History of the European Sociological Association
European sociologists first proposed the notion of forming a continental organization in 1987. In 1994, the European Sociological Association made its officially recognized debut. Sociologists from around Europe were formally admitted into ESA at the second conference in Budapest in 1995. The ESA has been a legally recognized non-profit organization in France since 2001. The Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Hommel’Homme (FMSH) headquarters in Paris are where the ESA office has been based since 2015. ESA is a 2800-member academic organization of sociologists.
The mission of the European Sociological Association
- ESA strives to promote sociological research, education, and inter-sociologist communication.
- ESA focuses on advancing sociological knowledge and offers sociology a platform in European politics.
- Sociology has a lot to offer discussions and developments taking place at the European level due to European socio-political changes.
Activities of ESA
- The ESA publishes two scientific publications and oversees the organization of various events.
- ESA regularly interacts with international-level institutions to advance sociological research and information exchange.
- ESA actively collaborates with European national associations to conduct surveys, polls, and other tools required for society’s social, political, and scientific analysis.
Governing Bodies of European Sociological Association
The organs of the ESA are:
- General Assembly
- Executive Committee
- Research Networks
- Council of Research Networks
- Council of National Associations
ESA Research Networks
The ESA has long-standing networks of members dependent on a specific area of sociological study, known as research networks (RNs). Every ESA RN undertakes its field-based scientific endeavors. As representatives both within and outside of the ESA, RNs encourage global collaboration in the sociological sciences. In addition to planning their midterm conferences, Research Networks are essential in developing the agenda for ESA conferences.
ESA Research Streams
ESA members can apply to organize a Research Stream if a Research Network has not yet been created (RS). To focus on particular study disciplines or thematic challenges that current Research Networks do not entirely handle, ESA members form networks called Research Streams.
Council of Research Networks
The counsel representing the ESA’s Research Networks is the Council of Research Networks or CRN. Each Research Network’sNetwork’s coordinator and vice-coordinator make up this group.
The council’s primary objectives are to discuss research networks’ organizational and policy problems. The council makes suggestions to the Executive Committee regularly. The board advises the Executive Committee about European research and innovation policy. The council recommends candidates for the ESA election and topics for the ESA conference to the Executive Committee.
International collaborations of European Sociological Association
ESA has a memorandum of understanding in effect with the Indian Sociological Society and is a member of the International Sociological Association. The European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities, or EASSH, is another organization that ESA holds membership in.
The Council of National Associations
- The ESA recognizes the value of National Sociological Associations in achieving its core goals and purpose. A delegate from each European National Association of Sociology makes up the Council of National Sociological Associations of Sociology, a body of the ESA.
- Information sharing and research dissemination are the critical goals of the Council discussion.
- The council advises the Executive Committee on European research policy and other pertinent sociology-related matters.
- Sociologists from different regions of Europe are represented by organizations and societies in the Council of National Associations of ESA.
Members of the council
Albania – Albanian Sociological Association – ALBSA
Armenia – Armenian Sociological Association – ASA
Austria – Austrian Association for Sociology – OGS
Belgium – Flemish Sociological Association -VVS
Bulgaria – Bulgarian Sociological Association – BSA
Croatia – Croatian Sociological Association – HSD
Cyprus – Cyprus Sociological Association – CSA
Czech Republic – Czech Sociological Association – CSA
Denmark – Danish Sociological Association – DSF
Estonia – Estonian Association of Sociologists – ESL
Finland – The Westermarck Society – WSFS
France – French Sociological Association – AFS
Germany – German Sociological Association – DGS
Georgia – Georgia Sociological Association – GSA
Greece – Hellenic Sociological Society – HSS
Hungary – Hungarian Sociological Association – MSZT
Iceland – Icelandic Sociological Association – ISA
Ireland – Sociological Association of Ireland – SAI
Israel – Israel Sociological Society – ISS
Italy – Italian Sociological Association – AIS
Latvia – Latvian Sociologists Association – LSA
Lithuania – Lithuanian Sociological Association – LSD
Macedonia – Association of Sociologists of the Republic of Macedonia – ZSM
Malta – Malta Sociological Association – MSA
Netherlands – Netherlands Sociological Association – NSV
Nordic Sociological Association
Norway – Norwegian Sociological Association – NSA
Poland – Polish Sociological Association – PTS
Portugal – Portuguese Sociological Association – APS
Romania – Romanian Sociological Association – ARS
Russia – Russian Society of Sociologists – POC
Serbia – Serbian Sociological Association – SSD
Slovakia – Slovak Sociological Society – SSS
Slovenia – Slovene Sociological Association – SSD
Sweden – Swedish Sociological Association – SSA
Spain – Spanish Federation of Sociology – FES
Switzerland – Swiss Sociological Association – SSA
Turkey – Turkish Sociological Association – TSSA
Ukraine – Sociological Association of Ukraine – SAU
United Kingdom – British Sociological Association – BSA
European Sociological Association Membership
The European Sociological Association welcomes new members at all levels, including individual, institutional and affiliated members.
