European Sociological Association
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The European Sociological Association (ESA) is an academic association of European sociologists with over 1900 members. It is a member of the Initiative for Science in Europe and the International Sociological Association.
ESA was established in 1992, mainly on the Austrian Sociological Association's initiative. This idea follows an informal meeting during the Biannual Congress of the Austrian Sociological Association in Graz 1987. After that event and the selection of Vienna as the place of the First European Conference of Sociology, a local Organising Committee was established, consisting of Eva Cyba, Max Haller, E. Jandl-Jager, Rudolf Richter, and Ronald Pohoryles. This first meeting took place in August 1992 and attracted 631 sociologists from a total of 33 countries. The conference was organised by both international and local programme committees.
ESA aims to facilitate sociological research, teaching and communication on European issues, to build networks between European sociologists and to give sociology a voice in European affairs.
The following persons have been presidents of the association:
- 1995-1997: Sylvia Walby, University of Leeds
- 1997-1999: Martin Kohli, European University Institute
- 1999-2001: Jiří Musil, Central European University
- 2001-2003: Yasemin Soysal, University of Essex
- 2003-2005: Jeja-Pekka Roos, University of Helsinki
- 2005-2007: Giovanna Procacci, University of Milan
- 2007-2009: Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen
- 2009-2011: Analia Torres, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
- 2011-2013: Pekka Sulkunen, University of Helsinki
- 2013-2015: Carmen Leccardi, University of Milan-Bicocca
- 2015-2017: Frank Welz, University of Innsbruck
- 2017-2019: Sue Scott, Newcastle University
- 2019-2021: Marta Soler-Gallart, University of Barcelona
The association organizes an international conference every second year. Each conference has a specific theme.