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CfP “Science and Society: Contribution of Humanities and Social Sciences”

On the occasion of the centennial anniversary from the foundation, the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje organizes on 2-5 September 2020, in Struga, the International Conference:

“Science and Society: Contribution of Humanities and Social Sciences”

The mutual relations between science and society are indisputable. Changes in the society are driven by the science, but at the same time a range of societal challenges remain unanswered by the science. Starting from the assertion that the production and role of knowledge should be understood as the interplay between society, culture and science, this conference aims to contribute to the affirmation of new knowledge of such a union. Relying on an interdisciplinary approach, the conference will offer a comprehensive treatment of a range of societal issues and dilemmas through the lens of the following scientific disciplines: Philosophy, History, Sociology, Pedagogy, Classical Studies, Art History and Archeology, Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, Special Education and Rehabilitation, Security Defense and Peace Studies, Gender Studies, and Family Studies.  

Through the perspective of these scientific disciplines, the general topics that will be the subject and focus of this conference include:

  • Philosophy and the response to the new challenges in the society
  • Society, changes and the historical discourse
  • Pedagogy one century later
  • Sociology and values challenge for contemporary societies
  • Classical philology and contemporary educational and scientific challenges
  • From Antiquity to Postmodernism: Archeology, Art History, Preservation of Cultural Heritage
  • Psychological perspectives and the society
  • Addressing new social risks through social work and social policy
  • Special education and rehabilitation and the inclusive society
  • Society and the science of security, defence and peace
  • Gender and the new social constructions
  • New family structures and the social realities

In addition, the conference will also address transversal topics such as: identity, ethnicity, migration, social inclusion, demographic aging, gender issues, ethics and innovation.

The conference will accept scientific papers that are theoretically engaged and methodologically rigorous, including qualitative, quantitative and comparative-historical methodologies.

English is the official language of the Conference.


Important deadlines:

Abstract submission: 15 March 2020

Notification of acceptance: 30 March 2020

Final paper submission: June 15, 2020

Read the full call here

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 Extended to May 31st.

Information about accepted papers/sessions: End of April 2020 Mid-June 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

New members of the Board of the EVS Foundation

The Board of the EVS Foundation has three new members. As of January 2020, Ruud Luijks, Vera Lomazzi, and Markus Quandt have been appointed as Board members.

The EVS Foundation is the highest legal authority of EVS. The Foundation aims at planning and promoting joint activities and offers assistance in fundraising for the EVS project. The EVS Foundation is directed by a Board whose tasks are to control contractual agreements, to initiate and mediate with funding agencies and to appoint members in the Executive Committee (nominated by Council of Program Directors). Current members of the Board are

Chair: Paul de Graaf

Secretary: Loek Halman

Member: Renata van Leeuwaarde-Martens, Vera Lomazzi, Ruud Luijkx, Markus Quandt

ANBI information and annual accounts of the Foundation can be found here.

Urgent message from GESIS-DAS

We received and forward GESIS’ message to the EVS data users.

“Dear users of the GESIS services DBK and SowiDataNet|datorium, You have registered for the GESIS services Data Catalogue (DBK) and SowiDataNet|datorium. Unfortunately, on Friday 2019-12-13 there was a hacking of the user database of DBK, which may have resulted in an unauthorized access to your account and account data (email address, name, and potentially your password and postal address). The services of the Data Catalogue and the repository SowiDataNet|datorium have been taken offline. Our data protection officer is involved and we are in contact with the responsible authorities.

A large part of the passwords is stored in encrypted form. If you use your password and email address for services other than the above, we strongly advise you to change your password.

We are currently securing the registration for the GESIS services DBK and SowiDataNet|datorium and we will inform you as soon as possible when this has been finalized. However, we currently cannot predict how long this will take. This applies as well for a relaunch of DBK and SowiDataNet|datorium. We will let you know as soon as the services will be available again.

We very much regret that you are affected and are working hard to remedy the consequences of the attack. If you have any questions or require further information, the following contacts are at your disposal: dataservices@gesis.org; https://www.gesis.org/en/contact

Your Data Services Team, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences”

10th LCSR International Workshop 6-10 April 2020

The Laboratory for Comparative Social Research of the National Research University Higher School of Economics announces a call for the 10th LCSR International Workshop, which will be held within the XXI April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development. It will take place in Moscow from the 6th till 10th of April 2020. The submission deadline is December 20, 2019.

