Working groups

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  • 01. Anglo-Nordic Network of Social Research

    Organizers: Susie Scott (University of Sussex) & Vuokko Härmä (University of Helsinki)

    The Anglo-Nordic Network of Social Research (ANNSoR) is a new collaborative initiative between social scientists in the Nordic region and English-speaking countries. We welcome new members with a shared interest in the micro-sociological theoretical perspectives (Symbolic Interactionism, Goffman’s dramaturgy, ethnomethodology, conversation and discourse analysis, ethnography, phenomenology) and their empirical applications in qualitative research. The aim of this network is to bring people together to share ideas and knowledge, discuss research, pool information and resources, plan future projects (especially cross-cultural, internationally comparative studies) and work together on funding applications. Currently based in the UK but with a strong online presence as a virtual community, we want to begin by opening up lines of dialogue and communication, and use the working group session to plan a programme of research activities for the coming years. We invite contributions from all who wish to join the network and are research-active in this field.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 20, 5th floor (new side)

    13.00-13.05 Susie Scott and Vuokko Härmä: Introduction to the ANNSoR research network

    13.05-13.25 Antero Olakivi: Micro sociology and the contested practice of interviewing: reviewing recent debates

    13.30-13.50 Linn Egeberg Holmgren: The Presentation of Selfies and Selves in Online Life: sociological approaches to masculinities, femininities and social media

    13.55-14.15 Kari Mikko Vesala & Miira Niska: Grounding qualitative methods in relational theorizing: the case of ‘Qualitative attitude approach’

    14.30-14.50 Titus Hjelm: The New Visibility of Religion and the Qualitative Secularisation of Political Discourse in Europe

    14.50-15.10 Pertti Alasuutari: The global diffusion of the politics of well-being and its reception in Finland

    15.10-15.30 Informal discussion

  • 02. Political sociology

    Organizers: Veikko Eranti (University of Helsinki) & Tuukka Ylä-Anttila (University of Helsinki)

    This working group focuses on sociological research of politics and the civil society. Understanding politics broadly as practices of critical citizens and activists, but also professional politicians, we wish to further sociological research of how people engage with societal institutions to pursue change. The working group consists of theoretical and empirical presentations on the local, national and European level.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 4, 3rd floor (new side)

    13.00-13.30 Riina Pilke & Pekka Räsänen: The European Union as a Partner: Examining the EU Approaches to Tax Regulation and Social Development

    13.30-14.00 Tuukka Ylä-Anttila: Populism and Familiarity: Political Appropriation of Suvivirsi, the Summer Hymn

    14.00-14.30 Tuulia Lerkkanen & Matilda Hellman: Worldviews and political work in the Finnish “Refugee night” TV-debate

    14.30-15.00 Veikko Eranti: Pragmatic sociology as a pluralist theory of democracy and the role of individual interests

    15.00-15.30 Airi-Alina Allaste & Kari Saari: Everyday activism in different socio-political context: cases of Estonia and Finland

  • 03. Contesting the public space

    Organizers: Päivi Harinen (University of Eastern Finland) & Anni Rannikko (University of Eastern Finland)

    When public space is looked at in an unconventional manner it seems to be full of potential and possibilities: just look at, e.g. , skateboarders who give creative meanings to their neighborhoods. The ones who take over public space in an atypical manner or perform atypical activities face control and resistance tinged with disapprobation: public space, its use and acting in it are explicitly or implicitly regulated. Regulation and rationality are tied together with societal hierarchies – the ones, who can define and stretch the norms of “proper behavior” in public space, have often more power than the ones who cannot. A key question arises: Who is allowed to be in public space and how? What is the misuse of public space, and from whose perspective? This session welcomes papers dealing with the contested public space: “wrong people doing wrong this in a wrong place”.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, Auditorium I, 2nd floor (old side)

    1. Anni Rannikko: Authenticity and respectability in roller derby
    2. Katharina Miko: PARSIFAL – Participatory Security Research within Academic Education and Training in  Austria
    3. Kerstin Jacobsson: Performing Resistance: Public Space Contestation in Contemporary Russia
    4. Mats Franzén: Antecipating contestations over public space, or the democratically deceptive practices of entrepreneurial urbanism
    5. Ianina Kazachuk: Post-Soviet Cities in Transition: the Case Study of Minsk
  • 04. Culture, consumption, lifestyles

    Organizer: Riie Heikkilä (University of Helsinki)

    In our pluralized post-industrial societies booming with cultural products, we are famously said to have “no choice but to choose”. How do our differentiating cultural consumption patterns shape lifestyles? And, in turn, what is the role of existing cultural production in terms of spreading, legitimizing and creating specific tastes and practices? This session invites to elaborate broadly on issues related to culture, consumption and lifestyles and welcomes both empirically, methodologically and theoretically oriented presentations. Possible session themes include but are not limited to: consumption patterns and preferences; cultural consumption and participation; cultural hierarchies and classifications; cultural production and the role of “tastemakers”; sociology of taste; the relationship of consumption and other dimensions of the social world (e.g. politics, values); theories of consumption and lifestyles.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 9, 3rd floor (new side)


    13.00-13.10 Welcoming words

    13.10-13.40 Carlos Fernández: Uncle Jam wants you: The coverage of music in key newspapers of five European countries (1960-2010)

    13.40-14.10 Tina Lauronen: Between Legitimization and Popularization: The Rise of the U.S. Cultural Products in the Culture Sections of European Quality Newspapers, 1960–2010

    14.10-14.40 Maaria Linko: The publicity books in the age of browsing culture

    14.40-15.10 Merete Jonvik: Critics’ understandings of artistic quality

    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 9, 3rd floor (new side)


    13.30-14.00 Anders Vassenden & Merete Jonvik: When salient cultural boundaries are hidden, and there is lack of deference from below – towards a reconstructed theory of cultural capital

    14.00-14.30 Anna-Riitta Lehtinen: Young debtors’ housing loan management and consumption

    14.30-15.00 Gagun Chhina: Indian Shopping Malls: The Use and Social Segregation of Physical Spaces

    15.00-15.30 Satu Husso: Carrotmob – connective action for a sustainable society

  • 05. Culture, health and wellbeing

    Organizers: Laura Lyytikäinen (University of Turku) & Suvi Salmenniemi (University of Turku)

    Health, illness and wellbeing can be seen as culturally and socially constituted and historically transforming conceptions. They are also crucial sites for understanding the dynamics of power and inequality in contemporary world. Culture affects attitudes towards and expectations of medical care and shapes health behavior and understandings of wellbeing.

