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Practices of solidarity are omnipresent. They drive the daily actions of civil society actors and – although less obvious – of public welfare schemes. Practices of solidarity form the backbone of modern democratic societies, even though some authors note their decline in an era of singularity and libertarian politics. The Special Issue takes the opposite stance, thus assuming that solidarity, although not uncontested, is on the rise again: In an era marked by multiple crises, solidarity not only becomes controversial and contested but also vital and visible. In an almost unprecedented manner the recent COVID-19 crisis exemplifies the importance of the regulating function of the state. However, the countless spontaneous support initiatives and citizens’ collective actions also point at the relevance of solidarity by civil society actors.
The Special Issue tackles four crucial dimensions of practices of solidarity that relate to the current COVID-19 pandemic: As to the actors it distinguishes between state solidarity (both national and supranational/European), i.e. solidarity from above, such as state emergency funds, and civil society solidarity or solidarity from below, for example neighbourly support of risk groups. As regards the respective focus of solidarity, the current practices of solidarity either comprise health-related practices of solidarity responding directly to the challenges and risks stemming from COVID-19 such as the medical treatment of Italian intensive care patients in Germany, or wearing protective masks, and overall practices of solidarity that respond to the economic and social consequences resulting from the lockdown, e.g. short-time allowances, or the expansion of the European Stability Mechanism.
The Special Issues aims at:
• studying the motives and normative foundations behind the different practices of solidarity, the varieties of the practices as well as their limitations;
• analysing the interrelations and differences between state and private (i.e. civil society) prac-tices of solidarity, the different levels actors refer to and the practices’ scope;
• linking the debate on solidarity in COVID-19 to the general discussion on social solidarity, its preconditions, functions and public support and debating the implications for other crises;
• theoretically assessing the different logics of diverse practices of solidarity such as expression of solidarity on the one hand, the collective wearing of masks and the direct support measures like the emergency funds on the other;
• exploring the link between different welfare state regimes and the instruments of state soli-darity on the one hand and/or the intensity of private solidarity on the other;
• investigating the role of the European Union during COVID-19 and how the challenges related to the pandemic shape the future of European integration.
The issue welcomes both national perspectives and transnational or supranational perspectives. Submitted analyses (e.g. case studies, empirical analyses, comparisons to other crises, and the like) are asked to touch one of the above-mentioned issues and questions.
Submission and timeframe
Authors may submit structured abstracts of up to 250 words until 30 June 2020. Empirical, theoretical and conceptual submissions of significant originality will be considered for publication. All methodological approaches are welcomed. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be asked to submit a full draft of their paper until 15 October 2020 which will then be subjected to peer review. Publication is planned for the spring of 2021. CPE publishes in English. Please submit your abstract to Stefanie Börner (email@example.com).
CPE: An international, double-blind peer reviewed journal
Culture, Practice & Europeanization (CPE) is an international, peer reviewed platform for publishing research-based articles predominantly dealing with research into the multiplicity of social processes, interactions, and policies relating to Europeanization and both international and intercultural en-counters in Europe. CPE is an interdisciplinary journal with strong roots in sociology. CPE welcomes contributions that seek to enhance our understanding of social processes relating to internationaliza-tion, internationally relevant practices, and further transnational activities and processes in Europe.
The recent COVID-19 induced crisis raises question with respect to the future of European integration, the European Social Model, and EU social-policy making. The ‘Corona crisis’ exacerbates social inequalities along the prevailing conflict lines and deepens already existing labor market divisions. It hits the most vulnerable hardest and points to the fact that society does often disparage those who are suddenly considered important for the system. This poses major challenges to the EU’s member states since they are the main social-policy providers. Yet, since the causes as well as the effects of the crisis have a considerable transnational dimension, this is not only the hour of nation states and national welfare states. On the contrary, the recent crisis (just like the crises before) also prompts supranational solutions and a European struggle for solidarity. After the EU woke up from its initial paralysis, it started to discuss and introduce responses to the crisis, thus revealing existing conflict lines again (e.g., between member states in favor of so-called Corona bonds and those strictly against it). This affects compensation and crisis mechanisms on the one hand and EU social-policy making on the other hand. Existing instruments emphasize fiscal stability, austerity, and market conformity; priorities that have been supported by an institutional framework based on strict supranational surveillance, budgetary discipline, and the threat of financial sanctions. At the same time, these measures are counterbalanced by supranational social-policy innovations that try to promote mutual responsibility and a more Social Europe such as the European Pillar of Social Rights and the Youth Guarantee. Without a doubt, the current crisis will affect these measures and instruments. Will the new conflicts cause another legitimacy crisis in the EU as was the case after the financial crisis? Will it push EU social-policy making into a new era? What role could the European Pillar of Social Rights and the instruments initiated by the new Commission play? Will it even shift the EU’s modus vivendi from a market into a social citizenship regime?
