Conference theme

Contemporary social change in the Nordic region is fundamentally connected to global developments. Sociological concerns ranging from labour markets to families are all affected by global dynamics. How do sociologists take such connections into account within their research? How do sociologists make sense of the blatant injustices that are evident, particularly in the relations between the Global North and the Global South? The response from the sociological community is to engage with a constant evaluation of the practises through which sociological knowledge is gained.

The 28th Nordic Sociological Association Conference focusses on the critiques of sociology’s conventional knowledge-making practises, and calls us to think together about ways to address the Eurocentrism and parochialism of many of our central concepts and categories. Sociology’s history as a discipline took shape in the powerful centres of an unequal world – but how is Nordic sociology situated in this challenge of re-thinking Eurocentrism? The criticism of parochialism extends to sociological methodologies because these may serve to underpin specific understandings of the world or even help to naturalise or hide inequalities.

In addition to the conference’s theme, the programme covers other themes of general interest, such as North-South issues within the Nordic region, the renewed political tensions between East and West in Europe, sociology’s relation to economics, and where and how sociologists publish their research. The conference also includes a wide range of working groups in all major sociological areas. We welcome contributions related to the conference’s theme as well as other current themes in sociology.

The Nordic Sociological Association is an alliance of the national sociological associations in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.