    This working group will explore issues of health, illness and wellbeing in diverse thematic and geographical contexts. We welcome empirical, theoretical and methodological papers addressing a range of issues, which may include but are not limited to: health care systems, health activism, alternative and complementary medicine and healing, embodiment and emotions, professions, cultural understandings of health and illness, health inequalities, and health-related technologies.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 15, 4th floor (new side)

    1. Helgi Eiríkur Eyjólfsson: The left-right happiness gap and the importance of social ties
    2. Marjaana Jones: The making of the responsible health consumer – definitions of the service user and user involvement in health and social policy
    3. Mikko Jauho: Between health and illness: high cholesterol and ‘the experience of risk’
    4. Laura Lyytikäinen: A Mixed Methods Approach to Studying Culture, Health and Wellbeing

    Thursday 11.8.2016, 16.00-17.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 15, 4th floor (new side)

    1. Johanna Järvinen-Tassopoulos: The changing faces of stigma in addiction research and sociology
    2. Anni Ojajärvi: Choosing not to drink: understanding youth alcohol abstinence in the 21st Century. Australian and Nordic Perspectives

    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 15, 4th floor (new side)

    1. Erika Takahashi: The meaning of “emergency”: the transformation of the safety phone system in Finland under the neoliberal reform
    2. Vera Raivola: Boundaries of Altruism: Voluntary Community Blood Donors and Blood Gifts for ‘the Other’
    3. Eeva Sointu: ‘Good’ patient / ‘bad’ patient: clinical learning and the entrenching of inequality
    4. Suvi Salmenniemi: Therapeutic encounters and political resistance

    Saturday 13.8.2016, 9.00-10.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 15, 4th floor (new side)

    1. Tiina Tiilikka: Borderlines between experts by experience and health care professionals
    2. Pia Vuolanto: Knowledge Production in Complementary and Alternative Medicine: a Comparative Study in Finland, Norway and Sweden
  • 06. Environment, risk and expertise

    Organizer: Rolf Lidskog (Örebro University)

    Knowledge-Making Practices and Sociology’s Global Challenge is the theme for the Nordic congress, and this theme is highly relevant for this working group, which focuses on environment, risk, and expertise. Environmental problem has during the last couple of decades developed to become global challenges, and knowledge-making practices (in terms of expert knowledge) are pivotal for the understanding and management of these challenges. Simultaneously, these challenges are deeply democratic, in terms of concerning the configuration of society. This situation is the point of departure for this working group, which welcomes conceptually as well as and empirically oriented papers that discuss environment, risk and expertise.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 19, 5th floor (new side)

    13.00-13.05 Introduction and presentation

    13.05-13.50 Benedicta-Ideho Omokaro: Building Capabilities among E-scrappers in Informal Electronic Waste Management

    13.55-14.40 Paula Saikkonen: Knowledge production in the transition – a case of polluted soil

    14.45-15.30 Monika Persson: Negotiating scientific authority

    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 19, 5th floor (new side)

    13.30-14.15 Benedict Singleton: What’s missing from Ostrom?

    14.20-15.05 Rolf Lidskog: The Configuration of Competences and Problems

    15.10-15.30 Sum up, information on future relevant activities (conferences, special issues etc.)

  • 07. Experimental sociology

    Organizers: Mika Simonen (University of Helsinki) & Ilkka Arminen (University of Helsinki)

    Experimental research has gained new popularity in the social sciences. This workshop gathers all researchers interested in experiments, and addresses questions inspired by the promise of experimental studies. Some scholars argue that technological advances are behind the new wave of experimental research. Experiments also provide valuable insights into causal mechanisms. Can sociologists resist the allure of experiments?

    We invite papers about a specific issue or topic of experimental sociology. The papers submitted to the work group may address research plans, results, or theoretical, ethical and methodological questions of experimental research.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 17, 4th floor (new side)

    1. Robert Evans: The Imitation Game: A New Method for Comparative Research
    2. Mika Simonen & Ilkka Arminen: Serendipity and the Imitation Game
    3. Melisa Stevanovic: The patterns of dominance and affiliation in neurotypical men and women, as well as in people with Asperger’s syndrome
    4. Ville Harjunen & Michiel Spape: The effect of gestural imitation on trustworthiness: Altering self-other similarity affects trust behavior
    5. Sverre Wide: Actors, observers, participants: An essay on experiments and self-knowledge
  • 08. Family, intimacy and personal relationships

    Organizers: Anna-Maija Castren (University of Eastern Finland) & Charlott Nyman (Umeå University)

    The work group focuses on family, intimacy and personal relationships. We are interested in understandings of relationships, but also in how they are lived and practiced. Papers may discuss relationships and intimacy from a variety of perspectives: Theoretical, empirical as well as methodological contributions are welcome. Personal relationships are undergoing increased diversification in their forms and practices. This raises the need for researchers to broaden their understanding of relationships. It also challenges research methodologically and theoretically. Papers may discuss e.g marriage/couplehood, childhood, parenting, intergenerational relations. We also welcome papers on less studied aspects such as Living Apart Together, singles’ conceptions and practices of family, same sex intimacy and family and intimacy in a transnational or multicultural context. The gendered aspects of relationships can also be relevant to address. Our aim is to challenge normative assumptions about family and intimate relationships and bring these under scrutiny.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 10, 3rd floor (new side)

    Mothers, fathers, division of work, leave arrangements

    1. Johanna Lammi-Taskula: Home alone: fathers on long child care leave
    2. Petteri Eerola: Men’s involvement in childcare decisions: Accounts by Finnish fathers
    3. Anne Mattila: Mothers´ relational work-family choices
    4. Lasse Reinikainen: Household chores: Why do men get away with it?
    5. Majda Hrženjak: Caring Fatherhood in the Grips of Precarious Employments in Slovenia

    Thursday 11.8.2016, 16.00-17.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 10, 3rd floor (new side)

    Parenting, governance, guidance

    1. Ella Sihvonen: Parenting competence, peer support and horizontal expertise
    2. Astrid Sundsbø: Governmental Parental Guidance and Parents’ Agency
    3. Lise Eriksson: Family Relationships through Surrogacy: Policy Developments on Surrogacy in Finland and Norway

