Call for Papers for the European Sociological Association Conference – Research Network on Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism

RN31 – Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism


Chairs:  Claudine Attias-Donfut  and  Robert Fine

Co-chairs: Veronique Atglas and  David Hirsh,

Board members: Katya Gibel, Nicole Lapierre, Alain Rozenkier, Catherine Silver

Call for papers for the Research Network 31 on Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism for the ESA Lisbon Conference.

The 9th Conference of the European Sociological Association will be held in Lisbon 2nd-5th September 2009. The ESA Network on Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism invites submissions of papers.

We will hold sessions that focus on theoretical and empirical aspects of research on racism and antisemitism. The general theme of the ESA conference as a whole is “European Society or European Societies?

Our sessions will, broadly speaking, attempt to contribute to the questions raised by this general theme.

This conference will be an opportunity to analyse the impact of recent events both in Europe and the Middle East on racism and antisemitism in European countries. For example, does the current economic and financial crisis have an effect on these phenomena? Is there is trend to accept openly racist political parties into the mainstream political dialogue in European countries? Are events in the Middle East, and especially Israel’s military action in Gaza, giving rise to antisemitic reactions in Europe? What is the significance of Obama’s election in the US for the battle against racism and antisemitism in Europe? This conference is also an opportunity to address the specific question the conference theme raises: are there different forms of racism and antisemitism in different European societies or are these phenomena basically cross-European or even global in character? Are there some aspects of social policies and social structures that influence the strength and shape of racism and antisemitism in different European societies?

The RN 31 is calling for papers which fit broadly into the following thematic areas:

  • European racism and antisemitism: common trends and variations
  • Global and local aspects of racism and anti-Semitism
  • Racism against ethnic and religious minorities
  • Migration and racism
  • Colonial legacy and racism
  • Racism and antisemitism at schools, at place of work, etc.
  • Racism and antisemitism within international relations
  • Transformations of racism and anti-Semitism
  • The role of the media, intellectuals and opinion-makers in the production of racism and anti-Semitism
  • Socio-psychological aspects of racism and anti-Semitism
  • Sources of racism and antisemitism in statehood and political community
  • Conceptualisations and measures of racism and anti-Semitism
  • Strategies for combating racism and anti-Semitism
  • The collective memory of the Holocaust in European society

These thematic areas are illustrative. We invite all of you who are engaged in this kind of research and scholarship to submit papers to the Research Network to share ideas, experiences and findings.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically on the Conference website ( and sent to the Network Co-ordinators: and

Important Dates

  • 26 February 2009 – Deadline for abstracts submission (online submission form)
  • 26 March 2009 – Notification of acceptance of abstracts by RN/RS coordinators
  • 15 May 2009 – Early bird registration
  • 15 July 2009 – Deadline for sending full written papers to RN/RS and to the Local Organising Committee (Full papers which are not submitted until this date will not be considered for publication)

Please share this call with colleagues of yours who might be interested in contributing.

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