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The Annual Sociological Conference 2024

Borders, Boundaries, and Encounters
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  • Economy and society
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Kuopio campus, Snellmania building
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Yliopistonranta 8
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The Annual Sociological Conference is back! The Sociological Conference, organized by the Westermarck Society, will be held at the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio Campus, on March 21-22, 2024.

The Sociological Conference is one of the most significant social science conferences in Finland.

The theme for the Conference is Borders, Boundaries, and Encounters. The conference provides a space to discuss what borders do, how they are made, and the spaces they create for encounters and differentiations. Learn more on the Annual Sociological Conference website.

Registration to dinner by 6.3., and conference by 18.3.2024. Please find information on the registration here.

Lena Näre – University of Helsinki
Erika Cudworth – De Montfort University, UK
Andreas Wimmer – Columbia University, USA

Thursday, 21 March

11:00 Registration begins, Snellmania building lobby

13:15-13:30 Welcome remarks

13:30-14:00 Thesis Award, Sociology Article Award, and Sociology Achievement of the Year

14:00-15:00 Andreas Wimmer: 
The making and unmaking of border and boundaries. A global historical perspective

15:00-15:45 Coffee break and book presentations, Snellmania lobby

15:45-18:15 Working groups

19:30-20:00 City reception, welcome drinks (for registered participants), Scandic Kuopio
20:00-21:30 Dinner (for registered participants), Scandic Kuopio

21:30-23:30 Evening party, Scandic Kuopio

Friday, 22 March

9:00-11:00 Working groups

11:00-12:00 Lunch

12:00-13:00 Erika Cudworth: 
Borders, boundaries and encounters in social relations with other animals

13:00-13:15 Break

13:15-14:15 Lena Näre: 
Welfare-state bordering as a form of migration control

14:15-14:30 Introduction to the history of the Westermarck Society

14:30-15:00 Spring meeting of the Westermarck Society

15:00 Conclusion of the Sociological Conference.


For further information, please contact Conference Secretary Ms. Anu Rantonen, email

Please use hashtag #sosiologipäivät24 in social media.