    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 10, 3rd floor (new side)

    Relationships, agency, belonging, time

    1. Vanessa May: Belonging from afar: Nostalgia, time and memory
    2. Kinneret Lahad & Vanessa May: Women in time: Belonging, temporal scripts and ontological (in)security
    3. Annukka Lahti: Too much? Psychosocial analysis of bisexual women’s excessive sexual experiences
    4. Anna-Maija Castrén: Becoming ‘us’: name, gender and agency in transition to marriage
    5. Aino Luotonen: Her family, his family: Married couples’ conceptions of who belongs to the family

    Saturday 13.8.2016, 9.00-10.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 10, 3rd floor (new side)

    Family composition, home, living solo

    1. Unn Conradi Andersen: Home alone
    2. Sinikka Aapola-Kari: Young people’s families
    3. Sara Eldén & Terese Anving: Doing what’s best for the child: Au pairs, nannies, parents and children in Sweden
  • 09. Focus on concepts of gender and race

    Organizers: Signe Arnfred (Roskilde University) & Elina Oinas (University of Helsinki)

    The conference theme “calls us to think together about ways to address the Eurocentrism and parochialism of many of our central concepts and categories”. This working group aims to investigate the concepts of ‘race’ and ‘gender’ as European constructions, introduced to the rest of the world in the process of colonization. The point is to open a space for alternative conceptualizations, which will allow social scientists and gender scholars to re-think notions of difference and power in the contemporary globalizing world. Inspiration may also be taken from humanities, fiction and art. A particular emphasis is given to re-thinking gender and race in the Nordic region. Can ‘the Nordic’ be seen as a racial category? Which are the implications of previous and present relations of colonialism for Nordic ideas of self and other? Are Nordic images of gender equality tied to ideas of ‘race’?


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 16, 4th floor (new side)

    1. Minna Seikkula: Addressing post-racial modality of race and racism. Anglophone theories, Nordic contexts
    2. Alida Skiple: Youth delinquency or everyday racism? Analyzing political discourse and local perspectives on radical nationalism in Sweden today
    3. Lerato Motaung: Feeling through the wall
    4. Inna Perheentupa: Feminist and personal politics in contemporary Russia

    Thursday 11.8.2016, 16.00-17.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 16, 4th floor (new side)

    1. Salla Tuori: Gender Studies and the Coloniality of Gender?
    2. Danai Mupotsa: Against love
    3. Mai Palmberg: Unsettling race and gender in relations between ‘us’ and ‘them’
  • 10. Gender and sexuality in multiethnic contexts

    Organizers: Veronika Honkasalo (Finnish Youth Research Network), Päivi Honkatukia (University of Tampere) & Marja Peltola (Finnish Youth Research Network)

    The working group discusses and further develops especially the concept of social control in relation to young people’s transitional life phase, particularly in terms of young people’s family, peer and institutional relations. How do processes and practices of social control manifest at the intersection of gender, race and sexuality? To what extent is social control imposed by norms and to what extent is it negotiable part of everyday life? What kind of processes of inclusion and exclusion are hence created? How is the normative order negotiated in the family, in peer relationships and in the contexts of societal institutions such as school? In the workshop, we wish to discuss themes related to gender and/or sexuality within multiethnic contexts. Methodological, theoretical and empirical contributions on the themes are equally welcome. The working group is organized by the research project Generational Negotiations, social control and gendered sexualities (GENESO).


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Porthania, lecture hall P444, 4th floor

    1. Marja Peltola, Suvi Keskinen, Veronika Honkasalo & Päivi Honkatukia: Intergenerational negotiations on (hetero)sexuality and romantic relationships – Views of young people and parents in multiethnic families
    2. Suvi Keskinen & Päivi Honkatukia: Young People, Racialisation and Gender: A perspective of differences on social control
    3. Veronika Honkasalo: Multicultural sexuality education. At the crossroad between family, peers and school
  • 11. Gender, care and migration

    Organizer: Lise Widding Isaksen (University of Bergen)

    This workshop raise issues related to recent migration patterns, multigenerational transnational families and their care arrangements, the emergence of migrant domestic care workers in private households and skilled and unskilled migrant care workers in public institutions like hospitals, nursing homes, kindergartens and health-and care services in general. how privatization and commercialization of care services is related to new social inequalities and cultural and political changes in central social institutions. This session will explore the dynamics in ongoing social and economic transformations, and look into new and established practices in interacting patterns between the state (politics), families, markets in different local and national contexts from gender, class- and ethnicity perspectives.


    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 4, 3rd floor (new side)

    1. Adéla Souralová: Delegation of Care-Giving as a Strategy for Good Mothering: Case Study of Vietnamese Immigrant Mothers who Hire Czech Nannies
    2. Elzbieta Anna Czapka: Comparing Care Strategies: European Migrant families in Norway
    3. Terese Anving & Sara Eldén: Precarious labour: European au pairs in Sweden
  • 12. Institutional ethnography

    Organizers: Ann Christin E. Nilsen (University of Adger) & May-Linda Magnussen (Agder Research)

    Institutional ethnography (IE) is a method of inquiry associated with the Canadian social theorist Dorothy E. Smith. Combining theory and method, IE emphasizes the connections between the sites and situations of everyday life, professional practice, and policy making. IE departs from a local standpoint, aiming at exploring how individuals’ actions and activities are hooked into local, trans-local and ruling relations within an institutional complex in which the impact of texts is increasingly pervasive. IE invites us to set our pre-defined theories, concepts and understandings aside to avoid reproducing what we already know about the world and the power relations involved. The quest is to discover how the social is connected, and thereby to contribute with new and potentially transformative knowledge and insights. In a globalized world, increasingly infused with neo-liberal ideologies, IE has great potential. The IE working group originates from the Nordic IE-network.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Porthania, lecture hall P724, 7th floor

    1. Iiris Lehto: Exploring the ruling relations of project care
    2. Leah Johnstone: ‘Getting a foot in the door’? (Dis-)¨organising access to the Norwegian labour market for long-term unemployed in a labour activation program
    3. Helena Huhta: Inmates with foreign backgrounds in Finnish prisons – ethnographic research on equality, inmate hierarchies and coping practices
    4. Janne Paulsen Breimo: Education and Roma individuals in Romania

    Thursday 11.8.2016, 16.00-17.30, Location: Porthania, lecture hall P724, 7th floor

