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Following the success of the workshops organised by Research Network (RN) 15 at the European Sociological Association’s (ESA) 13th Conference in Athens which took place between August 29th and September 1st, 2017, plans are now underway for our mid-term conference. At the board meeting of our RN board in Athens, Helsinki was selected as the location for this conference and we are currently working with the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN) at the University of Helsinki’s Swedish School of Social Science (SOCKOM) to organised a successful mid-term conference from April 19th to April 20th, 2018.

Drawing on C. Wright Mills’ (1959) notion of the sociological imagination, this conference seeks to advance our disciplinary gaze beyond that of the nation/state/society to envision a sociology attuned to the global. As such, we aim to bring together researchers studying global phenomena (from the synchronisation of national policies to the global trade in wine), transnational practices and relations (from remittances to parenting to political action), and emergent cosmopolitan identities or communities. Underscoring these themes is a commitment to the study of the human world as a single place – a worldwide community – a global tribe of Moderns (Alasuutari 2016).

If you would like to take part in such an undertaking, click here for more information on the theme of our 2018 conference.

We look forward to meeting you in Helsinki in April!

Conference Times and Location

This conference will take place at the Main Building of the University of Helsinki, which is located on the Senate Square in the heart of the city. The address of the University of Helsinki’s Main Building is Unioninkatu 34 (disabled access to the Main Building is found on Fabianinkatu 33). The conference will begin on Thursday April 19th at 9:30am with registration and coffee. More information on the conference programme can be found here.

Once you have registered for the conference you will receive an email confirmation with a map of the Main Building directing you to the conference location.


The 2018 Midterm Conference of ESA Research Network 15 (Global, Transnational and Cosmopolitan Sociology) is organised in cooperation with the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN), a research centre based at the University of Helsinki’s Swedish School of Social Science (SOCKOM).

We are grateful for the support of SOCKOM’s Rector and administration, which has assisted with the practical issues associated with organising this conference.



The Local Organising Committee responsible for organising this conference are:

  1. Peter Holley (Co-chair of ESA Research Network 15)
  2. Sanna Saksela-Bergholm (ESA Research Network 15 Board Member)
  3. Pierluca Birindelli (ESA Research Network 15 Board Member).

Local Organising Committee