Sociological Knowledges for Alternative Futures
15th ESA Conference | Barcelona / Spain, 31 August – 03 September 2021

Dear ESA members, dear Conference delegates,

We hope this e-mail finds you well and in good health.

The ESA Executive Committee, the Conference, the Finance and the Local Organizing Committees have done a very demanding work, preparing for all possible scenarios for the next ESA conference under the current pandemic situation. We designed a contingency plan including four possible scenarios which were viable high-quality alternatives. The Executive Committee decided, back in January, to hold the conference on a hybrid format, after consulting the ESA Research Networks’ Coordinators and also inserting a question in Conftool to the potential delegates. 

Now that we are approaching the Conference dates, we re-evaluated the present conditions while we have been observing the situation in Barcelona where the availability of many venues has actually been withdrawn and we are also learning about the situation in different countries from the delegates. 

In re-evaluating the current context, we considered:

1- pandemic indicators (less promising than what experts had foreseen by the end of the year);

2- vaccination rates (under the previous expectations);

3- availability and conditions for space use in different locations in Barcelona (limitations of venues occupation and requests to assume civil responsibility in front of possible cases of contagion);

4- eligibility of travel expenses for onsite participation (some universities are not covering these expenses).

After evaluating the available information, we decided to finally hold the Conference in an online-only format. We are sorry for any possible inconvenience related with this decision. The early-bird registration will be extended for one week (until May 22nd), so that those of you who had considered attending onsite have more time to take a final decision.

We already contracted CVENT, an online platform provider with more than 20 years of experience, including the organization of both hybrid and online Conferences. This platform allows increased participant engagement, including the possibility to have access, from a single site, to the programme, exhibitors, sessions and other participants. These multiple possibilities are available from the browser or through an app. The platform also allows for networking and the scheduling of 1 to 1 meetings, so that you can meet any conference delegate at the most convenient time. 

The Local Organizing Committee will prepare exciting online social activities as well!

We would like to thank you for your support over the past months. Unfortunately, we cannot meet in presence, but we do hope and believe that we will build together sociological knowledges for alternative futures at the online conference!

 We hope to meet you online soon!

 If you have any questions, please, do not hesitate to contact us at 

 Best wishes,

ESA Executive Committee

Registrations are Open!

You can register for the 15th ESA Conference here:

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The 15th ESA Conference, organised by the European Sociological Association, will be held from August 31st, 2021 to September 3rd, 2021.

It will bring together thousands of researchers from the sociology and social sciences fields. This edition, which will be held in hybrid format, covers the theme “Sociological Knowledges for Alternative Futures”, and counts with internationally recognised keynote speakers, as Manuel Castells (Open University of Catalonia) and Elisabeth Shove (Lancaster University).

Find more information on the plenary speakers and other conference details on the following link:

We also take this opportunity to inform that an #ESAHackathon will be held for the first time. The mission is for participants to contribute with ideas towards the organisation of the Conference. You can find more information here:

We are looking forward to meeting you at #esa2021BCN!
Best wishes,
Marta Soler, President of ESA

Submit your abstract via ConfTool 2021:

Here, you can directly view the Call for Papers (PDF, 99 pages).

You can choose to submit an abstract to either one of the 2 listed Semi-Plenaries, 37 Research Networks, 54 Joint Sessions organised by at least two RNs, 19 Research Streams or the PhD Summer School. You can find all necessary information in the document as well as on the ESA 2021 website. The deadline for abstract submission is on March 1st, 2021.

We would like to remind you that the ESA is very aware of the present challenging situation due to the new coronavirus. The ESA 2021 Conference will take place either wholly online or in a hybrid mode. The final decision will be taken at the end of January 2021.

Kind reminder: Most of you have an ESA membership running until the end of this month, December 2020. Please renew your ESA membership now! Your will benefit from reduced fees at the ESA 2021 Conference. Just log in to the ESA members area and go to Membership > Renew Membership.

Thank you and enjoy going through the Call for Papers!

Best wishes,

Your ESA 2021 Conference Organisers

Dear ESA members,

We are proud to announce the launch of the new ESA 2021 conference website.

More than a year before the conference, it already provides information about the city of Barcelona, the conference organisers, all important dates and much more that you will find helpful for participating in the 15th ESA conference in Barcelona, 31 August – 3 September 2021.

For your first visit of the new conference website, we recommend that you look at the page presenting the conference theme “Sociological Knowledges for Alternative Futures“. You can also read more about our first confirmed Plenary speaker, Rosamaria Cisneros, a Roma sociologist, curator, dance historian and critic, Romani scholar, and peace activist.

The pages are updated on a regular basis, in principle as soon as new information comes in, so make sure to keep visiting! Important news is also shared via Twitter @esa_sociology with the hashtag #esa2021BCN.

Enjoy browsing the ESA 2021 conference website!

Best regards,

Your ESA 2021 Organisers