Living in a Liquid Society - RSS 2018 Conference


5th International Conference of the Romanian Sociological Society hosted by the West University of Timișoara
Living in a Liquid Society

Following the perspective of Zygmunt Bauman and Umberto Eco, we are currently living in a liquid society, defined by extended dynamics, high mobility and perpetual social change both in terms of interaction and relationship models, but also in the configuration of structures and social systems. Solid modernity has remained behind with its anchoring in very well-defined and stable values over time, with its implicit predictability, and with the constant effort to discover the deepest meanings of social reality. It has been replaced by a fluid, volatile, experimental, interrogative, exhibitionist modernity that dares to change traditions, to search for new roads and to don’t stop from exploring alternatives. In order to understand this new form of aggregation of social space, there are necessary not only new methodological tools but also the wisdom of giving up certain mental patterns that are incompatible with contemporary liquidity.

Keynote Speakers

to be confirmed

PD dr. Hermann DÜLMER

Institut für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie (ISS), University of Cologne
Research topics: Sociological methodology and data analysis (multilevel analysis, ML SEM, factorial survey), comparative value research, electoral research

Professor Bogdan VOICU

Romanian Academy of Sciences, Research Institute for Quality of Life, member of the Romanian Group for the Study of Social Values and Romanian Election Studies.
Main interest fields: social change, social values, sociology of education, international migration

Professor Cosima RUGHINIȘ

Department of Sociology, University of Bucharest
I study social classification, social construction of human kinds, and models of human nature across scientific and popular media, focusing on (re)presenting femininity, and production of human types and human nature in health controversies surrounding vaccination (such as the “vaccine-damaged child”) and homeopathy.

Professor David VOAS

Head of Department of Social Science, UCL Institute of Education University College London
David Voas uses survey data to study religious change and value change in modern societies, the intergenerational transmission of religion and values, and attitudes of and towards ethno-religious minorities. He is on the executive committee of the European Values Study and is co-director of British Religion in Numbers (, an online centre for British data on religion that has received recognition as a British Academy Research Project.

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