Dag van de Sociologie

Day of Sociology 2023

The 25th of May 2023 the annual Day of Sociolology was organized by the Department of Sociology at Ghent University. The program included a range of thematic sessions, a lunch and a plenary session. The Day concluded with a reception. In parallel thematic sessions, more than 150 sociologists had the opportunity to present their research to their colleagues.  

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Day of sociology 2023

The Day was divided into different parts or timeslots with parallel sessions. Below you will find for each time block which sessions took place where and when. 

At the next tab you will find information about the plenary session. The general course of the Day of Sociology looked like this:

8:30 - 9:30 Welcome with coffee and breakfast
9:30 - 11:00 Sessions timeslot 1
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:45 Sessions timeslot 2
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 - 15:30 Sessions timeslot 3
15:30 - 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 - 17:00 Plenary session + award ceremony
17:15 - 18:30 Reception - Foyer Campus UFO

Timeslot 1 | 9:30 - 11:00

list of sessions

Timeslot 2 | 11:15 - 12:45

list of sessions

Timeslot 3 | 14:00 - 15:30

list of sessions

Plenary session | 15:45 - 17:00

Plenary session

Close(d) connection

From the very start ‘connections’ have bugged the mind of sociologists. And still today sociologists trace connections, broken or not, to detect, analyze or critique the ever changing/pertaining configurations of social life. Asking: which connections get lost? Which new ones emerge? Which ones stubbornly persist? And which are yet to be developed or discovered…  

The title also hints at the lurking danger of disconnection, with symptoms such as loneliness and polarization. In a ‘hyper-connected’ world, where availability reigns, how do we relate? Are we any better off? And if not; what remedies can be seized to fix what is broken?  

We sought for guidance in three eminent speakers. At the plenary session Piet Bracke (UGent), Tine De Moor (RSM) and Ercan Cesmeli (Burgerplicht) have shed their sociological light on these questions, moderated by Melissa Ceuterick (UGent). After the plenary session, a reception took place. 

Piet Bracke is a Belgian sociologist and professor at Ghent University, affiliated with the Research Group Hedera. His research focuses on the sociology of health and illness, gender and sexuality, and social determinants of health. Bracke has supervised several studies exploring the effects of significant societal changes on mental health and professional care-seeking. With over two decades of experience, he is widely regarded as an expert in his field.

Tine De Moor is professor of Social Enterprise and Institutions for Collective Action at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) and takes special interest in emerging forms of cooperation like citizen initiatives in short chain food supply and cooperatives of care and energy. She combines a historical perspective with environmental and sociological frameworks to tackle contemporary issues.

Ercan Cesmeli  works as a gastro-entorologist at AZ Sint Lucas in Ghent, but that's not why we called him. In 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, he founded 'Burgerplicht'. What started as a solidarity action aimed at providing material and immaterial support to fellow citizens, especially in the Turkish community in Ghent, gradually grew into a NGO with far-reaching tentacles. Ercan is what we call a "bridge": someone who deploys his status to be a symbol of connection.