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European Sociological Association PhD Summer School 2022
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European Sociological Association PhD Summer School 2022

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European Sociological Association PhD Summer School 2022

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of University of Zagreb (Croatia)

Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik (Croatia)

Dubrovnik (Croatia), 5-6 September 2022

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    'Sociology Matters: Theory, Methods and Practices'



At the ESA Summer School 2022, we will explore the relevance and potential of Sociology to represent, address and overcome the multiple crises and severe challenges which current societies are facing. Taking the overarching theme of Sociology Matters, our analysis and critical conversations will focus upon: the role of theory; pertinent methodologies, methods and practices of conducting research; as well as the practical impact or application of sociological research on our wider social environments and wider publics. We welcome postgraduate students who want to engage in discussion about: the complex relations between theoretical and empirical level of analysis; creative applications of sociological knowledge and research; and we will also focus on the article publication process. All participants will be provided with a solid foundation in peer mentoring and networking experience, with other doctoral students’ fellows.


Number of places: We will select 25 PhD students for the School. An additional 5 candidates will be included in a waiting list.

Format of event: hybrid (optionally, on-site or remotely); in the application, please indicate the preferred mode of participation.

Funding: For on-site participants, funds will be provided for 3 nights’ accommodation (4-6 September – located near by the summer school venue) and meals in Dubrovnik (booked by ESA). Up to 300,00 Euro will be available to each student towards their travel costs (reimbursement after the event).

COVID-19 test reimbursement: For on-site participants, a reimbursement of COVID-19 testing related costs up to 50,00 Euro will be provided if it is paid-test.

Eligibility: Students registered for a PhD in Sociology or allied discipline in a European University. Students must be an ESA member or become an ESA member before the Summer School:

Selection: Participants will be selected following a peer-review process and on the basis of scientific excellence of their proposed abstract. A fair balance between different regions of Europe and areas of sociology will also be considered.


Guidelines for applications: Please send a short CV (max. 3 pages) and an abstract of your paper (300 words max) by February 28th 2022.

Your CV should contain at the beginning:          

  • Full Name
  • Academic affiliation (department, university)
  • Country (where registered for PhD)
  • Year of the PhD programme
  • E-mail address
  • Phone number
  • Name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address of your main supervisor

Your abstract should contain the following subheadings:

  • Title of paper
  • Keywords (up to 4)
  • Research question
  • Theoretical framework
  • Methodology (if empirical paper)
  • Preliminary findings or conclusions
  • The novel contribution and significance of your research.


Applications (in a single PDF file) must be submitted to

esa.assistant[at]  by February 28th 2022.


The list of participants will be announced by April 15th 2022.

If you are selected you will be required to submit a manuscript of a full paper (6000 words max., including footnotes) by 15th June 2022 to

esa.assistant[at] . This is essential to ensure that participants get the most of this programme. Papers will be circulated in advance and allocated to peer discussants.

We kindly ask you to apply only if you accept these terms of conditions and are prepared to follow the guidelines and deadlines.

Summer School’s instructors are members of the ESA Executive committee:

Loukia-Maria Fratsea (Greece), Nilay Kaya (Turkey), Maggie O’Neill (Ireland), Gary Pollock (UK), Ana-Cristina Santos (Portugal), Ana Vidu (USA), Krešimir Žažar (Croatia), and ESA’s President Lígia Ferro (Portugal).


The Venue will be the Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik (Croatia): .

Social events: Common welcome dinner on Sunday September 4, 2022. A free walking tour in the old town of Dubrovnik is scheduled for Monday September 5. The optional excursion (at own expenses) to Lokrum island ( is scheduled on Sunday September 4, 2022.

For further information:

Directors of the ESA Summer School 2022

Krešimir Žažar milica.antic-gaber[at]

Maggie O’Neill maggie.oneill[at]

Ana-Cristina Santos cristina[at]


We are looking forward to reading your application to the ESA’s Summer School 2022!