European Sociological Association Conference, Murcia, Spain Sept 23-26 2003


Theme: Modernity - Post-modernity - Ageing Societies and Professions

Subtitle: Social, political and theoretical relevance of sociology of professions

  1. Sociology of professions and links with: - classical sociology - sociology of knowledge - sociologies of work, organization, bodies and space - relevance of case studies A number of sessions are proposed here.

  2. Professions: age, gender, careers, life cycles A number of sessions are proposed here.

  3. Professions, trust and status A number of sessions are proposed here - including a workshop on joint research projects.

Abstracts and papers in English, French and Spanish are welcomed. The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 15, 2003. For more information on Murcia and the main theme please visit

Best regards from the coordinators, Lennart G Svensson, Goteborg University ( and Julia Evetts, University of Nottingham (

Second Interim Workshop of the ESA network Sociology of Professions

Continental Challenges to Anglo-American Sociology of Professions

2-4 May 2002
Centre Culturel Suédois, Paris

Programme modified according to submitted abstracts

  • Historical and international studies
  • Theoretical studies
  • Studies on discourse of professionalism
  • Methodological and comparative studies
  • Sectoral and applied studies

The conference is sponsored by:
The Swedish Institute
Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research
The Swedish Research Council
Wenner-Gren Foundation




Lennart G Svensson, Goteburg university,

Julia Evetts, University of Nottingham,

General information about the Research Network

Internationalisation and European integration as well as national reorganisation has to a great extent changed the conditions for professions and professional work. Thus, there is vital interest for a research network in the sociology of professions on a European scale.

The network has emerged from, and is connected to the Research Committee 52 in the International Sociological Association. An inaugural meeting was held at the fourth ESA conference, August 1999. The first meeting between the biannual ESA meetings took place in Jesi, Italy 4-6th May 2000 on reliability of professions. The second meeting was held in Helsinki 28-1 September 2001.

Click here to read a report from the meeting at the Helsinki-conference.


Aims of the network:

to provide a European forum for the development, discussion and dissemination of research in the sociology of professions
to ensure an institutional context for workshops at future ESA conferences and for meetings between ESA conferences
to encourage and organise international research projects

Members may use the network:

to seek research contacts and partners
to raise issues for conferences and research
to give and to seek information on publications and on-going research
to announce conferences and meetings

Possible issues and research areas:

professions and the implications of new national management in comparative perspective
professions and international regulations
professional organisations and the role of nation-states
exchanges and international labour markets
relations between continuing professional development and self-regulation
the role of trade unions and professional associations, and European professional federations
reliability, legitimacy and trust in professionals in comparative perspective

For further information about the network and activities, please get in touch with:


Lennart G Svensson
Department of Sociology
Goteborg University
PO Box 720, S-411 22 Goteborg, Sweden
fax 0046-31-7734764

Julia Evetts
School of Sociology & Social Policy
University of Nottingham
fax: 0044-115-9515232