Immediately after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Europe has been dominated by an optimistic vision, shared by sociologists, that the world naturally evolves for the better. It seemed that the European Union will strengthen, economically and socially, the whole continent, and the former communist countries of Eastern Europe will complete the transition objectives and will soon achieve a modern and enhanced prosperity. Sociology was called to contribute to the natural process of positive development and did it with responsibility and competence. At the same time, in this field of study dominated the thematic silence, few alternatives being explored. Nowadays, we recognize that the world does not work by itself for the better. New problems have become relevant to the world, many of which have affected all Europe. Conceptualizations and tools developed by sociologists show more clearly their limits. For sociologists, as well as for the whole world, the future is populated by risks, new challenges and new opportunities. New problems require new solutions. It is time for sociology to explore new research directions, to identify new areas of interest and even to rethink current themes in a new perspective.

The International Conference "European Sociology: New Challenges and Opportunities", organized by Romanian Sociological Association, University of Oradea, Faculty of Social-Humanistic Sciences, and Institute for Quality of Life of the Romanian Academy aims to open an arena for the discussion on new investigations of the situations our societies face. The conference brings together theoretical and empirical contributions to this subject in sociology as well as in related fields such as demography, anthropology and social work. Theorists and practitioners in the above mentioned areas are expected to present papers and participate in discussions.

Abstracts for papers with 250 words or less should be uploaded electronically by September 5, 2012. The online submission form can be accessed at the address: www.conference.arsociologie.ro/Online-abstract-submission. A person cannot sign (as autor or co-autor) more than two papers within the conference.Participants will be notified online no later than September 10, 2012 on the acceptance of their abstracts

Registration. The participants should register by September 15, confirming the payment of the conference fee (in the account specified on the conference’ website). The conference fee of 150 RON/35 EUR (100 RON/25 EUR for master and doctoral students) covers the map and book of abstracts, meals and refreshments throughout the conference. Participants are requested to cover their travel and accommodation expenses. The organizers will negotiate preferential prices for accommodation in Oradea which will be posted on the conference website.

Publication. A selection of the papers, submitted no later October 15, 2012 will be published in the special issues of the journals Romanian SociologyQuality of Life and Social Inovation. The papers will be selected through a double blind peer-review process.

Contact. Please check the conference www.conference.arsociologie.ro or send inquiries to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..