During a round table discussion organized by the Malta Sociological Association, participants discussed the relevance of sociology today.
A prominent argument emphasized the need to promote sociology and its research methods in the realms of evidence-based policy making, civil society and communities. Some participants discussed the validity of sociology to understand societies characterised by phenomena such as individualism, online interaction and fast change.
Other points raised in the debate include the possibility of having sociology as a warranted profession, the importance of sociology as a critical reflexive outlook, and innovative practical approaches in the teaching of sociology.
Participants also suggested the dissemination of sociological research in accessible media such as blogs and the liason between the MSA and policy-based organisations..
Southern Europe, so often seen as the periphery of Northern Europe has historically played a key role in world history. The Mediterranean Sea belongs to Europe as much as it does to Africa and Asia. Trade, civilisations, ideas, cultures and peoples have long crossed its boundaries freely and indiscriminately.
The Malta Sociological Association (MSA) is organizing a one-day conference on the Sociology of Southern Europe on Saturday 18 November 2017.
MSA is inviting submission of abstracts relevant to the conference theme. Papers may fall under different sociological themes and may deal with specific Southern European societies or adopt a comparative approach.
To propose a paper, please send a brief abstract (150-300 words) to