Fabienne Seifert with two other conference participants in front of the Manchester Metropolitan UniversityMarén Schorch

From 20 to 23 August 2019, the European Sociological Association (ESA) held its yearly conference for the 14th time – on this occasion in Manchester (UK), with addressing a topical subject: „EUROPE AND BEYOND: BOUNDARIES, BARRIERS AND BELONGING“:

More than 3.000 sociologists from 62 different countries came to Manchester (with the venues University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Bridgewater Hall) – making it the 3rd biggest ESA conference in its history. There were 700 sessions with altogether 2.476 talks, organized by the respective ESA Research Networks (RN). Above all, plenary talks, middays specials and fringe events complemented the program.

From our research group KONTIKAT, the two sociologists Dr. Marén Schorch and Fabienne Seifert attended the congress and presented two papers:
In a joint presentation, they talked in a session of the Research Networks 22 (Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty) about first results from our ongoing research in local SMEs in respect to their experience with crisis and resilience: „Turning a Blind Eye to Risk and Resilience: Images of Crisis, Transformation and Emergency Preparedness“. Furthermore, Dr. Marén Schorch presented some findings from one of her former empirical studies in another Research Network (Ageing in Europe).

We are delighted about the successful conference presentations, the great interest in our research and take this enthusiasm into the next stage of our field work!


For more detailed information about ESA and the conference, please have a look here:



Pictures from Dr. Marén Schorch.


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