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Call for Abstracts | ERGOMAS 15th Biennial Conference | Deadline: December 10

European Research Group on Military and Society
15th Biennial Conference

Military Studies in a post-truth society: challenges and perspectives
ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal – June 17-21 2019

Deadline: December 10, 2018

The European Research Group on Military and Society (ERGOMAS) is organizing its biennial conference on military and society hosted by the ISCTE.- University Institute of Lisbon in Lisbon, Portugal (https://www.iscte-iul.pt/). Conference dates are June 17-21, 2019.

The Oxford English dictionary declared ‘post-truth’ the word of the year in 2016, defining it as “relating or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” While there are many good reasons for social scientists to have a critical view of such generalizing concepts, the idea of post-truth captures important challenges to the way knowledge is built in contemporary societies and invites a reflection on scientific processes and research practices. Where does the study of the military stand in relation to such challenges? To what extent have military researchers been addressing the theoretical, methodological, and ethical dimensions of research in a ‘post-truth’ society? How can the existing knowledge, methods and techniques be used to examine the ever changing relationship between the military and society? These are some of the questions to be addressed in the next ERGOMAS Conference, as well as research across the broader domains covered by the ERGOMAS Working Groups.

The conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, at ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL). ISCTE-IUL is one of the three public universities in Lisbon, focused on Social Sciences, Management and Technologies. It is located in the northern part of the city, close to the city center, between the metro stations ‘Entrecampos’ and ‘Cidade Universitária’ (address: Av. das Forças Armadas, 1649-026 Lisboa). The venue is within easy reach of many hotels and is served by a good network of public transportation (http://www.iscte-iul.pt ).

Important deadlines
Submission deadline: 10 December 2019
Acceptance decisions and draft program: 15 March 2019
Deadline for early registration: 15 April 2019
Deadline for registration: 15 May 2019

More info at ERGOMAS official website: http://ergomas.ch/index.php/conference



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CfP for ESA RN34 Sessions – 14th ESA Conference in Manchester 2019

The ESA RN34 Call for Papers for the 14th ESA Conference in Manchester (2019) has been published.
Coordinators:Roberta Ricucci, University of Turin, Italy, Roberta.ricucci[at]unito.it, & Siniša Zrinšcak, University of Zagreb, Croatia, sinisa.zrinscak[at]pravo.hr

Religion(s) in Europe and Beyond –Global, national and local dynamics

Rapid, (un)expected, (un)certain and above all contradictory social changes, put identity/ies at the core of social debates, occurring at the same time at local, regional, national, European, and global levels. Defining oneself, usually by belonging to specific social groups and increasingly by not belonging to other social groups, becomes not only a difficult task, but a task which is very differently interpreted and misused by social groups, political parties, and social movements. Like other markers of identities, religion becomes a contested issue, particularly regarding its ability to play around ethnic, regional, gender, and linguistic markers. Thus, the issue of how religion, ethnicity and acculturation relate to one another is highly relevant today, intertwining with human rights, boundaries, diversity management and social cohesion. For sociology, the issue is how to conceptualize, research and understand such social processes. How important is to overcome theoretical and disciplinary barriers, to use different and innovative research methods, and to employ different lenses, such as gender, generation, or class? Against this background, we call for papers which make empirical, comparative and theoretical contributions to the social study of religion and its relation to identity formation, diversity management, recognition of religious rights and religious persecutions, and transnational practices, including on-line religious activities. In particular, papers should contribute to debates on:•how religion supports or undermines barriers within social groups, cities, and countries; •how religion influences social cohesion and civic and social rights;•relationships between religious conflicts, religious barriers, and social inequalities;•how increasingly diverse religious landscapes influence social and political debates. While we are particularly interested in papers that relate to European societies, we also welcome cases from other parts of the world. Graduate students are especially encouraged to apply, and we will organise a special graduate student networking session.

Joint Sessions
JS_RN16_RN34: “Overcoming invisible barriers: managing religious diversity in health-care organisations” (Joint session with RN16 Sociology of Health and Illness)
JS_RN32_RN34:“Setting up barriers, and drawing up new borders between ‘us’ and ‘other” (Joint session with RN32 Political Sociology)
We invite you to submit abstracts to the RN34 Sessions and hope to see you in Manchester!
The deadline for abstract submission is February 1st, 2019.

Conference information can be found at: https://www.europeansociology.org/conferences/esa-conference-2019-manchester-uk