European Sociological Association

The European Sociological Association made its debut in 1994 and is legally registered as a non-profit in France.
European Sociological Association

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.

European Sociological Association

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:

  1. General Assembly
  2. President
  3. Executive Committee
  4. Research Networks
  5. Council of Research Networks
  6. 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 Publications

ESA Book Series 1992-2000 Period

  1. European Societies: Fusion or Fission – Thomas Boje, Bart van Steenbergen, and Sylvia Walby
  2. The End of the Welfare State? Responses to State Retrenchment – Stefan Svallfors and Peter Taylor-Gooby
  3. 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

  1. Inclusions and Exclusions in European Societies – Alison Woodward and Martin Kohli – 2001
  2. Will Europe Work? Integration, Employment and the Social Order – Martin Kohli and Mojca Novak – 2001
  3. Young Europeans, Work, and Family – Futures in Transition – Julia Brannen, Susan Lewis, Anne Nilsen, and Janet Smithson – 2002
  4. Autobiographies of Transformation: Lives in Central and Eastern Europe – Mike Keen and Janusz L. Mucha – 2006
  5. Europe and Asia Beyond East and West – Gerard Delanty – 2006
  6. Cultural Overstretch? Differences Between Old and New Member States of the EU and Turkey – Jurgen Gerhards – 2007
  7. Internationalization of Social Sciences in Central and Eastern Europe The ”Catching Up” – A Myth or a Strategy? – Ilona Pálné Kovács, and Dagmar Kutsar – 2010
  8. Muslims in 21st Century Europe: Structural and Cultural Perspectives – Anna Triandafyllidou – 2010
  9. Social Class in Europe: An Introduction to the European Socio-Economic Classification – David Rose and Eric Harrison – 2010
  10. Conflict, Citizenship and Civil Society – Patrick Baert, Sokratis M. Koniordos, Giovanna Procacci, and Carlo Ruzza – 2010

ESA Book Series 2011 – 2020 Period

  1. Baltic Biographies at Historical Crossroads – Aili Aarelaid-Tart and Li Bennich-Björkman – 2012
  2. Mobilizing Regions, Mobilizing Europe. Expert Knowledge and Scientific Planning in European Regional Development – Sebastian M. Buttner – 2012
  3. Post-identity? Culture and European Integration – Richard McMahon – 2013
  4. The Social Meaning of Children and Fertility Change in Europe – Anne Lise Ellingsaeter, An-Magritt Jensen and Merete Lie – 2013
  5. The Road to Social Europe. A Contemporary Approach to Political Cultures and Diversity in Europe –
  6. Jean Claude Barbier – 2013
  7. Religion, Identity, and Politics: Germany and Turkey in Interaction – Haldun Gülalp and Gunter Seufert – 2013
  8. Artistic Practices. Social Interactions and Cultural Dynamics – Tasos Zembylas – 2014
  9. Collective Memories in War – Elena Rozhdestvenskaya, Victoria Semenova, Irina Tartakovskaya and Krzysztof Kosela – 2015
  10. Green European. Environmental Behaviour and Attitudes in Europe in a Historical and Cross-Cultural Comparative Perspective – Audrone Telesiene and Matthias Gross – 2016
  11. Wage Distribution Fairness in Post-Socialist Countries. Situation and Socialization – Zsofia Ignacz – 2017

ESA Journals

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.

ESA Conferences

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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