(Bulgarian) Методологически Семинар – обучение за работа с данни от Европейското социално изследване (ЕСИ/ESS)

In memorium of Prof. Peter-Emil Mitev


On September 12, 2023 Prof. Peter-Emile Mitev passed away. His memory will be preserved in the countless articles and books that are to be written by future generations of sociologists. His publications are a testament to his exceptional erudition, depth and commitment to scholarly research, to teaching and to the public advocacy of sociological expertise. As President of the Bulgarian Sociological Association in 1991-1999, he guided the Association in a dynamically changing social landscape. Prof. Mitev is a leading scholar with international reputation in the field of studies of young people. His activity in the International Sociological Association is a recognition of his contribution to sociology, but also raises the prestige of Bulgarian sociology. He has been a member of the International Sociological Association (since 1974), of the Advisory Board of the ISA Research Committee 34 “Sociology of Youth” (1998-2002), of the ISA Research Coordinating Committee (1986/90), of the Bureau of IC 34 “Sociology of Youth” (1986/90; 1980/82). President of IC 34 Sociology of Youth (1982/86). He participated in the ISA World Congresses of Sociology in Varna (1970), Toronto (1974), Uppsala (1978), Mexico (1982), Delhi (1986), Madrid (1990), Bielefeld (1996), Durban (2006).

With imagination and talent, with resilience Prof. Petar-Emil Mitev championed sociology as a science in Bulgaria and far beyond the borders of the country until the last moment of his life.

A last farewell, Professor,

With the greatest respect and sorrow

Prof. Rumiana Stoilova

President of the Bulgarian Sociological Association

14 September 2023


Programme of the International Symposium: New perspectives and interventions: “The state of play in cultural sociology and sociology of the arts”

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European Sociological Association 

Research Network 02 Sociology of Arts & Research Network 07 Sociology of Culture

In cooperation with

Bulgarian Sociological Association

Department of Sociology and Department of Cultural Studies, 

Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” 

New perspectives and interventions: 

The state of play in cultural sociology and sociology of the arts


Sofia, August 31 – September 2, 2023


With the financial support of The Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF)


31 August

8:00-9:00 Registration (in front of the Mirror Hall)

9:00-9:30 Opening of the symposium (Mirror Hall)

Welcoming addresses 

Prof. Rumyana Stoilova, President of the BSA, 

Prof. Boyan Znepolski, Head of Department of Sociology, 

Prof. Daniela Koleva, Head of the Department of Cultural Studies.

9.30-10:30 Plenary session (Mirror Hall

Chair: Chris Mathieu

Oleksandra Nenko: “Troubled Home”: Displaced Place Identity in the Wartime Works of Ukrainian Artists


10:30-11:00 Coffee break


11:00-12:30 Thematic parallel sessions

Session 1. Culture and inequalities (Hall 2) 

Chair: Guido Nicolosi 

Predrag Cvetičanin, Lucas Page Pereira, Mirko Petrić, Inga Tomić-Koludrović, Frédéric Lebaron, Željka Zdravković: Cultural practices and socio-digital inequalities in Europe: empirical findings and theoretical considerations

Mirko Petrić, Inga Tomić-Koludrović, Augustin Derado, Iva Žunić: The relevance of exploratory approaches in cultural policy: analysing understandings of culture in Croatia

Voica Pușcașiu: Mapping Eastern-Europe Political Discourse and Inequalities through Public Monuments: A Digital Cartography Crowdsourcing Project

Simon Stewart: Swift falls and stretched time: using vignettes and life stories to understand migrants’ experiences of homelessness in the UK 

Session 2. Creativity, cultural production and dialogue (Mirror Hall) 

Chair: Chris Mathieu

Marie Buscatto: Can sociological research change art worlds? Learnings from 25 years of research on gender inequalities

Helena Santos: The urgency of cross-dialogues in culture and the arts: reflecting on sociology and economics

Stoyan Sgourev: External Disruptions in Culture: When the West Looked Eastward

Sara Malou Strandvad (online): From fields and worlds to a multiplicity of spheres? Theorizing cultural production in the 21st century


12:30-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-15:00 Thematic parallel sessions 

Session 3. Theoretical debates and developments in Cultural Sociology (Mirror Hall) Chair: Michaela Pfadenhauer

David Inglis: When Will You (We) Ever Get Over Bourdieu?