    1. May-Linda Magnussen: Using institutional ethnography for studying the academia
    2. Ann Christin Nilsen: When the good intentions of international ECCD initiatives meet local parenting ideals and notions of good childhood
    3. Esben Olesen: Ruling relations and governmentality
  • 13. Medical sociology

    Organizer: Jenny-Ann Brodin Danell (Umeå University)

    This session welcome papers in the broad area of medical sociology. This includes, but is not limited to, themes such as health systems, health professions and professionalization, medical organizations and institutions, action and interaction of health care professionals, medical knowledge production, health and technology, medicalization, health inequality, gender and health, ethnicity and health, accounts of illness/health and various aspects of embodiment. We welcome both qualitative, quantitative and theoretical papers.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 11, 3rd floor (new side)

    13.00-13.30 Isabel Frey: The Ambivalence of Diagnosis in Women with Bulimia

    13.30-14.00 Jenny-Ann Danell: Negotiation and translation of complementary and alternative medicine in the political domain

    14.15-14.45 Miisa Törölä: Pathways to deviance

    14.45-15.15 Patrick Brown: Healthcare work amid shrinking and widening inequality: Eliasian insights into informal, distant and precarious interactions

    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 11, 3rd floor (new side)

    13.30-14.00 Shenghua Xie: Labor Contract, Medical Insurance Participation and Health Status of Migrant Workers

    14.00-14.30 Sofie Dencker-Larsen: Does unemployment and detachment from employment cause long-term stress? A panel study using salivary cortisol

    14.45-15.15 Stefan Hrafn Jonsson: Fertility determinants in Icelandic during economic turbulence

  • 14. Migration & ethnicity

    Organizer: Riitta Högbacka (University of Helsinki)

    In this session we invite participants to present papers related on migration and ethnicity. The topics of the session may include:

    – Integration, Settlement, Segregation (immigrants/asylum seekers/refugees)
    – Housing, Family life
    – Health
    – Employment
    – Experience of crime
    – Social Mobility


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 8, 3rd floor (new side)

    1. Charis Anastasopoulos: Being German in Greece
    2. Sabina Hadzibulic: Are There Yugoslav Immigrants in Finland? A case of contested identitities
    3. Markus Kaakinen, Atte Oksanen & Pekka Räsänen: How did the Paris terrorist attacks change the risk of exposure to online hate content
    4. Minna Liinpää: Contemporary Scottish Nationalist Narratives and The Empire
    5. Riitta Högbacka & Heidi Ruohio: Black and White Strangers – Adoption and Ethnic Hierarchies in Finland

    Thursday 11.8.2016, 16.00-17.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 8, 3rd floor (new side)

    1. Suzanne Lilius: Tell Me How You Talk and I’ll Tell You Who You Are (Not): Asylum seekers and language testing
    2. Giacomo Bazzani: Between rights and market. The mechanisms of economization of the reception of refugees in the countries of southern Europe
    3. Goran Basic: War, migration and ethnicity: young immigrants with war experiences in institutional care

    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 8, 3rd floor (new side)

    1. Anastasia Diatlova: “Home is When You Have Something of Your Own”: Housing Among Russian-speaking Sex Workers in Finland
    2. Lena Sohl: Women going first class: Returning Swedish migrant women’s articulation of privilege and de-articulation of class
    3. Kaisu Koskela: Intersectionalities of class, ethnicity, nationality and gender in the lives of highly-skilled migrants in Finland
    4. Nina Hakkarainen: From Margins to Center and Back – Migration Narratives of Highly Skilled Finns in Japan
  • 15. Military sociology

    Organizer: Teemu Tallberg (National Defence University)

    I propose a panel on military sociology that adresses sociological research on the armed forces, civil-military relations and war and society. This is a small, yet establish field in sociology with research conducted several Nordic countries. I chaired a panel during the 2012 conferance in Island and would like to repeat it during next years conference.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Porthania, lecture hall P518, 5th floor

    1. Hedvig Ekerwald: The Disarmament story: On Alva Myrdal’s study ”The Game of Disarmament” 1976
    2. Gorm Harste: The Haunted Road. Failed Transformations and the Return from War or, a Historical Sociology of War Veterans
    3. Teemu Tallberg: Societal Division of Security Labour: Obligation, Vocation, and Voluntarism as Logics of Comprehensive Security
  • 16. Nordic cities in a globalized world: marginalization, participation, and belonging

    Organizers: Lotta Junnilainen (University of Helsinki), Teemu Kemppainen (University of Helsinki) & Eeva Luhtakallio (University of Tampere)

    The days of cultural homogeneity in the Nordic countries are long gone: increasing socio-economic differences, inequalities in participation, and multiplying problematics of belonging due to immigration have transformed the urban everyday life, and created new forms of urban poverty and social segregation. These on-going developments call for multifaceted sociological insights tackling urban, cultural, political and social policy matters – to mention a few. How do these developments become concrete on the neighbourhood level in terms of social life, participation, and sense of belonging? What do these changes mean for social cohesion, well-being, security, citizenship and urban structure? We invite papers addressing the above questions, and welcome both empirical papers and papers providing theoretical and methodological developments in order to grasp the dimensions and consequences of the described transformations.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, Auditorium IV, 2nd floor (old side)

    1. Carolin Valizadeh: An ethnographical approach to place attachment and place identity among young people living in a segregated neighborhood
    2. Arndís Vilhjálmsdóttir & Ragna Garðarsdóttir: Neighborhood income inequality, social capital and adolescent mental health
    3. Lotta Junnilainen: Collective destigmatization strategies in disadvantaged neighborhoods – Why context matters?
    4. Teemu Kemppainen: Can we use social disorganization theory to describe the contemporary Nordic reality? Theoretical and empirical aspects.

