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EVS2017: New book published

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The Czech and Slovak teams of EVS released the book “Living apart together? Czechia and Slovakia through the lense of value development after 1991”

RABUŠIC, Ladislav, Zuzana KUSÁ, Beatrice Elena CHROMKOVÁ MANEA a Katarína STRAPCOVÁ. Odděleně spolu? Česko a Slovensko optikou vývoje hodnot po roce 1991. 1. vyd. : Slovart, 2019. 428 s. nezadána. ISBN 978-80-556-4590-2. “

The edited monograph presents an analysis of the development of values ​​in the Czechia and Slovakia in the period 1991-2017. The main aim of the book is to capture the extent to which the modernization of both companies after 1990 and the separation of both companies in 1993 had an impact on different value developments. The analysis of value trends is made possible by the longitudinal sociological international research European Values ​​Study, of which the Czechia and Slovakia have been a member since 1991. Quantitative data is obtained through a standardized questionnaire that allows international comparison. In addition to the introduction, the methodological chapter and the conclusion, the book has a total of 12 chapters, which are organized into four sections thematically: I Family, children and gender roles; II. Labor, subjective well-being and social capital; III. Religion and social solidarity; IV Politics, national identity and migration.

The basic hypothesis of the book is that, in line with modernization theory, we should expect value structures and preferences to converge gradually during the 1991-2017 period, although they might differ at the beginning of the period under review due to different socio-economic and cultural bases.

EVS at the International Week of Innovation in Humanities and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Philosophy of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in skopje organized the International Week of Innovation in Humanities and Social Sciences.

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The program comprised presentations from scholars belonging to different disciplines in Humanities and Social Sciences. To discuss the innovation of EVS, the organizers invited Ruud Luijkx and Vera Lomazzi.

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Mid-term Conference of ESA RN21: “Quantitative Approaches to Analyzing Social Change”

The ESA Research Network 21 Quantitative Methods announces its midterm conference 2020 about “Quantitative Approaches to Analyzing Social Change” on 8-10 October 2020 at the University of Lucerne and launches a call for papers and sessions. A panel in cooperation with EVS and ESS will focus on European surveys. Among the confirmed keynote speakers, also Vera Lomazzi, Secretary of the Executive Committee of EVS.

Over the last decade, Europe has witnessed deep impacts of the economic crisis as well as ongoing challenges concerning refugees and migrant integration. In addition, new challenges are connected with climate change, labour market developments, processes of digitalization, the rise of populism, demographic changes and unknown consequences of the Brexit. Are such social problems and conflicts connected with long-lasting societal changes? How and why do societies change in cultural, economic or political respect? What are the driving forces of social change? Is it possible to identify causal mechanisms to explain these changes?

This mid-term conference aims to raise the methodological potentials and challenges of quantitative research of social change and welcomes papers and sessions about the following topics, which are of course by no means exhaustive:

  1. Data collection: Problems and solutions of longitudinal data collection to analyze social change;
  2. Statistical approaches: Comparison of methodological boundaries, pros and cons of different statistical methods for longitudinal data to identify and explain social change (e.g. fixed
    effects panel regression, latent growth curve models, multilevel models, cross-lagged models, continuous time models etc.);
  3. Experimental and quasi-experimental designs to analyze social change;
  4. Big Data methods: Possibilities and problems of the application of new emerging digital methods to analyze social change;
  5. Computer simulation and modeling of social change;
  6. Cross-national studies: How can we make use of cross-national surveys to analyze social change in Europe and how do we define adequate units of analysis? This session will be organized in cooperation with ESS and EVS (see information below)
  7. Substantive contributions to the analysis of social change in different fields of Sociology (e.g. environmental sociology, ethnocentrism and populism research, quality of life, social indicators, political and social trust, etc.);
  8. „Award session“: Best Paper Young Researcher Award (see information below)
  9. General session on various methodological topics

Confirmed Joint Session: „European Surveys Panel“ Organized together with European Values Study (EVS) and European Social Survey (ESS).
Please consider to submit your papers using ESS and/or EVS data!

Confirmed keynote speakers:
• Prof. Dr. Matthias Egger, University of Bern, President of the Swiss National Science Foundation
• Prof. Dr. Manuel Völkle, Humboldt University of Berlin
• Prof. Dr. Rory Fitzgerald, City University, Director of ESS ERIC
• Dr. Vera Lomazzi, Senior Researcher at GESIS, Member/Secretary of the Executive Committee of the European Values Study

Important Dates

Abstract/session proposal submission: February 6th, 2020 – March 31st, 2020

Information about accepted papers/sessions: End of April 2020

Full paper submission for Young Researcher Award: August 31st, 2020

Conference: October 9th – 10th, 2020      

Welcome Reception: October 8th, 2020

Venue: University of Lucerne, Switzerland

Up-to-date information available on the ESA-RN21 event webpage.

Summer School “Europe’s Unity in Value Diversity”

At Tilburg University, a Summer School focusing on values diversity takes place from July 6-10, highlighting the role of the European Values Study in this. This one-week course will connect theory and basic empirical research strategies to use the EVS to address ongoing societal questions.

Each day of this one-week course, an important social trend will be covered. Theoretical models allow you to understand these social trends better, after which quantitative strategies are shown and validated in computer labs to study social change. 

