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

Extension of the deadline to March 1st for the submission of abstracts for the 15th ESA Conference #esa2021BCN.

The 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