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CfP: Old and New Boundaries in Europe: National and Religious Identities

An international workshop in the context of the On Bound Project will take place in Milan on 27-28 November 2019.

The project focuses on a better understanding of how national and religious identities are intertwined in the modern world. For this, a vast array of existing individual level and contextual data will be merged and enriched. The result will be a publicly available multi-level database.

Markus Quandt (member of the Executive Committee and Methodology Group of EVS) belong to the On Bound Project Team and Ferruccio Biolcati Rinaldi (member of the Italian team of EVS) is an international collaborator of the project.

The organizers invite interested scholars to submit original abstracts no longer than 400 words by 15/4/2019. The abstracts shall make use of the project-compiled data (an overview of the multi-level database is available here) and contain ideas about how the contribution would address the relationship between national and religious identities comparatively, both within Europe, or comparing European countries on an international level. Accepted contributors will be granted access to the data shortly after acceptance of their abstracts. For more information, consult the full call for papers.

Value Change, Solidarity, and Identity Issues in a Changing World

Ladislav Rabusic (NPD of EVS Czech Republic) and Zuzana Kusá (Member of the Slovakian team of EVS) are the Guest Editors of the Special issue of  The Czech Sociological Review on Value Change, Solidarity, and Identity Issues in a Changing World.

The Czech Sociological Review is announcing a Call for Papers for this thematic issue in English. The deadline for the abstract submission is 31 March 2019.

· Editors: Ladislav Rabušic (Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Studies MU) and Zuzana Kusá (Institute for Sociology, Slovak Academy of Science)

· Planned issue: Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review 6/2020

The idea that core values are shifting in response to economic, political, cultural, and social development resonates widely in current public and academic discussions. In recent years Europe has been exposed to important dynamic forces that have challenged its geography, politics, cultures, and social fabric. While the economic crisis of 2008 and its aftermath called into question European and country solidarity, increasing immigration from outside Europe has challenged the ‘old continent’ and raised questions about security and responsibility for border controls and for the distribution of wealth. The most recent developments have affected the social structure within states as well as the relationships between them. They tend to deepen existing inequalities and lead to structural changes and rapid social transformations that challenge social cohesion not only within individual countries but also at the Europe level. They endanger the already modest sense of European identity and thus raise the question of what holds Europe together.

While the prevailing consensus is that something is happening, there is no agreement over exactly what and why this may be (see, e.g., R. Inglehart and C. Welzel, 2005, Modernization, Cultural Change, and Democracy. The Human Development Sequence, Cambridge University Press; P. Bréchon and P. Gonthier, eds, 2017, European Values. Trends and Divides Over Thirty Years, Brill Publishers; and R. Dalton and C. Welzel, eds, 2014, The Civic Culture Transformed from Allegiant to Assertive Citizens, Cambridge University Press). The main goal of this thematic issue is to gain a better theoretically grounded and empirically supported understanding of the phenomenon of value changes, solidarity, and identity in a changing Europe using the European and World Values Surveys, which provide reliable data on the value orientations of Europeans and on their group affiliations, identities, and understandings of solidarity. We welcome papers on the following issues (among others):

  • Where do countries stand in terms of the trends in individualism and collectivism in the light of cross-cultural research on values?
  • What values and attitudes concerning work and employment do people hold? Did any substantial change occur between 1991 and 2017?
  • How do values and attitudes differ between various social strata and between different cultures?
  • How have attitudes towards immigrants and immigration changed since 1990 in Central and Eastern Europe?
  • Has there been a cohort shift with respect to the meaning of partnership, family, and parenthood?
  • Has there been a gender ‘value revolution’ in European countries and what patterns can be seen in this area?

Contributors do not, however, have to limit themselves to these topics and may explore others, as long as the submitted papers are based on EVS/WVS data. Preferably the papers should also deal with value shifts observed by comparing different waves of the EVS/WVS (i.e. a time dimension should be included in the paper’s analysis). We expect the primary focus of papers to be on European countries.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts (300–500 words) is 31 March 2019. The abstracts are to be submitted directly to the guest editor – – who will inform authors as to whether their abstract has been selected by 15 April 2019.

Full-text papers must be submitted no later than 30 November 2019. For author guidelines see

Attached documents:

EVS Results in Georgia

In the online journal Financial several articles based on EVS proved information on the Georgian society.

Among the most recently published, “Does marriage still matter?” by Ani Lortkipanidze (member of the Georgian team at GORBI), uses data from EVS to explore whether marriage is considered an outdated institution by people in Georgia, Belarus, Bulgaria, and Russia.

Other pieces are, for example:

“In Georgia, the Press is Sinking, but Labor is at the Bottom”, Published on July 9, 2018

After Cannabis Legalization, Volume Limits on Khantsi?” Published on August 13, 2018

The Georgian Army Rules” Published on June 25, 2019

Most young Georgians believe in hell and heaven?” Published on: June 18, 2018

No Sex, but Drugs and rock & roll” Published on May 28, 2018

Catch Up and Overtake America’ has failed, shall we give it another try?” Published on: May  21, 2018

EVS General Assembly

The annual General Assembly of EVS took place in Ljubljana on 21-22 February 2019. The meeting has been organized in collaboration with the Slovenian Team of EVS at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.

