- Published on Thursday, 05 September 2013 10:53
Second International Conference on the Middle Class December 3-4,2013
The conference commemorates the 60th anniversary of the birth of Prof. Nikolai Tilkidjiev
Call for papers
We are pleased to invite you to the Middle Class International Conference in Sofia. The philosophy of the conference rests upon the understanding that, in order to be fruitful, the debate as to the nature of contemporary societies, as to their particularities, mutual similarities and differences, and the crises they undergo, requires a comprehensive analysis of the processes occurring in the middle classes of these societies.
What significant changes have occurred in the middle class in the last fifteen years? In view of the difficulties that all contemporary societies – both developed and developing, both Eastern and Western – have experienced, what transformations have taken place in the middle class, its structure, stratification specificity, and identity? In the context of the world economic crisis, is the middle class melting down or even disappearing in the worst hit regions? Is so-called “middle class anxiety” a typical phenomenon of our time?
The conference is focused on a wide range of problems:
- Theoretical and conceptual problems of the study of the middle class, its nature, formation, reproduction, development, stabilization, social-groupmobility
- The Bulgarian middle class: itssocial-economic, cultural, political, etc., status, identity, mobility, the problems that confront its social group stability, etc.
- The middle class in a comparative perspective, thesocial-group characteristics of the middle classes in contemporary post-communist and developed societies, a comparison of the middle classes in the historical, regional, national, civilizational contexts;
- Stratification particularities of the different social-group formations belonging to the middle class: entrepreneurs, managers, professionals, specialists and experts, the “old” and “new”, the “lower”, “middle”, and “upper” middleclass, etc.
- Methodological problems related to measuring the middle class, to the basic indicators defining it, and to the dividing lines between the separate social groups;
- The subjective middle class and how people identify with it;
- Cultural identity, educational achievement, and values of the middle class; its moral norms and esthetic tastes;
- Political culture and behaviour of the middle class;
- Models of consumption, leisure, and lifestyle of the middle class.
The conference will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the birth of the late Prof. Nikolai Tilkidjiev, whose name has become emblematic for modern Bulgarian sociology of the middle class and social stratification. He was the main organizer of the international conference “The Middle Class as a Precondition for the Stability of Society”, conducted in 1998, a time when the claim that a middle class exists in Bulgaria and in the other post-communist societies sounded absurd at the very least, and when any discussion on the topic began and ended with the question “is there a middle class?”
How has the middle class changed in the last fifteen years since the First International Conference on this important topic? How have our theoretical approaches and the methodology with which we study it developed? What new conclusions and generalizations have we made, and how has the study of the middle class contributed to a fuller understanding of the society in which we live? What are the practical-applied results and achievements of research on the middle class? How has this research helped to clarify our understanding of the middle class’s social-group position? Have our research efforts enabled us to propose to the public and to people in government a clear and comprehensible conception as to the middle class and its social role, did we convince them of the middle class’s importance for the stability of society?
The objective of the Second International Conference on the MiddleClass is to propose answers to these and related theoretical, methodological and practical-applied questions.
Submission of abstracts
The abstracts should be in English or Bulgarian, no longer than 500 words. It is the author’s responsibility to submit a correct abstract; any errors in spelling, grammar, or scientific fact will be reproduced as typed by the author.
You will receive an e-mail notification about the status of you abstract no latter then October 15, 2013 by the Program committee. Alongside with the notification we will provide you with the travel and accommodation information (Sofia Survival Kit).
Important practical information
While the Organizing Committee does not subsidize travel and accommodation, conference registration fees will be waived for paper presenters. Participants are responsible for arrangements of their travel and accommodation.
- The Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences,
- The University of National and World Economy,
- The Sofia University “St. Kliment Ochridski”.
Directorofthe Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
President of RC “Social Stratification” at the Bulgarian Sociological Association
President of the Bulgarian Sociological Association,
Vice-rector of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Head of Department “Sociology” at The Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
President of the Balkan Sociological Forum
President of the Agency for Social Analysis (ASA)
Walter Müller, University of Mannheim, Germany - http://www.uni-mannheim.de
Harri Mellin, Vice-rector of University of Tampere, Finland - http://www.uta.fi
Jouko Nikula – University of Helsinki, Finland - http://www.helsinki.fi/university/
- Published on Sunday, 01 July 2012 18:44
Second Annual Conference of the Balkan Sociological Forum
Close but Unknown Neighbors : Balkan Sociological Perspectives
9-10 November 2012
The Conference is organized by the Balkan Sociological Forum and Bulgarian Sociological Association and supported by the International Sociological Association. It will be held parallel with the XIII Congress of the Bulgarian Sociological Association on November 9-10, 2012 in Sofia.
A. Place of the topic in relation to state-of-the-art in sociology
TheBalkanshavebeensystematicallystudiedbyhistorians, anthropologists, culturalstudiesexperts, art historians, but have rarely been placed in a general sociological perspective. Comparative studies on separate social problems have rarely included more than three or four countries. In fact, from a sociological perspective, Balkan countries pose a double challenge: social and cognitive.
