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Conference "Social Worlds, Arenas and Situational Analysis" CfP (6.-7.04.2022)

                Dear colleagues,

Please find the Call for Papers for the Conference: "Social Worlds, Arenas and
Situational Analysis: Theoretical Debates and Empirical Research Experiences"
attached. The conference will take place online on April 6th and 7th 2022.
Submissions are possible both in English or German under

Deadline for Abstracts: 30.10.2021 (1000 words)

Deadline for Work-in-Progress-Papers: 15.03.2022

Conference: 06.04.2022 (9-15 CEST) und 07.04.2022 (9-12 CEST)

From the call:
The aims of the conference are to debate the theory of social worlds and
arenas and to collect researchers’ hands-on experiences from working with
situational analysis. Questions that may arise include the following:
- For which empirical phenomena is social worlds and arenas theory suitable?
What can it offer for the analysis of non-professional collectives?

- How much empirical work is necessary to define a phenomenon as a social
world? What is the relationship between theoretical presuppositions and
empirical elaboration if social world theory is to be a “sensitizing”
rather than a “definitive” concept (BLUMER 1954)?

- What are the advantages, but also the challenges, of empirically analyzing
social worlds and arenas? - How can relationships of social worlds and social
movements and other social entities be grasped empirically and conceptually?

- How is the practice of situational analysis shaped by specific traditions of
doing research, such as the German-speaking emphasis on hermeneutic traditions
of interpretation?

- What distinguishes the conception of collectivity in the theory of social
worlds and arenas? What significance do objects and materialities have in this
context? What concept of the public sphere does this give rise to?

- How do the concepts of "boundary objects" and "boundary infrastructures"
relate to this?

- To which conceptual stocks is the social worlds/arenas theory connectable?
To what extent do basic assumptions such as relationality create connections
to other theories and approaches (i.e. posthumanism, ethnomethodology,

- In what ways does social world and arena theory resemble and differ from
other social theoretical proposals for the analysis of late modern societies,
such as Bourdieu's concept of field or the Deleuzian and Guattarian concept of

- How does the theory of social worlds and arenas appear in light of debates
of i.e. practice theory or posthumanist approaches? What is the relationship
to ethnomethodological and other interactionist theoretical perspectives?

We are looking forward to your submissions,

Warm regards,
Renate Baumgartner


Dr. Renate Baumgartner
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (Post-Doc)/Postdoctoral Fellow
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Zentrum für Gender- und Diversitätsforschung/Center for Gender and Diversity
Brunnenstr. 30
D-72074 Tübingen

Tel.: (+49) 7071 29 75674

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