Workshop topics include but are not limited to:

  • human values and cultural change
  • gender (in)equality and gender attitudes
  • subjective well-being and happiness
  • trust, social capital and corruption
  • tolerance, nationalism and migration
  • political regimes and institutions
  • populism and conservatism in Europe and Russia
  • value polarization in Europe and Russia
  • religion and secularization
  • cross-cultural data collection and analysis

Keynote speakers are:

Christian Welzel LCSR HSE, Russia; Leuphana University, Germany

Ronald F. Inglehart LCSR HSE, Russia; University of Michigan, USA

Hanspeter Kriesi LCSR HSE, Russia; European University Institute, Italy

Working language is English. The submission deadline is December 20, 2019. The notification of acceptance will be sent by January 20, 2020.

Please submit to lcsr.event@hse.ru the following documents:

  1. 2 pages Curriculum Vitae;
  2. 5 pages Project Description: title, abstract of 250 words, main goal, brief literature review, main hypotheses, data description, methodology and preliminary results (Template for Proposal)
  3. your application should meet the following requirements: (1) the paper should be empirical and comparative (more than 2-3 countries / country regions) using quantitative methods; (2) the topic of the paper should address one of the workshop’s topics or the topics of the LCSR.

The participation is free of charge. LCSR has an opportunity to cover travel and accommodation expenses for the best papers.

2020 CSDI Workshop

2020 Workshop of Comparative Survey Design and Implementation will be hosted by CDSP, the Center for Data and Methods of Sciences Po and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). The workshop will take place March 11th – March 13th at the Condorcet Campus, Paris, France. 

CSDI is now accepting individual abstracts. Below is a list of suggested topics.

The abstracts are due December 21, 2019.

  • Equivalency measures
  • Achieving comparability
  • Questionnaire development and testing
  • Translation, adaptation and assessment
  • Minimizing measurement error
  • Interviewer Effects
  • Sampling Innovations
  • Data collection challenges and solutions
  • Quality Control
  • Innovative uses of technology
  • Paradata use across the lifecycle
  • Metadata use
  • Comparative standard demographics
  • Data curation and dissemination
  • Comparative analyses 
  • Computational comparability measures

To submit your abstract (up to 300 words), please use this link: Submit Individual Abstract.

Key dates:

  • December 21, 2019 – Individual abstracts due (session organizers are responsible for ensuring their session participants submit individual abstracts)  
  • January 13, 2020 – Abstract notification sent and online registration opens
  • March 1, 2020 – Online registration closes
  • March 11 – March 13, 2020​ – CSDI Workshop​

The values ​​of the Finnish Swedes mapped

Parallel to the EVS2017 a special unique survey has been conducted among Swedish-speaking Finns. The synergies with the Central team of EVS and the observance of the EVS methodological guidelines allow scholars to benefit of additional data on values.

The values ​​of the Finnish Swedes have been mapped by researchers at the University of Helsinki in the comprehensive and unique study EVS Svensk Finland. For the first time, it is now possible to make direct comparisons between Finnish Swedes, other Finns and residents around Europe. EVS Sweden Finland is part of the European Values ​​Study (EVS) study that has been conducted regularly since 1981. The survey consists of about 300 questions that are sent out to the citizens of European countries every nine years, thus creating a material that can be compared over time and between countries. The data provides broad insights into Europeans’ values, opinions and attitudes regarding family life, work, environment, view of life, politics and society, religion and morality and national identity. The study was previously conducted in Finland, but only in Finnish and without Åland. Swedish-speaking Finns are thus under-represented in the Finnish EVS survey. Other surveys conducted in Swedish Finland often focus on the Finnish Swedes as an individual group, while EVS Svensk Finland is a unique study that places the Finnish Swedes in a broader context. The data collection was done in 2018–2019 among 3,600 Swedish-speaking Finns.

EVS Sweden Finland has been implemented by state scientists Åsa von Schoultz, Staffan Himmelroos and Isak Vento at the University of Helsinki, with funding from the Swedish Literary Society in Finland. The collected data will be available through the Finnish Social Science Data Archive in Tampere in early 2020. The information can also be obtained directly from the researchers. Data and documentation will be made also available through the GESIS Data Archive.

Original source of the post: https://www.sls.fi/sv/nyheter/finlandssvenskarnas-varderingar-kartlagda-i-unik-undersokning?fbclid=IwAR0VMsaijeWMLfGjRmrtt12NJ2eErmrGW-mR1UUVckESJXFMvIACKO70zbo

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