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


Coordinator: Anna Lisa Tota, University of Pavia / Faculty of Political Sciences – Italy ( 

Associate co-ordinator: Alain Quemin, University of Marne-la-Vallée / LATTS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) – France (


The 2001 Helsinki sessions of the Sociology of Arts Research Network were very successful, with over thirty paper presentations. In addition, in Helsinki our Network was co-ordinated with the Research Stream “Power, Culture and Arts”, organised in two sessions with eleven paper presentations. At the Murcia conference, we plan to continue some of the discussions that started in Helsinki, and to add some new themes.

In co-operation with the sociology of the arts research committee (n°37) of the International Sociological Association, the RN is now calling for proposals for papers for the eight sessions that will be organised. The general themes for the paper sessions are still provisional. We welcome different methodological and theoretical perspectives (qualitative and quantitative, historical and comparative, interdisciplinary, etc.), and encourage participants to consider specific dimensions of culture and arts in the European context. Proposals for contributed papers are invited on the themes listed below, but other topics may also be welcome:   

Culture and the arts;

Aesthetics and everyday life;

Politics and policies in the arts: the role of institutions;

Culture, individual and collective identities;

Gender, ethnicity, and culture;

Cultural heritage and the social construction of the past;

Taste and artistic consumption;

Amateur practices of art;

Art, work and artistic activities;

Outsider art : the social construction of canonisation;

Culture and the cities: the urban space and the globalisation;

Art markets: old issues, and new trends;

Culture, body and gender;

The cultural representation of conflict and terrorism;

Arts and technology.

 At the Murcia Conference, in co-operation with Qualitative Methods Research Network of the European Sociological Association we plan to organise a session on qualitative and quantitative methods in the sociology of culture and arts.

In addition, our Network will be co-ordinated with two Research Streams:

  1. “Culture, collective memories and public discourse” co-ordinated by Anna Lisa Tota and Fredrick Engelstad;

  2. “Rethinking to Pierre Bourdieu: culture, education, and the arts” co-ordinated by Alain Quemin and Juan Antonio Roche.

We hope that the interchange between our Network and the Streams will enrich our understanding of the role played by culture and arts in contemporary societies, and particularly in Europe today.



 Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Please include title, name(s) of authors, institutions of authors and contact address with telephone, fax and email address. Whilst the main language of the working group is English, we welcome paper presentations in Spanish, and French. All abstracts are, however, to be submitted in English. Please add a note explaining that you would like to present your paper in Spanish or French. All submissions have to reach the co-ordinator by 28 February 2003 at very latest. Please submit abstracts by email to:

Anna Lisa Tota
Dept. of Political and Social Studies
Faculty of Political Sciences

University of Pavia
Via Luino 12 – 27100 PAVIA – ITALY

Tel. 0039-0382-504810


Conference registration

Registration should be made on the form at:

Please note that a reduced rate conference fee is available for those registering by June 15th 2003. More information concerning the conference will be available on the same website.
Information updates will be posted on the website of the sociology of the arts research network of the European Sociological Association :

For more information, contact Anna Lisa Tota:  ( and Alain Quemin (


We are looking forward to meeting you in Murcia in September 2003 !