For the 8th midterm Conference of the Research Network Sociology of the Arts we invite proposals for individual papers and round-tables or workshops on the study of art, willing to contribute to inter- and trans-disciplinary dialogue. We encourage proposals in the widest range of disciplines – social sciences, philosophy and humanities –, providing they make an original academic contribution to the conference themes. The focus will be on the relationships between different approaches to art and its contexts, the social and the aesthetic.

The programme will be thematically broad and open for presentations to all core areas of arts sociology. Presentations can be related to following areas:
  1. Developments in particular domains in arts, including architecture, urban planning, applied arts, arts within the domain of popular culture (e.g. film, television, and popular music) as well as traditional 'high' arts (e.g. music, visual arts, literature, theatre, etc.).
  2. The process of production, distribution, promotion and commercialization of works of art, inclu¬ding artistic practices, the impact of technology, new means of production, forms of collaboration, the formation of art theory, the development of arts markets, the process of valuation, etc.
  3. The process of presentation and mediation of arts, including art criticism and publicity in all domains of the arts, museums, theatres, concerts, audience studies, attitudes towards the audience, educational programs, etc.
  4. Professional development, including amateurs and semi-amateurs, vocational education, art schools, professional differentiation, artistic income, artistic reputation, the relations to arts management, etc.
  5. Arts organisations and arts management – investigation of historical development, power relations, effects, program selection, processes within the organisations such as gate-keeping, leadership, etc.
  6. Arts policy (especially the sociological aspects thereof), including legal issues, public and private funding, public discourse and debates (e.g. classification of art, arts and religious symbols, arts and sexuality, arts and racism), censorship, analysis of the impact of arts, sustainability, lobbying associations, cultural ministries or other government bodies.
  7. Social and cognitive effects of the arts, including arts and identity formation, arts and bodies, aesthetic experience, arts and ethics, coding and decoding, gender related practices, ethnographic aspects, art for social transformation, arts in communities, and arts as a part of urban culture.
  8. Arts from a macro-sociological perspective, including (de-)institutionalisation, economisation, globalisation vs. localism, digitalisation, mediamorphosis, arts and social cohesion, arts and ethics, arts and hegemony, and arts and power.
  9. Theoretical development in arts sociology, such as the production of culture approach, (post-) structuralism, field theory, system theory, praxeology as well as methodological issues.
  10. Any other particular topics of the sociology of arts.
The conference will feature keynote lectures, parallel sessions with contributed papers (each paper session will have the duration of 90 minutes, including normally 4 papers), and workshops.

You can submit abstracts for two co-organized workshops: Perspectives of Arts Management and Arts Management Research: Framing the Future (Download CfP).

The language of the conference is English.

Notes for authors
  • The abstracts of approximately 300-400 words must be written in English. Please submit your abstract and full contact details as an electronic file (word.doc) no later than March 15, 2014.
  • The information requested during the abstract submission include: 1) the name(s) of the author(s), the institutional affiliation (both university and department), mailing address and email(s); 2) title of proposed presentation or round-table/workshop; 3) area of presentation; 4) up to 3-5 keywords. Each author cannot submit more than two abstracts (as first author).
  • Send the abstract by email to the Conference Secretariat (esa.arts2014[at] with Cc to Dan Eugen Ratiu (daneugen.ratiu[at]
  • The new deadline for proposals submission is March 15, 2014.
  • The acceptance of proposals will be notified by March 31, 2014.
  • Registration opening: April 1, 2014.
  • Registration deadline for presenting authors: May 31, 2014.

You can download the Call for Proposals from here.

For further information on the conference, please contact us at email: daneugen.ratiu[at]

» Conference Secretariat: esa.arts2014[at]


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