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President's Message Sue Scott
ESA Office Communiqué – Andreia Batista Dias Andreia Batista Dias
ESA Office Communiqué – Dagmar Danko Dagmar Danko
ESA Office Communiqué – Gisèle Tchinda-Falcucci Ricca Edmondson
13th ESA Conference Report Athens 2017 – ESA Christian Fuchs
13th ESA Conference Report Athens 2017 – LOC Apostolos G. Papadopoulos
PhD Summer School Athens 2017 Airi-Alina Allaste
ESA Journals News – European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology Ricca Edmondson
ESA Journals News – European Societies Michalis Lianos
RN Reports – RN06 Critical Political Economy Angela Wigger
RN Reports – RN15 Global, Transnational and Cosmopolitan Sociology Marco Caselli
RN Reports – RN33 Women’s and Gender Studies Consuelo Corradi
NA Reports – Austrian Sociological Association (OeGS) Martin Weichbold
NA Reports – Croatian Sociological Association (CSA) Jasminka Lažnjak
NA Reports – Danish Sociological Association (DSF) Anna Ilsøe
NA Reports – Italian Sociological Association (AIS) Enrica Amaturo
NA Reports – Lithuanian Sociological Association (LSA) Milda Ališauskienė
NA Reports – Portuguese Sociological Association (APS) João Teixeira Lopes
NA Reports – Swiss Sociological Association (SSA) Rainer Diaz-Bone
Thesis Spotlights – The spreading of hostility: Unraveling of social norms in communication Amalia Alvarez Benjumea
Thesis Spotlights – Aspirations, Attainments & Strategies: Descendants of Middle Eastern Immigrants on the Swedish Labour Market Pinar Aslan
Thesis Spotlights – Gendered Childhood, Media Beauty Ideals and the Role of Education Galatia Kallitsi
Thesis Spotlights – Discursive Construction and Materiality of Debt in Context of Housing: Forming Semi-Financialized Subjects Tomáš Samec
Thesis Spotlights – Controlling risks or continuously preventing the worst? Risk management in large financial organisations Anne van der Graaf

ESA Office Communiqué – Andreia Batista Dias

Issue 41: Metrics Wed 18 Apr 2018

Andreia Batista Dias, ESA Executive Administrator

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.

I became the new face behind the emails to our thousands of members, managing their membership and supporting the 37 Research Networks. It was quite a challenge to begin this employment while the organisation of the 13th Conference was already taking its course. My tasks were mainly administrative: the database management, emailing and looking for answers to the thousand (and one) questions being posed in and by this huge organisation. On a daily basis I was communicating with persons unknown to me, from the ESA members to the Executive Committee, but after a while you might imagine you have already met them. Of course, all of this is and has been team work and cooperation. I integrated ESA during Gisèle’s – the previous Executive Administrator – maternity leave, and I had to create new routines in only a mid-week job while she had been working full-time. With Dagmar and the summer interns we worked hard during these months thinking about the Grail – the conference party! The shift from a professional conference organiser working onsite to a fresh new team working from Paris was a challenge!

After the conference, I had a second contract for the post-conference and budget management, until January 2018 when I was successful in my application for the full-time position of Executive Administrator, starting from April 2018. I am already working together with this term’s Executive Committee – especially towards the next PhD Summer School in Paris. Now challenges become goals. More than before I will also be working with the Research Networks, providing support for their mid-term conference applications. And next year, in 2019, I will meet you once again, dear members, at the important sociological event reuniting all of us together in the city of Manchester.
For those who might wonder who I am, just send me an email at esa [at] europeansociology.org!