Research Network 31 “Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism” of the European Sociological Association (ESA)
This resolution was passed unanimously by the Research Network board and conference participants at the mid-term meeting of the RN in Vienna, 5 September 2014.
“In view of recent calls for boycott of Israeli scholars and research institutions, Research Network 31 “Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism” of the European Sociological Association (ESA) calls on our colleagues in ESA and scholars around the world to oppose such boycotts and condemn this discriminatory practice which contributes to creating an antisemitic climate. Any such boycott violates academic freedom and discriminates against individuals and institutions on the basis of their national background.”[:]
The Network was established as a Research Network of the European Sociological Association (ESA) in 2008 as a result of several meetings at ESA conferences in Torun (Poland) in 2005 and in Glasgow in 2007, as well as in Paris in 2007. It aims at responding to the need to connect academics working in the field of ethnic relations, racism and antisemitism, in order to explore sociologically those crucial issues in contemporary societies.
Since its establishment as a Research Network in ESA it has hold conferences at the ESA main conferences 2009 in Lisbon, 2011 in Geneva and 2013 in Tourin. It has also had successful independent mid term conferences in 2008 in Paris, 2010 in Belfast, 2012 in Thessaloniki and now 2014 in Vienna.
Please find here the conference program of the Vienna conference as well as further information: