Association Conference, Murcia, Spain Sept 23-26 2003
PERSPECTIVES ON EUROPEAN SOCIETIES
The 2001 Helsinki sessions of the 'Biographical'
Research Network were very successful, with ten panels and over thirty-five
paper presentations. At Murcia, we plan to continue some of the
conversations that started in Helsinki, while adding new themes to our
agenda. Accordingly, we are now calling for PROPOSALS FOR PAPERS. Your
proposal should be sent as an ABSTRACT in the following format:
Paper Title Author(s) Your e-mail Your
postal address An Abstract of no more than 200 words Preferred session (if
you have a preference).
Abstracts should be sent by 28 February
2003 to BOTH the Chair of the 'Biography' research network: Robert Miller
of Sociology & Social Policy Queen's University Belfast BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, U.K.
AND to the Convenor of the session in which
you would like to present your paper (listed below). Authors will be
notified whether their abstract has been accepted or rejected by April 30,
If you require further information about a
session (e.g., if you are not sure whether your paper fits with the topic),
contact the Convenor directly.
If you feel your paper does not fit into
any of the named sessions, send it directly to Robert Miller. There will
be at least one 'General' session at the conference. (Please do not submit
the same paper to more than one session or more than one research network.)
General information about the 6th European
Conference of Sociology is located at the website: http://www.um.es/ESA/
As of now, the following sessions have been
'Biographical research: Impacting on policy
Convenors: Tom Wengraf and Prue Chamberlayne, United
Tom Wengraf (Middlesex University) 24A Princes Avenue Muswell Hill London
N10 3LR Prue Chamberlayne School of Health and Social Work Open University
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA United Kingdom
'Biographies and Genealogies: Borders of
locality in the globalizing world'
Convenor: Oleg B. Bozhkov (firstname.lastname@example.org)
'Recherches Biographiques de Langue
Convenor: Armelle Testenoire, Université de Rouen, France (email@example.com)
Cette session se déroulera en français. Les résumés devront être
rédigés dans les deux langues: français et anglais.
'The Role of 'Theory' in Biographical
Convenor: J.P. Roos, Finland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dept of Social Policy Box 18 00014 University of Helsinki
will consider (among others) questions of construction, social
determination, evolution of life stories etc.
'Bourdieu and Biography'
Roos, Finland (email@example.com)
In memory of Pierre Bourdieu.
'The Inter-generational Transmission of
Cultural Beliefs and Practices' Convenor: Robin Humphrey, United Kingdom (Robin.Humphrey@newcastle.ac.uk)
Department of Sociology & Social Policy Newcastle University Newcastle
'Women in Non-traditional Professions - the
Social Reaction in Different Cultures'
Convenor: Anat Mordechai, Israel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
'Biographical Research in the Spanish
context' Convenor: To be announced
'Visuality and Biographical Research'
Convenors: Julia Vajda and Eva Kovacs, Hungary (email@example.com)
Institute of Sociology Budapest Univ 1446 Budapest Both aspects of our
identity, our sameness and selfhood (Ricoeur) gets shaped in the form of
narration -- in the narration of our life, it is based on our memory.
Still, memory itself is not a narration. Narration is a means for helping
us to deal with the pictures, feelings, etc. in which we remember the
events of our lives. The idea of the session would be to reflect on and to
discuss how the use of visual material would change narrations, or how
they could 'help' our interviewees in remembering.
'Transitions in Eastern Europe'
Julia Vajda and Eva Kovacs, Hungary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Institute of Sociology Budapest Univ 1446 Budapest The political
transitions of the last decade faced the inhabitants of the post-socialist
countries of Eastern Europe with the task of re?forming their identity and
re-writing their narratives of their lives as it made the earlier ones
questionable. This session will deal with the problem of the different
solutions people gave to this problem.
'Migration and Narration'
Rapoport and Edna Lomsky Feder, Israel (email@example.com)
School of Education Hebrew University Jerusalem The coupling of migration
and narration, cross cultural movement and personal stories is becoming a
common anthropological and sociological practice. Migrants' life stories
offer a major interpretative tool for understanding issues related to the
constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing of identity and belonging
practices in migration. The deciphering of migration stories has proved to
be an resourceful methodological tool in elucidating analytical issues at
the heart of contemporary literature on migration: memory and nostalgia;
strangeness and homecoming; place and Diaspora; hegemony and marginality.
