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The Gdańsk Department of the Polish Sociological Association brings together sociologists from the Tricity and Słupsk. It has around fifty members: active research fellows, representatives of research centers, retired sociologists, MA students on the last year of their studies, as well as young graduates. In 2010 the community underwent renovation and revival, which was made possible by the wave of young sociologists coming to the Gdańsk University’s Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Journalism (IFSiD UG), some of them also from outside Pomerania (Warsaw, Toruń). The Association aims to unite Pomeranian sociologists and promote co-operation in the common effort to improve the social environment.

 

The Gdańsk Department of the PSA is the co-organizer of many academic conferences. In 2011, together with the Gdańsk University’s Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Journalism and the PSA’s Legal Sociology Section, it organized the international conference Workshop of Unintended Consequences. The event was a success, as indicated by the widespread international interest: it was attended by speakers from Australia, South Africa, Canada and others. A post-conference book was released under the title Sociology as Unintended. Robert Merton Revised, containing texts by authors such as Colin Campbell, Richard Vernon, Piotr Sztompka and Jacek Kurczewski. In 2012 the Gdańsk Department of the PSA is the co-organizer of the conference Sociological peregrinations through the world of modern sports organized in connection with Euro 2012.

            The Gdańsk Department also organizes periodic academic meetings under the name Afternoon Academy of Sociology, inviting sociologists from Gdańsk and all over Poland. A combination of presentations and discussion, the meetings are open to everyone.

 

Members of the Board of the Gdańsk Department

  • dr Arkadiusz Peisert
  • Karolina Ciechorska-Kulesza
  • Anna Łubińska
  • dr Radosław Kossakowski
  • Dobrosław Mańkowski

 

The Gdańsk Department of the PSA is the co-organizer of many academic conferences. In 2011, together with the Gdańsk University’s Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Journalism and the PSA’s Legal Sociology Section, it organized the international conference Workshop of Unintended Consequences. The event was a success, as indicated by the widespread international interest: it was attended by speakers from Australia, South Africa, Canada and others. A post-conference book was released under the title Sociology as Unintended. Robert Merton Revised, containing texts by authors such as Colin Campbell, Richard Vernon, Piotr Sztompka and Jacek Kurczewski. In 2012 the Gdańsk Department of the PSA is the co-organizer of the conference Sociological peregrinations through the world of modern sports organized in connection with Euro 2012.

            The Gdańsk Department also organizes periodic academic meetings under the name Afternoon Academy of Sociology, inviting sociologists from Gdańsk and all over Poland. A combination of presentations and discussion, the meetings are open to everyone.

 

There were six meetings in 2011. The speakers included:

  •             Michał Kaczmarczyk, Ph.D.
  •             Michał Łuczewski, Ph.D.
  •             Prof. Antoni Sułek
  •             Piotr Żuk, Ph.D. at UWr
  •             Michał Wiszowaty, Ph.D., lawyer, expert on academic traditions
  •             Jan Daniluk, historian, expert on Gdańsk

 

            The Department’s activities also include the so-called Delfinaria – meetings of the Department’s chairman with young PSA members and candidates for membership (students with BAs in sociology), which aim to encourage research activity in the PSA. The meetings are informal and are held in the artistic Cafe Delfin. They involve discussions about selected texts. The discussions touch on interesting issues and perspectives of modern sociology.

            Moreover, in an effort to popularize sociology, the Department has returned to the 90s’ Summer Sociological School. There are plans to organize annual trips to locations around the Tricity. A research camp has two functions: research and teaching. The research project in 2011 concerned socio-cultural changes in Stegna resulting from the transformation of Poland’s government, administration and economy, as well as the country’s EU membership. Under the guidance of sociologists the students tried to find out if and why in the last years the Mierzeja has experienced a revival of local identity politics, both on the part of the local government as well as its inhabitants working in non-governmental organizations or engaged in more informal initiatives.

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