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ESA Research Network Meeting | Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives
Milan, Italy

Scholarship / Financial aid: the best Ph.D paper will be awarded with a reimbursement of 500 euro

Date: September 13-15, 2012

Deadline: January 30th 2012

Open to: everyone interested in the domain

Announcement follows

Call for papers for the interim meeting of the European Sociological Association (ESA) research network “Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives”, to be held in Milan (Italy), on September 13-15, 2012. The meeting is organized by Giovanna Rossi, Catholic University of Milan,
(IT) and Isabella Crespi, University of Macerata (IT).

Families, care and work facing the challenges of a globalized world: policies, practices and services

organized by Giovanna Rossi, Catholic University of Milan, Athenaeum Centre for Family Research and Studies, Italy and Isabella Crespi, University of Macerata, Dept. Education, Italy

The ESA research network on Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives organizes an interim meeting in Milan, Italy, on September 13-15, 2012.

The meeting titled Families, care and work facing the challenges of a globalized world: policies, practices and services, will address the “hot issue” of managing care and work in everyday family life and on the societal level of policies, cultural patterns, and welfare regimes. Families are always under pressure as they are involved in
economic, social, cultural events characterising the contemporary world and thus have to manage the challenges prompted by the conditions of global crisis. Further, families are facing every day life , with the managing of educational and care tasks and the balancing of internal and external requests during all the family life-cycle.

Indeed, each stressful event, as the impairment of a
family member, challenges family life and compels the subjects to act some reflexivity on their everyday life. The redefinition of gender roles, the need for reconciliation between family and work, the presence of immigrants taking up the role of caregivers and the second
demographic transition are profoundly changing the taken-for-granted negotiations among genders and generations.

In a rapidly changing world a multitude of new challenges are emerging and affecting families and individual life; at the same time the welfare state is subject to crisis in many parts of the world. A globally encompassing capitalism is deeply involved and the consequences of the recent financial crisis are felt worldwide. Due to
this, many countries are struggling to develop new policies to maintain good level of social welfare; the need for an in-depth understanding of social problems is urgent and requires an updated rethinking of causes, mechanisms and solutions, applied to policies
and services as well. Recent literature and researches indicate some potentially fruitful indicators.

The focus of the conference is to shed light on the role of different agents (state, market, third sector), relationships and social policies in combining care and work within the families; for example, to identify services of excellence as for quality, efficiency and efficacy and programs promoting to empower family’s capability to keep on generate social capital.

What is relevant is not just a “service provision” perspective but also the true impact of policies and practices in shaping the society and the families as a whole, while trying to address its most crucial needs.

There will be seven sessions as follow:

1. The changing meaning of care and work in the families experience
2. Care, work and intergenerational relations
3. Care, work and migration processes
4. Gender, care and work
5. Social policies, care and work: the different role of state,
markets, third sector and families
6. Care and work services: case studies
7. Special session: Ph.D Session

All abstracts should be completed in English. They should include six distinct sections, in the following order:

1) Title + authors: institutional address (email, fax, office phone).
2) Content: A description of the theoretical framework, the main hypotheses that are tested, some of the findings and their relation with the literature.
3) Method: A description of the data and the methods (either qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods) that are used.
4) Keywords: Five keywords describing the main contributions of the paper should be included.
5) References: a brief list of references (10 maximum).
6) Sessions: indication about the session in which your contribution fits best.

Ph.D candidates should also indicate in the abstract: 1) the relevance of the issue discussed, 2) hypothesis 3) the stage of the research curried out 4) the methodology and the main findings emerged or expected.

The best Ph.D paper, among the 7 accepted, will be awarded with a reimbursement for the conference expenses (such as travel, accomodation) for a maximum of 500 euro. No contribution will be accepted unless it fits the six sections. Individuals may submit a maximum of two abstracts to the conference but should not be the first
author (i.e. the presenter) of more than one paper
. The abstract length should be between 3000 and 9000 characters (all sections and spaces included). Tables and figures should not be included in your abstract. We kindly request authors to send their abstracts (pdf or doc files) no later than January 30th 2012 to with email subject reading “ESA Milano 2012” and naming the file with surname_name (ex. rossi_giovanna)

Authors will be communicated about acceptance of their papers on March 1st 2012[1]. All selected papers must be sent to the conference organizers no later than 15th June 2012. The conference organizers cannot pay for travel expenses, however attendance is free of charge and beverage will be provided in coffee breaks. The conference can accommodate 22 papers at the maximum and 7 Ph.D presentations. No parallel session will be hold. Each paper will be granted 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for discussion). The contributions are planned to be published in an edited book or journals after a reviewing process and agreement by the authors. [1]
All the papers that will be accepted after reviewing process, but exceeding the scheduled number of oral presentations, will have the opportunity to be displayed as poster session during the coffee break, if authors agree.

Isabella Crespi, Ph.D Sociology and Research Methodology
Associate Professor of Cultural Sociology
University of Macerata - Dept. of Education
P.le Bertelli, 1
62100 - Macerata - Italy
personal webpages:
skype contact: isabellacrespi

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