste indexate BDI. Formatul conferinței va fi on-line.

Trust Conference BSA 2021 Call for papers 001The regional conference „Trust and Well-Being in the Balkans” is organized by the Bulgarian Sociological Association between 30 September – 01 October 2021, Sofia, Bulgaria, in collaboration with the national sociological associations of Romania, Serbia and Northern Macedonia, and with the support of the International Sociological Association.

The Balkans region presents a complex picture of similarities and differences, intertwining histories and projects for the future, that challenge us to use the resources of comparative data and findings to outline new research approaches and sociological understandings of the region. This is why the main goal of the conference is to provide a forum for comparative analysis, based on the data and findings of the European Social Survey (ESS) across the Balkan countries and beyond. As an academically initiated, cross-national study, which is conducted every two years since 2001, the ESS offers rich and reliable data to fulfil this goal. ESS data show that there is a connection between trust in institutions, the legitimacy of democracy and a personal sense of well-being. It is in this perspective that the analysis of problems with comparative data from the Balkans and other European regions could open possibilities for the development of important theoretical accounts; for better understanding of the processes of democracy building in this region (each country faces specific challenges); for the formulation of more effective public policies. In this sense, the conference aims to hold a high-level academic and research forum, but at the same time to retain the aim of public sociology, i.e. to participate in the formulation of public policies. The issue of the relationship between trust and well-being is interesting not only in the Balkans perspective. Contemporary societies – which we often describe as „individualized”, „fragmented” and „accelerated” appear to be at risk of losing the secret of social bonding. That is why we would like the conference to put in focus not only regional, but also global problems in order to propose theoretical interpretations and new approaches through which social trust and well-being can be examined. Beyond its academic and research goals, the conference will also contribute to strengthening the regional research network that has been collaborating at different intensity over the last decade and expand and orient it towards joint sociological research in order to guarantee its sustainability through collaboration.

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