Civil Sphere Theory Working Group
The event will be held in person
Jeffrey Alexander (Yale University) and Giuseppe Sciortino (Università di Trento), along with other international scholars interested in global issues and the civil sphere, are organizing the first mini-conference of the newly established civil sphere theory working group (CST-WG). The conference will be held in Trento, Italy, October 18-19, 2021.
During the mini-conference, theorists and empirical sociologists can discuss, criticize, and inspire one another, interacting around a common set of intellectual symbols.
The aim is to further develop and revise Civil Sphere Theory, fifteen years after its seminal formulation in Jeffrey C. Alexander’s The Civil Sphere (Oxford UP, 2006). The working group will be continuing the discussions, already taking place among nearly 100 sociologists from around the world, that have produced until now “civil sphere” volumes such as Solidarity, Justice and Incorporation. Thinking Through the Civil Sphere (edited by Peter Kivisto and Giuseppe Sciortino, Oxford UP, 2015), The Civil Sphere in Latin America (edited by Carlo Tognato e J.C. Alexander, Cambridge UP, 2018), The Civil Sphere in East Asia (edited by Jeffrey C. Alexander, David A. Palmer, Sunwoong Park and Agnes Shuk-mei Ku, Cambridge UP, 2019), Breaching the Civil Order (edited by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Trevor Stack and Farhad Khosrokhavar, Cambridge UP, 2019), The Nordic Civil Sphere (edited by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Anna Lund and Andrea Voyer, Polity, 2020), and Populism and the Civil Sphere, (edited by J. C. Alexander, Peter Kivisto and Giuseppe Sciortino, Polity, 2020). Further volumes on India, Canada, and cultural trauma are in the process.
The first meeting of the CST working group is supported by a generous gift from the John Templeton Foundation, and by academic partners in the Department of Sociology & Social Research (Action, Culture, Meaning and Experience Research Unit, (https://acme.soc.unitn.it/) and Yale University (the Center for Cultural Sociology, (https://ccs.yale.edu/).
The Program will be ready in September; it will be sent directly to the perticipants and a PDF copy will be posted in the Download box of this web page
How to reach Trento & Accomodation
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Registration and payment
The registration form is now open
It will close September 24, Noon, 2021 (CET - Roma)
This is the link to register
Once you complete the simple Form, within one or maximum two working days you will receive the instructions for the payment.
The fee is €75,00 (seventy-five) and it includes:
- Participation to the conference
- Access to all Papers
It does not include:
- Travel costs
- Lodging expenses
- Jeffrey C. Alexander (Yale University)
- Peter Kivisto (Augustana College)
- Giuseppe Sciortino (Università di Trento)
civilspherewg [at] gmail.com