Recent Announcements

Our section on social values in SSR conference/14-15 Sept/Timișoara/RO

posted Apr 29, 2018, 12:50 AM by Bogdan Voicu

The Romanian Group for Studying Social Values organizes a section within the SSR conference in Timișoara, scheduled for 14-15 September.

We are collecting contributions based on the current waves of the European Values Study and World Values Survey.

We plan to have at least a session based on Romanian data and one on contributions from various other countries. With respect to data we have gathered, they include samples larger than 1400, one for EVS, another for WVS. The WVS dataset also include a panel subsample of 650 respondents which were interviewed in 2012 as well as part of the Romanian version of the WVS 2010-2014 data collection. For those intending to use the data within the conference, the preliminary WVS data will be available starting next week. The preliminary EVS dataset and the combined datasets will be available by the end of May.

Those intending to use the data should register for the conference (deadline: 15th of May), and we will provide them with the dataset(s). Otherwise, data will be available for dissemination by the end of the year.

About the conference: this is a generalist conference, but focused somehow on social change. Keynote speakers include prof. David Voas (UCL), prof. Hermann Dülmer (Köln), and prof. Cosima Rughiniș (Bucharest). Organizers expect a presence of roughly 100 participants. Official language is English. A list of sections can be retrieved at the above link. Timișoara airport is connected by direct flights to major European hubs, such as München, Frankfurt, Paris, London, as well as to Bucharest, several Italian airports, Madrid, and Iași (Romania). The multiethnic city is known for being the spark of the Romanian 1989 Revolution, and it is located at driving distance to several European capitals, including Belgrade (160 km), Budapest (282 km), Zagreb (477), Sofia (502), Bratislava (507), Wien (550), Podgorica (598).

2018: Ready for anniversary?

posted Apr 23, 2018, 4:28 AM by Bogdan Voicu

In 2018 our team celebrates 25 years of activity. That is 25 years since the first value survey took place in Romania, in 1993. The year also coincides with the Romanian celebration of 100 years since Transylvania, Bucovina, and Bessarabia (Eastern Moldova) joined the Romanian Old Kingdom .

It is the time to relaunch our activity:
- the fieldwork for WVS ended and we are in full process of cleaning the dataset;
- the fieldwork for EVS is close to the end;
- we are almost ready to start a supplementary survey of Romanian migrants;
- two associated researchers joined our team: Mălina Voicu and Romulus Oprica. You will find soon about their contributions;
- An Youtube channel will be launched in the next few days. It will feature our main results;
- we will have a section in the SSR conference in Timișoara, in September;
- many graphs and short interpretation will be presented in these page and on our Youtube channel.

So, wait for more content, in which we describe all of above, starting ... quite soon. Stay tuned!

(and, if we find the money, perhaps this site will also receive a facelift ;)

Conferences in Romania (III)

posted Apr 13, 2017, 3:35 AM by Bogdan Voicu

Politics & Society 2017.
Democracy and Governance in the 21st Century

Sibiu, June 2nd-3rd, 2017

The 2017 edition of the conference continues the tradition initiated by the Department of Political Science, within the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu. Debating Democracy and Governance, the conference invites abstract submissions until 19th of April.

First Annual Conference of the Romanian Network for Migration Studies (RoMig).
''Migration from and towards Romania.
Research, Policy and Practice

Cluj-Napoca, 5th-6th of September 2017

This is the first event of the emerging network devoted to Romanian migration. Registration is open until 30th of April. The call for papers proposes an interesting plethora of topics, to be addressed in the context of the various flows involving Romanian migrants.

Conferences in Romania. 2017 (II): SCOPE

posted Feb 13, 2017, 8:48 AM by Bogdan Voicu   [ updated Feb 13, 2017, 9:26 AM ]

The 2017 edition of the conference organized by Department of Political Science of the University of Bucharest focuses on Democracy. Within the various panels, several other topics related to values may be found either explicitly or implicitly.
More information is available on their website.
Announced deadline for abstract submission: 15th of February 2017.

Conferences in Romania. 2017 (I)

posted Jan 28, 2017, 5:02 AM by Bogdan Voicu

Two groups announced their 2017 conferences in Romania:

15th edition of the International Symposium
Ideologies, values and political behaviors in Central and Eastern Europe
Organized by the Politics Department, West University of Timișoara.
24-25 March 2017.
Deadline for abstract submission: 1st of March, 2017.

International Conference
Transnational Families: Generations, differences, solidarity
Centre for Population Studies
Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
7th-8th of July, 2017
Deadline for abstract submission (250 words): 31st of January, 2017.

On social values and their dynamics in Romania

posted Sep 15, 2016, 1:52 AM by Bogdan Voicu   [ updated Jan 15, 2017, 2:46 AM ]

Bogdan VOICU, Balázs TELEGDY
Dynamics of Social Values: 1990–2012
Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Social Analysis, 6, 1 (2016) 7−30

Issued last week, this paper by Bogdan Voicu & Balázs Telegdy introduces the reader into the dynamics of social values in post-communist Romania. A comparative approach doubles the presentation of macrolevel empirical data, allowing the authors to provide empirical subsatnce to the explanations they sketch. data comes mainly from EVS and WVS.

The paper is availble on journal's page (open access).

Voicu, B., Telegdy, B. (2016) Dynamics of Social Values: 1990–2012, Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Social Analysis, 6(1): 7−30.

Gender beliefs and civic participation

posted Aug 18, 2016, 11:00 AM by Bogdan Voicu   [ updated Aug 18, 2016, 11:06 AM ]

An analysis of the connection between gender beliefs and civic participation was just published by Czech Sociological Review. The paper is coauthored by our previous colleague Malina Voicu, and by Bogdan Voicu, member of our team.

