Биографически изследвания на постсоциалистическите общества
Biographical Perspectives on European Societies Research Network of the European Sociological Association and The Centre for Independent Social Research, St Petersburg
Joint Conference: Call for Abstracts
Biographical Research on Post-Socialist Space: Ten Years After
The Centre for Independent Social Research, St Petersburg
15-17 December, 2006
Rationale for the Conference
Ten years ago in Saint Petersburg, the ESA Research Network on Biographical Perspectives on European Societies and the Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR) jointly organised a conference under the title 'Biographical Perspectives on Post-Socialist Societies'. This conference will focus on the results of biographical research into post-socialist space carried out during the last decade, and will also touch on methodological questions.
Themes of the Conference
The conference would seek to follow up and update the original conference by exploring the following broad themes: From transformation to relative stability: 'new' and 'old' biographies; Social migration; and Methodological developments in the Biographical approach.
The preliminary list of sessions includes: Methodological developments in biographical research. Challenges and future directions; Biographies of the 'old' generation and reinterpretation of the transformation. Nostalgia, reconciliation, or a complete break with the past. Stratificational and geographical dimensions. New understandings of biographical landmarks; Biographies of the 'new generation'. Life strategies, lifestyles, culture and morals; Comparative analysis in biographical research; Social strata, social classes and social milieux in biographical perspective; Changes in intimacy; Migration processes; Social movements and collective actions.
Submission of Abstracts
Abstracts of proposed papers are to be written in English and should be no more than 300 words in length. Abstracts must include the name of the proposer, his/her affiliation, postal and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and title.
Abstracts should be sent directly to both of the conference organisers by 31 July 2006:
Robin Humphrey (
Peter Meylakhs (
Places at the conference are limited. All accommodation and living costs during the conference will be met by the conference organisers.
After May 17, more information about the rationale and content of the conference will be available here: