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MD06: Paths of Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe: Boundaries, Barriers and Belonging
Wednesday, 21/Aug/2019:
12:45pm - 1:45pm

Session Chair: Elena Danilova, Institute of Sociology, FCTAS, Russian Academy of Sciences
Location: BS.G.35
Manchester Metropolitan University Building: Business School, Ground Floor Oxford Road

Session Abstract

During this Midday session, we will discuss questions and outcomes steaming from the research of social transformations in the region of Eastern and Central Europe. Are generational and technological factors in this respect decisive? Does political governance lead to new barriers and boundaries? Do the changes lead to a convergence or a gap between the East and West in Europe? Or are the barriers and boundaries that we talk about maybe illusive? What are the new divides arising and new types of belonging emerging?

The book The Routledge International Handbook of European Social Transformations (edited by Peeter Vihalemm, Anu Masso, Signe Opermann in the Routledge International Handbooks series, 2018) examines the social, institutional, spatial and temporal dimensions of social transformation as they are experienced in Eastern Europe and the European Union. The contributing authors address aspects of social transformations, link them to social theory and to global processes of transformation and provide empirical evidences. Those participating in the Midday session are: Veronica Kalmus, Marju Lauristin, Matej Makarovic, Zenonas Norkus, Triin Vihalemm.


Tomaš Kostelecký, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences


Tomáš Kostelecký is the Director of the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and is a senior researcher in the Department of Local and Regional Studies. He was a research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC; a Marie-Curie Fellow at Science Po Bordeaux, and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Key interests are: the analysis of spatial aspects of human behaviour, socio-spatial inequalities and the process of (non)convergence between “old” and “new” Europe. Recent publications: The political ecology of the metropolis: Metropolitan sources of electoral behaviour in eleven countries (ECPR Press) and “Food self-provisioning in Czechia: Beyond coping strategy of the poor” in Social Indicators Research. He was the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee of the 12th ESA Conference in Prague in 2015 and elected member of the ESA Executive Committee 2015-2017.

Marju Lauristin, University of Tartu, Estonia


Marju Lauristin is a professor of social communication in the Institute of Social Studies of Tartu University, where she is teaching political culture and critical analysis of political communication. Her main research areas are media and society, post-communist transformation and the emerging digital society in Europe. Professor Lauristin had also been active in Estonian and European politics. In 2014-2017 she has been a member of the European Parliament, where she was appointed as a rapporteur on e-privacy regulation.

Chaired by

Elena Danilova, Institute of Sociology, FCTAS, Russian Academy of Sciences


Elena Danilova is Head of the Research Centre in the Institute of Sociology, FCTAS of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). Recent interests and publications lie at the intersection of the sociology of transformations – in particular those that are taking place in post-socialist societies – and of critical sociology. Her latest publications are: “Transformations of Welfare Policy and Discourse on Social Justice in Russia” in Social Sciences, 2018; “Actual and perceptual social inequality under transformative change in Russia and China” in Europe Asia Studies, 2017; “Neoliberal Hegemony and Narratives of ‘Losers’ and ‘Winners’ in Post-Socialist Transformations” in Journal of Narrative Theory, 2014. Within the ESA, she served as member of the Executive Committee (2009-2013), as Vice-President (2011-2013), and was again elected for the terms in 2015 and 2017. She initiated the ESA RN36 “Sociology of Transformations: East and West” and is its current coordinator.

No contributions were assigned to this session.

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