We are pleased to invite you to the 9th Slovenian Social Science Conference on “Social Transformations: The Global and the Local” organized by the Slovenian National Committee of the UNESCO Management of Social Transformations Program (MOST), Junior Sociological Network of the International Sociological Association and the School of Advanced Social Studies (Fakulteta za uporabne družbene študije), which will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 21–23 September 2017.
A broad variety of social transformations taking place from the local to the global level have made the people and social systems on the one hand more interconnected and interdependent, and one the other hand more divided. Moreover, people’s positions in social structures and their perceptions are characterised by huge differences and inequalities. Some are able to enter transnational social spaces and/or benefit from transnational flows and exchanges, enjoying the opportunities of the emerging social orders. Others are—or feel to be—excluded from these processes and confined to the local/national level. Not only they are not able to enjoy or even see the potential gains from transnational interdependencies, they may even look at them with scepticism and fear. Many of them may thus feel safer when hidden behind the newly established national strict border controls, fences and walls. The aim of the conference is to embrace a variety of issues reflecting the connections and divisions, relating them to local and global frameworks. It welcomes a wide range of theoretical and/or empirical approaches towards the issues and thus to encourage interdisciplinary debates but also seek practical suggestions in terms of policy recommendations for the decision makers.