The ESA RN08, Disaster, Conflict and Social Crisis Research Network (DCSCRN), is publishing here the final programme of the sessions that we will organise at the upcoming ESA conference. This includes 11 paper sessions, 8 of which are themed and 3 open sessions. In addition, two of our network members will host a semiplenary session with the speakers Professor Paul N. Edwards (University of Michigan) and Professor Robin Williams (University of Edinburgh). All paper givers and titles registered to the sessions and the detailed description of the semiplenary session are copied below. The abstracts for the paper presentations are online in the conference site, kindly see

With such a large event, please note that the schedule is always open to change. We encourage you follow the online programme in to find the most recent, up-to-date programme.

The DCSCRN very much look forward to welcoming you to our sessions in Prague!

If you have any more questions please contact the coordinator, Nina Blom Andersen (, and the vice coordinator, Antti Silvast ( More information is available on the European Sociological Association conference website.

12th ESA Conference, RN08: DCSCRN schedule

RN08S02a / Post-disaster Recovery: Understanding Social Relationships in the ‘New Normal’ – A

26th Wednesday, 11:00 – 12:30, FA Kotěra 105
Chair: Twigg, John David (University College London)

  • Drolet, Julie (University of Calgary, Canada),
    Rebuilding lives post-disaster: An international partnership
  • Twigg, John David (University College London, United Kingdom),
    Understanding social relationships in the ‘new normal’: an introduction to unanswered questions
  • Brandao, Filipa Joao da Cruz (University of Bristol, United Kingdom),
    The discursive politics of recovery

RN08S07a / Social Inequalities, Demographic Diversity and the Well-being of Families in Europe in the Context of the Economic Crisis: Patterns and Common Challenges – A

26th Wednesday, 11:00 – 12:30, FA Krejcar 111
Chairs: Tsiganou, Joanna (Ekke, Athens, Greece) and Balourdos, Dionyssis (National Centre for Social Research)

  • Sarris, Nikos (National Centre for Social Research, Greece),
    Social inequalities in Greece under the impact of the economic crisis. Challenges for the adoption a new European Social Model
  • Iliou, Katerina (National Centre for Social Research, Greece),
    In-group affiliation as a strategy to cope with employment opportunities: Selfemployed Roma and Muslim immigrants in Greece
  • Balourdos, Dionyssis (National Centre for Social Research, Greece),
    Demography and poverty: How Europe’s changing population will impact on poverty
  • Petraki, Maria (University of Athens, Greece),
    Demographic characteristics of poverty in Athens Municipality

RN08S02b / Post-disaster Recovery: Understanding Social Relationships in the ‘New Normal’ – B

26th Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:30, FA Kotěra 105
Chair: Twigg, John David (University College London)

  • Meskinazarian, Ahoura (PhD King’s College London, United Kingdom),
    Institutional changes during the reconstruction of Bam after the earthquake of 2003
  • Yusupov, Musa Movlievich (Chechen State University, Russian Federation),
    Social reconstruction of post conflict region: on the example of Kosovo and Chechen Republic
  • Volkova, Alla (Central European University, Hungary),
    The dialectics of Resilience: Examining the Trajectories of Recovery through the Spatial Experiences of the 2010 Chilean Earthquake and Tsunami

RN08S07b / Social Inequalities, Demographic Diversity and the Well-being of Families in Europe in the Context of the Economic Crisis: Patterns and Common Challenges – B

26th Wednesday, 16:00 – 17:30, FA Kotěra 105
Chairs: Balourdos, Dionyssis (National Centre for Social Research) & Tsiganou, Joanna (Ekke, Athens, Greece)

  • Jelenfi, Gábor (MTA-ELTE Peripato Comparative Social Dynamics Research Group, Hungary),
    Hajdu, Gábor (Intitute for Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences,
    Hungary; MTA-ELTE Peripato Comparative Social Dynamics Research
    Group, Hungary),
    Perceived impact of economic crisis in Hungary: social and economic
    differences and inequalities
  • Kaminioti, Olympia (National Institute of Labour and Human Resources, Greece),
    Kondyli, Dimitra (National Centre for Social Research, Greece),
    Assessing social vulnerabilities under the current socioeconomic conjecture: quantitative and qualitative findings in health and labour market status across the EU and within Greece
  • Chalari, Athanasia (University of Worcester, United Kingdom),
    The Subjective Experiences of Three Generations during the Greek Economic Crisis

