The 14th Conference Edition of the Centre for Social Studies

The LBUS Annual Conference of Research in Sociology and Social Work


the National Conference of Romanian Sociological Society

European and National Identities at Crossroads:
Reshaping Boundaries, Changing Political Cultures, and Re-Imagining the Future

13–14 October 2017

Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu

Europe finds itself at crossroads. The European project gradually constructed in the aftermath of the Second World War is challenged by a series of unsettling developments. The economic crisis brought into question the neoliberal paradigm that underpinned the model of development pursued within the European Union. Massive migration from countries ripped apart by civil war or trapped in the “development of underdevelopment,” concomitant with the series of terror strikes had sparked widespread fear and created a moral panic across the continent. It also divided European countries in terms of their policies towards migration and reopened the debates about the failure of the multicultural model that has inspired the political culture with the EU. These social, economic, and political developments prompt cultural questions about national identities and their relationships with the trans-national European identity.

At the same time, the upsurge of authoritarianism and the swing towards populist politics in a number of countries (Poland and Hungary being the most relevant examples) cast doubt on the future of democracy enshrined in the European political culture and foreshadow the prospects of “illiberal democracy.” These developments echo the authoritarianisms that have taken roots in neighboring countries of the EU (Russia and Turkey as eloquent cases in point) and suggest some previously hardly conceivable paths of political evolution for some European states. More recently, Brexit has shaken the until now taken for granted unity of the European Union, with unforeseeable consequences accompanied by fears of a domino effect that would dismantle a more than a half-a-century old transnational political construction.

Against this background, Romania is marking its ten years of membership in the European community. The decade passed since its joining the EU in 2007 constitutes a great opportunity to reflect upon the transformations occurred in the Romanian society. In these troubled times for both the EU and the individual states, we invite scholars from across the social sciences to reflect upon the social, political, and economic problems confronting Europe in general and Romania in particular. The thematic spectrum we propose for the joint conference combining the 2017 National Conference of the Romanian Sociological Society and the 16th Annual Conference of the Research in Sociology and Social Work of Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu covers the following topics, without being limited to them:

  • European identity and national identities
  • Social values
  • Migration and ethnicity
  • Labor market and entrepreneurship
  • Post-communism and the challenges of transition
  • Methodological dilemmas for contemporary social research
  • Family patterns and lifestyles
  • Political culture and electoral behavior
  • Community and local development
  • Solidarity and social change
  • Social networks and models of sociality
  • Social stratification and inequality
  • Digital technology and the new media
  • Work and organizations
  • Social time and collective memory
  • Youth and transition to adulthood
  • Gender and social inequalities
  • Vulnerable groups and social policies
  • Discrimination and social integration




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