Saturday, December 2, 2017

Forthcoming Activities



Special Issue, Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia, edited by Roswitha Breckner (University of Vienna)
and Monica Massari (University of Naples Federico II)

During the past twenty years, biographical research, which had significantly declined in post-war
sociological inquiry, has gained new visibility and become an established field within scientific
social research. This revival has allowed biographical analysis to expand its scope and to move
beyond disciplinary borders, while exploring new research perspectives and innovative methods
integrating narrative, ethnographic, and discourse approaches.

The core question of the biographical approach, however, aimed at understanding how changes in
society are connected with varying organizations of the self and family, work, life and
generational relations, as well as institutional settings, is currently confronted with major
issues of globalizing societies and new forms of communication. Different concepts of biography and
life story rooted in different societal organizations and cultural traditions of narratives have
appeared and started to interact, while new media and visual practices of remembering are
significantly changing and/or affecting the ways how we create images
of our self and document our biography.

This issue is aimed at exploring the relations existing between social events, historical processes
and biographical experiences in the framework of an increasing transnationalization of people’s
lives and practices, paying specific attention to the temporal dimension and the differences
existing between age groups and generations both in Europe and non-European countries. The editors
welcome contributions that address transnational migration from a biographical perspective,
especially taking generational relations into account. Migration processes and the experience of
migration are embedded in biographical developments, prospects and mostly implicit concepts of
one’s own life. Thus the meaning and handling of experiences related to migration evolve in
different life spheres and periods of life in various ways and social contexts and can even
profoundly change over time. The molding of migration experiences are part of generational
relations insofar, as children and grandchildren react or resonate on the experiences of their
parents and grandparents, the situations they had gone through in the contexts they left, during
their move and also, and especially, in the contexts they arrived or passed as a sojourn. However,
the transmission of migration experiences and their biographical implications is not linear.
Following generations deal with them in active ways being embedded in their own social positions
and contexts.
Contributors might deal with both empirical and methodological challenges and innovative approaches
addressing the biographical as well as generational aspects of migration. Especially visual
approaches in combination with biographical and ethnographic methods are highly welcomed. While
proposals can address specific cases at national level, cross- country comparisons both at European
and international level are encouraged. Among the topics suggested, contributions might focus on:
•   processes of multi-generational transmission within families;
•   gender relations’ changes in migratory processes;
•   biographical challenges in handling different social welfare systems;
•   transnational (visual and narrative) communication using different media;
•   forced migration trajectories compared to transnational work migration and their respective
biographical impact;
•   representations of migrants and refugees in public discourses compared to forms of
self-narration through images and other visual practices.

Deadlines and guide line

Abstracts are due by December 15, 2017. All abstracts (500 words), with 5 keywords, should be sent as  e-mail attachments to: and
Communication from the Editors concerning the selection of articles by January 15, 2018.

Submission   of   first   versions   of   articles   to   the   editors   by   April   15,   2018.
Articles – written in English – should follow the journal guidelines.

Communication   from   the   Editors   concerning   the   peer-review   process   by   July
15, 2018.

Revised  and  language  edited  versions  sent  to  the  Editors  by  September  15,  2018.
Publication on Issue 1/2019.

Details of the program:



Program Coordinators:

Roswitha BRECKNER, University of Vienna, Austria,
Lena INOWLOCKI, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany,

The call for abstracts is open from April 25th, 2017 to September 30th, 2017. Only abstracts submitted online can be considered. No deadline extension is possible.

Apart from an Invited Session to which no abstract can be submitted, RC38 offers 16 sessions for abstract submissions. We invite to submit abstracts to the following sessions:

Link to descriptions of sessions hosted and co-organized by RC38 

Link to the electronic system for abstract submission, open until September 30, 2017

Biographical Research: Epistemological and Methodological Foundation, Balance and Perspectives
Biographies in Organizations – Organizations in Biographies
Biographies, Figurations and Discourses in the Global South
Biography and City
Biography and Violence
Biography, Migration and Belonging
Body – Image – Affect
Digital Experiences and Narratives of Networked Activism
Ethnography and Biographical Research
Language Realms and Desires: Biographies, Multilinguality and Power in Society
Research Ethics in Biographical Research
Responses to Violence: From Citizens’ Passivity to Active Help
Using Intersectionality in Biographical Research
Visualizing Power: Epistemological and Theoretical Aspects of Studying Biographies Affected By Violence and Injustice
What Can We Learn from the Classics? Reflections on the 100th Anniversary of the First Publication of the Polish Peasant in Europe and America
‘Doing Memory’ of Violence in Images and Biographical Narrations