RN08S01a / General Session – A

26th Wednesday, 18:00 – 19:30, FA Kotěra 105
Chair: Silvast, Antti (University of Edinburgh)

  • Lorenz, Daniel F. (Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany),
    Schulze, Katja (Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany),
    Voss, Martin (Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany),
    Exploring Disaster Myths by Contrasting Expectations of Different Stakeholders
  • Andersen, Nina Blom (Roskilde University, Denmark),
    Analyzing disaster communication processes – complementarities and tensions in the theoretical field
  • Wilkinson, Olivia Justine (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland),
    Exploring differences between the secular and religious in the international humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines: the perspectives of national and local staff members
  • Danielsson, Erna (Mid Sweden University, Sweden),
    Johansson, Roine (Mid Sweden University, Sweden),
    Inter-professional encounters in crisis situations
  • Guichard, Eduardo (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Gerontology and Vulnerability, University of Geneva),
    Martenot, Aude (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Gerontology and Vulnerability, University of Geneva; Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva; Institute of Socioeconomics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Geneva),
    Natural disasters in two emerging countries: remembering socio-historical
    episodes of collective vulnerability

RN08BM / Business Meeting

26th Wednesday, 19:30 – 20:30, FA Kotěra 105

RN08S03 / Sociological Imagination, Inequalities and Disaster Resilience: Which Future Connection for a Resilient Society?

27th Thursday, 11:00 – 12:30, FA Kotěra 105
Chair: Lucini, Barbara (Catholic University of Sacred Heart)

  • Mikulan, Janja (School of Advanced Social Studies, Slovenia),
    Djordjević, Jasna (Independent Consultant in the field of Humanitarian
    Assistance, Slovenia),
    Natural disasters as “un-natural” ones. Measuring social vulnerability to
    natural disasters in Slovenia: case study of 2014 floods.
  • Voss, Martin (Free University Berlin, Germany),
    Seidelsohn, Kristina (Free University Berlin, Germany),
    Krüger, Daniela (Free University Berlin, Germany),
    Subjective Vulnerability and the discursive production of (un-)safety in Urban Spaces
  • Grinda, Christiane (University of Bonn & Cologne University of Applied
    Sciences, Germany),
    Imagining and negotiating disaster risks and resilience
  • Kalaycioğlu, Sibel (Middle East Technical University, Turkey),
    Vulnerability and Gender Before and After the disasters: Comparing Experiences From Two Turkish Earthquakes
  • Volterrani, Andrea (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy),
    Wardenga, Paul (Samaritan International, Deutschland),
    Leimegger, Markus (White Cross, Bozen, Italy),
    Dugoni, Aurelio (Anpas, Italy),
    How to build the prevention for the elderly and disabled before of natural disasters. The added social value of voluntary organizations in Europe

RN08S04 / Infrastructures of Preparedness: Conceptual Issues, Empirical Openings

27th Thursday, 14:00 – 15:30, FA Kotěra 105
Chairs: Silvast, Antti (University of Edinburgh) & Lehtonen, Turo-Kimmo (University of Tampere)

  • Ómarsdóttir, Ingibjörg Lilja (University of Iceland, Iceland),
    Eydal, Gudny Björk (University of Iceland, Iceland),
    Social Services in times of disasters – The case of Iceland
  • Güiza, Frida (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico),
    Politics of Difference.Sociopolitical Issues Disguised as Natural
    Disasters in a Middle Size City in Mexico
  • Santiago, Elvira (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain),
    Pavone, Vincenzo (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain),
    Degli Esposti, Sara (ISMS Forum),
    How could the implementation of Surveillance Oriented Security
    Technologies increase personal and national security while preserving and
    fostering indivual liberty? Insights from SurPrise Project