Svetlana Hristova: Cultural sociology of the new normal: The new horizons of old perspectives?

Philipp F. Hennch: Re-Measurements of Human-World Relations in Posthuman Fictions and Contemporary Art

Dominik Zelinsky: “To the moon and beyond”: Investment Manias, Elon Musk’s Dogecoin Pump, and Economic Practices of Charismatic Communities

Session 4. Experience, meaning and aesthetics (Hall 2) 

Chair: Oleksandra Nenko

Nina Tessa Zahner: Aesthetic experience as association? Researching the experiencing of aesthetic artefacts with ANT in a critical way

Caterina Filareti: Art as a communicative vehicle in the pathological experience

Andrea Lombardinilo: The art of simulacrum. The double connection of images and risk

Nikola Guinev: The Unhappy Consciousness and the Comicality of Culture Industry


15:00-15:30 Coffee break


15:30-17:00 Thematic parallel sessions

Session 5. Arts: Transnational and intercultural (Mirror Hall

Chair: Tal Feder

Júlia Perczel (online): Cosmopolitans in the museum: Agents of inter-level brokerage in the global art field 

Matteo Jacopo Zaterini (online): Idle animations as narrative device

Jekaterina Karelina (online): Pandemic distortion: new perspectives of sociology of creativity

Olga Vatkova: The International Triennial “Spirit of Watercolor” 2016 – 2022, Varna, Bulgaria, as a means of achieving intercultural dialogue on a global scale

Session 6. Arts and activisms (Hall 2) 

Chair: Helena Santos

Marie Rosenkranz: Activism as a topic and dimension of art sociology

Signe Grube: Artistic Expression and Societal Impact: Latvian Artists during Wartime (The Reality after February 24, 2022)

Adam Havas: Rituals of Resistance, ‘Culture Wars,’ and Social Activism: The Cultural Politics of Barcelona’s and Budapest’s Scenes of Improvised Music


17:30-19:00 Plenary Thematic Session: Cultural policies to the arts & institutional collaborations 

Place: National Art Gallery „Square 500“


19:00-20:00 – Reception


1 September 


9:30-10.45 Plenary session (Mirror Hall) 

Chair: Simon Stewart

David Inglis: Quo Vadis? Fads, Fashions, and Long-Term Trends in Arts and Cultural Sociologies


10:45-11:15 Coffee break


11:15-12:45 Thematic parallel sessions:

Session 7. Fashion and social change (Mirror Hall) 

Chair: Dominik Zelinsky 

Luuc Brans: ReSet the Trend: how the European Commission and influencers makes fashion sustainable – or not

Anna-Mari Almila: From whether to how: decolonizing fashion scholarship and teaching

Kirsti Sippel, Luuc Brans, Iida Kukkonen: “If you’re a man and at the bottom of the barrel, you get nothing, it’s fucking brutal” – How members of the incel community build a beauty regime in times of aesthetic inequality

Aurélie Van de Peer: “When they go fast, we go slow”: Temporality and boundary work in fashion media texts during the pandemic

Session 8. Value(s) and hierarchies (Hall 2) 

Chair: Chris Mathieu

Tal Feder, Siobhan McAndrew, Dave O’Brien, Mark Taylor: Pandemic culture: Understanding the impact of digital modes of delivery on aesthetic hierarchies

Mariano Martín Zamorano Barrios, Arturo Rodríguez Morató, Victoria Sanchez Belando: Understating cultural policy influence in (e)valuation methodologies and practices

Alexander Donev: What sociological value do contemporary Bulgarian films actually have?