Scholars who further the advancement of sociological knowledge and research studies are welcome to join as individual members. Academics from different disciplines interested in the association’s mission and the development of sociology are welcome to join as individual members of ESA. All college and university students studying sociology or a related field are welcome to enroll as individual student members of ESA.
All institutions that advance sociological knowledge inside or outside Europe are eligible for institutional membership. Institutional members of ESA include national sociological associations from across Europe.
Research centers, academic institutions, and sociology departments are all affiliated, collective members.
Membership is subject to payment of membership fees, which the Executive Committee sets for each type of individual, institutional, and associated membership.
European Sociological Association Awards
ESA Best Article Award
In 2021, ESA held its first ESA Best Article Award ceremony. This prize recognizes the most exemplary original research article published in European Societies or the European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology over the preceding two years. The articles under consideration should include substantial unique research.
ESA Young Scholar Award
In 2021, the European Sociological Association handed out its first Young Scholar Award. This award recognizes a doctoral dissertation’s finest paper.
ESA Book Series 1992-2000 Period
- European Societies: Fusion or Fission – Thomas Boje, Bart van Steenbergen, and Sylvia Walby
- The End of the Welfare State? Responses to State Retrenchment – Stefan Svallfors and Peter Taylor-Gooby
- The Myth of Generational Conflict: The Family and State in Ageing Societies – Sara Arber and Claudine Attias-Donfut, 2000
ESA Book Series 2000-2010 Period
- Inclusions and Exclusions in European Societies – Alison Woodward and Martin Kohli – 2001
- Will Europe Work? Integration, Employment and the Social Order – Martin Kohli and Mojca Novak – 2001
- Young Europeans, Work, and Family – Futures in Transition – Julia Brannen, Susan Lewis, Anne Nilsen, and Janet Smithson – 2002
- Autobiographies of Transformation: Lives in Central and Eastern Europe – Mike Keen and Janusz L. Mucha – 2006
- Europe and Asia Beyond East and West – Gerard Delanty – 2006
- Cultural Overstretch? Differences Between Old and New Member States of the EU and Turkey – Jurgen Gerhards – 2007
- Internationalization of Social Sciences in Central and Eastern Europe The ”Catching Up” – A Myth or a Strategy? – Ilona Pálné Kovács, and Dagmar Kutsar – 2010
- Muslims in 21st Century Europe: Structural and Cultural Perspectives – Anna Triandafyllidou – 2010
- Social Class in Europe: An Introduction to the European Socio-Economic Classification – David Rose and Eric Harrison – 2010
- Conflict, Citizenship and Civil Society – Patrick Baert, Sokratis M. Koniordos, Giovanna Procacci, and Carlo Ruzza – 2010
ESA Book Series 2011 – 2020 Period
- Baltic Biographies at Historical Crossroads – Aili Aarelaid-Tart and Li Bennich-Björkman – 2012
- Mobilizing Regions, Mobilizing Europe. Expert Knowledge and Scientific Planning in European Regional Development – Sebastian M. Buttner – 2012
- Post-identity? Culture and European Integration – Richard McMahon – 2013
- The Social Meaning of Children and Fertility Change in Europe – Anne Lise Ellingsaeter, An-Magritt Jensen and Merete Lie – 2013
- The Road to Social Europe. A Contemporary Approach to Political Cultures and Diversity in Europe –
- Jean Claude Barbier – 2013