RN08S05 / Energy Resilience Politics

27th Thursday, 16:00 – 17:30, FA Kotěra 105
Chairs: Silvast, Antti (University of Edinburgh) & Lucini, Barbara (Catholic University of Sacred Heart)

  • Heidenstrøm, Nina (National Institute for Consumer Research, Norway),
    Storm-Mathisen, Ardis (National Institute for Consumer Research,
    A network approach to households’ role in electricity and ICT breakdowns
  • Silvast, Antti (University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK),
    Security and Risk in a Liberalized Electricity Infrastructure: Does
    Competition Compromise Resilience?
  • Petropoulou, Eugenia (University of Crete, Department of Sociology,
    Petousi, Vasiliki (University of Crete, Department of Sociology, Greece),
    Iliopoulos, Costas (Agricultural Economics Research Institute, Greece),
    Theodorakopoulou, Irini (Agricultural Economics Research Institute,
    Biomass crop production in Greece: Constraints and future recommendations

RN08S06 / Too Little or Too Much as a Leading Cause of ‘Natural’ Disasters

28th Friday, 11:00 – 12:30, FA Kotěra 105
Chairs: Petropoulos, Nicholas (Organization of Retirees (ORE)) & Andersen, Nina Blom (Roskilde University)

  • Lucini, Barbara (Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Italy),
    Exploring too much water related to community resilience: two Italian case studies. Sardinia flooding in November 2013 and Genoa flooding in October 2014
  • Dittmer, Cordul (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany),
    Bledau, Lena (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany),
    Voss, Martin (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany),
    The „Himalayan Tsunami“: Disasters and Catastrophes as a result of
  • Lewandowski, Jakub (Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment,
    van Rijswick, Marleen (Utrecht University School of Law, Netherlands),
    Levy, Lisa (University Francois Rebelais of Tours, France),
    Gilissen, Herman Kasper (Utrecht University School of Law, Netherlands),
    Beyers, Jean-Christophe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium),
    Matczak, Piotr (Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment, Poland;
    Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland),
    Choryński, Adam (Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment, Poland),
    From reactive spatial planning to… what? Comparative analysis between
    Belgium, France, Netherlands and Poland
  • Soltesova, Katarina (University College London, United Kingdom),
    Institutional fragmentation and continuity in the context of periodic urban

RN08S01b / General Session – B

28th Friday, 14:00 – 15:30, FA Kotěra 105
Chair: Andersen, Nina Blom (Roskilde University)

  • Sultana, Zakia (Khulna University, Bangladesh),
    Mallick, Bishawjit (Vanderbilt University, TN, USA),
    How do religion and socio-spatial conditions affect adaption process to
    climate change? Empirical evidence from southwest coastal Bangladesh
  • Butler, Andrew (Swedish Univerity of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden),
    Sarlöv Herlin, Ingrid (Swedish Univerity of Agricultural Sciences,
    Knez, Igor (Högskolan i Gävle),
    Ångman, Elin (Swedish Univerity of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden),
    Sang, Åsa (Swedish Univerity of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden),
    Åkerskog, Ann (Swedish Univerity of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden),
    Landscape up in smoke
  • Kox, Thomas (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany),
    Requirements for severe weather warnings for civil protection and
    emergency management authorities
  • Schulze, Katja (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany),
    Lorenz, Daniel (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany),
    Voss, Martin (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany),
    Effects of Disaster Types and Lifestyle on Expected Information Seeking Behavior in Disasters
  • Acar, Zeynep Selin (Ege University, Turkey),
    Günal, Altug (Ege University, Turkey),
    Is post intervention process in Kosovo a success story?

RN08S01c / General Session – C

28th Friday, 16:00 – 17:30, FA Kotìra 105
Chair: Andersen, Nina Blom (Roskilde University)

  • Kotišová, Johana (Masaryk University, Czech Republic),
    Media Construction of Crisis: A Conceptual Framework
  • Tóth, Péter (Széchenyi István University, Hungary),
    Differences in Conflict Perception Among Certain Sociodemographic Groups in Hungary
  • Tsiganou, Joanna (EKKE, Athens, Greece),
    Thanopoulou, Maria (EKKE, Athens, Greece),
    ‘Disaster’ in political discourse: New ways in the exercise
    of power in Greece under crisis.