  • For whom:
    Students (national and international) interested in the impact of challenges on individual values, attitudes, and behavior. Participants can come from any Bachelor’s or Master’s program.
  • Taught by: Dr. Tim Reeskens, Associate Professor of Sociology and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair on Identities and Cohesion in a Changing European Union, and Dr. Loek Halman, Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the EVS Executive Committee. They will be joined by guest lecturers working on topics relevant to the program.
  • Start date:
    Monday 6 July 2020
  • Duration | ECTS:
    1 weeks | 2 ECTS
  • Language of instruction:
    English
  • School:
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB)
  • Course fee:
    Course fee: €500
    – 10% discount for current Tilburg University students*
    – 10% discount for students from partner universities*
    – 10% early bird discount*

*Combining discounts is not possible.

Information on schedule and application procedure are available on the Summer School webpage. Deadline for application is deadline: the 31st of May, 2020

EVS Regional meeting in Sofia

On 28-29th of November 2019 at New Bulgarian University, Sofia, was held Workshop with the participation of researchers from  Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Slovenia, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Croatia, Montenegro in connection with the Fifth Wave of the European Values Study (EVS).

Discussions on the Main Topic of the International Academic Conference “Valuation of Values in South-Eastern Europe” to be held on 2-5 July 2020 in Sofia, Bulgaria, which will include the following panels:

Panel I. The end of Balkanization: a traumatic past and new perspectives
Panel II. Cultural diversity and pan-European values
Panel III. Satisfaction with life and work
Panel IV. Religion and quasi-religious beliefs
Panel V. The family
Panel VI. National and European identity
Panel VII. Politics, Democracy, trust in institutions
Panel VIII. Education, market economy, inequalities
Panel IX. Tolerance and solidarity
Panel X. Young generations and revolution of hopes?

Regional cooperation issues were discussed such as: a Project of a Book of Participant Articles to be published in English and in the national languages ​​of the countries of South-Eastern Europe; Interpersonal discussions of the participants in the Workshop with a view to co-authorship on the topics of the conference and the thematic structure of the Collection; Negotiation for future international projects. Establish and strengthen regional academic contacts and so on; Exchange of research, learning experience.

      The participants appreciated the Workshop as a very successful start for future regional cooperation.

Transformations of Polish Society

Mira Marody (National Program Director of EVS in Poland) investigates the changes occurred in attitudes and opinions of Polish society over the past 30 years. Answers to this question are provided by data from the Polish edition of the European Values Study (EVS)

Mira Marody, Transformations of Polish Society, Social Research: An International Quarterly, Volume 86, Number 1, Spring2019, pp. 57-81 (Article) Published by Johns Hopkins University Press

EVS Workshop in Tbilisi

On 10-11 October GORBI hosted the First International workshop of EVS2017 in Tbilisi.

Selected authors gave presentations enlightening the potentialities of EVS2017 for substantive and methodological research making use of the pre-released data. Most of the presentations and videos are now available (page is constantly updated).

David Voas, Christian Welzel and Bart Meuleman enriched the workshop with their keynote contributions.

Are adult children owed to help their parents?

The Romanian Group for the Study of Social Values recently posted on its YouTube channel a podcast by Bogdan Voicu about the relationship of adult children – parents. The podcast is in Romanian but English subtitles are available.

Placing the discussion in the context of the so-called gratitude law initiative, Romanians’ views on helping parents are presented, using data collected during EVS 2018. The proposal was withdrawn, but the mere appearance of the initiative shows how relevant it is to discuss the topic in the Romanian space. EVS 2018 data brings information in this regard.

Almost 100 Romanian MPs initiated in early summer 2019 a law that was supposed to force adult children to take care of their parents. The law remained a simple unfollowed project. However, its mere existence makes the debate useful. The Romanian team of EVS contributes to the discussion, by providing basic information resulting from EVS 2018.

EVS members in Tilburg achieve awards and grants for EVS

Tim Reeskens, Inge Sieben and Ruud Luijkx received prestigious awards and grants, all related to European Values Study

Tim Reeskens was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in Identities and Cohesion in a Changing European Union. The aim of this Chair is to integrate the most recent (2017) wave of the European Values Study (EVS) in core teaching activities, research outcomes, and interaction with policy practitioners and civil society agents, contributing to the teaching philosophy and more broader the mission of Tilburg University, namely ‘Understanding Society’.

Inge Sieben was awarded a KA2 Erasmus+ grant of more than €400k for the project ‘European Values in Education‘. Together with partners from Fontys University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands), KU Leuven (Belgium), EUROGEO (Belgium), Matei Bel University in Banska Bystrica (Slovakia) en Ege Universitesi Izmir (Turkey), she will develop new teaching materials for secondary schools in Europe based on data from the European Values Study. The website www.atlasofeuropeanvalues.eu will be updated with data from the latest wave, interactive charts and maps, and teaching materials.

Ruud Luijkx was successful as a partner in the awarded €4.9m Horizon 2020 grant under the ‘Infradev’ call ESS-SUSTAIN-2. Together with the European Social Survey and other data infrastructures, the European Values Study works to help ensure the long-term sustainability of these infrastructures, to reduce costs, improve methodology and increase the analytical power of the data collected.

Measuring education in the ESS and EVS

In the context of the SERISS project, the European Values Study and the European Social Survey cooperated closely to harmonise the way we measure educational attainment. So far, educational attainment was measured in different ways thanks to this cooperation it is now easier to compare the information included in each dataset, enhancing therefore the possibilities for research.

In this piece, Lucilla Losi, Angelica Maineri and Ruud Luijkx (European Values Study, Tilburg University) and Silke Schneider and Verena Ortmanns (European Social Survey, GESIS) explain how the measurement of education has been harmonized across the two surveys.

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