Newsletter - Newsletter 16/04/2018


16 de Abril 2018


Call for Papers – ESA RS12 - Simmel and Beyond

The 100th anniversary of the death of one of the most singular thinkers in the history of Sociology is celebrated: Georg Simmel. In the certainty that the events in the world and particularly in Europe constitute a powerful challenge to the application and development of the Simmelian legacy, our purpose is to invite all those who feel somewhat challenged by Simmel's thinking and who use his concepts and methodology, to present here the results of their investigations.

Abstract submission: until 1st February 2019.

As a pioneer and visionary, Simmel was the inspirer of a way of doing sociology, leaving for posterity a reasoning and a method of its own, based on a conceptual apparatus that privileges the interrelations between formal categories and empirical engagements. Examples of this are the concept of the bridge, the door and the stranger. The bridge and the door are sociological configurations that can emerge in a human attempt to overcome the barriers to their activity. They are at the crossroads of the bounded and the boundaryless. The bridge, in Simmel words, connects symbolically the infinite with the finite. The door, "precisely because it is also opened", is another configuration of a permanent interchange: "the bridge is mute, but the door speaks ". Across the bridge and the door comes the stranger, an entity (individual or collective) who comes and goes, but who can also stay. What differentiates the stranger from the others is its non-belonging to the space in which she lives, which has the effect of its dispossession and ambiguity.


  • Abstracts should not exceed 250 words.
  • Submission is through the ConfTool:


  • Pedro Jorge Caetano, Interdisciplinary Center for Social Sciences (CICS.NOVA), Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
  • Laura Centemeri, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris, France.
  • Maria Manuela Mendes, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, CIES-UL; Faculty of Architecture of Universidade de Lisboa. Principal Investigator of the project «Educational achievements among Ciganos: research action and co-design project» (PTDC/CED-EDG/30175/2017).
  • José Manuel Resende, Interdisciplinary Center for Social Sciences (CICS.NOVA), Escola de Ciências Sociais, Universidade de Évora. | |
CICS.NOVA - Centro Interdisciplinar de Ciências Sociais
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