In this context we identify two important research directions that have
gained little attention so far:
- The longitudinal perspective: Studying
the dynamics of identity and belonging over time helps to reveal trends of
continuity and change of identity paths and belonging orientations, at
both the individual and group levels.
- The phenomenon of return
migration: Studying the phenomenon of 'homecoming' problematizes the
identity production and belonging patterns of people who are both
strangers and 'family members', as well as issues related to home, place
and Diaspora. We invite papers that specifically address one of these
issues, as well as more general papers that couple migration and narration.
'Biographical Research and the Feminist
Convenors: Laura Torrabadella and Mònica Nadal, Spain (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are interested in: · how engaged feminists refer to their past and
present experiences in the present context of lower political engagement;
· feminist movements during and after periods of transition; · how a
biographical perspective throws light on crucial aspects of the feminist
movement; and · the interplay of the biographical perspective and
feminist thought. Our own work looks into the role of memory in
recollecting biographical experiences of women who joined the Feminist
Movement during the Spanish transition period in the 70s and are still
'Workshop on the Archiving of Qualitative
Convenor: John Given, Northumbria, United Kingdom (email@example.com)
The advent of the internet and the spread of digital means of recording
visual and aural information is producing new possibilities for the
collection and dissemination of biographical and narrative information.
This workshop will feature 'real-time' demonstrations of online
biographical archives and discuss issues - technical, methodological and
ethical - around their management.
'Identity Forms in Late Modernity -
Borderlines, Bridges and Transitions' Convenors: Ana Paula Marques and
Emília Araújo, Portugal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The social world is split permanently by struggles fought between social
agents where reality classification systems are at stake. One resort to
the classification or categorisation of the surrounding reality aims at
turning it predictable by objectifying it. At the same time, the
production of those classification systems, which are, thus, organisation
systems, also serves as a tool for self and hetero-identification,
defining the frontiers of belonging or non-belonging, simultaneously
reflecting and (re)producing divisions in society. Everything else that
does not fit one of the poles is relegated to the plan of social non-existence.
Thus, the questions we want to open for discussion are: What happens, then,
to all those who do not effectively fit any of the polar categories? How
does one live on the borderline of two margins? What does it mean, for
oneself and for others, to be 'in?between', 'half way to'? How is non-belonging,
non-definition, social non-existence, experienced? What strategies are
developed by agents under such circumstances and what strategies are
developed by social systems to deal with those who do not fit the official
classification systems? How to deal with these "non-categories"
when they seem to cover a growing number of individuals?
'Region and Biography: Conceptualizing the
relation between an influence structure and individual actors'
Thomas Loer, Germany (email@example.com)
University of Dortmund Department of Economic and Social Sciences D-44221
Dortmund Tel: +49 (0)2 31 7 55 29 42 Fax: +49 (0)2 31 7 55 32 93
This session is concerned with the
relation of biography (the case structure of biographies) and region (as
an 'influence structure'). Papers discussing the methodical and
methodological problem of grasping the phenomenon of 'region' (not only in
its economic sense but as a socio-cultural influence structure) are
welcome as well as contributions to the theoretical problem of
conceptualizing the relation of structure and actor and action/praxis as
the place of practical mediation of the two (exemplified by analysing the
above-named relation between biography and region).