From former crises, we know that such a crisis might provide windows of opportunity and integrative leaps which nevertheless creates new problems and conflicts, i.e., regarding the EU’s democratic legitimacy, public support, and political contestation. In order to find out whether the economic and social crisis following the pandemic provides a major threat or a chance for European integration, this Special Issue aims to shed light on the tensions, responses to the crisis, and opportunities that define European social-policy making in light of COVID-19. It will focus on supranational social-policy making and instruments (implying both transnational and supranational actors), but will also consider the perspectives of different welfare regimes in Europe.
Social scientists are invited to submit paper proposals on the following topics and questions:
How is the European Union tackling the pending challenges and what are the implications of the existing and debated instruments for European integration?
How do different welfare state regimes in Europe react to the crisis? What are their major challenges?
What is the role of trade unions and supranational regulations in combating the labor market divisions such as the difference between standard and atypical employment, the low-wage sector, etc.?
Analyses of single fields of EU social-policy, such as public health, unemployment policies, or minimum income;
Can COVID-19 help to bridge social and climate change policies?
What are the implications for transnational solidarity and public support?
We welcome abstracts of no more than 400 words by 31 August 2020.
Dr. Stefanie Börner
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Social Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
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Call for Papers: European Di‐Visions. Political, normative and social tensions within the EU for the 2020 Congress of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS) to be held at TU Berlin, September 14 – 18, 2020
Stefanie Börner, Monika Eigmüller, Christian Schmidt‐Wellenburg. During the last decade, several transnational crises – such as “financial cum economic crisis” or “migration crisis” – have called the processes of European political and social integration into question. The panel wants to trace the EU‐wide tensions accruing from these challenges, investigate how they alter existing conflict lines and discuss solutions advocated by different proponents as well as possible effects. Recent developments touch differently upon the various dimensions of the European integration. At the political level, existing supra‐ and international cooperation (e.g. in migration or economic policies) has not only been ripe with conflict in itself but has stood in constant competition with more national forms of corporation. This politicization seriously challenges the permissive consensus that European elites used to rely on. Solutions emphasising national sovereignty – such as “Brexit” – seem in the end to deepen crises and feelings of political powerlessness on a national as well as on a European level. Likewise, visions of (re‐)nationalisation can be observed in many member states with possibly similar contradictory effects. In normative terms, these populist politics of fear discredit the idea of a liberal Europe with transnational rights. As a social consequence, economic and political divisions within the EU may again increase. Arising conflicts do not only affect the process of European integration in general and its normative orientations, but also the activities of civil society and social movements as well as citizens’ wellbeing and attitudes at the micro level. In a situation, where supranational visions and divisions are challenged on basic terms, the panel invites to scrutinize the flaws and potentials in the EU’s architecture, pending reforms and possible redirections. The panel aims at studying the dialectics of European dis*integration: the actors pushing these developments (e.g. supranational elites, transnational organisations and EU citizens) and the respective counter movements (ranging from national political actors to national and transnational civil society and social movements). In how far do EU‐wide conflict lines differ from conflicts occurring at the national level? Are humanitarian and cosmopolitan values compatible? What is the role of social movements? How do conflict lines interact with each other and do they affect and challenge the professional work within the European Commission? How does the perception of European divides differ between member states and different social groups? We invite researchers from different sociological fields (e.g. migration, social movements, transnational rights, right‐wing populism, social inequality and social policy, horizontal Europeanisation etc.) to shed light on these conflicts from a macro, meso, or micro sociological perspective, provide sociological interpretations and explanations of the various conflicts at hand and study their consequences empirically.
We look forward to original empirical or conceptual contributions. Please submit abstracts of a maximum of 500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15.05.2020.
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Forschungen und aktuelle Forschungsergebnisse zu präsentieren.
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vorzustellen und zu diskutieren. Beitragsangebote können die gesamte Bandbreite der
europasoziologischen Forschung abdecken. Sowohl originelle konzeptionelle Beiträge als auch
Vorstellungen von aktuellen empirischen Forschungsergebnissen sind willkommen. Vorgesehen sind
maximal 20-minütige Vorträge.
Wir freuen uns über Abstracts (maximal 500 Wörtern), die neben den üblichen Angaben zudem
Auskunft geben über den Forschungskontext beziehungsweise den Stand des zugrundeliegenden Projekts.
Vorschläge richten Sie bitte bis zum 15.05.2020 an Prof. Dr. Monika Eigmüller
Im September ist Jun.-Prof. Dr. Stefanie Börner Visiting Professor an der HSE Moskau, wo sie im Rahmen der International Sociology Seminar Series einen Vortrag zum Thema "Transnational social rights and social inequality in the EU" hält.