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

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

DeadlineMonday 27 March 2023




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 University “St. Kliment Ohridsky”


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.

Important dates:

–       20th March 2023. Deadline for abstract submissions

–       21st March to 14th April 2023 – Review of submissions and communication of outcomes

–       15th April 2023 –Registration opens

–       19th May 2023 – Early bird registration deadline

–       16th June 2023 – Registration deadline

The symposium fees have been calculated to enable the broadest possible participation:

–       Students: 20 Euros

–       ESA members: 40 Euros (early bird registration)

–       Non-ESA members: 50 Euros (early bird registration)

–       ESA members: 50 Euros

–       Non-ESA members: 60 Euros

While the organizers encourage participation in situ, there will be also opportunities to present remotely for those not able to attend the event.


Send the abstract (up to 300 words) and title for your paper along with a brief biographical note (up to 200 words) to by 18:00 CET. Indicate whether you are an ESA member and if you belong to RN07 or RN02.

Programme of BSA Annual Conference 2022

BSA Annual Conference ‘2022

Mobility, migration, mobilisation

25 November 2022 г.

Conference Hall 2, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

11.30-17.10 ч.


ZOOM link:

General Assembly BSA

Start: 17.00-18.30 ч.




Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Svetlana Hristova

Humanistic Sociology and Migrations – One Hundred Years Later. Dr. Michaela Mischeva. UNWE, Department of Economic Sociology [in Bulgarian]

How are refugees expelled from Bulgaria. Rumiana Zheleva, IFS at BAS [in Bulgarian]

Culture and identity in the war between Russia and Ukraine. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Svetlozar Kirilov, Sofia University, Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication [in Bulgarian]

Media: an opportunity for cultural dialogue with migration. Angela Georgieva, PhD student, Department of Media and Communication, New Bulgarian University [in Bulgarian]

Challenges, experiences and identity of Bulgarian migrants (Bulgarians in London and returnees). Gergana Kurtakova, PhD student, Plovdiv Paisii Hilendarski University, Faculty of Philosophy and History, Department of Applied and Institutional Sociology [in Bulgarian]



13.30-14.00 Lunch Break



Moderator: Prof. Rumyana Stoilova

Migration and destination choices of Ukrainian refugees: A coincidence or rational decision-making? Prof. Dr. Irena Kogan, Chair of Comparative Sociology, Mannheim University  Germany

Social Differences in Attitudes Towards Immigrants. Prof. Dr. Rumiana Stoilova – IFS at BAS, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elitsa Dimitrova – IINCH at BAS/ Paisii Hilendarski University, PhD student Evelina Slavkova – Sociological Agency “Trend” [in Bulgarian]

Experimental replacement of the Bogardus scale with context-sensitive questions in measuring social distances towards refugee groups and ethnic minorities. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexey Pamporov, IFS at BAS [in Bulgarian]



15.30-16.00 Coffee break



Moderator: prof. Petya Kabakchieva

Migrations, compressed modernities and multisituated inequalities,Prof. Dr. Laurence Roulleau-Berger, Research Director at National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon, Triangle

Public attitudes and institutional measures to guarantee the rights of refugee and asylum-seeking children. Assistant Dr. Maria Brestnicka, UNWE, Department of Economic Sociology  [in Bulgarian]



17.00 -18.30

General Assembly BSA

ChairAlexey Pamporov


  1. Registration;
  2. Report on the activities of the BSA Board and financial report for 2022 Prof. Rumiana Stoilova;
  3. Presentation of a vision of the association’s activities for 2023;
  4. Other.

Glass of wine




5th ISA Conference of the Council of National Associations

The theme of the 5th ISA COUNCIL OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS conference is Social Transformations and Sociology: Dispossessions and Empowerment. It will take place on November 21-24, 2022, Nova Gorica, Slovenia
The first part of the conference will hold paper presentations from national associations and affiliated members; the second part will hold the business meeting of the CNA representatives. The keynote speaker of the conference is former ISA President Margaret Archer. While majority of the conference delegates will be participating and presenting their papers in in-person, some will be presenting theirs online.
The whole program could be found HERE.
More news is to come.

Invitation to the XX ISA World Congress of Sociology

This is an invitation to the XX ISA World Congress of Sociology, which is set to take place in  Melbourne, Australia from June 25 to July 1, 2023.The theme is Resurgent Authoritarianism: The Sociology of New Entanglements of Religions, Politics, and Economies.
The Abstract Submission is now open until September 30, 2022. The link to the Congress can be found here: Attached also is a poster of the Congress.