12:45-13:30 Lunch break


13:30-15:00 Thematic parallel sessions:

Session 9. Aesthetics, politics and representation (Mirror Hall) 

Chair: Anna-Mari Almila

Alessandro Gerosa, Giulia Giorgi, Fabio Bertoni: The Aesthetics and Politics of Youth Street Cultures

Iida Kukkonen: The gendered labour of looking “right” – Appearance work and occupational appearance expectations

Zhaoying Gou: Cultural Practices of Online Fiction: Homosexual Online Fiction and Consequences of Individual Perceptions of Sexual Minorities in New Forms of Media


Session 10. Cultural practices, lifestyles and tastes (Hall 2) 

Chair: Mirko Petric

Öznur Yılmaz Altun: Taste Cultures in Turkey

Jan Fredrik Hovden: The changing cultural lifestyles of the mass university students: The case of Norway, 1998-2020

Michaela Pfadenhauer, Theresa Vollmer: The canon of the choric


15:00-15:30 Coffee break


15:30-16:30 Plenary session (Mirror Hall)  

Chair: Boyan Znepolski 

Ivaylo Ditchev: The death of the author revisited: digital folklore, corporations, chat-bots


16:30-17:30 Hybrid plenary session (Mirror Hall) 

Chair: Arturo Rodríguez Morató

Presentation of the newly published book: Sociology of the Arts in Action, Springer, 2022. 

With the participation of the book editors and authors Arturo Rodríguez Morató, Alvaro Santana-Acuña (online), Adam Havas and Matías Zarlenga (online).


17:30-18.30 RN02 and RN07 Business meetings (Mirror Hall and Hall 2)


2 September


9:30-11:00 Thematic parallel sessions:

Session 11. Memory, culture and political engagement (Mirror Hall) 

Chair: Daniela Koleva

Guido Nicolosi: Media between memory, art, and religion

Milla Mineva: Memes as political engagement from below

Josip Majsec: Decadence or politization of pop culture?

Session 12.  Emotion and the creative process (Hall 2) 

Chair: Helena Santos

Chris Mathieu: Occupational intimacy in feature film production

Lía Durán Mogollón: Between mediation and literary passion: the work and image of the literary translator

Julia Rothenberg: Teaching Sociology of the Arts at an Urban Community College during the Pandemic: Reflections on Structure, Agency and Community Engagement 


11:00-11:30 Coffee break


11:30-13:00 Plenary session/Roundtable discussion: New perspectives and interventions: The state of play in cultural sociology and sociology of the arts. (Mirror Hall) 

Chair: Svetlana Hristova

Panelists: David Inglis, Chris Mathieu, Simon Stewart


13:00-14:00 Lunch break


14:00-16:30 Reading the city through its monuments: in situ experiment of visual anthropology. Meeting point: Mirror Hall

16:30 – 18:30 Plenary Thematic Session: The visual arts and urban environment  

Margarita Dorovska, Kiril Vassilev and Alexander Kiossev

Place: The Center for Contemporary Art ‘TOPLOZENTRALA’ (‘The Heating Plant’)

18:30 – 19:30 A glass of wine for farewell



  • For the hybrid sessions 2 and 5 on August 31st and the presentation of the book Sociology of the Arts in Action, Springer on September 1st  there will be provided an online connection, based on the TEAMS platform. The link, meeting ID and Passcode is the same for the three events:



Meeting ID:  357 819 237 409  
Passcode:  btR7hM


  • The entrance to the University is from ‘Shipka’ St. (in Bulgarian „Шипка“) turning to ‘St. Clement of Ohrid’ St. (in Bulgarian: „Св. Климент Охридски“) and taking on the right the first entrance to the inner yard of the University. There will be signposts on the walls with the name of the conference pointing in the direction of the Mirror Hall and Hall 2. 
  • Please, pay attention that the Registration time has been changed: from 8 to 9 a.m. August 31st. You will find the Registration desk in front of the Mirror hall. If you are late, there will be the possibility to register and take your conference package during the first coffee break: 10.30-11.00 a.m.