    Thursday 11.8.2016, 16.00-17.30, Location: Main Building, Auditorium IV, 2nd floor (old side)

    1. Maria Bruselius-Jensen: Young boys and street gangs: Thrills, recognition and negotiating sense of belonging
    2. Tiina Sihto: Exploring the local gender contract in a Finnish city

    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, Auditorium IV, 2nd floor (old side)

    1. Ritva Salminiitty: The future of local democracy: Has the call for citizen participation reached the city councilors? The case study of Turku in Finland.
    2. Sari Vanhanen: Collaboration or control? Multiagency practices in immigrant integration – perspective of the police
    3. Eeva Luhtakallio: Group and recruitment styles matter, or on the difficulty of connecting local action and global matters: Bicycle activism and climate politics
  • 17. Social policy and welfare

    Organizer: Moira Nelson (Lund University)

    This working group would look at issues related to social policy and welfare. In line with the theme of the conference, the working group would favor proposals that consider global dynamics in some way. Such proposals might involve explicit comparisons of countries from different regions of the world, the issue of migration, or global dynamics in terms of the influence of trade and capital flows. Proposals may be quantitative or qualitative in terms of their methodological approach and may take a historical or contemporary perspective.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, Auditorium XI (old side)

    1. Stina Fernqvist: “She has chosen not to pay rent” – conceptualizing economic diligence and parental responsibility in relation to eviction risk
    2. Christian Poppe: You are hereby warned: You can borrow money!
    3. Helgi Gunnlaugsson: Sex for Sale and Personal Use of Drugs: Case Study from Iceland

    Thursday 11.8.2016, 16.00-17.30, Location: Main Building, Auditorium XI (old side)

    1. Astrid Sundsbø: Publicly funded parental guidance in Norway: Which are the norms and aims it relies on?
    2. Sophy Bergenheim: ‘People’s health’? Finnish civic expert organisations as constructors of public health and ‘the people’
    3. Liina Sointu: Active citizens, responsible parents: private health insurance for children in the context of universal health care

    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, Auditorium XI (old side)

    1. Hannu Ruonavaara: Retrenchment in Social Housing Policies: The Case of Finland
    2. Hanna Kettunen: Regulation and deregulation of rental housing in Europe
    3. Agneta Hugemark: Keeping together. The disability organization FUB in times of multiplying tensions
  • 18. Social stratification

    Organizers: Elina Kilpi-Jakonen (University of Turku) & Jani Erola (University of Turku)

    The working group focuses on quantitative research examining social stratification, in particular those forms that create systematic inequality between different social groups. The social groups researched may be based on social origin, education, gender, migrant status, ethnicity or marital status, for example. The working group invites presentations that aim to explain differences between groups and how inequality accumulates over the life course, as well as presentations that examine the intergenerational transmission of status and social mobility. Cross-nationally comparative and longitudinal studies that examine the influence of social structures and institutions on stratification and inequality are also welcome.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall, 3rd floor (new side)

    1. Andrey Tibajev: Country-specific human capital and earnings of immigrants in Sweden
    2. Anna Erika Hägglund: Contextualized Inequality? How Study Fields shape Gender Specific Wage Trajectories in Germany and Finland
    3. Dinah Gross: How are gender norms transmitted? Sexism in Swiss teenagers and their parents
    4. Kirsti Nurmela: Difficulties in combining learning with family: women in different family policy regimes in Europe
    5. Camilla Kantola: Single Parenthood and Social Participation in Europe

    Thursday 11.8.2016, 16.00-17.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall, 3rd floor (new side)

    1. Mads Meier Jæger: The Effect of Family size on Children’s Educational Success: Evidence from the Extended Family
    2. Sara Brolin Loftman: Do health complaints in adolescence predict poorer educational attainment in young adulthood?
    3. Irene Prix: Does death really make us equal? Educational attainment and resource compensation after paternal death in Finland

    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall, 3rd floor (new side)

    1. Hannu Lehti: The Effect of Paternal and Maternal Unemployment on Children’s Education
    2. Erling Solheim: Class and precarious work: A study across European countries before and after the economic crisis
    3. Kathrine Skoland: Do class differences in work environment change in times of recession?
    4. Raimo Blom: Social Classes in Modern Russia and in Baltic countries

    Saturday 13.8.2016, 9.00-10.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall, 3rd floor (new side)

    1. Armi Mustosmäki: Social capital and income
    2. Aleksi Karhula: Destination as a Process: Sibling Similarity in Entry into the Labor Market
    3. Ilari Ilmakunnas: Trigger events and poverty transitions after leaving the parental home among young adults in Finland
  • 19. & 20. Social theory and Society and differentiation

    Organizers: Tiina Arppe (University of Helsinki), Jesper Tække (Aarhus Universitet) & Lars Clausen (UCL)

    The current challenges faced by social theory could be considered twofold. On one hand, we are confronted with global problems related to environment, economy (not only the prolonged stagnation of world-economy, but the cancer-like proliferation of economic discourse – the demands of productivity and measurement – to all possible walks of life), mass-migration (and the related xenophobic reactions in the West) and the return of religion in its most primitive form. On the other hand, after the different ”turns” seen in social theory over decades (starting with the linguistic turn of the 60s), we have now ended up in a universe of immanence: relationality, materiality and performativity seem to have replaced the former universe of structures, values and transcendence. But what is the specific contribution of these new paradigms in conceptualizing and understanding the global problems we are confronted with? What has been gained and what is eventually lost?

    Main social theorists of today use concepts like system, field, discourse, sphere, sector, network etc. to address more or less the same social phenomenon of a modern society differentiated into autonomous x, y or z. The working group invites contributions that reflect on the fruitfulness of these theoretical perspectives. What empirical observations – descriptions and explanations – do they enable or disable, singly or in combination?

    PROGRAMME Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, Auditorium II, 2nd floor (old side)

    13.00-13.10 Presentation of group and group-members

    13.10-13.35  Isabel Kusche: Consequences of Voter Surveillance for the Functioning of the Public Sphere

    13.35-14.00 Juha Koskela: Projectification of Public Administration – a Social Systems Theory Perspective

    14.00-14.25 Kristian Keto: The emergence of social research in the Nordic Countries

    14.40-15.05 Lars Clausen: Management of mistrust – new conditions for leadership in schools

    15.05-15.30 Jesper Tække: Digitalisation of education – The theory of the three waves

    Thursday 11.8.2016, 16.00-17.30, Location: Main Building, Auditorium II, 2nd floor (old side)

    16.00-16.30 Johanna Hokka: Tracing the doxa in the field of Finnish and Swedish sociology

    16.30-17.00 Edwin Sayes: What causes economic growth? How to turn a question into a problem and then into an answer simply by using a simple model

    17.00-17.30 Sverre Wide: Skjervheim, Scheler and the understanding of social understanding

    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, Auditorium II, 2nd floor (old side)

    13.30-13.54 Lovisa Näslund: Field effects on professional service markets: case studies of theatre directors and management consultants in Sweden

