Flow of men, goods and ideas. Different approaches of social processes and adaptations of social scientific ideas in Central Eastern Europe

Call for papers
A conference organised by the Hungarian Sociological Association
Date: Nov 14-15, 2008
Place: Pannon University, Veszprém, Hungary
Deadline: 14 Sept, 2008


Europe has always been a scene of constant exchange. Social sciences predominantly deal with society as a relatively closed unit and fail to focus enough attention to the flow of men, goods and ideas. The research and
analysis of these phenomena has become a highly topical issue after the political system changes of the Central Eastern European countries and the opening of the European frontiers by the Schengen agreement.

In the Central Eastern European region, it is vitally important to never disregard the existence of the national borders and a comparative analysis of these phenomena, as well as its reception and impact is required. We are inviting lecturers dealing with the various aspects of the reception of Western social scientific ideas, their adaptations to local conditions and the problems caused by the conflicts between the traditional and newly constituted inner models.

From1990, Hungary had to face new challenges. Sociology was expected to play a significant role in public opinion and decision making, but unfortunately the discipline has not experienced any fundamental changes concerning its methods and topics.

The main goal of the conference is to focus on the different sociological, socio-psychological and cultural aspects of the social processes that followed the political system changes in the Central Eastern European region and to facilitate an open dialogue and debate on society and provide intellectuals with the necessary guidelines on how to gain a clear picture of the tasks ahead.

The conference will be organized covering the following broad topics:

1. The diversity of the Central European regions
2. The ideal of equality and the social reality of the political system change
3. The reproduction of deprivation
4. Generations gaps
5. New culture- new media- new publicity
6. The survivor of redistribution
7. The system change and its psychological affects: frustration, nostalgy, anomy

Abstract and submission

Abstracts are invited on the topics outlined within the scope of the meeting. Abstracts of 250-300 words in English or Hungarian language should be submitted by sending them by e-mail to mszt(at)socio.mta. Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the lecture to be presented in the conference. Please state the name, position, scientific degree and address of the lecturer in the e-mail. To be fair to all participants, each registered delegate will only be able to submit one paper. The notification of acceptance will be send applicants by e-mail until 15 September. The language of the conference will be Hungarian and English.

Deadline: September 30, 2008


Registration Form

Each lecturer should register for the conference. Please complete the attached registration form and send it by e-mail to mszt@socio.mta.hu.
   Registration Form for lecturers (word 74 kb)

Deadline: September 30, 2008

Registration fee

1500 HUF (appr. 6 EUR)

Please transfer the fee:
  Name: Hungarian Sociological Association
  Bank: ERSTE Bank 11991102-02102940-00000000
  Please remark: your family name + 2008 conference

If you can not transfer HUF, you can pay by cash (HUF) on the spot (this option is only for foreign lecturers).

Deadline: October 31, 2008

Important Dates

Registration deadline: September 30, 2008
Abstract submission deadline: September 30, 2008
Notification of acceptance: October 15, 2008
Transfer the registration fee: October 31, 2008
Final schedule: middle of October
Conference: November 14-15, 2008

Information contact

Éva Heleszta and Veronika Paksi
Hungarian Sociological Association
  e-mail: mszt(at)socio.mta.hu
  webpage: http://www.szociologia.hu/
  address: H-1014 Budapest, Országház utca 30.
  tel: +36 1 2246747 
  fax: +36 1 2246745