Current conference

RN21 Midterm Conference “Quantitative Approaches to Analyzing Social Change”

October 9-10, 2020, online

Over the last decade, Europe has witnessed deep impacts of the economic crisis as well as ongoing challenges concerning refugees and migrant integration. In addition, new challenges are connected with climate change, labour market developments, processes of digitalization, the rise of populism, demographic changes and unknown consequences of the Brexit. Are such social problems and conflicts connected with long-lasting societal changes? How and why do societies change in cultural, economic or political respect? What are the driving forces of social change? Is it possible to identify causal mechanisms to explain these changes? In short, the analysis and explanation of social change is still one of the main goals of Sociology. The main aim of our mid-term conference is to learn and to exchange ideas how quantitative methods can contribute to improve the empirical analysis of social changes. The need for an empirical foundation of the analysis of social change is connected with several methodological challenges when it comes to quantitative approaches to describe and explain societal change. Consequently, this mid-term conference aims to raise the methodological potentials and challenges of quantitative research of social change.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Dr. Matthias Egger, University of Bern, President of the Swiss National Science Foundation

Prof. Dr. Manuel Völkle, Humboldt University of Berlin

Prof. Dr. Rory Fitzgerald, City University, Director of ESS ERIC

Senior Researcher Dr. Vera Lomazzi, GESIS, Communication Officer of the European Values Study

Further information about the conference is available on the special web page of this event:

If you have questions about the conference, email: esarn21midterm [at]

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