CALL FOR PAPERS
RN31 Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism
European Sociological Association Conference
Barcelona/Spain, 31 August – 3 September 2021
The ESA Research Network 31: Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism invites
submissions of papers for the ESA Conference 2021 in Barcelona.
We will hold sessions that focus on theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of
research on antisemitism and racism, also in a comparative framework. The network’s
perspective is to bridge an exclusive divide between the understanding of antisemitism
and of racism, exploring the correspondences and affinities, but also the differences and
Our over-arching question is to understand what are the material conditions
and the social, political and historical contexts shaping variations in racism (including
neglected forms like anti-Roma discrimination, “antigypsyism”, but also anti-Muslim
resentment) and antisemitism (including antisemitism related to the hostility to Israel,
Islamic antisemitism, antisemitism of the left as well as of the right), across time and
across different European and global contexts. Our network provides a space where
antisemitism, racism, and xenophobia are each understood in the context of the others.
At the upcoming conference we will particularly focus on old and new populisms and the
challenges to human rights and democracy, particularly against the background of the
current Corona pandemic an the growing impact of antisemitic and racist conspiracy
myths. Given that in recent years proto-totalitarianism and populism have emerged with
great speed and ferocity into mainstream democratic discourse, these developments
need to be analysed in detail. We are interested in scholarly work on the democratic
state, critiques of democracy, the totalitarian contempt for democracy, the critique of
truth, critique of ‘the media’ etc.
Joint Session with RN21 Quantitative Methods: "Advances and Challenges in
Quantitative Measurement of Racism and Antisemitism" (Henning Best, David Seymour,
Submit your abstract via ConfTool 2021: https://www.conftool.pro/esa2021/
The deadline is on 15 February 2021.