    13.54-14.18 Tuukka Kaidesoja: Middle-range theories as bridges between research fields: A case of Matthew-effect

    14.18-14.42 Willy Guneriussen: Bringing Nature back in

    14.42-15.06 Mikael Carleheden: The art of theorizing and the crisis of social theory

    15.06-15.30 Gorm Harste: Symbolic and Corporal Revolutions

  • 21. Sociological knowledge production in contested and contingent “North-South relationships”

    Organizers: Tiina Kontinen (University of Jyväskylä) & Elina Oinas (University of Helsinki)

    The economic and political developments in societies situated in what is conventionally called “global South” have challenged the traditional division of labor between anthropology and sociology. For some time now, the sociological concepts have been applied, for example, in researching African and Asian contexts. However, it is quite obvious that contra modernization theory, the societies in these continents have followed peculiar paths when it comes to eg. societal structures, institutions, organization, and identities. Therefore, we would like to focus on concept formation rather than theory application and ask whether empirical evidence of such processes has informed sociological theory. To what extent do the sociological debates include contributions from so-called “Southern” scholarship? Do sociologists based in Nordic universities but studying contexts elsewhere meet particular challenges? We welcome papers addressing different aspects of sociological knowledge production in regard to theory and concept formation, dialogue, and scholarly relationships in so-called North-South contexts.


    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 16, 4th floor (new side)

    Chair: Elina Oinas

    1. Salla Sariola: Research as Development? International collaboration, clinical trials and bioethics in Sri Lanka
    2. Thomas Olesen: Adaptation and self-celebration: The formation of injustice icons in the global public sphere
    3. Rehema Kilonzo & Tiina Kontinen.:  Citizenship and civil society interventions. Reflections from Tanzania and Uganda
    4. Liina-Maija Quist: Making ethnographic knowledge of subaltern leadership at Mexico’s resource frontier

    Saturday 13.8.2016, 9.00-10.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 16, 4th floor (new side)

    Chair: Tiina Kontinen

    1. Pia Mikander: Politicizing the concept of Western values
    2. Pekka Rantanen: Exploitation and opportunities for Thais working in the wild berry industry
    3. Jeremy Gould: Liberal distortions of sociological/sociolegal concept formation: Political reciprocity, inclusion and care in postcolonial Africa
  • 22. Sociology of age

    Organizers: Satu Heikkinen (Karlstad University), Anna-Liisa Närvänen (Linneaus University) & Janicke Andersson (Lund University)

    Already in the 1970s, Mathilda W. Riley advocated Sociology of Age for research on age as a social dimension which organises our conditions, obligations and opportunities. This sociology which sets age in the foreground rather than, for example, an age category (children, youth, older people) has not been widely spread and research on age is often conducted with different vocabularies. Recently, however, efforts such as Critical Age Studies in which researchers from different traditions meet in their common interest to understand age have arisen Moreover, researchers focusing on an age category often confront the boundaries of the category as age is contextual, relational and age positions are changing. The relationship between age and time, social order, power, the body and other topics could be explored. In this working group we broadly invite researchers interested in investigating age as a social dimension. Empirical as well as theoretical contributions are welcome.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, Auditorium III, 2nd floor (old side)

    1. Ann-Kristine Mølholt: Defining age. Subjective understandings of age among marginalized youth
    2. Janicke Andersson: Doing Age at Senior Camps
    3. Natalie Davet:”I am a Finnish war child” – Elderly war children’s constructions of age and generation in relation to time

    Thursday 11.8.2016, 16.00-17.30, Location: Main Building, Auditorium III, 2nd floor (old side)

    1. Satu Heikkinen: Conceptualisations of age in the ageism debate
    2. Kinneret Lahad & Karen Hvidtfeldt Madsen: “Like Having New Batteries Installed!”: Problematizing the Category of the “Forty-Plus Mother” in Contemporary Danish Media

    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, Auditorium III, 2nd floor (old side)

    1. Anna-Maria Sarstrand Marekovic: The meanings of age and time for newly arrived immigrant students’ educational trajectories
    2. Karina Petersson: On the meaning of age in everyday life in school
  • 23. Sociology of celebration – Festandets sociologi

    Organizer: Ismo Kantola (University of Turku)

    Celebration is a universal feature of being a human being. How we celebrate and what we celebrate is variable. Celebration may take place within a group of people experiencing soft landing, or in the wake of a revolution, solemn banquet, street party, religious revivalist assembly, festival, carnival, birthday party, or a rave party. Celebration may also actualize in recollecting shared memories or enjoying music.

    Social scientific papers exposing any aspect of celebration or methodological issues of its sociological study are welcome.

    The Workshop was established in 2006 NSF Conference in Turku. The 2016 Workshop will function also as a mid-term meeting of the European Sociological Association’s Research Stream of Sociology of Celebration (Est. 2007).


    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 20, 5th floor (new side)

    13.30-14.10 Soile Rajamäki: The X-Rust Organization – 20 Years of Purism

    14.10-14.50 Sabina Hadzibulic & Mikko Lagerspetz: The Colonization of Partying: The Transformations of Slava

    14.50-15.30 Ismo Kantola: Structures of feeling as an approach for and a methodological choice in the study of celebration. Limits and value added.

  • 24. Sociology of education

    Organizer: Marianne Dæhlen (Oslo and Akershus University College)

    This working group invites abstracts of research papers that addresses topics related to sociology of education both theoretically and empirically. As an indication, the presentations could cover methodological and theoretical discussions, but also areas associated with inequality, social policy, early child development, parenting, childhood, adolescence and health.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Porthania, lecture hall P723, 7th floor

    13.00-13.05 Welcoming words

    13.05-13.35 Paula Kuusipalo: Doing vulnerability and vulnerable populations in education

    13.35-14.05 Malene Bodington: Teaching Children to Cope: The Rose of Resilience in Teacher Responses to Classroom Bullying

    14.05-14.35 Ingunn Kvamme: Some Controversies of the Frame Work Plan for Norwegian Kindergartens

    14.35-15.05 Sanna Kailaheimo: The effect of early parental death on children’s tertiary education

    Thursday 11.8.2016, 16.00-17.30, Location: Porthania, lecture hall P723, 7th floor

    16.00-16.30 Maarit Alasuutari: Epistemic work in municipal policy debates on early childhood education and care

    16.30-17.00 Päivi Armila: On the Educational Edges of a Learning Society

    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Porthania, lecture hall P723, 7th floor