15 July – registration deadline for “New perspectives and interventions: The state of play in cultural sociology and sociology of the arts”

The 15th of July is the deadline for the registration for the RN07 & RN02 Symposium in collaboration with Department of Sociology and Department of Cultural Studies at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridsky” and the Bulgarian Sociological Association:

“New perspectives and interventions: The state of play in cultural sociology and sociology of the arts”


Symposium held by the European Sociological Association Sociology of Culture (RN07) and Sociology of the Arts (RN02) networks in collaboration with the Department of Sociology and Department of Cultural Studies at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridsky” and the Bulgarian Sociological Association


31st August – 1st September 2023, Sofia


This symposium invites academics and cultural practitioners from all career stages to explore new perspectives and interventions deriving from scholarship in cultural sociology and sociology of the arts. In considering the state of play in these disciplines, the symposium will address a range of questions including (but not limited to) the following: What are key theoretical and methodological developments in cultural sociology and sociology of the arts? What do these disciplines have to say about the crises of our times? How do cultural sociologists and sociologists of art interpret the ‘culture wars’? What interventions can these disciplines make in critiquing canons and hierarchies of value? Who are the users of the knowledge generated by these disciplines? Can artists and cultural practitioners benefit from this knowledge, and vice versa – how do arts and creativity contribute to the development of new sociological insights, and, more generally, to innovation in the (social) sciences? What is the role of cultural institutions in these exchanges? What kinds of beneficial impact to wider society might derive from this research? Are bottom-up cultural policies possible? How do the tensions between culture and administration play out in the 21st Century? What challenges do postgraduate students in these disciplinary fields face in pursuing a research career? In addressing these questions, the symposium will include panels that focus in particular on the following:

·      Theoretical developments in cultural sociology and sociology of the arts

·      Methodological innovations

·      Impact, i.e. what are the potential benefits of research in these disciplines to wider society?

·      Teaching, i.e. how do we teach cultural sociology/sociology of the arts? What do we include and omit? On what basis? How do/can we teach beyond universities?

·     Interdisciplinary and institutional connections, e.g. the potential of collaboration with arts practitioners and those in arts institutions – museums, festivals, galleries, etc.; with cultural institutions, government departments, policy makers, cultural producers; and with other disciplines, e.g. psychology of arts; cultural anthropology, urban sociology, architecture; with science, e.g. medicine, climate science, computer science/engineering, sociologies of art and culture as sciences

·      The role of art in formulating new sociological perspectives (e.g. ‘thick description’ in literature, insights on the medicalization of life in visual art); the relationship between arts/culture and (social) science; sociological fiction and arts-based methods

·      Political engagement and interventions in times of crisis, e.g. the potential contribution of cultural sociology and sociology of the arts in stimulating social change; artivism and visual activism; critical responses to class, gender and racial inequalities; authoritarian populism and ‘culture wars’; austerity; the climate crisis; pandemics; conflict and war.


Organising Committee:

Prof. Rumiana Stoilova, President of BSA

Assoc. Prof. Svetlana Hristova, Member of the BSA Board and Research Network 07 “Sociology of Culture”

Prof. Boyan Znepolski, Head of the Department of Sociology, Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski”

Assist. Prof. Mila Mineva, Member of the BSA Board and Department of Sociology, Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski”

Prof. Daniela Koleva, Head of the Department of Cultural Studies, Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski”

Assoc. Prof. Kiril Vassilev, Department of Cultural Studies, Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski”

Assoc. Prof. Kaloyan Haralampiev, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Philosophy, Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski”

Assist. Prof. Georgi Medarov, Member of the BSA Board

Prof. Simon Stewart, Co-Chair of ESA Research Network 07 “Sociology of Culture”

Dr. Rita Ribeiro, Co-Chair of ECA Research Network 07 “Sociology of Culture”

Dr. Chris Matthew, Chair of ECA Research Network 02 “Sociology of Art”