Semiplenary Session

SPS09 / Modeling Uncertainties, Producing Differences

28th Friday, 09:00 – 10:30, FA Kotìra 105
Chair: Silvast, Antti (University of Edinburgh)

Robin Williams: The New Knowledge Infrastructures of the Turbulent Technology Market

New knowledge infrastructures have emerged to tackle market uncertainties. Would-be adopters seeking to differentiate competing vendor claims in the burgeoning Information Technology (IT) market cannot determine product properties and appropriateness by inspection. To exercise due diligence over multi-million pound procurements that will affect their performance for many years to come, adopters therefore turn to industry analysts who have built up extensive knowledge networks and methodologies and skills to tap user experience of existing products and pick up signals about shifts. Industry leader, Gartner Inc., in its signature output the Magic Quadrant, ranks vendors in terms of seemingly un-measurable properties: ‘completeness of vision’ and ‘ability to execute’. Gartner needs to be able to defend its assessments which have huge impact on the operation of the IT market.

How did this new form of expertise emerge? How is industry analyst knowledge produced and consumed – and in the process legitimated with various internal and external audiences and subjected to various forms of verification and test. Here we explore striking differences between industry analysts and other groups producing future-oriented knowledge in contexts of uncertainty, for example weather men (Fine 2006) or financial analysts (Knorr-Cetina 2011). We can relate these to the different exigencies – and temporalities -– through which knowledge is produced, consumed and validated. Rather than treat this knowledge as performative we need to examine how it is performed and achieves influence.

Biography: Robin Williams is Professor of Social Research on Technology and Director of the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation (ISSTI) at the University of Edinburgh. He ran the Edinburgh PICT Centre under the ESRC Programme on Information and Communications Technologies (1987–95). Building on this he developed an interdisciplinary research programme on ‘the social shaping of technology’ which culminated in the formation of ISSTI in 2000. His personal research has focused upon the development and implementation of a range of Information Technology systems and Infrastructures. Recent outputs include two co-authored books with Neil Pollock: How Industry Analysts Shape the Digital Future (2016, Oxford University Press) and
Software and Organisation (2009 Routledge). He also coedited three special editions of the Journal of the Association of Information Systems on the topic of information infrastructures (Vol. 10, No. 5, 2009 on e-infrastructures [eds Edwards et al.,] and Vol. 10 Nos. 4 and 5, 2014 on Innovation in Information Infrastructures).

Paul N. Edwards: Time and Risk in Climate Knowledge: An Infrastructure Perspective

How does the time of infrastructure, including knowledge infrastructure, play into the time(s) of risk? Climate science focuses on temporal frames of decades to centuries, but individuals’ perception of climate change varies with the current state of weather – a temporal frame of days to weeks. Meanwhile, policymakers focus on a medium term of months to years, driven by election cycles and current events. The complex interactions among scientific understandings of risk, public perceptions, and the framing of policy choices are an old theme in the sociology of knowledge. The slow catastrophe of climate change brings these interactions into sharp focus. This talk will investigate these interactions through the lens of “knowledge infrastructures”: robust networks of people, devices, and institutions that generate, maintain, and iterate specific knowledge of the human and natural worlds (examples include national census bureaus, global disease tracking systems, weather forecasting, and climate science). It will explore such issues as the framing of longterm, gradually increasing risks (climate change) vs. short-term, catastrophic risks (nuclear meltdowns, hurricanes); the problem of projection (long term) vs. prediction (short term); and uncertainty in historical data vs. uncertainty in simulated futures.

Biography: Paul N. Edwards is Professor of Information and History at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the history, politics, and culture of information technologies and infrastructures. Edwards is the author of A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2010), a history of the weather and climate knowledge infrastructures, and The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America (MIT Press, 1996), a study of the mutual shaping of computers, military culture, and the cognitive sciences from 1945–1990. He is also co-editor of Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance (MIT Press, 2001). Before joining the University of Michigan, Edwards taught at Stanford University and Cornell University. The working title of his current research project is “Knowledge Infrastructures for the Anthropocene.”

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