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President's Message

I am delighted to be writing this report for the first issue of the new look European Sociologist, under the editorship of Dr. Dagmar Danko, and I do hope that you all agree that it looks good and will be an excellent focus for information, communication and debate. It is now just over six months since I was elected as President of the ESA and a very busy been six months it has been!

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ESA Office Communiqué – Andreia Batista Dias

In January 2017 I applied for a position at the European Sociological Association, just a few steps away from the classrooms where I was studying at the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS-Paris). I had just graduated with a master’s degree in sociology and I was looking for new experiences before deciding on my academic career. To be able to work in an international environment, and especially with peers, were my main motivators for taking up the post as secretary at the end of March 2017.

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ESA Office Communiqué – Dagmar Danko

In October 2016, I took up the position of Executive Coordinator at the European Sociological Association. For me, a true European, joining an international organisation acting for and operated by academics from some 50+ countries might have seemed unsurprising, but there is hardly anything coincidental about me working for the ESA. I studied sociology, the history of art and European law at universities in Freiburg (DE) and Paris (FR), specialising early on in the sociology of arts and culture.

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ESA Office Communiqué – Gisèle Tchinda-Falcucci

We’d like to say farewell and bon voyage to Gisèle Tchinda-Falcucci, who worked at the heart of the ESA in Paris from the summer of 2006 until November 2017. Initially she was confined in a shared office where the attached meeting-rooms, as I well remember, had no windows. But the increasing size and reach of the ESA, and the efforts of Carmen Leccardi (IT) as President, saw the ESA office move to happier and airier premises; now, thanks to Frank Welz (AT), they are located on the boulevard Raspail.

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13th ESA Conference Report Athens 2017 – ESA

The 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association took place from August 29 until September 1st, 2017, in Athens, Greece. The conference theme was “(Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities”. With 3.581 participants, it was the largest event in the 25-year long history of the organisation. Table 1 provides an overview of the themes, venues, and participant numbers.

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13th ESA Conference Report Athens 2017 – LOC

The Hellenic Sociological Association (HSS) in collaboration with PCO CONVIN submitted a bid to the ESA to organise the 13th ESA Conference in Athens in autumn 2014 and presented their bid to the ESA Executive Committee members in Prague in May 2015. The final decision of the ESA was announced to the HSS by the end of August 2015, at a time when Greece faced a critical turn in its economic crisis saga during which the country faced the challenge of exiting the European Union.

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PhD Summer School Athens 2017

ESA now has a long tradition of PhD summer schools, which are organised annually and have always been popular among PhD students. The 2017 summer school was held in Athens immediately before the ESA conference. A total of 106 PhD students applied to attend and 25 were selected through a review process undertaken by the ESA Executive PhD committee.

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ESA Journals News – European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology

The past few months in Europe have continued to illustrate how inextricably blended culture and politics are. There is no way to separate these fields when we look at how debates are conducted in Poland about how to remember the past, in Hungary about the place of religion in politics, or the UK about what British identity is or ought to be…

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ESA Journals News – European Societies

European Societies is a symbol for the European sociological community. It is a unique endeavour in the sense that it spans all our subdisciplines and focuses on Europe. European Societies is fully and freely accessible to all ESA members via their member dashboard at https://www.europeansociology.org/user. We publish five issues per year.

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RN Reports – RN06 Critical Political Economy

The Critical Political Economy Research Network (CPERN) was established as Research Network (RN) 06 at the ESA Biennial Conference in Toruń, Poland in 2005. Ever since CPERN has become a major hub, for interdisciplinary exchange among critical scholars and activists, straddling the disciplines of political economy, sociology, politics and economics, but also reaching out to social geography, social policy, social movement studies and law.

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RN Reports – RN15 Global, Transnational and Cosmopolitan Sociology

ESA RN15 “Global, Transnational and Cosmopolitan Sociology” counts at present forty-nine individual members from twenty-one countries (Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States) and one institutional member.

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RN Reports – RN33 Women’s and Gender Studies

The Women’s and Gender Studies Research Network aims to promote academic exchanges and creative collaboration between sociologists who research in the field of women and gender perspectives and theories. The Research Network wants to facilitate European and international contacts, be a central arena for discussion and a meeting place for prominent as well as younger scholars.

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NA Reports – Austrian Sociological Association (OeGS)

The Austrian Association for Sociology (Oesterreichische Gesellschaft für Soziologie, OeGS) was founded in 1950 as the professional association for sociologists in Austria. At that time and in the following decade, Austrian sociology as well as the OeGS were rather weak. This was not a peculiarity of Austria; after World War II nearly all over Europe, particularly in the former fascist countries of central Europe, sociology had to be established anew.

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NA Reports – Croatian Sociological Association (CSA)

100 years of Croatian sociology – Continuities and discontinuities. Sociology as an academic discipline has a long tradition in Croatia that we are proud of. The first Chair for criminal studies and sociology was established in 1906 in the Faculty of Law at University of Zagreb as the first sociology chair in the Austro Hungarian Monarchy.

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NA Reports – Danish Sociological Association (DSF)

The Danish Sociological Association is a voluntary association for anyone with an interest in sociology. The association was formed in 1965 with the purpose of creating a broad organisation for sociologists and everyone with an interest in sociology, where sociology could be debated and developed in different ways. This goal is still a focal point of the association.

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