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Swedish Sociological Association Conference 2018

Sociology in a Polarized World

Sociologidagarna is the Swedish Sociological Association Conference, organized every second year and gathering sociologists from all over – and increasingly outside of – Sweden.

At Sociologidagarna, on-going research is presented in thematic working group sessions, current topics are discussed by expert panels in semi-plenaries, and international key-note speakers give lectures on the conference theme.

Sociologidagarna 2018 is hosted by the Department of Sociology at Lund University, and the conference theme is Sociology in a Polarized world.

Welcome to join us!

All semi-plenaries are open to the public.



Divisions and polarizations are increasingly prevalent in contemporary societies.

They are visible in growing income disparities, divisions between rural and urban areas, between locals and migrants, and also in rifts between the political establishment and popular sentiments. 


Thursday, 8 March:

11:15-12:15 Semi-Plenary Sessions:

  1. Reproductive rights in times of contention - abortion politics in the EU and beyond (International Women's Day Semi-Plenary). Organizers: Lisa Eklund and Rebecca Selberg of Lund University
  2. Interrogating the European Solidarity Crisis: Migration, Repression and Resistance. Organizer: Maja Sager of Lund University
  3. In today’s European societies, do Social Movements increase polarization? And is it bad if they do? Organizer: Chares Demetriou of Lund University
  4. Nordic Economic Elites Organizer: Mikael Holmqvist of Stockholm Business School

Friday, 9 march:

11:15-12:15 Semi-Plenary Sessions:

  1. Is Gender Controversial (Once Again)? Organizer: Åsa Lundqvist of Lund University
  2. Understanding the Political Landscape: Political Sociology and the Swedish Election 2018. Organizers: Gabriella Elgenius University of Gothenburg, Kerstin Jacobsson University of Gothenburg & Magnus Wennerhag Södertörn University
  3. Sociologi på gymnasiet: Utmaningar och möjligheter. Organisatör: Sveriges Sociologförbund


The recent rise of populist movements and social upheavals have challenged the liberal consensus and power blocs that have shaped the last decades in many societies.

These contenders may also unleash social forces imbued with xenophobia and anti-democratic sentiments.

Sociology occupies a central position in relation to these processes.

Sociology possesses tools capable of analyzing the complex manifestations of social differences and hierarchies. At the same time, sociologists have been the champions, at least in lecture halls, of precisely the aspects of cosmopolitan and tolerant open society that have been threatened.

Yet sociologists have sometimes been reluctant to participate in public discourse, and those who do publicly engage often find their voices sidelined.

The discipline has tools able to address the problem of growing polarizations, and its 'voice' in public debates is critical in this changing social landscape.

This conference invites sociologists to take part in a criticalexamination of the current polarizing conditions – to include their empirical validity and their intersectionality – as well as in a reassessment of sociology's contributions to the public debate.



The conference will take place at different locations at the University area in Lund.(G-huset, M-huset, R-huset and Palaestra) Please visit Sociologidagarna or Programme for updated information, abstracts and the exact location of the the Semi-Plenary Sessions.




Organizing Committee, Sociologidagarna 2018

Committee Chairs:

  • Sara Eldén
  • Christopher Swader

Committee Members:

  • Christofer Edling
  • Lisa Eklund
  • Anders Hylmö
  • Katarina Jacobsson
  • Britt-Marie Johansson
  • Åsa Lundqvist
  • Agneta Mallén

Department of Sociology
Lund University
Visiting address: Paradisgatan 5, House G, Lund
Postal address: Box 114 , SE-221 00 LUND, SWEDEN
Telephone: Student Office +46 46-222 88 44, Lund University Switchboard +46 46-222 00 00

Faculty of Social Sciences