    13.30-14.00 Heidi Henriksson: Global education: The role of NGOs in upper level basic education in Finland

    14.00-14.30 Sigrunn Tvedten: Accounting for equity – targeting motivation. An analysis of the OECD-approach to equity in education

    14.30-15.00 Marianne Dæhlen: Completion in upper secondary school: the importance of school motivation, self-efficacy, and individual and family characteristics

  • 25. Sociology of food consumption

    Organizers: Taru Lindblom (University of Turku), Piia Jallinoja (University of Helsinki) & Mari Niva (University of Helsinki)

    This working group focuses on the role of food in everyday life and the ways in which food entangles with the profound societal changes taking place in European societies in the 2010’s, such the economic turbulence, urbanization, digitalization, migration, aging of the population, and environmental degradation. Against this background, we invite abstracts focusing in particular on food and social hierarchies/inequality, food and social movements (alternative food movements), eating and forms of capital, food and cities, food and lifecourse/age, and diversification of food cultures. Theoretical, empirical and discussion papers are all most welcome.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 14, 4th floor

    1. Anna Sofia Salonen: Recipients’ perspective on religiously affiliated food charity in a Finnish city
    2. Kristiina Aalto: The reference budgets illustrating food practises in the decent minimum consumption level
    3. Senja Laakso: Creating new, sustainable eating practices – A case study on leftover lunch service
    4. Arne Dulsrud: An institutional approach to food security. A comparative study of two Indian states
    5. Ari Peltoniemi: Safe and worthy its price? Meanings of domestic food among Finnish consumers

    Thursday 11.8.2016, 16.00-17.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 14, 4th floor

    1. Minna Autio: Consumers discussing animal welfare on meat production – Appreciating transparent and impartial information
    2. Mari Niva: Who takes a stand through food choices? Political food consumption in Finland
    3. Paolo Corvo: The problematics of food in globalized society

    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 14, 4th floor

    1. Pekka Mustonen: Status Display Through Food: Foodies in Helsinki
    2. Johanna Mäkelä: Purity of food in the making of personal and national boundaries
    3. Sami Koponen: Foodie bloggers and the ”politico-aesthetics” of a Finnish fine dining restaurant
    4. Milla Annala: Representations of food in television advertising
  • 26. Sociology of law

    Organizer: Reza Banakar (Lund University)

    We welcome mainstream sociological studies of law, legality, legal  behaviour and legal institutions as well as papers on regulation and  social control. In addition, we invite papers which examine how the law and the legal system obtain knowledge of, and create practices which are employed to create and deliver, or alternatively to combat or regulate:

    1. Conflicts: Regional Resistance, Global Domination and  International Disputes
    2. War: The Laws of War and the War Against Terror;
    3. Boarders: Boarder Control, Migration and Refugee Policies;
    4. Surveillance: the Mass Surveillance of Religious and Ethnic Groups and Entire Populations;
    5. Rights: Human Rights and the Rule of Law; Free Speech and Political Opposition;
    6. Ethics: Global Trade, Commerce, Banking and Corporate Social Responsibility;
    7. The Environment: Environmental Problems and Climate Change;
    8. Justice: Emancipation and Protection of Vulnerable Populations.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Porthania, lecture hall P667, 6th floor

    1. Linda Hart: Relational perspectives into family life in the European Court of Human Rights
    2. Martin Joormann: The First Ten Years of Sweden’s Migration Court of Appeal
    3. Reza Banakar: Law, Policy and Social Control amidst Flux
    4. Anna Salmivaara: Private regulation and freedom of association in garment workers’ strategies of resistance
  • 27. Sport, society and change

    Organizers: Arto Nevala (University of Eastern Finland) & Hannu Itkonen (University of Jyväskylä)

    Sport and sports culture have gone through great changes during the last decades. Most of these changes – internalization and globalization, commercialization, entertaining qualities and differentiation – have also taken place in many societies, for example, in the Nordic countries.

    Today major events, like the Olympic Games or the FIFA World Cup, gather billions of viewers and billions of Euros from sponsoring companies. On the other hand, we can find people playing football in the park, teenagers skateboarding in parking lots, senior citizens enjoying a game of petanque or people participating in voluntary sport organizations.

    In this workgroup we analyze the recent changes from sociological and historical perspective. We ask how these changes that have taken place in society have affected sports culture at general and at grassroots level. We also discuss how these changes influence practices between sport and civil societies and how the changes vary between different sports.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Porthania, lecture hall P417, 4th floor

    13.00-13.30 Anna-Katriina Salmikangas: Bridging multi-sports volunteering with future intentions for regular volunteering

    13.30-14.00 Arve Hjelseth: Handball and biathlon spectators – Fans or supporters?

    14.00-14.30 Kimmo Isotalo: Ice hockey as a reflection of built sport environment in Finland

    14.30-15.00 Michaly Szerovay: Expanding figurations in football: The evolution of matchdays in Finland and Hungary since the 1980s

    15.00-15.30 Arto Nevala & Hannu Itkonen: From an individual case to “foreign legion” – African football players in Finland from the 1970s to 2010s

  • 28. Towards a scaling-sensible approach of social research work

    Organizers: Thomas Marthaler (University of Luxembourg) &  Claude Haas (University of Luxembourg)

    Sociology’s knowledge-making practices consist primarily in cutting social reality (realities) into distinct, but overlapping and abstract entities, which are variously juxtaposed and micro-/macrofied depending on the underlying theoretical assumptions as they are “worked” by researchers. (Social) research as an ongoing process of cutting abstract entities is thus producing an almost infinite plurality of scales. In this sense, it is not surprising that we periodically assist at the emergence of new “turns”, from the cognitive to the material and the linguistic or emotional.

    This group addresses persons who are interested in working on how persons-as-researchers-and-theorists-cut-and-invent-social-reality. For the organizers the work of Andrew Abbott as well as Marilyn Strathern has inspired the following questions:
    – How do social theories cut, invent and try to covenant social reality?
    – How is social reality cut, invented and covenanted in so-called professional contexts?
    – How is social reality cut, invented and covenanted by methods of social research?


