Call for Papers – Risk, the Life Course and Social Exclusion in Asia

This conference aims to address various issues related to risks and life course changes; and it impacts, in order to provide new insights to inform social policy development in various Asian societies.
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2013 ESA main conference in Turin: Call for papers for Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty – Research Network 22

Dear all,

This is to let you know that the main biennial ESA conference will take place in Torino, Italy, at the very end of August, 2013 (28th – 31st).

The call for papers is now open and online at http://www.esa11thconference.eu/call-for-papers

The call is a long PDF document – you will need to scroll down (a long way!) to find details about the specific call for papers for the Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty network.
If you search the document using RN22 this will help…

For the Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty call, there are a few specific streams proposed which relate to the theme of the conference – ‘Crisis, Critique, Change’.
As usual though, we also will have a more general open call and will create session themes based on the abstracts submitted. In this sense we welcome abstracts across our usual wide range of themes, such as the following:

sense-making of risk; health and risk; 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; social theories of risk (and of course other themes around risk and uncertainty too).

The abstract deadline is 1st February 2013 and you can submit your abstract via the online platform on the conference website.

Please pass this information on to others who may be interested and to other relevant email lists.

Warm greetings from Amsterdam,

Patrick (on behalf of Anna Olofsson and my colleagues within Research Network 22 – Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty)

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Call for papers for edited volume

Dr Alphia Possamai-Inesedy of University of Western Sydney and Dr Peter Rogers of Macquarie University are releasing a call for abstracts for an edited volume on  ‘Resilience, Trust and Adaptation: Bridging Theory and Policy’.
Please submit abstracts to Alphia at [email protected] by the 2nd of April.

Risk, it is argued, has become a central discourse in modern societies (Beck, 1992; Giddens, 1991), which frames identities and organises the governance of individuals and populations (Dean 1999).  While these theoretical perspectives are well established and supported by a growing amount of empirical research, the sociology of risk and uncertainty is still a bit like a supermarket. While there is some exchange between social science scholars, they reside in distinct disciplines with only limited dialogue to address the growing evidence that social problems are increasingly framed in terms of risk and uncertainty.   For Beck (1992) coming to terms with uncertainty is said to be the supreme challenge of our times.  This is especially salient for the scholar and practitioner grappling with the anticipatory knowledge of resilience, trust and adaptation.
A number of approaches (cultural, risk society, governmentality and systems theory perspectives) offer different explanations but there has been little comparative work which has sought to overcome the conceptual gaps between these ‘siloed’ approaches. An intervention is required to establish a bridge between these approaches and create a common ground from which specific social problems can be reframed and dealt with more productively by researcher, policy makers and practitioners. In this edited collection we aim to establish this intervention in the study of risk using concepts of ‘resilience’, ‘trust’ and ‘adaptation’ to bridge the divide between theory and policy. These three concepts, though often explored separately, when combined cut [...]

call for papers – Risk and Uncertainty in Changing Society – international workshop, 22-23 Nov 2012, Antwerp, Belgium

Hi Everyone,

The following call for papers should be of interest for those working within the field of risk and uncertainty.

Beginning of text:
We have the pleasure of announcing the call for papers for the international workshop the University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp (cf. www.ucsia.org), a forum for academic reflection on societal issues and their ethical implications, is organising on the topic of Risk and Uncertainty in Changing Society on November 22nd – 23rd  2012 at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

The organisation committee, composed of the Academic Director of UCSIA, theologian Jacques Haers and  project promoters Dirk Geldof, professor sociology at the Higher Institute for Family Sciences (HUBrussels) and at the Artesis University College Antwerp and lecturer ‘Current Political Issues’ at the department of social work of the Karel de Grote-University College Antwerp, and Diemo Urbig, doctor in management science, researcher at the Department of Management, Faculty of Applied Economics at the University of Antwerp, has established the programme.

