Sociology for a Global Society


Talking and writing about globalization and information society, or more recently knowledge society, is so widespread that it already risks to become a repetition and platitude. And yet, a closer look, scientific and interdisciplinary, reveals that behind surface phenomena like economic globalization and the Internet there is a deep-rooted change and upheaval of world society as well as individual everyday life. This upheaval is comparable in scope and consequences to what was called the Industrial Revolution in previous centuries. The Information Revolution is, for sure, based on new technologies, i.e. information technologies (IT), just like the Industrial Revolution was based on new technologies. But the changes brought forth are also in this case far-reaching cultural shifts and innovations for which the concepts of digital towns, digital divides, Internet and cyberspace are just first glimpses at a future still in the dark. These shifts entail new kinds of social problems with new qualities and hitherto unknown scopes. Under such a perspective this conference brings together a number of distinguished scientists of the International Sociological Association, ISA, representing a wide range of social science specialties with whom to discuss the implications of cultural change and the social problems inherent in contemporary and future knowledge society.

The conference aims to clarify conceptual tools which contemporary sociology and social sciences might be able to provide in order to deal with these issues both at a theoretical and methodological level. It intends to explore, to the extent possible within a few short days of debate, how these could be applied for pertinent research as well as for developing means and strategies to cope with the social problems analyze.

This will be done in plenary sessions starting out with the issue of social diagnosis for a single world and dealing in the following with the issues of cultural change, new social problems in moving societies, the digital world and cyberspace, and finally the issue of building societies able to cope with the changing world and its changing culture, and the challenges this poses for the social sciences. The plenary sessions will be complemented by working group sessions. This will permit to go into more detail and in particular to discuss these issues in more depth.




EC-ISA-Meeting MARCH 7-12
All academic activities will be celebrated at Zaragoza University, Paraninfo Building (Zaragoza City) and some Working Groups of the Symposium at the Economics Faculty.

Zaragoza has a wide and diverse offer of hotels. Members of the EC-ISA will be hosted at Zaragoza Royal Hotel. Other participants can arrange their accommodation asking the local organization, Secretariat of Symposium <>


Any person interested in Sociology, Social Sciences or in the topics of the Symposium is invited to participate. There are two options, as a listener or as a participant presenting a paper.

Everybody should fulfill the registration form and pay an inscription of 60€ (40€ in case of students or unemployed, previously accredited). Fees should be paid in advance by bank transfer (in Euro and including all charges) to the official account: Nº IBAN: ES83-2085-0111-7103-3043-0505 BIC /SWIFT: CAZRES2Z (for any question, please consult at; in special cases fees could be paid either upon arrival at the Conference but it should be arrange with the Secretariat.

Please, send the registration form and your payment slip by fax, mail or e-mail to the Secretariat:

Paseo Sagasta 19, entlo. drcha
50008 Zaragoza

Tel. (+34) 976 21 17 48 •
Fax (+34) 976 21 29 59


Abstracts must deal with one of the major issues mentioned above and fit well with the overall objectives of this Symposium. All abstracts should be sent to Chaime Marcuello ( Chair of Symposium and Bernd R. Hornung ( Chair of the Abstracts Committee,

The deadline for the initial, 1000 word detailed abstract is 5 January 2005. This will be the basis for review. Those whose papers have been accepted will be required to submit a 300 words abstract suitable for publication on the Conference web site.

Both abstracts should contain the full name, title, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and telephone and fax numbers (if available) of the prospective participant.


The Abstracts Committee, consisting of five ISA-EC members and members of the Organizing Committee will review the detailed abstracts. The proposed papers that are accepted will then be assigned to particular conference sessions. In certain cases the Chair of the Abstracts Committee may contact the author with a summary of reviewers’ comments and suggestions so that the proposed paper may better comply with the goals and theme of the conference. All those who have submitted detailed abstracts will receive a letter of acceptance or rejection by the end of January.

For any further questions and information you may consult the website at <>

This may already answer many of your questions, or you may also directly contact with


Piotr Sztompka (Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland)
Bernd Hornung (University of Marburg, Germany)

Antonio Eito Mateo (Universidad de Zaragoza, Facultad de Humanidades Huesca)
Andrés García Inda (Universidad de Zaragoza, Facultad de Derecho)
Juan David Gómez Quintero (Universidad de Zaragoza, E.U.Estudios Sociales)
Carmen Marcuello Servós (Universidad de Zaragoza, Facultad de CC. Económicas y Empresariales)

José Luis Fandos Muñoz (Asociación Española de Sociocybernética, Vicepresidente)
Chaime Marcuello Servós (Universidad de Zaragoza)