The Danish Conference of Sociology 2012:
Date: January 19 - 20, 2012
Site: Aarhus, Denmark
Center for Sociological Studies at Aarhus University (CESAU), the Danish Sociological Association
The study of social change has always been integral to the discipline of sociology. As the ever-vagrant sociologist Zygmunt Bauman argues, the transition from traditional to modern societies was characterized by an erosion of social foundations, or what Bauman calls solids. Old identities were replaced by new ones, but the nature, importance and role of identity changed only to a minor extent. In contemporary society this concern has changed fundamentally as unambiguous and coherent identities are increasingly difficult to establish and maintain. Modern societies are – more than anything else – characterized by an excess of social demands and expectations, compelling the individual to „live up to‟ often conflicting social identities. Identity work thus, becomes a heavy, if not almost impossible burden to bear. Troubled identities, such is the premise of this conference, signifies the simultaneous effect of this loss of social foundations and the emergence of a multiplicity of new forms of identification available to the subject. In order to unlock the phenomenon of Troubled Identities, CESAU presents some of the leading international scholars on identity formation in modern societies.
Deadline: December 19, 2011.