You will find:

  • a project description with the programme
  • the application procedure
  • an application form

here: http://www.ucsia.org/main.aspx?c=*UCSIAENG2&n=106210

The deadline for submission of applications is set for June 10th 2012. Candidates should send in the completed application form, accompanied by an academic curriculum vitae and an outline of the proposed paper. The selection of participants will be communicated by the beginning of July.

The organizer takes on charge all costs pertaining to participation and stay in Antwerp of all selected participants, while travel arrangements and costs are incumbent on participants themselves.

The selected participant will present her/his paper in a panel session (20 minutes in English) and will afterwards send in an article to be considered for publication (which will be submitted to careful selection). The aim of the organizer is to publish a selection of articles [...]

Call for papers: Accidents and Emergencies: Risk, Welfare and Safety in Europe and North America, c. 1750-2000

Very interesting conference taking place in Oxford, Septembe 2013 – which is especially concerned with historical perspectives on risk, welfare and safety… See call for papers here:

Call for papers – The journal ‘Baltic Region’: Special issue “Risk and Uncertainty in the Baltic Sea Region”.

The ‘Baltic Region’ journal announcing a call for papers for the special issue “Risk and Uncertainty in the Baltic Sea Region”.

There are many new risks emerged during the past years for the Baltic Sea Region, including nuclear and political, demographical, cross-border and migrational, economic and social issues. All these problems demand a deep reflection and discussion, and we hope our journal will become a platform for the lively and fruitful discussion. We kindly invite all social researchers to publish their works on the different aspects of the risk and uncertainty in the region of the Baltic Sea – especially our colleagues from the  Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Russia and Belarus. The papers may concern as theoretical and applied issues, contain new research, pose a certain problem, describe the main results of research, offer a conclusion.


The ‘Baltic Region’ journal is published by the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University in collaboration with Saint Petersburg State University, both of which are situated in two Russian cities at the Baltic Sea. A significant research force is concentrated at both institutions dealing with manifold problems of the Baltic Sea: ecological, historical, political, economic, and social ones. The problems under consideration are diverse and complex, though, a specialised scientific journal dedicated to the Baltic Region has not been published in Russia yet. The present journal is to fill in this gap.

The editorial council and the editorial board include representatives of different Russian and international research centres. We encourage eminent scientists in various fields from all Baltic States to contribute their articles to the journal. It will allow a comprehensive review of socioeconomic, political, and economic situation in the region, including controversial questions considered from different points of view. Special attention is [...]

Free Workshop Mixed Methods in Longitudinal Risk and Life Course Research

Risk, Life Course and Longitudinal Mixed Methods

Free methodology training

July 3 and 4 in Amsterdam

We invite you to participate in this workshop on methods in longitudinal research. Particularly we focus on interpretive and mixed methods research in the area of health risks and life course. The workshop combines lectures, discussions and hands on training. It will enable you to reason about, choose and apply mixed methods approaches.

Four thoroughly experienced scholars will give the workshop: Prof. dr. Nick Pidgeon, Professor of Environmental Psychology and Director of the Understanding Risk Research Group (http://www.understanding-risk.org/) at the University of Cardiff, Prof. dr. Karen Henwood, Cardiff School of Social Science, Prof. dr. Bren Neal, Professor of Life Course and Family Research at the University of Leeds and Director of the Timescapes study and Dr. Sarah Irwin, reader in sociology at the University of Leeds.

The workshop is open to staff and students. You can register free of charge, but cancelation comes with a administration fee of 50 Euro. Unfunded students in the field of risk research can apply for a small grant, covering hotel or travel costs. Further information and registration can be obtained through Rik Wester, at  [email protected].

The event partly follows up on an earlier workshop on longitudinal analysis organized by Silke Aisenbrey (Yeshiva University) and Daniela Grunow (UvA) and a recent workshop on Q-methodology. It is funded by the The Netherlands Organization for Health Research and supported by Daniela Grunow, by the program group Dynamics of Citizenship and Culture and by the Methods Lab of the AISSR (Gerben Moerman).

Looking forward to meeting you in Amsterdam,


Christian Broer

University of Amsterdam