Call for proposals

11th Midterm Conference of the European Sociological Association Research Network Sociology of the Arts (ESA-Arts 2021)

CFP Extended! Abstract submission: December 15, 2019 – February 29, 2020. Please note that the conference is postponed and the Call for proposals is closed in February 2020.

Call for proposals (pdf 19.12.2019)

The conference theme The Social Effects of Art: Activism, Advocacy and Beyond includes but is not limited to topics such as: socially engaged art; participatory art; community art; embedded art; crossover art; hybrid artistry; art, health and wellbeing; art in eldercare; art in youth work; artistic interventions in organizations; art and intercultural dialogue; art for social cohesion; art and social capital; art for social transformation; artist as a social worker; art and social radicalism; art for equality; art for social justice; art and social pedagogy; social ethics of artistic practice; social responsibility of art; skills requirements in social art; management of social and participatory art; measurement of social effects of art; social impact of participatory art; and quality and aesthetics of social and participatory art.

The ESA-Arts conferences always invite proposals beyond those strictly related to the main conference theme. All relevant topics are appreciated, since the ESA Research Networks` aim is to bring together all the researchers in their respective fields and support continual interchange, mutual learning and research collaboration. The ESA-Arts conferences welcome academics and researchers not only from the various sub-areas of sociology but also from any fields that touch upon the relations between art and society.


  • Invited keynote lectures
  • presentation of contributed papers (90 minutes sessions with 4 papers)
  • distributed papers and posters
  • panels, roundtables or workshops (45-90 minutes)

Organisers: University of the Arts (Uniarts) Helsinki, Center for Cultural Policy Research CUPORE & European Sociological Association, Sociology of the Arts Research Network (RN2)

Coordinators: Chairs of RN2

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