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Call for Hosts – ESA RN37 Mid-term Conference and 2nd Summer School in 2025

Dear All,

Thank you for the big expression of interest in the RN37 sessions hosted at the next ESA conference: we have received more than 150 submissions. We think this is confirmation of the solidity of our network, since this represents an important increase when compared to the ESA conference in Barcelona. The evaluation of abstracts is close to aend and the results will be communicated soon.

We are now launching a call for hosts for the next RN37 mid-term conference, to be held in 2025.

As you probably remember, our last Midterm conference was held in Berlin on October 2022. It was a very vibrant moment, with almost 250 proposals and over 150 participants. We would like to thank once again the Humboldt colleagues who made it possible, as well as all the speakers who made it so fruitful. During the RN37 Business Meeting in Berlin, the possibility of organizing a 1st ESA RN37 Summer School for Young Urban Scholars was discussed, and the School was held in Genoa in September 2023, with over 100 applicants and 50 participants. The School was very positively evaluated by both participants and speakers, and we really thank them too.

Our intention/proposal now is to organize the 6th mid-term conference in 2025 together with the 2nd summer school. The joint organization of these events could be a great opportunity for everyone and the best way to optimize organizational and logistical efforts, encouraging interaction between junior and senior scholars.

We imagined a “standard” format, to be agreed upon according to the availability of the host institution of course: we envision at least three days for the Summer School (for example from Monday to Wednesday), and the midterm could include the first plenary on Wednesday afternoon and panels on Thursday and Friday, with a conclusion on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning if possible. In other words, this format includes at least five days but, again, calendar and duration are to be agreed with the host institution.

Even if the decision on the location will be made by the next RN37 Board, we think it is very important to launch this call now in order to encourage in time applications and considerations on all the issues.

This topic will also be part of the the agenda of our RN37 Business Meeting in Porto, which is open to all the RN37 members. However, we invite potential hosts to contact the Board by Friday, May 3, 2024 in order to open the debate and start the first conversations regarding potential applications.

Reach us at Urban Sociology

We are also available for any questions or clarification. Looking forward to seeing you in Porto!

The RN37 Board (Anna, Madalena, Katarzyna, Gabriele, Niccolò, and Rui)

16th ESA Conference, Porto 2024

The European Sociological Association (ESA) is pleased to announce the CFP opening for the 16th ESA Conference, scheduled to take place in the city of Porto, Portugal, from August 27th to 30th, 2024. 

The conference, themed “Tension, Trust, and Transformation,” promises to be a dynamic and engaging moment for sociologists and scholars from around the world.

To ensure your participation, don’t miss the abstract submission deadline on January 15th, 2024.

Abstracts must be submitted through the conference platform at

We greatly appreciate your commitment and efforts to motivate your colleagues to participate and make the ESA 2024 conference another great and successful event.

We are looking forward to receiving you in Porto!

RN37 Newsletter Issue 2/2023 – call for contributions

We are looking for contributions to Issue 2/2023 of ESA RN37 Newsletter. Your contributions in a form of:

  • info on research programmes (ongoing and incoming), including
    calls for cooperation
  • summaries of recent PhD theses
  • reflections on recent articles (journal, media, newspaper) that could / should resonate with the research community
  • incoming books, reviews of books, etc 
  • visual materials (photos, photo essays, collages, sketches)
  • voices from places – short urban stories from where you are, accompanied by visual pieces
  • … and other types of materials you consider worth sharing with the RN37 community using the Newsletter platform.

Written contributions should not exceed 3000-4000 words with all add-ons. We do accept shorter written forms, though.

Make sure to send the written material in .doc or .docx format to avoid mistakes in formatting. Any visual materials should be send as attachments or, if too big, as links to
virtual drives or should be sent using platforms for sending large files (e.g. weFile, etc.)
Please, feel free to circulate this invitation among potentially interested contributors outside ESA RN37 network.

Send your contributions to:, mentioning Newsletter 2/2023 by October 1, 2023 [EXTENDED TO November 30th, 2023]

In case of any questions, please feel free to contact Issue 2 Editors:
Katarzyna Kajdanek:
Niccolò Morelli:

1st Summer School for Young Urban Scholars (updated program now available)

What we are organizing

The RN37 – Urban Sociology of ESA is organizing its first Summer School for Young Urban Scholars, an event entirely dedicated to PhD students and young non-tenured researchers.
This event will be held in Genoa (Italy) on September 4-6, 2023.

Why we are organizing it

This event is the result of the continuation of a path that started with the Young Scholars Pre-Conference Day in Berlin last October 4, before RN37 V Midterm Conference. It also draws on feedback that emerged during the RN37 Business Meeting in Berlin with the RN37 members and the young scholars who joined to the conference.

This event is planned to strengthen specific urban research skills, foster soft skills and interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary expertise. PhD students and young non-structured scholars will also be able to discuss and receive feedback on their work from senior researchers with high reputation in urban studies.


People who are interested in joining the Summer School are requested to:  

  • Submit a motivation letter (max 2 pages) and a CV (max 5 pages) to
  • In case they are accepted, applicants will be requested to submit a full draft of a paper/proposal/chapter to receive a feedback during the summer school.


  • March 31, 2023: submission of motivation letter and CV to
  • April 15, 2023: communication of the selection result to the applicants
  • April 17, 2023 – May 17, 2023: opening and closing of registrations.
  • June 15, 2023: end of possibility to ask for refund in case of non-participation.
  • July 15, 2023: submission of papers/proposal/chapters to

Registration fees

  • 75€ for ESA members
  • 100€ for non-ESA members
  • Registration fees include: coffee breaks, lunches, the social dinner of September 5, and the urban walk
  • Registration fees do not include travel and accommodation (although we will give some information about accommodation timely)


The detailed programme is now available:

Summer School Program (updated 31/08/2023)

RN37 Board

  • Gabriele Manella (University of Bologna, Italy), Coordinator
  • Katarzyna Kajdanek (University of Wroclaw, Poland), Vice-Coordinator
  • Anna Bednarczyk (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland), Board Member
  • Madalena Corte-Real (ISEC Lisboa / Nova University Lisbon, Portugal), Board Member
  • Niccolò Morelli (University of Genoa, Italy), Board Member
  • Rui Carvalho (Brown University, Providence, United States), PhD Student Representative.

Local Board

  • Niccolò Morelli (University of Genoa)
  • Paolo Parra Saiani (University of Genoa)
  • Daniela Preda (University of Genoa).