There is the social aspect, for even though they have a shared past of authoritarian and totalitarian regimes in different periods of the 20th century, their social and political development in post WW2 Europe has not been the same for all countries. Their common present situation of transition to a market economy and democratic structures like those of Western Europe, does not cancel the specific ordeals of economic, political, and social development that each national society of the Balkans is going through. Engrossed as we are in the supra-national structures of the EU and of Transatlantic cooperation, we hardly notice our neighbours; moreover, we fail to realize that the position of each country on the international scene depends on its relations with, and the support of, its closest environment. In competing for international recognition, our interest in neighbouring countries is all too often limited to what can be advantageous though detrimental to them. Thus we miss the chance of working together to overcome our common weaknesses and achieve mutual consolidation of our separate advantages. In scrutinizing our own problems, we fail to look around us and see that, within the proximate region – so close to us by its historical destiny and present state of civilization, some country may have already found a solution to some of our own problems. What are our Balkan neighbours like as economic and political players, as stratified societies and united communities, as educational and cultural structures, as ways of living together and recognizing the other? What is happening here and now in each Balkan country? How does the past impact on the present in each country and in the relations between them? What part of the contemporary experience of each country could be useful for its neighbours, so that our presence in united Europe and in the world might be constructive, mutually enriching, and stimulating? These are all questions to which sociology, with its rich variety of paradigms and approaches, can provide well-argued and thoughtful answers.
AsconcernstheBalkansasacognitivechallenge, thisaspect consistsforemostintheproblemsthatthecurrentprocessesofinternationalizationandinterdisciplinaryscientificknowledgeposeforsociology. The national communities of sociologists in Balkan countries compete to win a place in the European production of interdisciplinary and policy-oriented knowledge, but we are also partners playing non-hegemonic roles in the international research area. These combined features provide a suitable starting point for analysis, and our integration in the European Research Area clarifies a number of problems, such as:
- the marginalization of national sociological traditions;
- the neutralization of local issues by presenting them as Eastern equivalents of problems formulated with reference to the West European social and research context;
- the irrelevance of applying a theoretical framework to social situations in separate national contexts;
- the replacement of scientific argumentation as to the validity of knowledge by imperatives of immediate applicability;
- the tension between local vocation vs. international involvement; the growing dependence of the research structure and the type of knowledge produced relative to the forms of funding and the supra-national management of scientific production, etc.
B. Objectives and topics
ThemainobjectiveoftheSecondAnnualConferenceofBSF is byidentifyingthecommonandspecificproblemsin thecontemporary development of Balkan countries, to contribute to a better understanding of our own society, and to the development of sociology as a cognitive solution to the contextual problems, a solution based on adequate theoretical and methodological tools.
The discussions will be organized around the following thematic centers:
- The Contemporary Economic Crisis: Political Solutions, Technological Answers, Individual Strategies;
- Mobility and Social Inequalities;
- Global Social Order, States, Citizens;
- Transformations of Identities and Social Relationships in the Balkans;
- National Sociological Traditions and the Sociologist’s Vocation Today.
C. Organization and deadlines
Balkan Sociological Forum and Bulgarian Sociological Association invite scholars and students of sociology and other social sciences from all Balkan countries and colleagues outside the Balkans working jointly with sociologists from this region to take part in theSecondConferenceofBSF. Please, send your proposals until July 20th 2012 to the following addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
Conference languages: Bulgarian and English
- 20th of July 2012: Abstract submission
- 1st of August 2012: Confirmation of abstract acceptance
- 30th of September 2012: Participants registration
- 25th of October 2012: Conference programme
Abstracts should be contained the following items:
- Professional status (student, Ph.D. student, professor, research fellow, experts, etc.)
- Title and abstract up to 20 lines/or 200 words/or 1500 sings in English
Accommodation and other details will be announced before 10th of October 2012.
Organizers and Organizing Committee
Bulgarian Sociological Association (www.bsa-bg.org)
Balkan Sociological Forum
Lekë Sokoli – president of the Balkan Sociological Forum, University Martin Barleti, Tirana, Albania
Svetla Koleva – vice-president of the Balkan Sociological Forum, president of the Bulgarian Sociological Association, Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
Gjon BORIÇI - Albanian University, Tirana, Albania
Ognjen Čaldarović - president of Croatian Sociological Association
Todor Galev - Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
Maya Grekova - Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria
Ivo Hristov - Plovdiv University Paisii Hilendarski, Bulgaria
Martin Kanoushev - New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria
Jonida Lamaj – Balkan Sociological Forum Secretary, Albanian Institute of Sociology
Svetla Marinova - Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria
Mihail Mirchev - University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria
Diana Nenkova - Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
Andrei Nonchev – University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria
Pajaziti - South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia
Miroslava Radeva - Plovdiv University Paisii Hilendarski and MBMD Ltd., Bulgaria
Sunai RAIMI - State University of Tetovo, Macedonia
Rumiana Stoilova - Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
Gorgi TONOVSKI - FON University, Skopje, Macedonia
- Published on Thursday, 07 June 2012 18:12
Публична лекция на Г-жа Катрин Брешиняк,
Постоянен научен секретар на Френската академия на науките - Френски Институт,
Посланик на френското правителство за науката, технологиите и иновациите,
Председател на френския Национален център за научни изследвания (2006 – 2010)
на тема „Европа и науката: ролята на водещите институции”
- Published on Sunday, 03 June 2012 12:54
СОЦИАЛНАТА СИСТЕМА И ТЕОРИЯТА НА ХАОСА
Проф. Георги Фотев
- Published on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 19:02
Източник: Фондация "РискМонитор" и Асоциация на студентите по социология в СУ (АСССУ)
- Открита лекция "РЕГИОНАЛНИТЕ ИНТЕГРАЦИОННИ ПОЛИТИКИ В ЕС И АСЕАН КАКВО СРАВНЯВАМЕ" (2 Април 2012)
- Second Annual Conference of the Balkan Sociological Forum Close but Unknown Neighbors : Balkan Sociological Perspectives 9-10 November 2012 Sofia, Bulgaria
- Център за академични изследвания, София - Публична лекция (София, 15 Май 2012)
- Годишна конференция „Кооперацията в българското село – светло минало и неясно бъдеще” (София, 5 Юни 2012)