Southern European Countries

A Panel on Southern European Countries and the most Recent Phase of Neoliberal Globalization: Sociological Insights on Economies,
Societies and Polities Navigating into the Crisis
as part of the 11th Annual International Conference on Sociology
1-4 May 2017, Athens, Greece
sponsored by the Athens Journal of Social Sciences

The Sociology Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes A Panel on Southern European Countries and the most Recent Phase of Neoliberal Globalization: Sociological Insights on Economies, Societies and Polities Navigating into the Crisis, 1-4 May 2017, Athens, Greece as part of the 11th Annual International Conference on Sociology sponsored by the Athens Journal of Social Sciences.

The panel aims to discuss theoretical perspectives and empirical research findings on recent economic, social and political changes in southern European societies. It is well known that the most recent phase of neoliberal globalization has affected these societies more than others. Increasingly severe restrictions on public budgets, waves of privatization in the industry and in public utilities, ongoing reforms of the political system and public administration, undoubtedly produce major consequences in all spheres of social life. Moreover, the public debt crisis has further accelerated the process of economic and political restructuring underway. In this special panel we intend to discuss these changes, with reference to the theoretical models that enable us to understand their nature and extent. Wide space will be devoted also to the research results that explore the effects of these changes in all major dimensions of social life, at national and / or regional level. A special priority will be given to comparative analyses involving different southern European countries / regions.

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of social events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here.

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Please submit a 300-word abstract before 20 March 2017, by email, to, Dr. Domenico Maddaloni, Academic Member, ATINER & Professor, University of Salerno, Italy.

Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting formDecisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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