In addition to the Assembly of the Council, about 60 representatives from 26 countries provided feedback concerning the fieldwork in their country. Decisions made regarding the data processing have been reported and the workflow for the countries to be included in the 2nd pre-release has been discussed. The participants also planned joint dissemination activities related to EVS2017

Values ​​in Croatia from 1999 to 2018

Josip Baloban, Gordan Črpić and Josip Ježovita of the Croatian Team of EVS published the book “Vrednote u Hrvatskoj od 1999. do 2018. Prema European Values Study” (Values ​​in Croatia from 1999 to 2018 according to the European Values ​​Study).

Since 1981, Europe has been conducting an international survey of value systems and reception and application of value orientations called European Values ​​Study (EVS) every ten years. Croatia participated in this international project with the third wave of research conducted in 1999 through the Catholic Faculty of Theology at the University of Zagreb, which as a donor project interdisciplinarily brought together scientists from different faculties of the University and scientific research institutes. The results of recent research, as well as the comments of the same, have been published by Croatian researchers in the last twenty years in books and magazines in Croatian and in foreign languages. This book presents some results of the fifth wave of research in Croatia (2017/2018), in comparison with the third (1999) and the fourth wave (2008), so that the movement of some values ​​in the last two decades in Croatia. The values ​​that have been explored include family, business, religion, politics and leisure, then solidarity, fairness, social sensitivity as well as trust in people and different institutions, morals and ethics, and others.

4th ESS Conference

The University of Mannheim hosts the upcoming 4th ESS International Conference on 15-17 April 2019. On Monday 15 afternoon, Ruud Luijkx, Loek Halman and Vera Lomazzi chair the session  F1: “Bridging ESS and EVS to study social attitudes, norms and values in a troubled Europe”.

The session takes place at 2.30-4.10PM, room 204.

Cross-sectional surveys  in Europe such as the European Social Survey (ESS) and the European Values Study (EVS), support scholars aiming at studying human values in comparative perspective, both across countries and over time, by providing high quality data concerning several life domains. The ESS collects data through rotating modules every 2 years since 2002 in a varying number of countries (the maximum was 31 participating countries in 2008), while the EVS investigates the Europeans’ values since 1981 in more than 40 countries every 9 years (the maximum was 47 participating countries in 2008).

While keeping their different goals and identities, these two programmes provide measures to investigate common dimensions in the domains of social and institutional trust; political participation; life satisfaction and happiness; national identity; religiosity; attitudes towards immigration, gender roles, climate change, welfare, and others. Scholars often exploit this commonality to enlarge the coverage of their studies, for example combining the datasets to obtain a longer time-series or a larger number of countries.

The session proposes papers that adopt the combined use of ESS and EVS in the comparative study of values and studies investigating the potential bridging of EVS measures and ESS items from methodological perspective:

F1.1. Malnar, Brina: Informing cross-survey cooperation: Exploring patterns of academic usage in four general purpose surveys

F1.2. Lomazzi, Vera & Luijkx, Ruud: A first comparison of questions from the European Values Study and the core module of the European Social Survey

F1.3. Ortmanns, Verena & Schneider, Silke L.: Comparing the measurement of educational attainment in ESS and EVS

F1.4. Biolcati, Ferruccio & Molteni, Francesco: Using cumulative datasets to study religious change in Europe: a focus on ESS and EVS

F1.5. Matejková, Alexandra: Gender differences in the importance of work and family roles in Slovak Republic: Concepts about “ideal” family relationships in ESS and EVS comparison

More information on the ESS conference, including the preliminary program, can be found on the European Social Survey website.

In Zuck we trust?

Today it is Facebook’s 15th birthday. The social networking site, founded by Mark Zuckerberg as an online photo book for his classmates at Harvard University, has experienced a sharp growth, but was confronted with severe challenges last year (e.g. Cambridge Analytica scandal). To what extent did the controversy surrounding data leaks damage trust in social media? Sociologists Angelica Maineri (EVS central team) and Tim Reeskens (National Program director of EVS in the Netherlands), from Tilburg University (NL), published a piece on this issue in the Dutch blog Sociale Vraagstukken. The study combines data collected before the controversy on data breach started in the framework of the European Values Study 2017 in the Netherlands, with a survey proposed to the same respondents after the debate burst out.

The authors find that social media is the least trusted institution among the ones proposed to the respondents in the framework of the EVS 2017. It is also found that trust in political institutions spills over to trust in social media, in accordance with the “trust-nexus” hypothesis. Yet, only 15% of respondents display less trust in social media after the controversy, while 65% remain table and 20% even show an increment. So far, theoretical explanations failed to explain this change patterns. The data do show that respondents with little confidence in politics have increased confidence in social media. Perhaps it is true that people who oppose the government and mainstream media turn out to see more opportunities in social media to go against that government. Only additional research can unravel this complexity.

MaSIR talk: Responsive mixed-mode and face-to-face surveys

During the next MaSIR talk, Pablo Christmann and Sascha Hähnel (German team of EVS) will be talking about “Responsive mixed-mode and face-to-face surveys: An experimental comparison in the context of the European Values Study”.

MaSIR (“Mannheim Survey Infrastructures Research Colloquium”) talks focus on survey methodological topics with a special focus (but not exclusively) on surveys. The meetings are supposed to focus on the discussion of results and ideas and participants are welcome to present preliminary results and work-in-progress.

Please find the details of the meeting below:

When: February 5th 2019, 14:15 – 15:45

Where: B6, 30-32, room 211, 2. Floor (Mannheim)

Organizers: Bernd Weiß (GESIS Panel); Annelies Blom (Collaborative Research Center SFB 884 “Political Economy of Reforms”); Florian Keusch (University of Mannheim)

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