ISA/ESA Mid-term conference 2013

Risk and Uncertainty : ontologies and methods

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
23-25 January 2013

ESA Research Network 22 and ISA Thematic Group TG04 in cooperation with

the University of Amsterdam and the University of Melbourne

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Contents (Alphabetical)

About the conference

Call for papers

Contacts

Grants

Keynote speakers

Program

Registration and fees

Travel and accommodation

Workshop for PhD students, 21-22 January


About the conference

This international conference which will explore understandings of risk and uncertainty from an inter-disciplinary perspective (including psychology, ethnography, geography, anthropology and economics, alongside sociology).

The conference will devote particular attention to the nature of risks and other related phenomena under investigation, and the implications of these considerations for how we theorize and do research.

Such concerns will be explored within a number of keynote lectures, paper sessions as well as a few other less ‘typical’ conference sessions (more information to follow).

While session papers do not need to explicitly focus on the issues noted above, we strongly encourage presenters to address the ways in which bodies, technologies and environments are categorised by actors – not least researchers, the media and policy-makers – the tensions that emerge therein and various methodological and theoretical attempts to solve these problems; for example inter-sectionality as a response to the ‘multiple’ and dynamic ontologies of the ‘self at risk’.

The conference seeks to include papers which explore these and related topics across a range of empirical contexts and from a number of theoretical angles. Themes will include: sense-making of risk; health risks; risk governance; risk and crime; professional approaches to risk; biographical risks; risk and emotions; trust; risk management and uncertainty; inequality and risk; risk, resilience and everyday life; and social theories of risk.

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Keynote speakers

Terje Aven – University of Stavanger, Norway

Hazel Kemshall – De Montford University, United Kingdom

Joost van Loon – Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany

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Call for papers

Abstracts, 300-350 words plus full name, institution, and the author(s) contacts, should be sent by Sept 15th, 2012 Sept 22nd, 2012 to the following e-mail address: [email protected]

Notification of acceptance will be announced by October 1st 2012.

Full-length papers of 3000-5000 words must be submitted by Friday December 21st for authors’ presentation to be included in the conference programme.

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Registration and registration fee

Participants will be required to pay a registration fee of € 90 (€140 for non-members of ESA or ISA) by 15 November 2012. This will include coffee breaks and lunch on each of the three days. Late-registration (payment from 16th Nov 2012 onwards) will cost €150 Euros (€200 non-ESA/ISA members).

Participants based at institutions in countries classified by the ISA as Category B or C countries (see http://www.isa-sociology.org/table_c.htm#cat_a) will get a reduced rate (B €80; C €60). These participants do not need to be members of the ISA.

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Program

Final program to be announced

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Travel and accommodation

The conference will be hosted by the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research within the University of Amsterdam. The various plenary and stream sessions will be held in the oldest part of the city in the university buildings. The University is a straightforward 15 minute train journey from Schiphol international airport followed by a short walk.

Participants will need to make their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. Conference organizers will provide information about accommodation, as well as suggestions about different alternatives for travelling to Amsterdam. This information will be made available in early Autumn.

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Grants for Postgraduates and Postdoctoral Researchers

A small number of post-graduate bursaries will be made available – funded by the ESA (to European based post-grad researchers) and the ISA and University of Melbourne (for those travelling from outside of Europe – especially Asia, Australasia and Oceania). These will offer reduced conference fees and assistance with travel and accommodation. When submitting your abstract (see details above), you should also attach a covering-letter (no more than 1-side of A4) detailing your research and including:

  • (for postgraduate students) details of your thesis and contact details for your supervisor
  • (for postdoctoral researchers) details of your research and contact details for your supervisor or other comparable academic.

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Intensive workshop for PhD students, 21-22 January

A two day workshop precedes the conference which gives PhD students the opportunity to discuss their research in a smaller forum with other PhD students and Associate Professor Jens Zinn. Overall, the PhD course is aimed at providing the participants with a wider understanding of the theoretical foundations and practice of social sciences risk research. Jens Zinn will give introductory lectures into conceptual

frameworks and research strategies on risk while much of the time will be used to discuss the research of the individual participants in detail. The number of participants is restricted to 16. All participants have to submit papers of 3000-6000 words by December 12th. Language of the workshop is English. The fee of €135 (for members of ISA or ESA, €160 for non-members) includes coffee, lunch (Monday, Tuesday) and dinner (Monday evening), and course readings (electronic). There is the possibility for PhD students without funding to apply for financial assistance in attending this course.

One page abstracts plus full name, institution, and the author(s) contacts, should be sent by Sept 15th, 2012 to [email protected]

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Contacts

ESA Research Network co-ordinator and local organiser: Patrick Brown, [email protected]

University of Amsterdam local organiser: Christian Bröer, [email protected]

ISA Thematic Group co-ordinator and co-organiser (abstract and paper submission): Jens Zinn, [email protected]

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