Back to the Future?
European Progressions and Retrogressions
6th Interim Conference
National University of Ireland Maynooth
October 28th to 30th 2020
a space for colleagues to reflect on the role and function of Political Sociology in generating innovative analyses that can grasp the multiple and complex challenges facing societies
Much attention has been paid to the rise of populist forces, challenges to democratic systems and practices and the undermining of established political, economic and social norms, institutions and practices. These forces, processes and practices have been often framed as having ‘retrogressive’ effects on democracy, secularism as well as political, social, and economic formal and substantive rights. At the same time sociologists are observing forms of resilience, resistance and reconfiguration in state and society that are generative of uneven and at times unpredictable consequences for people across Europe. As such, progressions are made in interstitial spaces and at times with unexpected outcomes.
Political sociology is well placed to interrogate the continuities and discontinuities in ideas, interests and institutions historically constituted through empire, market and state articulated now through projects ambivalent, supportive or contesting of permanent austerity, increasing securitization, immigration, and climate change.
CONFERENCE UPDATE SEPTEMBER 8TH 2020
The registration for the Conference Back to the Future? European Progressions and Retrogressions is now open.
Due to the continuing uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic we have taken the decision to hold the conference online as a remote/virtual event.
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We kindly ask you to make your registration by September 20th. (No fee).
The link to the online platform will be provided via email (and will be available on the conference website) in due course.
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Pauline Cullen - RN32 chair
Alberta Giorgi - RN32 vice-chair