Sociologia da Educação na Europa do Sul: um passo em frente

Milan, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy) – 25-26 May 2020

Call for Papers [EN][PT]

The first International Conference Sociology of Education in Southern Europe: a step forward (SESE Conference) is the result of an in-progress scientific network among Sociologists of Education in Southern European countries.
The initiative is promoted by the ‘Sociology of Education’ Section of AIS (Associazione Italiana di Sociologia) with: Association Française de Sociologie (Réseau Thématique ‘Sociologie de l’Education et de la Formation’); Associação Portuguesa de Sociologia (Secção de ‘Sociologia da Educação’) and Federación Española de Sociología (Comité de Investigación de ‘Sociología de la Educación’).
The SESE Conference aims at sharing theoretical and empirical contributions on Sociology of Education from a Southern European perspective. The starting point is the international debate on the so-called “Theories of the South” (Connell, 2007), “Epistemologies of the South” (Santos, 2007) and the call for a “Global Sociology” (Burawoy, 2016), also in a postcolonial perspective. These approaches
make urgent to seek new insights to think about the “Global South”, which can include different sociological voices, especially in Sociology of Education.
“South” could be assumed as a metaphor of disadvantage, exclusion, exploitation, inequality, poverty, periphery; but it also could mean community, localism, solidarity, and creativeness. We wonder whether a Southern analysis of educational issues may be suggested, both at a national and cross-national level, by considering the many ‘Souths’ that exist anywhere, even within the ‘Norths’. Adopting a Southern perspective does not mean to foster North-South divisions, neither inside nor outside the scientific community. On the contrary, we propose to explore and widen the opportunities of international dialogue among Sociologists of Education (and other educational and social scientists) beyond the already-known North-South divides.

The first SESE Conference addresses these general questions:
– Can we identify common or different educational issues and patterns in Southern European contexts?
– Can we share interpretive frameworks for a better understanding of education in these societies?
– Can we define common solutions for the main educational problems?
– What is the relationship between the social scientists’ location in the South and their research work or their theoretical frame?
During the SESE Conference, Peter Mayo (University of Malta), Marta Soler Gallart (University of Barcelona – ESA President) and other invited keynote speakers, together with interested scholars and emerging researchers will contribute to the scientific debate. As the Southern perspective seems not to be consolidated among European Sociologists of Education, the conference has the purpose to go a step forward in this direction, shading light on emerging trends and identifying new issues for the research agenda. It would be also of interest to understand in what ways the sociological professional associations work in the Southern Europe.
Two plenary sessions, four pre-organized semi-plenary sessions and 12 parallel paper sessions will be organized in Milan at the UCSC venue.

LANGUAGES:
The promoting associations think plurilingualism is a value to be achieved. During the conference different languages will be practiced.
English is the official language of the conference, but other European languages are welcome: Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Contributors should provide slides or other presentation materials in English but may deliver the oral presentation in any other language (in each session the presence of a linguistic mediator will facilitate the communication).

DEADLINES:
The abstract must be sent by the 9th of February 2020 to the following mail address: sese.milan2020@gmail.com

The submitters will receive notification by the 1st of March 2020.
Registration should be done on the Conference website by the 1st of April 2020.
The final Program of the SESE Conference will be online after the 1st of May 2020.