The authors use data from WVS 2005-2008, combine multilevel with SEM, and employ an instrumental variable approach. Four basic mechanisms are considered for connecting attitudes towards gender roles and participation in various voluntary associations. Interest-based explanations, exposure-based models, ideological learning assumptions, and control models are described as basis for influencing gender beliefs within associations.

The findings participation in some types of associations is positively related to equalitarian gender beliefs. On contrary, other associations are less likely to foster equality between men and women. We let you discover which type of association is related to equalitarian attitudes, and how men and women differ in this respect.

The paper is available online (open access):
Voicu, Malina, Bogdan Voicu. 2016. „Civic Participation and Gender Beliefs: An Analysis of 46 Countries.“ Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review 52 (3): 321-346

A presentation of an intermediate (and more extended) version of the paper is available on Youtube:

Videoclip YouTube

Books and chapters on Google Books

posted Jul 17, 2016, 10:15 AM by Bogdan Voicu   [ updated Jul 17, 2016, 10:19 AM ]

The online repository provided by Google includes a lot of academic literature.
Here are few chapters or books authored by our current and former team members:

Rusu, Horațiu M. (2015). Soziale Solidarität in Rumänien–über Solidaritätshandlungen. pp. 61-84 in 
Juliane Sagebiel, Ana Muntean, Bettina Sagebiel (Eds.), Zivilgesellschaft und Soziale Arbeit: Herausforderungen und Perspektiven an die Arbeit im Gemeinwesen in Rumänien und Deutschland, AG SPAK Bücher.
Our colleague's chapter (written in German) deals with social solidarity, its measurement and its determinants. Empirical data are provided by the 2012 wave of World Values Survey. The implications for Social Work are also discussed.

The book, written in Romanian language, provides an introduction in statistics with SPSS, using practical examples developed on the Romania 2012 WVS database. An ebook version is also available.

Voicu, Mălina, Tufiș, Claudiu.(2013). Religion and social participation in postcommunist Europe. pp. 203-217 In De Hart, J., Dekker, P., & Halman, L. (2013). Religion and civil society in Europe. Springer.
The paper considers CEE countries within the 2008 EVS wave, and inspects the connection between social participation and religiosity. The former is seen as potential outcome for the later. Religiosity is investigated as religious affiliation (denomination), religious belief, and churchgoing. The authors notice that service attendance is the strongest religious predictor of involvement in associations, but its effect is rather low as compared to other factors.

Monica Șerban's book (published in Romanian language) is one of the best resources to understand the process that directly involved at least a fifth of Romanian population. With a strong conceptual background, and well-documented empirical evidences, the book takes the reader through various theories, and discusses the factors that shaped Romanian outmigration, in particular the one to Spain.

Voicu, Mălina, Voicu, Bogdan. (2003). Volunteering in Romania: a rara avis, pp. 143-160 in Loek Halman & Paul Dekker, editors, Volunteering Values and Diversity: Participation in Voluntary Work in Cross-national and Longitudinal Perspective, Kluwer Publishers.
This older paper employs data from the 1999 wave of EVS/WVS to describe propensity to volunteering among Romanians. Regression models depict the relations between variables, and substantial interpretations is provided.

Two exciting conferences in Romania

posted Apr 10, 2016, 12:31 PM by Bogdan Voicu

(May 27-28, Bucharest)

Organized by Department of Political Science of the University of Bucharest, the conference is an annual event. Several workshops might be of interest for scholars dealing with social values. This year the conference takes place in the end of May. The Call for Papers ends in 24th of April. A keynote talk will be delivered by Michael Bernhard.

New Societies, Old Minorities / New Minorities, Old Societies?
(September 29th-October 1st, Sibiu)

This is the 4th edition of the International Conference of the Romanian Sociological Society. The event propose a social change approach towards human societies. Keynote speakers include Chris Welzel, Eric Uslaner, Merlin Schaeffer, and Ferruccio Biolcati. The deadline for paper proposals is 25.05.2016.

The members of our group are implied in both events as organizers.

Conferences in Romania (2016)

posted Feb 24, 2016, 10:33 AM by Bogdan Voicu   [ updated Feb 24, 2016, 10:52 AM ]

Among the conferences to be held this year in Romania, three come to our attention, as being related to our group. We list them in the following.

Oradea. 9-10 of June.
Social sciences and the contemporary challenges
The generalist conference brings several issues of interest. Among others, there is a possible session devoted to “How Migration Changes Migrants and Non-Migrants”, organized by our colleagues Alexandra Deliu, Elena Tudor, and Bogdan Voicu. The deadline for paper proposals is 14th of March.

Bucharest. 1-2 September.
Facing a New "Age of Migration"? Methodological Challenges, Conceptual Questions, Political Entanglements
The Midterm Conference of the ESA RN 35 “Sociology of Migration” is co-organized by our colleague Monica Șerban. Submission of abstracts is scheduled until March 1st. A keynote leacture will be delivered by prof. Bridget Anderson.

Sibiu. 29th of September – 1st of October.
New Societies, Old Minorities / New Minorities, Old Societies? 
The RSS Conference is likely to bring together some 200-220 social scientists. The call for sections is still open until 5th of March. According to the organizers, that include our colleague Horațiu Rusu, head of the RSS, important names in current social sciences will be present as keynote speakers. Since several sectioned organized by our colleagues are likely to be held, we will come back with more detailed information in due time. The event will be preceded by the Midterm Conference of the European Sociological Association RN36, with the topic “Social transformations: new challenges, practices, and critique” (28th-29th of September).

We will provide more information on upcoming conferences across Romania, if they are in our field of interest, and when we receive such information.

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