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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.

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Lortkipanidze (member of the Georgian team at GORBI), uses data from EVS to explore whether marriage is considered an outdated institution by people in Georgia, Belarus, Bulgaria, and Russia.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

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)

Nashiville-statement in the Netherlands

EVS data collected in The Netherlands have been used by the Dutch team in response to quite some controversy this week after Kees van der Staaij, the fraction leader of the Reformed Political Party (an orthodox Calvinistic political party), signed the Dutch translation of the so-called Nashville-statement.
This declaration is supposedly providing a contemporary Christian stance towards ethical issues like homosexuality, transgenderism and gender roles. The Dutch team checked how progressive the electorates of the various parties are with respect to homosexuality by using the information collected in EVs2017 through the question whether people think homosexuality should never to always be justified. The team found that the Dutch who are most appealed by this Reformed Political Party are quite anti-lgbt, with a scale score close to the scale minimum. What’s more is that the youngest people attracted to this party are more negative towards homosexuality than elderly voters. Tim Reeskens (National Program director of EVS in the Netherlands) published a piece on this issue in the blog Social Vraagstukken. His interpretation of this controversy is, then, that marketing-wise, it serves the party quite well: as the only political party taking strong stance anti-lgbt, the party might attract some voters with similar homophobe opinions.  is, then, that marketing-wise, it serves the party quite well: as the only political party taking strong stance anti-lgbt, the party might attract some voters with similar homophobe opinions.

First Pre-release of EVS2017

The first pre-release of EVS2017 is now available.

As for the other waves, EVS data is archived at the Data Archive for Social Sciences at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences, Cologne.

The goal of the EVS Pre-Releases is to make the current data of the European Values Study, which  back in the field since September 2017, quickly available for research. They are lean products created by the research group at Tilburg University, theparticipating countries and the GESIS data archive. The data is based on thequestions of the Master Questionnaire but does not yet include all harmonizedand derived variables. The documentation provides information on the creationand processing of national data, but still in a compact format.

The first version of the integrated dataset contains data from 16 countries (Armenia, Bulgaria, Germany, Georgia, Iceland, Croatia, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Belarus). More than 22.000 persons, selected through random sampling, were interviewed personally (face-to-face).

Here you can find data and documentation.

Current version of the integrated dataset: Release v1-0-0 as of December 2018, doi:10.4232/1.13090.
Documentation: as of December 2018.

For further information on data download, see Data Access

One goal of EVS Pre-releases is to improve the quality of the data and its documentation. Information on errors or omissions in the data and the documentation is very welcome. Please report any problems to the EVS Data Service at GESIS, Cologne. Many thanks!

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