ESA (European Sociological Association) Research Network on the Sociology of Culture

Call for papers for the next conference of the ESA (European Sociological Association)

Research Network on the Sociology of Culture (October 7th-9th 2010 in Milano, Italy):

See the attached PDF file, and the conference website at

Session 15, entitled “the cultures of unsustainability”, is chaired by Prof. Dr. Volker Kirchberg and Sacha Kagan. More info on this webpage:

For that session, we are especially looking forward to papers about two dimensions of the question of culture and (un)sustainability:

  1. Analyses of cultural systems/institutions supporting unsustainability ; e.g. critical analyses of modernity, or analyses of the failure of COP15…
  2. Analyses of recent shifts in cultural policies that are addressing the question of sustainability, such as for example the “Culture|Futures” conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, where major cultural institutions met around the question of how to promote sustainability through culture (cf. )…

By Sacha Kagan

Research Associate at the ISCO - Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization (ISKO - Institut für Soziologie und Kulturorganisation), Leuphana University Lueneburg, Sacha Kagan founded the International level of Cultura21, Network for Cultures of Sustainability, as well as the International Summer School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability in Social Transformation (ASSiST). The focus of his research and cultural work lies in the trans-disciplinary field of arts and (un-)sustainability. Doctor in Philosophy (Leuphana University Lueneburg) with a thesis on the subject of culture, the arts and sustainability under the perspective of complexity ; M.A. in Cultural Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam) ; and Graduate of Sciences Po Bordeaux (political sciences). For Cultura21, Sacha is also coordinating the eBooks series, the regular updates on our multi-lingual website, the English section of our webmagazine and the work of our Lueneburg-based interns.