From ESA – Strategies & Activities
At the Paris Meeting in October 2021 the Communications Committee has set two main tasks. First one is the maintenance and upgrading of the Website to make it more user-friendly and informative, both regarding day-to-day interactions and the handling of memberships, RNs activities and the conference, and the publication of the ESA magazine, European Sociologist.
The second task is about reorganizing the magazine itself, according to a refocusing of its tasks. The magazine, it was agreed, should be an instrument of communication among the members of ESA and to some extent also an instrument for outreach. This means revising its current layout, focusing on ongoing work within ESA rather than selecting specific topics for each issue. This means, in turn, that European Sociologist finds its rationale in being the association’s magazine rather than an academic journal additional to European Societies and European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology.
Following this, a further point was whether having European Sociologist as the only regular means of communication within and about ESA, or implementing also a Newsletter, where information on forthcoming issues and activities, funding opportunities etc., can be spread among ESA members. Both the Communications Committee and the whole Exec felt this division of labour to be the preferable solution.
In the light of the above, European Sociologist should take the form of a magazine, open to ESA members and collecting contributions with editorial overview but not peer reviewed. The envisaged layout includes: 1) a section with contributions from Research Networks (RN) and National Associations (NA) about relevant issues or initiatives of their concern, retrospective or prospective in content, but with mere announcements addressed instead to the Newsletter; 2) a section on spotlights of PhD theses and work in progress from early career scholars, funnelled by RN/NA; 3) a section on information/reviews about recently published books, either editorially solicited or funnelled by RN/NA; 4) a section with contributions concerning ongoing debates, research and public outreach initiatives, again directly solicited or funnelled by RN/NA. As it appears, this solution entails a closer engagement of RN/NA, with ensuing strengthening of the association as a shared enterprise.