- Religion, Identity, and Politics: Germany and Turkey in Interaction – Haldun Gülalp and Gunter Seufert – 2013
- Artistic Practices. Social Interactions and Cultural Dynamics – Tasos Zembylas – 2014
- Collective Memories in War – Elena Rozhdestvenskaya, Victoria Semenova, Irina Tartakovskaya and Krzysztof Kosela – 2015
- Green European. Environmental Behaviour and Attitudes in Europe in a Historical and Cross-Cultural Comparative Perspective – Audrone Telesiene and Matthias Gross – 2016
- Wage Distribution Fairness in Post-Socialist Countries. Situation and Socialization – Zsofia Ignacz – 2017
European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology
The European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology publication aims to provide a venue for the interdisciplinary study of the interplay between culture and politics in Europe and beyond. Cultural phenomena in the light of their political setting are encouraged in this journal.
European Societies Journal
Research on every facet of European society and culture is included in European Societies. It is open to all theoretical and methodological approaches in sociology. There is an emphasis on resolving the political and social issues that primarily affect European countries.
The European Sociologist Journal
The European Sociologist is an online journal that the ESA releases twice a year. Since 1994, it has been distributed in various forms and as an open-access e-magazine on its website starting in 2018. It is the association’s central hub for communication with the world’s sociological community.
1st: First ESA Conference
- Meeting Year: 1992
- Location of Congress: Vienna
- Theme: Sociological Perspectives on a Changing Europe
2nd: Second ESA Conference
- Meeting Year: 1995
- Location of Congress: Budapest
- Theme: European Societies: Fusion or Fission?
3rd: Third ESA Conference
- Meeting Year: 1997
- Location of Congress: Essex
- Theme: 20th Century Europe: Inclusions/Exclusions
4th: Fourth ESA Conference
- Meeting Year: 1999
- Location of Congress: Amsterdam
- Theme: Will Europe Work?
5th: Fifth ESA Conference
- Meeting Year: 2001
- Location of Congress: Helsinki
- Theme: Visions and Division: Challenges to European Sociology
6th: Sixth ESA Conference
- Meeting Year: 2003
- Location of Congress: Murcia
- Theme: Ageing societies, new sociology
7th: Seventh ESA Conference
- Meeting Year: 2005
- Location of Congress: Torun
- Theme: Rethinking Inequalities
8th: Eighth ESA Conference
- Meeting Year: 2007
- Location of Congress: Glasgow
- Theme: Conflict, Citizenship and Civil Society
9th: Ninth ESA Conference
- Meeting Year: 2009
- Location of Congress: Lisbon
- Theme: European Society or European Societies?
10th: Tenth ESA Conference
- Meeting Year: 2011
- Location of Congress: Geneva
- Theme: Social Relations in Turbulent Times
11th: Eleventh ESA Conference
- Meeting Year: 2013
- Location of Congress: Turin
- Theme: Crisis, Critique, and Change
12th: Twelfth ESA Conference
- Meeting Year: 2015
- Location of Congress: Prague
- Theme: Differences, Inequalities, and Sociological Imagination
13th: Thirteenth ESA Conference
- Meeting Year: 2017
- Location of Congress: Athens
- Theme: (Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities
14th: Fourteenth ESA Conference
- Meeting Year: 2019
- Location of Congress: Manchester
- Theme: Europe and Beyond: Boundaries, Barriers, and Belonging
15th: Fifteenth ESA Conference
- Meeting Year: 2021
- Location of Congress: Barcelona
- Theme: Sociological Knowledge for Alternative Futures
16th: Sixteenth ESA Conference
- Meeting Year: 2023
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