The Research Network Sociology of the Arts aims to provide the sociological context for understanding the multifaceted and interwoven social aspects which characterize the art worlds. The focus of the conference in Cluj-Napoca (4-6 September 2014) – Art and its contexts: cross-disciplinary dialogue – will be on sociological approaches to art and their tense but promising relations with other approaches by cultural studies, art history, philosophy and aesthetics.

Therefore, researchers from all social sciences disciplines, philosophy and humanities, as well as PhD students and artists who are interested in inter- and trans-disciplinary dialogue are welcome to participate in this conference. We would like to create special sessions and invite papers on this theme with the expectation that they may include a broad nexus of sub-issues around alternative approaches to art and its contexts, the social and the aesthetic, willing to cross the divide between sociology and aesthetics.

The invited key speakers are: Pierre-Michel Menger, sociologist, director of study at EHESS Paris and Professor at Collège de France (to be confirmed), and Noël Carroll, philosopher, Professor at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (to be confirmed).

The ESA RN Sociology of the Arts conference has always been open to other themes that are not related to the main theme. This openness is highly valued since the Research Network aims to bring together researchers and supporting interchange and mutual learning. For this reason, the programme will be thematically broad and open for presentations to all core areas of arts sociology – see Call for Proposals.

Important dates
  • Start for submission of proposals: November 15, 2013.
  • The new deadline for proposals submission is March 15, 2014.
  • Notification of proposals acceptance: March 31, 2014.
  • Registration opening: April 1, 2014.
  • The new registration deadline for presenters: June 30, 2014.
  • Conference Programme: September 4-6, 2014.
Registration fees
  • Reduced fees:
    • €100 for all students and PhD graduated in 2013 still not employed
    • €100 for all free-lance artists
    • €150 for all participants who are members of the European Sociological Association (ESA)
    • €150 for all participants from countries with a low gross national income (categories B and C in
  • Full fees:
The French Institute in Cluj-Napoca will support participation of one francophone PhD student and one francophone artist from Europe (travel and housing, translation). They will have to give oral presentations in French at the conference sessions and/or roundtable "Artistic Testimony: creation and its context" on the interaction between the artistic research and its context of production and exhibition.

Active participants will have the option to register their co-authors (max. 2 persons) for the low fee (€100).

Non-active participants (audience) could also register on-site with the same fees of respective categories.

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