Appel à contributions, “Crossing Boundaries: Economic Sociology and its Intersections”

Conférence organisée par les réseaux thématiques “Sociologie Economique” de l’European Sociological Association (ESA) et de l’Association Allemande de Sociologie (DGS) du 13 au 15 septembre 2018 à l’université de Constance (Allemagne).

Résumés à envoyer en anglais d’ici au 15 mai 2018 à l’adresse

Keynotes speakers : Frank Dobbin (Harvard University), Lucio Baccaro (MPIfG & University of Geneva)

Contenu de l’appel

Economic Sociology today is a vibrant field of research, which from its outset has been debating its boundaries with other disciplines that study economic behavior, such as Economics, Political Science, Political Economy, History, Geography or Anthropology. While in the mid-20th century there had been a division of labor, where research on the economy had been mainly left to economists, New Economic Sociology has since (re-)developed a sociological perspective on the study of economic interactions, particularly on the nature and outcomes of market exchange. Being a specialized and distinct field of research we are interested in the intersections and boundaries of economic sociology both with other disciplines and within sociology. For instance, sharing some of its roots with the sociology of organizations, what are the current communalities and differences between economic sociology, organizations studies and management science? Other intersections include the historical analysis of the emergence of markets, the governance of economic behavior or the spatial dimension of markets. In addition, many subfields within sociology also study economic behavior. Some of them, such as the sociology of labor markets and work, the sociology of consumption, or the sociology of organizations are an inherent part of economic sociology. What are common theoretical and methodological grounds? Where can we learn from each other?

Whilst boundaries can help to sharpen the identity and thus research program of a field, they also lead to rigid demarcations and artificial isolations of related perspectives. Consequently, the current state of research is hard to assess and contributions in related fields are possibly neglected. Hence, we want to invite scholars from sociology and related fields to debate similarities and differences in the study of the economy, as it is reflected in their own research. Although we focus on exploring the intersections of economic sociology with other disciplines, we are open to all kinds of research in the field of economic sociology.

Pour plus d’informations sur les différentes sessions de la conférence, consulter le fichier PDF de l’appel sur le site de l’ESA.

Informations pratiques

Please submit your title and abstract of no more than 300 words, preferably in a PDF document to until May 15th 2018. In the document please state your name, e-mail address and mention to which of the sessions (A. –I.) you are submitting your proposal.

In your abstract please clearly state the research question addressed, the theoretical arguments and data/ methods used, if the paper is based on empirical research. We will review the abstracts according to whether the paper makes a comprehensive and original contribution.

Travel grants for early career researchers: funded by the European Sociological Association we can offer up to five travel grants for early career researchers (PhD students and early stage postdocs). Please apply for the conference and the travel grant by sending an extended abstract (of not more than 1000 words) and a budget estimation (all documents in one pdf-file) both to & before the deadline. The travel grant covers flights/train/bus and accommodation up to a total of 300€ (conference fee will be waived). The grant will be paid after the conference. We expect recipients of the travel grants to become members of ESA and our RN09, Economic Sociology.

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