    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 17, 4th floor (new side)

    1. Claude Haas & Thomas Marthaler: From mapping to scaling fields: Towards a relational and scaling-sensitive research work
    2. Thomas Marthaler & Claude Haas: Relationality and scaling-sensitivity in action: About persons as ‘clients’ of ‘human services’
    3. Nicolas Uhler, Claude Haas & Thomas Marthaler: Text analysis reinvented: towards a scaling-sensible approach
  • 29. Sociology of work

    Organizers: Arja Haapakorpi (University of Helsinki) & Paul Joncker-Hoffren (University of Turku)

    In current societies, work is an essential part of human existence, something that gives life conditions and a purpose. Work is also inseparably connected with technology. Throughout human history, technology has enabled humans to be safer, productive and produce culture and cultural artefacts. Inevitably, work changes with technology – and sometimes the causal direction is reverse. Technology refers to the relationship of human beings and technical equipment, which include both application and interaction. This working group welcomes presentations from a wide diversity of fields and theoretical backgrounds that contribute to the on-going discussions in the nexus between work, occupations and technologies. We explicitly would like to invite presentations on changing work methods (including the use of technology for employee control) and technology as either a way to replace labour or to enhance the quality of working life.


    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, Auditorium I, 2nd floor (old side)

    1. Anna Kuokkanen: The recognition of psychological occupational health risks in the Finnish insurance sector
    2. Arja Haapakorpi: Restructuring of technology and work organisation in metals industry: how do job descriptions change?
    3. Inger Marie Hagen: Employee representatives and the concept of representation
    4. Timo Aho: (Mis)recognized competence on the road? Affects of technology in constructing respectable male worker’s positions in trucking
  • 30. Young people in changing labor markets

    Organizers: Lena Näre (University of Helsinki), Lotta Haikkola (University of Helsinki) & Vuokko Härmä (University of Helsinki)

    This working group welcomes presentations from researchers in the field of youth studies and employment. We aim to bring together researchers with shared interest to present and discuss about the young people’s position, role and prospects in contemporary societies.

    Young people are bearing the costs of the global economic crises and changes of labour market globally as well as in the Nordic countries. Youth are disproportionally affected by un- and underemployment. Transitions from training and education to employment have become more fragmented, diversified and individualized. Some young people are caught in temporary jobs and training with few career opportunities while facing the challenges of digitalization and increased outsourcing in labour markets. We need empirically grounded research on these labour market changes, how they shape youth employment and how young people subjectively experience their futures. These mediations should also be sensitive to the how ethnicity, racialisation, migrancy or disability shape young people’s positions and experiences.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 21, 5th floor (new side)

    13.00-13.25 Anna Simola: At the internal borders of exclusion: case of highly skilled intra-EU migrants in precarity

    13.25-13.50 Minna Ylilahti: Finding a place after life transition: the Bourdieusian approach to experience of the long term unemployed young adults

    13.50-14.15 Lotta Haikkola: Nationalist construction of skills in the youth activation services in Finland

    14.15-14.40 Irina Gewinner: School leavers and their career choices – transition or path dependency in Russia?

    14.40-15.05 Sofie Krantz: Approaches to knowledge on a vehicle program – Intersections between masculinities and class?

    15.05-15.30 Ida Holth Mathiesen & Siri Mordal: To choose education in a changing labor market – the process of choos ing and the importance of choice maturity

    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 21, 5th floor (new side)

    13.30-13.55 Jagriti Tanwar: Does it Pay Off to Change Firms? Women’s Interfirm Mobility Behaviour in Indian IT-ITES Sector

    13.55-14.20 Päivi Korvajärvi: Gendered and classed futures in employment among young adults

    14.20-14.45 Tatiana Kanasz: Warsaw academic youth’ opinions about their future perspectives in finding a good job and self-fulfilling: hopes and fears

    14.45-15.05 Daria Krivonos: Welfare chauvinism at the Margins of Whiteness: Young Unemployed Russian- speakers’ Uses of Racism and Whiteness in Finland

  • 31. Post-qualitative methodologies in social sciences

    Organizers: Marjo Kolehmainen (University of Tampere) & Tuula Juvonen (University of Tampere)

    Where, when and why are post-qualitative methodologies needed? What kind of consequences do they have for the processes of knowledge-making? The conventional qualitative research practices have been increasingly criticized for being normative or standardized in their approaches. What is the relevance of post-positivist models of knowledge production to social sciences?

    Openings in post-qualitative methodologies pose new challenges to social sciences:

    – How to approach networks or things that are multi-directional?
    – How to apply categories on things that are fluid, or in the constant state of becoming?
    – How to get the hold of the unknown and unanticipated and do justice to such complexities?
    – How to find alternative ways of attuning, noticing, and registering the social as it happens?

    We invite to our working group presentations by scholars who are searching for and applying alternative and creative ways of thinking about methodological understandings and research practices.


    Thursday 11.8.2016, 13.00-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 7, 3rd floor (new side)

    1. Tuula Juvonen & Marjo Kolehmainen: Introduction of the strand
    2. Elina Paju: Fluid observations and the ethnographer: How observations travel in ethnographic research
    3. Satu Venäläinen: Affectuality in research encounters
    4. Anna Soronen: Editorial fashion photography sessions as affective assemblages
    5. Eeva Houtbeckers: A collective dialogic inquiry into post-qualitative methodologies

    Thursday 11.8.2016, 16.00-17.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 7, 3rd floor (new side)

    1. Annukka Lahti: Too much? Psychosocial analysis of bisexual women’s excessive sexual experiences
    2. Raisa Jurva: Attuning to regret, bitterness and resourcefulness. Affective attachments in women’s narration of heterosexual relationships
    3. Tuula Juvonen: Affective Traces of Desire

    Friday 12.8.2016, 13.30-15.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 7, 3rd floor (new side)

    1. Eva Flicker: Discourse – Viscourse: Visual Sociology claiming the Pictures
    2. Marjo Kolehmainen & Taina Kinnunen: Touch and Affect: Registering affect in/through touch biographies
    3. Ilmari Kortelainen: On somatic self-knowledge and ‘body-normalisation’ in mindfulness training

    Saturday 13.8.2016, 9.00-10.30, Location: Main Building, lecture hall 7, 3rd floor (new side)

    1. Jose A. Cañada: Global health policies and paradigm shifts: challenges in following ever-growing, ever-becoming networks of knowledge
    2. Tessa Bishop & Lisa Zagumny: Research is Long, Life is Short: Longevity in Post-Qualitative Research
    3. Rusten Menard: Are social values passé in post-qualitative research?


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