'Life Histories and the Reconstruction of
National Identity in Eastern Europe'
Convenor: Vieda Skultans, United
Department of Sociology, University of Bristol, 12, Woodland Road,
Bristol, BS8 1UQ. Autobiographical writing has become a dominant genre in
Eastern Europe following the collapse of Communism. This panel will
examine how life histories position themselves in relation to certain
historical events and in turn come to determine those events as critical
for the shaping of national identity. Papers are invited which address:
||The relationship between social memory and life-writing
||The role of
life-writing in transforming individual suffering into social suffering
||The role of critical historical moments in life-writing
||The shaping of
autobiographical experience by shared cultural plots and symbols
contribution of specific genres of life-writing to national identity
||The convergence and divergence of personal narratives from core cultural
||The distinctiveness of East European life writing
contribution of memory writing to the reconstruction of history
'Extending the Possibilities for
Presentation & Dissemination of Narrative Studies' Convenor: Kip Jones,
United Kingdom (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The emerging synthesis of the arts and social sciences present challenges
to the methodological-philosophical foundations of knowledge. At the very
heart of this matter is knowledge transfer. The need for innovation in
dissemination of detailed descriptive information has, until recently,
been neglected in the social sciences. As collage-makers, narrators of
narrations, dream weavers-narrative researchers are natural allies of the
arts and humanities.
Abstracts are invited that grapple with
extending the possibilities of presentation and dissemination of narrative
studies. Presentations using tools from the arts and humanities are
especially encouraged for this conference thread. The use of other media,
in addition to traditional papers, is welcomed. Possibilities include, but
are not limited to, performance, dance, film, video, audio, graphic arts,
new media (CD ROM, web-based production), poetry and so forth.
Presentations may deal with the theoretical, methodological, ethical and
mechanical issues of using such media or, simply be a presentation that
uses one of the media as an example of narrative as performance.
'«Biographical Certainty». How do
people organize their live-course in present society?'
Convenor: Jens Zinn,
Fakultät SoWi Universität der Bundeswehr München D-85577 Neubiberg
Contemporary discussions of the process of modernization reveal a loss of
unambiguity (Bauman) as well as a return of uncertainty (Bonss). The
discussion of change in modern societies and social individualizing
processes concerns after all expectations on the individual's life-course.
The starting point of the planned session is the questions: How in
changing modern societies can expectations on the life-course be worked
out? How can the individual life-course be managed if its central
institutions, like the family or the occupation, are breaking away? What
are the effects on individual's biographical action when the traditional
constellations of primary social relations or work-life erode and can't be
used to stabilize biographical expectations any longer? In the session
both empirical results as well as conceptual questions (for example, the
meanings of 'certainty', 'security' and 'safety' and its normative
premises) could be discussed.
'Biographies of Ageing from Different
Convenor: Sibel Kalaycioglu, Turkey (email@example.com)
The session will compare different practices and experiences of ageing
from countries with different traditions and welfare system structures.
Such experiences could be significant, especially in the light of current
discussions on 'succesful ageing'.
'Self-reliance and Successful Life
Convenor: Sibel Kalaycioglu, Turkey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
With drastic changes in the welfare regimes of many Western societies, how
do people cope with the responsibilities of 'developing successful life
strategies' or with 'self-reliance'? Cases from Turkey or many eastern
European countries also may be very relevant for the discussion of 'the
personal and individual strategies in a global risk society' (Beck).
'Reflection of Cultural Traumas in Life
Convenor: Aili Aarelaid-Tart, Estonia (email@example.com)
Aili Aarelaid-Tart Head of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies
Institute of International and Social Studies Tallinn Pedagogical
University Blvd. Estonia 7 Tallinn 10143, Estonia Tel: 372-6454498, Fax
372-6454927 Cultural trauma is a traumatic event in the life course of
persons dealing with compulsory and rapid changes of previous value
systems and behavioral patterns. Cultural trauma may take place as a
result of the collapse of a political regime, as an unexpected effect of
migration, as part of personal bankruptcy or imprisonment, or as the
impact of a rapid invasion of new cultural mores into a traditional region
etc. From different personal stories we could map the main strategies and
behavior of winners as well as losers in these kinds of situations. We are
interested in analysing traumatic collisions in the life course; stories
of: - people from small places under the pressure of rapid urbanization; -
- political prisoners under any kind of non-democratic regime in Europe (Stalinism,
Francism, ect.); - poorly acculturated migrants; - - persons who have lost
their positions in social or cultural hierarchies. The problem actually is
part of the coming enlargement of the European Union where thousands of
people's life courses may be put through unpredictable traumatic changes.
Members of the 'Biography' research network
and indeed all researchers in these and cognate areas are invited to
submit additional proposals for topics for sessions as well as individual